Long time lurker, first time poster. I like the direction soccer is headed in this country, as many positive changes have occurred. Won't happen overnight but steps are being taken.
2000 is very strong age group, especially in the GTA. TFC have some very impressive kids. What strikes me from the list and from the coaches comments is the OSA, and seemingly other provincial associations are being left out of the equation.
I understand the CSA wants to reward the academies and their players, hence this initial list of kids. It is odd that the coaches of the national U15 squad haven't been out to OYSL games to scout players, only relying on the advice of pro academy coaches. They have had a year to get out there. The Fury for example have two players listed. Both are at best the 15/16th best player in the city. Neither have any real business being on a provincial squad let alone a national one. I know it's early in the process, but shouldn't kids earn their way?
The pro academies are the way to development in this country. Community clubs still play a vital role in the pyramid of play. But they need to realize that the growth of the game, what's in the best interests of canadian soccer, need to take priority.
You are right. They may very well have. And I understand this is just a way for the CSA to promote the new relationship they have with pro clubs in terms of funnelling talent thru their programs. But this quote stood out.
"Their Academy Directors recommend their best talent."
Ok. But they are recommending kids for the highest level at an age level, the national team. If they had been out there scouting they would know some of these kids are nowhere near the level. The role of the CSA isn't to develop the talent; that's the responsibility of the clubs. Their role is to be the ones identifying it.
So then go scout the academies. Go watch them for yourself. I understand the path the CSA wishes to use; players in pro club structures. But it's lazy to just say send us your players so we can decide on them. These are the top players about to enter the national squads. Why aren't the coaches out at the various events over the last year to determine who should be invited?
I get that it is just the starting point, and many kids will get opportunities.