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Everything posted by DeRo_Is_King

  1. If we had a capable CB, I'd agree with you. However, our strength is up front, and we need goals. Hoilett would be a great guy to come in, provide a spark and maybe score an early second-half goal.
  2. We need to score, and Herdman puts in another average-at-best defender. Wow.
  3. I think the game may be just out of reach at three, but I agree that the U.S. have capitalized on their chances. That first goal really frazzled Canada, I'm afraid, and they've been playing on the back foot ever since. Our offence is way better than what's on display today. They're just shellshocked because of goals conceded as a result of atrocious defending.
  4. I was really hoping our defensive issues had been addressed, but obviously, that's not the case. Davies is not a defender. The only real bright star on that backline is Laryea. Henry is not the answer at centre back. At midfield, Millar needs more starts, and Hoilett needs more playing time. This is disappointing beyond words.
  5. Like many have already said, this was an excellent performance by Canada. The win is exactly what the team needed to distinguish itself from squads of the last decade and to show it can compete as a top team in Concacaf. Canada's last win against the U.S. may have been in 1985, but we were robbed in 2007. For me, the win tonight was retribution for that Gold Cup loss, and we didn't need a ref to bail us out. Great job to the whole gang.
  6. I wasn't. I was responding the the suggestion that the wife was making it up. Hey, I don't know either of these two. I just get the sense that Will is a bit of dick. If this happened to Hutch I would kill the fool who suggested he was to blame. Stupid bias of a fan, but that's how it goes. WJ refuses call-ups, mocks supporters, gets traded frequently and, as you suggested later, is probably overrated. I'm not going to rush to his defense. Well, I still chuckled at the Deliverance reference.
  7. Who knows what really happened, and frankly, who cares. WJ, for me, has always been overrated. Lack of presence, and he gets pushed off the ball way too easily.
  8. Guys, I'm sure youllneverwalkalone was just joking.
  9. Agree - James is a must against a team that fast. Thought De Jong had a pretty solid game. I really thought Vitoria and Jakovic were our best CBs, but I'm really not sure after today. Maybe it really should be James and Jakovic... Man, we need help in the back.
  10. They should have subbed out Teibert and put in Osorio instead of AJH. AJH is another one who does not have a future on this team, IMO.
  11. Hoilett MOTM for Canada, and honestly, one of our best players at this tournament. He kept us in it at the end. Our guys just couldn't finish.
  12. Pretty disappointing half, to be honest. Larin is having a hard time fitting in. Arfield, uncharacteristically, has wasted some precious set plays. Good runs from Petrasso, but he's been inconsistent. The team looks sluggish. They're having a hard time connecting on passes. Lots of giveaways. We need much better in the second.
  13. I too believe strongly that we can win Thursday, but that doesn't mean I'll stay silent about corruption. Canada, of course, will have to overcome playing in the heat and in hostile environments purely because of this region's geography. I get that. I also get that we'll have to overcome poor officiating, extreme embellishment that goes unpunished and rigged group draws, which are pretty much customary in CONCACAF. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't point these things out when they happen.
  14. Glad it's indoors. My bad. I still think the time change says a lot about CONCACAF, though. As the original poster pointed out, they think having Mexico play in the second game will bring in more revenue, and therefore, didn't waste a second to change times around. Makes me wonder what else they'd be willing to do... Hmmmmm (flashback to USA vs Canada, Gold Cup 2007).
  15. Noticed this, too. Leave it to CONCASCRAP to sabotage Canada's run. Playing at 4:30 in Glendale will be no picnic because of the heat, something Jamaica is much better equipped to deal with. 7:30 was much more favourable.
  16. Absolutely. This is where the world-class teams overshadow the mediocre teams. Like I said in a prior post, you put Davies - a potential world-class player with exceptional finishing - in that position and it would have been in the back of the net. It's not like Canada doesn't have a player who can cash in. He was just left out for the majority of the match as a precautionary measure. Imagine if he was available. And be fair to de Jong. I mean, I like him as a left back who can get forward, but he's not a finisher. I couldn't have asked much more from him, given the position he played tonight.
  17. Honestly, I think there was too much of an emphasis on defence tonight, insofar as the lineup is concerned. I actually think Canada could have won the game handily if de Jong was replaced with Davies on those two first-half chances. If Canada scored there, then a shutdown would have seemed justified. But it is precisely the mentality that we need to play for draws against teams like Honduras that is hurting us. Honduras is no test when you put them side by side with Mexico. This team needs to know it can beat Honduras and Costa Rica. That's what it will take if they want to qualify for 2022.
  18. I know. I was just pointing out the positives to take away from the game. Of course there's work to do. I have talked about Canada's issues on defence, in particular. But for me, this is a major milestone when compared to how the national team has performed in recent years.
  19. I agree with you, but Canada finally had something else on its side tonight: luck. And that's OK. Look at Honduras. Did they really deserve a 3-0 forfeit win and advancement to the quarterfinals after failing to score a single goal in the group stage? No. But guess what? They will be celebrating all night. That's because they made it. That's all that matters. And if you don't believe that they don't care how the job gets done, just look at the embellishment, dirty play and arrogance the team demonstrates on a regular basis. I don't know if I've ever seen Honduras win honourably, and they wouldn't care one iota if you pointed that out to them. I'm not saying it's time to sink to their level. We're better than that. But a little luck never hurts.
  20. I agree there were shaky moments, but we have to celebrate this result. It could have been much worse, as in, we may not have even advanced. Let's look at this as a very positive step in the right direction and build. We know Canada finally has some talent. We also know they have heart, and as de Jong mentioned today, self belief - two other things Canada has been missing.
  21. Very important comment. James, who admittedly had an OK night, almost cost us a penalty. I think it's because it was his first taste of action, and it was strange to start him in such a crucial match, IMO. We need to go back to Jakovic next game. Had to say it.
  22. The result tonight should be celebrated. Our boys put a spell together in the second half that I haven't seen from any Canadian team in my lifetime. That series of 20 or so passes followed up by the strike from Osorio shows me our offence is the real deal. Hoilett, in the absence of Davies, again continued to impress, running at defenders and frustrating the Honduran backline. Cavallini showed great strength and determination, winning back a lost ball on the edge of the area and turning it into a fine strike. And what can you say about Arfield... This firecracker is the best set-piece taker Canada has had in recent years. His movement on and off the ball is second to none on the team - he's an absolute joy to watch. Borjan was unbelievable tonight. No goalkeeper should have to come that far out of the six-yard box to collect, but he did the best he could. Now, if we can just tighten up our central-defending situation, we'll be strong contenders for a spot at 2022, IMO. That said, Adekugbe turned in a solid performance. To put in a flawless challenge on the right side of goal when you're playing left back is incredible. The future is bright, guys. Very bright, indeed.
  23. Love the optimism. With all the injustices (a suspect ruling, expected Honduran embellishment, poor officiating), a win today will be a great sign that Canada is turning the corner.
  24. Nothing new there. I love how FG also has to pay a fine. Where's the money going? To CONCACRAP, which is to blame for this whole mess?
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