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  1. No. This is the kid from BTB (been in the program since he was 8 years old). Trained with FC Edmonton Academy for 2-3 months before deciding to move on. He was training/trial with the FCE first team for 3 -4 weeks prior to the start of CPL. 4-5 other BTB boys were also helping FCE with their training prior to the bubble.
  2. Anyone else frustrated with all the talk this team is doing with the lack of walk that comes with it? In a match last night that a minimum 2-0 scoreline was required there was maybe 1 chance created up until the 66th minute. All the 'big time' attacking players on the pitch did nothing all game. Lack of passion and desire from the attacking 3-4 players. Soria and Marcelin had to cover ground for 3-4 players and were absolutely gassed by the end of the game. Randy, probably one of the highest paid players in the league was coasting from what I saw. It was funny as I heard the following comments in the stands by people in Edmonton who are respected in the soccer community: "spends more time arguing with teammates and refs then he does trying to be productive" "look he's fake defending" directed at the lack of effort and laziness shown while his team was pressing "should have been subbed off at the half" when he was subbed off "what a waste of a signing if this is what he's bringing to the table" I'll be the first to say that I really thought this guy had the potential to be a star in the league but is doing nothing to show it. Son was in front of my eyes told off by a supporter who was so frustrated at the consistent lack of a touch he's shown over the last few games that security had to step in to remove the fan. Tomi for a captain is practically invisible on the pitch. I've heard more out of Powley, Ramon, Kareem to try and get their guys going. I also think that the coaching staff really needs to start looking at themselves in terms of player selection. I watch training sessions and the players on the bench or not dressed dominate the players that have been playing. They are young, eager, and have a point to prove. For me they will at least show passion and from every game I have seen it is these young guys that consistently provide the spark when they are brought on. So much talk has come from the staff about local product and their chemistry together but we have yet to see it. If we are going to lose the league anyways, I'd rather do it watching guys that care, and are playing the style that is being preached as opposed to so called professionals that seem to be going through motions to collect a paycheck. Starting 11 next match should be 3-5-2 (James GK, Moses, Didic, Soria, Esua, Khabra, Marcelin, Allen Zebie, Bruno Zebie, Ongaro, Velado)
  3. Fair enough. At least it's nice to see that we have multiple players that can play in more than 1 position this season. I see a lot of variations of a 4-3-3 from Jeff and his staff. We will need at least one more CB.
  4. Mortotsi will be higher up the pitch than that. Look for Allen and Yongchan as the two work horses in the middle. They'll be non stop pressing and closing down the ball. Hopefully they bring in a LB...............also look for mortotsi to be one of the better players in that roster this coming season.
  5. Edem has physically gotten stronger and much faster since his last stint with FCE when he was a 19,20 year old. He also did not get along or fit into Colin's playing style and went on trials in Sweden, he ended up picking up a serious achilles injury prior to signing a contract in Sweden and has been rehabbing and training hard for a moment like this. Edem will shock the league with his play this upcoming season.
  6. Hanson is still a fantastic talent. His reputation and lack of maturity obviously hurt him. He was the guy that would save Canadian soccer before Davies came into the mix............funny thing is they both come from the same background, Liberian/Canadian, grew up in similar circumstances in Edmonton, very similar youth systems in terms of clubs, schools, provincial programs etc...................the biggest difference and what contributed to Hansons' lack of maturity was the people that surrounded him.............great people but they got his head too big, hyped him up way too much, celebrated and cheered on a nutmeg even though the rest of the game Hanson did nothing to contribute to his development...........I think leaving FC was the best thing for him, I think him struggling over the past year will help him both realize that he still has a lot to do and humble him a bit................imagine a national team with Hanson and Davies on the wings, with that creativity, flare, speed and skill.........as a fan that would be must watch soccer.
  7. If you are under the age of 18 in Canada your obtaining a citizenship is based on your parents success during their citizenship test. His parents were not successful (more than once), I believe most likely due to language barriers and now have to go through a very tedious process of why there is such a language barrier for someone that has lived and worked here for years. That being said there are special circumstances in which a minor can have his/her file removed from their parents and they can obtain citizenship alone. This is the case of Davies, however, this also has to go through the proper legal and federal government channels. I do know that it is close to being done and he was gutted that it couldn't be complete before the U20's.
  8. I think a lot of this is based on his performances at the combine. I watched 2 of the games Shamit played in and I agree there were moments were he did not look like a top 10 prospect at all, but there were moments where his vision, and movement off the ball are exactly what teams need from a cm player. Can we really judge his MLS future on a few combine games playing with guys he's never even seen before? I think a real sense of what Shamit brings comes from watching him play for FC Edmonton and the National teams. He is a piece to a teams puzzle, put him in a USL squad, let him develop and if it goes well in a few years he's a stud, if not then has that team really lost anything. The potential is there and its scary good.
