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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Alex in General - CONCACAF Nations League   
    I still don't think it's over. This El Salvador team is too trash not to drop points v. DR or in friendlies. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from CANMNT_SUPERFAN in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    The costs would be insane. But one inexpensive game would be to play the US in their Jan camp. Problem is I don't love our chances against the US without our European players.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Kent in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    I was watching through my fingers as they surrounded the ref. Pure cringe.
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    harrycoyster reacted to Kent in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Honestly, the rules. I was so embarrassed, especially since Borjan, a veteran goalkeeper felt so strongly that he almost got two yellows complaining about a rule that he was 100% wrong about. Keepers only need to know a couple rules, don’t need to worry about hand balls or offside, and he doesn’t know the back pass rule. And three or four other players were complaining to the ref about it too. And nobody on the field saying “this is actually a rule guys. Calm down and line up for the free kick.”
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Shortdutchcanuck in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    It's quite an interesting pattern of play the Americans put on display last night. The goal is to work the ball to a fullback high enough up the field that the opposition fullback has to decide whether to close him down or defend the wide forwards. The wide forwards will pull inside to try to force the opposition fullback outside which resulted in a series of easy 1-2s yesterday as the Cuban midfielders were not quick enough to close down the space vacated by their fullbacks. Half the goals last night came this way. American fullback draws the Cuban fullback, American fullback passes to a wide forward that has drifted inside, ball goes back to the fullback for the cross or straight to the center forward from there. There isn't a surefire way of defending this once the fullback gets up the field assuming the movement is well executed. Even if the rotation of fullback to fullback, midfielder to wide forward is quick enough the American formation is such that there are two other midfielders stacked centrally, one of whom will now be undefended or have unbalanced the defensive structure. If the latter happens I'd imagine the ball goes back to the defensive midfielder who will have options on the far side and to the center forward checking back.
    Two ways to approach this attack. Best way would be to press them high up the field so that the American line of distribution (fullbacks and defensive midfielder) do not receive the ball high enough up the field to begin the set pattern. I have not watched the USA Mexico games, but this is what I imagine Mexico did judging from the media reaction. I'm not sure that we have the defensive capabilities to pull this off but it is the better of the two options. Make them play through us in a way that requires quick play and individual creativity, which is not a strong suit of their side with the exception of Pulisic and Mckennie, or long balls. Second choice is to sit deep enough that we will not be affected by set plays meant to get players in behind our back line. Don't see it winning 4 points over 180 minutes as the USA showed at the Gold Cup that they are capable of scoring on crosses in and around the box.
    We are going to see if Herdman is capable of matching a well thought out tactical plan. One that I think is quite naive in defense if we are able to stop the attacking movements. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from gator in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    It's quite an interesting pattern of play the Americans put on display last night. The goal is to work the ball to a fullback high enough up the field that the opposition fullback has to decide whether to close him down or defend the wide forwards. The wide forwards will pull inside to try to force the opposition fullback outside which resulted in a series of easy 1-2s yesterday as the Cuban midfielders were not quick enough to close down the space vacated by their fullbacks. Half the goals last night came this way. American fullback draws the Cuban fullback, American fullback passes to a wide forward that has drifted inside, ball goes back to the fullback for the cross or straight to the center forward from there. There isn't a surefire way of defending this once the fullback gets up the field assuming the movement is well executed. Even if the rotation of fullback to fullback, midfielder to wide forward is quick enough the American formation is such that there are two other midfielders stacked centrally, one of whom will now be undefended or have unbalanced the defensive structure. If the latter happens I'd imagine the ball goes back to the defensive midfielder who will have options on the far side and to the center forward checking back.
    Two ways to approach this attack. Best way would be to press them high up the field so that the American line of distribution (fullbacks and defensive midfielder) do not receive the ball high enough up the field to begin the set pattern. I have not watched the USA Mexico games, but this is what I imagine Mexico did judging from the media reaction. I'm not sure that we have the defensive capabilities to pull this off but it is the better of the two options. Make them play through us in a way that requires quick play and individual creativity, which is not a strong suit of their side with the exception of Pulisic and Mckennie, or long balls. Second choice is to sit deep enough that we will not be affected by set plays meant to get players in behind our back line. Don't see it winning 4 points over 180 minutes as the USA showed at the Gold Cup that they are capable of scoring on crosses in and around the box.
