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  1. Oops, that didn't seem to work. Matteo Campagna loaned to York for the rest of the 2021 season.
  2. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Best of luck at <a href="https://twitter.com/yorkutdfc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@yorkutdfc</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/matteowcampagna?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@matteowcampagna</a> šŸ‘Š<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VWFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VWFC</a></p>&mdash; Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/WhitecapsFC/status/1430198292265189382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  3. Best game as a pro. Guti was terrific. Rock solid defensively and stopped every attempted dribble past him. On the attack, he was fantastic with precision passes. And then his dead ball delivery - best I have seen from a Canadian player in a long time. His confidence is growing every game.
  4. Until now, I had not appreciated how good Vitoria's passing is out of the back. (Dribbling and foot work is another story!)
  5. These last two games, he played as a pure number 6, sitting right in front of the central defenders and not advancing very far up the field.
  6. Creating a stand-alone thread for Justin Smith. (Apologies if there already is one - I couldn't find it.) Class of 2003. Central Mid. Officially signed with Nice today. Potential Gold Cup call up?
  7. This is oddest selection by Herdman. Fraser isn't even in the 18 for Columbus today vs Toronto. Priso and Baldisimo are at least part-time starters and first off the bench players for their teams. Both are in decent form. Both Priso and Baldisimo deserve to be on the roster ahead of Fraser.
  8. Long-expected signing to a homegrown contract by the Whitecaps: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2021/04/23/kamron-habibullah-homegrown
  9. Signed to a homegrown contract by Vancouver Whitecaps. Class of 2004. Central defender. Highly-regarded and a player to watch. https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2021/04/23/campagna-homegrown
  10. First time seeing Kennedy as well and while I concur with all of the above, he will need to improve the accuracy of those passes if he hopes to play at a higher level.
  11. I overlooked TMG! Would agree with that grouping - Waterman perhaps top of that group.
  12. The central defender role is going to be the most competitive of all the positions on the senior team. Clearly not yet settled with two sets of starters for each of the WC qualifying games, a different set for the Olympic qualifying, and a number of candidates on the outside looking in. Let's bump this thread to discuss where we rank the current contenders: Steven Vitoria - clearly Herdman's first choice; regular starter in Portugal top division Kamal Miller - looking like they want Kamal to be the left-sided starter; will be starter at Montreal? Ricardo Ferreira - could be number one on this list if he finds a club, gets regular playing time and stays injury free Doneil Henry - no reason to think he's not still in the mix as a potential starter Derek Cornelius - given prominent leadership role on U23 team and excelled; will battle for a starting role with the Whitecaps all season Frank Sturing - given a start for the senior team in a WC qualifier, thinking that means they rate him highly; hopefully plays for a higher level team soon Scott Kennedy - missed out on this round due to injury? You have to think he's in the mix due to the level he's playing Joel Waterman - more playing time in Montreal this season? Callum Montgomery - can he stick in Minnesota and get MLS playing time? Amer Didic - a top CPL-level central defender Manjrekar James - clearly not in Herdman's plans but in the past showed promise, a comeback is always possible if he can find a full-time role somewhere Julian Dunn - most promising young central defender in the mix; will he finally get playing time with Toronto? If so, how high on this list does he go? David Norman - promising debut as a central defender at U23; will be a CPL starter
  13. Nicely done. I would drop Hojabrpour and Hernandez from the top 10 and promote Ben Paton and Steven Simpson based on their placement on the prelim Olympics qualification roster.
  14. There's actually no reason Vancouver couldn't host games. We are totally set up for it - stadium, practice facilities, hotels, transportation infrastructure. Really not that costly in the end and I always thought there would be a lot of pressure from the business community and the city to get this done. But doesn't look like that will happen now. It's too bad, really.
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