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Everything posted by Northvansteve

  1. Long-expected signing to a homegrown contract by the Whitecaps: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2021/04/23/kamron-habibullah-homegrown
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. I overlooked TMG! Would agree with that grouping - Waterman perhaps top of that group.
  5. 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 b
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. At this point, there is no danger of him being capped by either Chile or Canada.
  12. 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
  13. For those of us who don't know much about Yao, what can you tell us?
  14. 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
  15. His confidence is growing every game. Great to see.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Maybe it's because they were on the field against one another, but he also resembles Piette in some ways.
  21. 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!
  22. Pretty tough to judge a goalie with a team this putrid and disinterested in front of him. While I'm not certain he could really be blamed for any of the goals, his distribution from the back is very poor and this is one area that needs immediate improvement.
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