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  1. Another goal and another strong game from Bair for the Caps vs LA Galaxy. Also had a terrific shot off the crossbar and was generally an absolute beast for LA to handle.
  2. Borges would have been a starter for the Whitecaps by the end of the season. He would have filled a significant need for the team and been an improvement on what they had. I say this having watched every Whitecaps game this season, several Borges games on One Soccer and one Borges game in person. The guy can play.
  3. Very good game overall. Laryea looked terrific going forward. Really want to see this team against stronger opponents - Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Jamaica, etc. Fun to beat up on the Cubas but we need experience against better teams.
  4. It's the worst midfield in MLS. The worst midfield in Whitecaps history. One of the worst I have ever seen at a professional team. They couldn't find 10 minutes for Norman?
  5. Finally signs homegrown MLS contract with the Whitecaps: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2019/08/23/wfc-sign-mukumbilwa
  6. Henry played the second half for the Whitecaps vs DC United today. Looked strong.
  7. Sorry if I missed this somewhere else, but it's time to bump this thread. Has started multiple times for the Whitecaps and scored a wonder goal last week for his first in MLS. Showed well again today vs DC United playing as a right forward / mid.
  8. He's listed as Jordan Alvarez on the roster originally named by Canada, and then they listed him as Jordan Lemus on the game day roster. Same with Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty who was listed as Jahkeele Stanford on the game day rosters by the broadcasters.
  9. Ahhh, you are right - thank you! Desjardins and Busti are the leading goalies in this class so far.
  10. Thought I would do a check-in on the progress of this generation of Canadian players. With Davies and David alone, what a generation! These are the 2000-born players who are making the most progress so far - let me know who I am missing! Major prospects / Major European leagues: Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David MLS rosters / USL / USL2: Noble Okello, Michael Baldisimo, Luca Petrasso, Julian Dunn-Johnson, Terique Mohammed Smaller European leagues: Benson Fazili, Ben Paton, Antonio Rocco Romeo, Alessandro Busti CPL: Alessandro Hojabrpour, Emile Legault, Yohan Le Bourhis, Jose Hernandez Obviously, Davies and David are in a class by themselves. Okello was on the Gold Cup roster. Busti has been cap-tied. Would appreciate any perspective at this point on the other prospects, and whether we should be tracking other key 2000s.
  11. It's impossible to know who will be able to take their game to the next level as they get older, but this team played smart and played with a lot of heart. What a crazy schedule! Mbongue is a very big guy - especially for this age group - but he also showed some skill with his feet. Assi was relentless in the attack - but I wonder whether he has the speed for the next level. Marshall-Rutty showed flashes of skill and vision. Gordon was the youngest player on the team and was physical, had a nice touch and good judgement. Many other players with good qualities. Great start for this Class of 2004!
  12. Can we get them to develop some central defenders?
  13. Starting lineup for Canada vs Mexico was: Bontis - Stojadinovic, Cloutier, Campagna, Gordon - Alvarez - Marshall-Rutty, Henry, Saliba, Assi - Mbongue Canada's legs seemed dead for the first part of the game and Mexico was overall the stronger team, but the Canadian team hung in. Mbongue is a handful when he gets the ball anywhere near him. Assi was running at the Mexico team all game. And there was incredible work rate from the central mid trio of Saliba, Henry and Alvarez.
  14. The player I liked in this game was Malik Daouda - played the No. 6 role. Very good passing, distribution and calm defending. Didn't see much speed but he looks like he has the size to gain more speed. First time I've seen him at the tournament and he impressed. Plays for Montreal's academy.
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