  9. The way it works if you are 18 years or younger is that the mother/father must apply, complete the test and obtain citizenship, the child will then automatically receive theirs. His parents have had complications so therefor Alphonso now has 2 options; 1. Wait until he is 18, apply on his own, complete a test and receive his citizenship. or 2. CSA/Whitecaps can intervene/hire a lawyer that will prove it is not his fault that his parents have had complications and that him receiving citizenship before 18 is helpful for him, and that he can be a valuable member and contributor to Canada. The latter should be a very easy plea considering at 15 he is already a professional athlete and playing for Canada in international competition is a dream of his. Hopefully the Whitecaps and CSA are on top of things. To my understanding this has been done for other athletes in Canada, only difference is that they were already 18+ years of age, they just had their process expedited. On a side note, is there any rules to having players like him, and Tabla for instance invited to these 1st team camps but not to participate or be on the match roster? I think this would be a great way to integrate them into the men's team and a chance for coaching staff to see how they measure up.
  10. He is eligible for citizenship, however under immigration law, because he is under 18 years of age, his parents need to pass the immigration test in order for the entire family to obtain citizenship. Not entirely sure what the wait is but I'm sure Alphonso will get his citizenship before any youth qualifiers or world cup matches. There are "special" circumstances in which they will allow a person younger than 18 years of age to go out and write the test on their own or just obtain citizenship if deemed being able to benefit Canada. I think this might be one of those cases. ......................This is only based on things I've read about immigration system and athletes in Canada, I'm by no means an expert on this so I could be way off.
  11. I've been saying for a while that this kid is the real deal and I think yesterday was another step in the right direction. I think we have to give major props to Carl Robinson for taking a chance on a 15 year old in that game and allowing him to play through mistakes and improve throughout the game. I don't know if he will get an MLS contract this year but I wouldnt' be surprised if he gets one in the off season................................I think it is safe to say he is the best player in the Country for his age group, and i'm not too aware of other countries but for a 15 year old can we put him in discussions as one of the top in North America? Is that something Canada has ever had, i feel even with the hype of others before him, alphonso seems to be more of a complete package type palyer than petrasso, bustos, boakai etc during their come up (just opinion not fact so don't crucify me).
  12. on his way to ottawa.....................
  13. Huge bummer. As far as Jalali i can say with 100% confidence that his time at the club is over. Mallan is hard to tell, there is still time to mend things i'm sure, but a few rumours have him potentially getting loaned out/traded (thats a rumor right now though).
  14. Got about 15 minutes of play in his first team debut and did not at all look out of place. If anything brought a different dynamic to the whitecaps style of play. Robinson should take the risk and put in in the starting 11 for the 2nd leg, even though they need the result he should roll the dice.
  15. Jalali is not injured. To the extent of my knowledge he asked for a release from the club and this is being negotiated between his agent and Miller. I don't blame the kid because it seems no matter how well he plays Miller wont' give him the chance unless they've got tons of injuries. No sense in him rotting on the bench and I think he knows that his window is closing so he is looking elsewhere. The other notable not on the bench is Mallan Roberts. With him it is as simple as Miller being stubborn and not playing a guy that wants to wait until after the season to negotiate terms of his contract. Seems the logical thing to do for an athlete to try and have a breakout year and earn some more money (i.e. Lance Laing), thus Mallan has been frozen out. Really goes a long way to show how Miller treats the local academy products, lots of hype and treated like gold when they first step in and then left to rot...................hopefully shome can change the trend.
  16. Your right. As far as the whitecaps thing goes they just have way more to offer. It would be a different story if the FCE Academy played in a US based high level league like the whitecaps do. For now they train 4-5 times a week with no meaningful games. Although they had a strong showing at the Umbro invitational in Toronto from what i've been told.
  17. All very valid points. Diakite has come in and made sure that he is probably one of the first 3-4 names on the game sheet. As far as Mallan, or Jalali, even going back to previous players like Saiko and even Elvir Gigolaj (not sure if he rings a bell), but if you get on Millers bad side its tough to bounce back. Not to compare any of these guys to Laing, but he was on a contract year and if anything he stepped up his game. As far as the Paulus quote, that is great if you are coaching at a youth level, possibly even college/university level, but once you are at the pro level like Miller, it is all about medals and wins, it is a job and if you don't get the W's and championships you lose your job. Out of all the academy products at FCE Mallan has been the most succesfull, you could argue Shome might surpass that, but it seems like a cycle of 3-4 years then out. Is that coincidental or are academy kids being signed for a few years, with very little time, just to promote the academy? thoughts?
