Ed_S got a reaction from Obinna in Niendorf Update?
Calgary Chinooks are one of the original 6 district clubs when CMSA had geographic zones for teen boys: Blizzards, Eagles, Eastside, Celtics, Foothills, and Chinooks. Long history there. Niendorf is still associated with them at arm's length. His new venture has some very good young players and is focused on getting players into the the top U19 league in Germany or NCAA.
In regard to your condescending 'never heard of them?' remark, you might want to do some more research.
Ed_S reacted to Joe MacCarthy in WCQ - Canada vs. Mexico Mar. 25th, 2016 Pre-Game Thread
I did, and had to resist the urge to post Portugal 5 USA 0
Ed_S reacted to DigzTFC in Top NCAA Prospects
There could be more Canadians. I based it off of top the 25 schools and some known Canadian content schools. I went by hometown only. I am sure the draft will point out some closet Canadians.
Mark Anthony Gonzalez
Ruben Dos Santos
Patrick Barnes http://www.winthropeagles.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3265&path=msoc Jordan Stoddart http://www.winthropeagles.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3288&path=msoc Wright State Emeka Ononye http://www.wsuraiders.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=630776&SPID=92402&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27000&ATCLID=205212950&Q_SEASON=2014 Wesley Cain http://www.wsuraiders.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=630776&SPID=92402&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27000&ATCLID=208734381&Q_SEASON=2014 Chris Dupont http://www.wsuraiders.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=630776&SPID=92402&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27000&ATCLID=208735864&Q_SEASON=2014
Ed_S got a reaction from ThiKu in How Can U12 & Younger Age Groups Be Reformed?
I don't think many responding to this post have a sniff about youth soccer. The problems are many but asking for certification for all coaches is absolutely ridiculous. We have many poor coaches but it is not that they are taking positions AWAY from those more qualified. There are more coaches needed than we have qualified coaches to fill. Period.
Youth clubs are doing alright developing young players. We are on par with many Euro countries at the U12 level. It is beyond that age where we start to fail and IMHO is in large part down to a lack of identifiable Cdn soccer stars and soccer clubs. Too many amateurs running the elite level in this country as the pro game has not matured enough to trickle down.
If soccer had 10% of the cachet that major junior hockey had, we would be drooling over the players coming out at age 17-20. It is about players seeing their local idols go on to being pros, watching the teams they identify with live or on TV and dreaming of being there themselves.
It is slowly getting there. I know several 12-14 yr olds with realistic aspirations of playing pro - unfortunately at this stage in the game the European route is much more appropriate for them as the local/national options are still largely woeful.