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saintjoes last won the day on December 6 2019

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  1. No not at all. This was just my poor attempt at a light hearted joke about the ignorance of others about how good Canadian players are and the strides we've made in the last years at the professional level and obviously CPL is proof of that.
  2. That's so true - it seriously is a big deal that got lost in all of this. It's like us Canadians discovering that Venezuela has loads of good hockey players and one of the best wingers-coverted-to-play-defence-temporarily-until-old-enough players in the world!!!!
  3. Woa.. ok apologies for posting this here. Maybe i should have just raised a general comment that some professional soccer players agents found it difficult to know how best to reach out to CPL league/teams when they did their own searching when English was not their first language and their contacts were familiar with MLS but not CPL recruiting approaches. Please disregard my notes about the personal circumstances that led to my enquiry. Hope that helps.
  4. Exactly. UT originally posted a link to the cpl.ca story about it and hence I googled cpl soccer ops or 21st scouting partner email contacts but with no luck. I'll keep searching. Cheers!
  5. Thanks for all the ideas guys. Some random related notes: 1. I don't want to open the CPL vs other country divisions comparison can of worms. 2. CPL/MLS came up when he and his teammates recently found a clip of Davies (after his recent Chelsea match domination) of his highlights with the Whitecaps and academy and they were impressed (surprised?) that he could play in Canada at all at that level 3. Unfortunately foreign agents need all the help they can get.. especially given that the CPL is new and language barriers still are surprisingly significant 4. I know it is a ridiculous idea but it still surprises me clubs don't have the equivalent of a Submit your resume here button ☺️ Thanks again.
  6. My 19yr old nephew plays in Argentina at a good level and he'd love to come to Canada and play in the CPL with an eye to also becoming Canadian one day. Any ideas how he contacts the CPL's Soccer Operations central scouting setup or 21 Club? Is this the best route or should he/agent reach out to each team separately? (Apologies if this is the wrong thread for this sort of question - feel free to point me to different direction. Thanks in advance!)
  7. Did you mistakenly do a 3-5-1-2 or are you counting mothers as half a player each... in which case you obviously haven't met my NAN! 😁
  8. From BBC sports: "..And in 19-year-old Alphonso Davies they have a glorious young talent who has it all, raiding from left-back with pace, composure and end product." Man of the match - Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) Alphonso Davies was influential at both ends as he assisted Lewandowski's goal and outpaced Mason Mount twice to cover in defence
  9. Apparently Davies and Tomori are friends from being roommates at U20s.. interesting interview with him here: https://mobile.twitter.com/goal/status/1231938158297800704
  10. Tabla makes me want to through my laptop out the window sometimes.. I mean what an opportunity to come on for an injured Quioto and inject energy and impress the coach but instead he plays like HE's the most tired guy out there!! Both goals can be blamed in part on his ridiculously half assed tracking effort. If I were Henry I'd bench him for lack of heart alone. So sad. I have so much hope every time he gets a run out.. yet he shows so little intensity and desire to play for his team mates that I wonder if he realizes it's a team sport sometimes. Grr rant over. Here's hoping he can flick a switch inside of himself and light it up from here on out.
  11. Apologies if already posted but even so it's probably worth looking at again 😊: Left-back: Alphonso Davies (Bayern München) Okay, okay. Sure. This is cheating, technically. A Bayern sensation should not be making the No-Name All-Star Squad. But (A) Davies was originally an attacker when Bayern brought him in as the next wonder talent, and (B) just please take a look at his radar. It’s not normal to have such an impact, at such a big club, at such a young age. Source: https://statsbomb.com/2020/02/the-bundesligas-no-name-all-stars/
  12. +1. In the first USA game David played mostly as a target-9/false 9 (dropping into space to receive ball to turn and feed Davies etc) and Davies as a free/channel-running 9 partner. I just rewatched the match and they really are world class and even better playing together - like prodigies in a schoolyard. They see plays develop that none of the other guys can. And together it's magical. I'll try to post a clip of an incredible sequence that I didn't really notice the first time I watched the game - when Davies receives the ball deep in our end and gets pressed but he and David play give and go all the way up to half where David almost releases Davies on a break but gets robbed by a yellow card tackle. Truly world class and even more world class playing off each other. The irony (curse?) is that we have so many strong forwards that JH has felt forced to put Davies at left-back to fit them in.. imagine if we didn't have Cav, Larin, or Hoilett.. Davies would never be pushed to LB. The ONLY kinda valid excuse JH has given to putting Davies at LB is to help against 'minnows' to have him arrive unmarked closer to goal when our winger drags out two markers to the sideline then can get the ball to Davies making an inside late run. But that really doesn't help as by then the box is filled with players anyway.
  13. Unfortunately El Salvador's national team Twitter is calling the game a "training match" (entrenamiento) and not the typical "friendly" (amistoso) : https://mobile.twitter.com/LaSelecta_SLV/status/1217255967408173061
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