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  1. I continue to be impressed every time I see him. He holds the ball under pressure very well and somehow manages to make a long pass that unlocks the opponents’ defense. High degree of difficulty under pressure. I’m guessing MDS doesn’t totally trust him defensively yet - he sometimes looks slow to read a play. He can learn that.
  2. At this point, there is no danger of him being capped by either Chile or Canada.
  3. Based on his Whitecap performances so far, here's what I see from Gutierrez: - passes the ball extremely well - his passing and crosses are remarkably pinpoint, well-placed and perfectly weighted (check out how many times his passes stay on the ground and end up perfectly on the feet of his teammate) - his speed going forward is only average or slightly above average - he's no Adekugbe when it comes to attacking speed - he creates offense with smart passing and well-timed counter-attacks, and is smart with the ball in the final third - defensively, his positioning is generally good - he doesn't get caught out as often as Ali Adnan (the Whitecaps starting LB) - he is weak in the air - getting easily outjumped by Dejan Jakovic on the first LAFC goal, for example - he seems to win his share of 50-50 balls even though he is slighter than some of his opponents - his one-on-one defense against a speedy opponent with skilled feet is his most glaring weakness at the moment - something he will absolutely need to improve if he's going to be a starter at the MLS level, never mind the international level - overall, he has a chance to be in the mix as a potential starter at LB for Canada, but the performance against the speedy latin american LAFC attackers was concerning I would start Adekugbe ahead of him at the moment, but Gutierrez has a chance to be a future starter for Canada and at the very least, a useful second option at the position.
  4. For those of us who don't know much about Yao, what can you tell us?
  5. Very roughly ranking the keepers for the senior team then. Assuming St. Clair and Hasal continue starting through the rest of the MLS season. We know Herdman prefers players who are getting the minutes at a high level: Borjan Crepeau Carducci Thomas St. Clair Hasal Pantemis
  6. His confidence is growing every game. Great to see.
  7. Sorry I'm jumping in late to this thread, but one of the things we do on this site - and this section in particular - is talk about future national team prospects. As we have seen over and over, they can come from anywhere (a 15-year-old from Edmonton? a veteran of the Scottish League? a Canadian university player?). That's one of the reasons I and many others come here. How do we know what significance these players have until we identify them and discuss them?
  8. We've now started to see some more of this physicality from Bair. Defenders can't move him off the ball. I'm expecting that he will continue to get starts with the Whitecaps - let's see how this plays out.
  9. It is encouraging to see us develop some prospects at centre mid. I would expect Baldisimo to remain the Whitecaps starting No. 6 for the rest of the year and with that he would make a very strong case to start at that position for the U-23 team (with Liam Fraser starting with him in a 3-man central midfield). From your list, Harry Paton jumps out at me as the other leading prospect as a regular starter in a pro league.
  10. Wouldn't be too concerned about that at this point. He's been a featured player on every one of our youth teams and is now developing into an MLS-level starter which means he would be in the mix for our national team. Likely starter for our Olympic Team too.
  11. Maybe it's because they were on the field against one another, but he also resembles Piette in some ways.
  12. MLS debut with the Whitecaps tonight in Montreal and damn, he played really well. Played mostly as a 6, and distributed the ball very well. Positioned himself very well defensively. I expect we will be seeing many more starts from him in the rest of the Whitecaps disastrous season. This guy should be back on our radar screen!
  13. This is so sad but so true!
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