  18. This has happened time and time again with a lot of younger guys not willing to sign an extension when they are nearing the end of their contracts. I know Miller has in the past frozen out players until an extension has been signed. I'm not 100% sure on this but I believe Mallan is a free agent at the end of the season. Maybe he is trying to keep options open of playing elsewhere. I also do know that he was told he would be starting against Ottawa (not sure which leg) and he felt tightness in his hamstring during the warm up from a prior injury and didn't think he was fit enough to play. That did not sit well with Miller either, but I commend Mallan for putting the team first and not risk playing if he is not 100% fit off of an injury. Either way if his contract is up, i doubt he stays in Edmonton after this.
  19. I don't disagree with any of what you say and I'm not in any way bashing Jeff at all. I do think he is great as a coach, developing players and as a person. I have no issue with him at all, and I've actually encouraged players to remain part of FCE instead of leaving that set up. It is unfortunate that they have began to build a reputation of this nature with some folks around the Edmonton. It doesn't change the fact that he has said those things. I'm not saying "damning" stuff about him, I'm just simply repeating things that has said. On a different note relating back to Hanson, and knowing that he has had this reputation at many clubs, and even the national set up, do you think that there is that double standard when it comes to the first team players with FCE? I've personally seen it with multiple players that do very similar things to what Hanson has done but you never really hear of it much.
  20. I don't disagree that FCE has a lot to offer these players. I think for a guy like Mallan it might have been the best thing to happen, but he was also given the opportunity to get in there, get the minutes at a young age and make mistakes. He also had not other option due to citizenship issues, which is the reason it took so long for him to be in the national set up. I remember when he was a red card/OG/Penalty waiting to happen, but the only way to learn from it and grow is getting to play regularly. He is the only academy product that in my opinion has been given that fair chance at FCE. Take Sadi for example, has a great run of 3 consecutive starts and the 4th game when Jonke was back from injury Sadi is back on the bench. Although Hanson's off field antics didn't help either but I know that these kids get frustrated because no matter how they perform they aren't given the regular chance and 75% of the time thats why they're acting out off the pitch. In regards to Jeff, he's great, runs fantastic sessions but both him and Miller (which in turn becomes FCE as a group) are also just as quick to bash the clubs in Edmonton that have players going elsewhere to play (i.e. Whitecaps, PDL, etc.) There have been threats to players telling them if they leave the academy, or decide to go train with a school academy/club team that Jeff will pick up the phone and ensure they aren't looked at by any post secondary schools in the province. There have been FCE players given exceptions to play both club soccer as well as academy but only for specific clubs within the city due to personal issues between Jeff and other people. And there has been statements made that certain clubs in the city will never have any players scouted from there as long as certain people remain in charge at that club.
  21. It's funny how they're viewed as developing him and want a fee, potentially hindering a guy who was barely given a chance at FCE from playing in Europe. I've found that FCE specifically hype up their academy for developing players when 90% of the guys they've signed to first team contracts have actually gained the bulk of their development through their amateur clubs. I wonder if FCE will be giving his youth clubs a % of that fee for developing him prior to joining FCE.
  22. He is physically gifted that is for sure. But he obviously has a lot more than just size and speed as he has regularly been called up to train with the U18's, USL, and the first team from time to time dating back to last September. If you had a chance to watch any of the game against Sounders there were two moments where you could see how special this kid is. 1. he picked up the ball in his own half, cut towards the middle beating a sounders player, played a wall pass with mattocks splitting 2 more defenders and then 1 touch pass to the winger. he still continued his run looking for the through ball only to be brought down by an elbow to the face. 2. ball was played from the back and full speed alphono sprinted to it with a defender right on his back, with no hesitation took his first touch to turn on a dime past the defender and get out of a high pressure situation, turning it into an attack. These are things that some of the first team guys have a hard time doing. He is special in the sense that if he stays in the right environment and focused, might be one of the best young talents this country has produced.
  23. I think on paper they've got a great squad. Laing is for sure a big miss, but the move he made was best for his career. That being said I hate how the young guys with something to prove are barely ever given a chance by Miller. I think he obviously is highly regarded by the Club that he is able to keep a job after the performances the last few years but I truly believe his style of play is only suited for 50% of the squad. FCE has fantastic quality when it comes to technical skill and passing in some players but they play a very direct game. I would love to see them in the post season as I do support the club (any canadian club when it comes to soccer) but they've got a very difficult task ahead of them.
  24. I've mentioned it before when this kid got brought up for the U15 ID camp that he is a stud. If any of you watched the game last night you would realize he will suit up plenty more for the whitecaps.
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