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  1. Anyone who has played any high level of sport learns never engage in goal differential and who are we going to play next scenarios. The key, which I am sure JH has them focused, is play the damn game and focus on that and only that - the rest will take care of itself. As fans we should do the same - otherwise, it lends itself to a hole lot of hurt later when when we thought we should win by X but instead we lose by Y and we don't make the next round. Never count your chickens before they are hatched. Stay focused at the task at hand.
  2. I was about to write the same ... Pulisic was very upset about being pulled in Toronto ... would not be surprised to see Greg Vanney named next coach soon after which I think would make Bradley and Altidore happy as well ... not to mention the US Soccer fans
  3. Sometimes ugly wins are good - especially as we head into play the US. I thinks we have suffered from overconfidence in the Haiti game, and perhaps a strong result would have done the same against the US which will require a complete game. With Airfield, Holliett and Cavallini back it should be a pretty amazing game against the Yanks - looking forward to the next series.
  4. This board is spot on. This result will absolutely humble Herdman. I was a Zambrano supporter but I have since moved on - and losing is okay but the decisions tonight were bizarre. I am not posting anything new - and agree the tourney brought many positives with ball movement and offensive flair ... But ... We did not adjust to them attacking our right flank, and others were right - Piette should have been subbed in after half and focused on smart defensive play ... People who shared about Cordova are correct ... The lack of friendlies to build a defensive cohesiveness are correct ... Taking out Cavallini and putting in Morgan was absurd ... And Osorio sub was unnecessary ... I feel bad for Milan - its possible the kick to the head in the first half may have had some negative effect (could it have been mild concussion??)
  5. To address better preparation concerns for these U20 and U17 Championships, would it be unreasonable or too expensive for Soccer Canada to run in Canada a one-week 4 team / 3 game tourney about 6-8 weeks before the associated Concacaf tournament? Has it been tried? Could be set up in new CPL region (say Calgary and Edmonton or Hamilton and York) and play a double header on Saturday (Canada vs Team 1, 2 vs 3), on Wednesday (Canada vs 2, 1 vs 3) and on Sunday (Canada vs 3, 1 vs 2), hand out a trophy to winner. Canada gets in meaningful games while rotating players to prepare for upcoming Concacaf, a week should not be too expensive and at the same time, building up some domestic exposure for the team, working practices and schemes throughout the week. It seems like our competitors are getting in more meaningful pre-matches and scheduling the odd friendly does not seem to be working nor does attending the Toulon and like tournaments 4-6 months prior. This is not to discount going to the Toulon tourney, but to be adding to it. Thoughts?
  6. Meh ... I wouldn't get too worked up ... he worked in David, Cornelius and Millar, that's pretty good ... he got Cavallini and Larin "both" involved something past coaches didn't. The rest will come ... Rome was not build in a day and while I was previously suspicious, Herdman did follow through ... I think those other players will be introduced in the future ...I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride
  7. Agreed - should be like Davis Cup tennis. Whatever the set up was the previous time, it should be reversed - so Honduras you were away first and home second time with Canada - next time you are home first and away second. It is an easy fix no matter the "scheduling".
  8. Your arguments are right on Joe ... what reason was there to keep Zambrano (Gold Cup QF and attacking football, meh!)... Montagliani was a fool to hire him ... now Stephen Reed replaces him with his man ... and Zambrano is out for reasons we can't discuss ... Herdman unfortunately will not have the respect of the players or the majority of the V's here ... sorry ... when you back stab it does not garner respect ... but we will see ... its a stupid move by Reed and the CSA
  9. I am not advocating MLSE involvement nor arguing they are the linchpin to making the CPL happen, I understand the perfect scenario would be another GTA investor(s)/owner(s) with deep pockets to come forward - but they haven't (at least yet) ... and thus the question is are they any conditions or scenarios that you could see MLSE involvement welcomed? However, as I read your responses as one of those casual mainstream fans that is patiently waiting year after year for the league to launch, I read that all is good, MLSE would be the fox in the henhouse that would not work to mirror its financial self interest with the growth of the league, and that the CPL is ready to start anyday now, nothing to see here, let's move along ...
  10. So there is no scenario or condition that you could see MLSE participate in the CPL - even if their participation lead to the CPL's successful launch, sustainability and evolvement. You would rather endure 20 more years of waste with no National Domestic soccer league and keep our purity than to have their participation ... interesting ...
  11. Is there anyway MLSE could participate in the CPL? The great irony is that MLS was started more then twenty years ago and didn't Lamar Hunt own and bankroll 7 teams - it achieved the sustainability. Here we would say that's blasphemy and a major conflict of interest. Sometimes the end justify the means - which is the development of Canadian soccer talent and infrastructure. Certainly MLSE's financial and media muscle can't hurt. Maybe MLSE could bankroll a CPL team that's focus is purely Canadian Talent that is owned 50/50 with a crowd-funded managment board, loan their US Prospects to other USL teams, and have rules for the Voyageur Cup that people here and elsewhere can live with.
  12. One (Either Mexico or US) is always put in Group A and the other in Group B ... whether you call them #1 or #2 is immaterial, however, if you think is important for their own optics, same example, winner is given #1 Seed in Group A, and second place finisher is #1 seed in Group B with the top Carribean Cup Winner who will be given the #2 seed in Group B. The top Central American Cup winner will be given the top seed in Group C with the COPA North third place finisher. As mentioned, it's all optics. Otherwise as mention, it is another opportunity for the US and Mexico to make more money and garner FIFA points. The other benefit for Canada aside from four competitive FIFA matches is the opportunity to cap tie more players early in a world cup cycle.
  13. One option that may have some merit is to do a simple COPA North right after the world cup between US, Mexico and Canada (maybe each county hosting home and home - Mexico host first two, Canada next two, and final two in US) - have final game US/Mexico in Pasadena as they always do - and use the results for placement in the Gold Cup. Whoever finishes first gets Seed #1 in Group A, second, gets #2 Seed in Group B, and third gets #3 seed in Group C. It allows Canada to earn some FIFA points and experience plus two meaningful home games, the US and Mexico turn their friendlies into a commercial/competitive environment, the three countries demonstrate they can cooperate together for a future World Cup. Also, it allows the Gold Cup organizers to separate the three for placement and unless Canada wins the #1 seed, allows the Gold Cup organizers to "legitimately" say the Gold Cup is not set up for a US/Mexico final - every one wins.
  14. T&T earned a higher seed with its Gold Cup play - it even scored 4 goals against Mexico. How did Canada do at the Gold Cup to move up it's seeding for WCQ? You play for 0-0 draws or to capitalize on maybe one lone chance it is a high risk proposition that catches up to you at some point - in Canada's case had it played earlier like its last game against El Salvador maybe it too could have got a better WCQ draw.
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