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  1. Whitecaps planning to use Bair more as a pure striker this coming season https://theprovince.com/sports/soccer/mls/vancouver-whitecaps/bair-hopes-canada-call-up-will-kickstart-2021-campaign-with-whitecaps?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1610321493
  2. Great list - thanks for updating it @MM3/MM2/MM Hope we can see more of these players in action this coming season. Continue to hear strong buzz about Habibullah but we will know more if the Whitecaps sign him this year and get him some game action.
  3. 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.
  4. At this point, there is no danger of him being capped by either Chile or Canada.
  5. 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 genera
  6. For those of us who don't know much about Yao, what can you tell us?
  7. 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
  8. His confidence is growing every game. Great to see.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Maybe it's because they were on the field against one another, but he also resembles Piette in some ways.
  14. 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!
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