    We are going to see if Herdman is capable of matching a well thought out tactical plan. One that I think is quite naive in defense if we are able to stop the attacking movements. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from BCM in Position Group: Centre Backs   
    And the weakest part of his game is positioning. He's plays deep, rides the centre line, and doesn't hold z14 properly. Add his mobility and decision making...those are three major holes for a CB to have in their game.
    He's occasionally showed flashes of 1v1 defending and passing ability, but I don't really see why he's rated as highly as he is. I've had more informed soccer people than myself tell me he'll be an MLS starter, so go figure. He is still really young for a CB. 
    Then again, TFCII is winless in 17 games so far this season. They are maybe the worst team in North American professional soccer history and Dunn-Johnson is a major contributing factor to that. Like, probably the worst starter on the team. If somebody gets past Okello on the left side, there's a good chance Dunn isn't even in position to attempt a tackle.
    Hate to beat up on the kid and hope he proves me wrong, but I think we have a number of better CB prospects in the u20 age group.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from NickH in CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)   
    I've asked this very question of the CSA before. They give a long winded non-answer about how they need to make the most of their budget.
     
    To be fair, neither Mexico or the US ever pays in full for their youth tournaments, but they have earned that right. Teams will pay to come play Mexican youth teams and American youth tournaments are paid for by Nike, Audi and other sponsors. Recently Costa Rica paid for the US u17s to fly down for a series of matches. But if you aren't in demand (and we aren't), you need to pay to play. The CSA isn't willing to spend the funds for a fully fledged youth tournament. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Kadenge in CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)   
    Regardless of if you believe that this failure is as bad as the previous failures given who we didn't have, I think the most disappointing thing is that we still can't buy a defender. This tournament showed that we are still at least 2-3 years away from a starting calibre CB/FB breaking into MLS. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from El Hombre in CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)   
    Mexico is tied with Jamaica right now despite bringing almost a completely first team roster. Can't underestimate the size & speed of these athletic CONCACAF countries.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from General Apathy in Canadian Dual Nationals   
    For comparison...

    England: 1 Technical director, 16 full-time youth development advisors, 17 scouts, 51 regional FAs with their own talent identification structures.
    Mexico: 1 Technical director, 1 Head of Youth Activities, 5 youth identification camp coaches, ~10 domestic scouts , 3-5 American-based scouts.
    USA: 1 General Manager, 1 Head of Youth Development, 1 Head of Scouting, 1 Head of Talent Identification Systems, 9 technical advisors,  50 regional development coordinators, ~100 part-time scouts in the US,  ~50 part-time scouts abroad.
    Canada: 1 General Manager, 1 Head of Development, 1 Director of Player Development, 1 Head of Long-Term Player Development
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Unnamed Trialist in David Norman Jr.   
    His lack of pace is less damning than his lack of foot speed and agility. He's constantly dispossessed in tight spaces because other players just react/move faster. I always thought he'd fall back to CB, but the kid is pretty adamant about playing as a #8 apparently.
    If he's going to make it as a pro he's going to need to develop his passing game because the physical traits just aren't there. Caps do love him though, as you said, and he has the size and workrate that Robbo loves in his midfielders. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Blackjack15 in Michael Petrasso   
    Don’t think he has the pace/trickiness to be a threat on the wing at the Championship/MLS level. He’s still young enough to learn RB and should stick it out IMO.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from A_Gagne in Amer Didic   
    There is definitely no place in MLS where he is a sure starter. When SKC is healthy he doesn't even make the bench, and they are a relatively poor defensive team this year. He doesn't even stand out in USL the way he did last year. 
    He'd get minutes on a team like Colorado, but Didic turns 24 this year...he needs to go to a team where he'll play every matchday. Anything that's not regular minutes at this stage in his career is a bad move. Hope he goes to CPL or Scandinavia or one of the USL teams making the jump to MLS in the next few years.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Blackjack15 in Canadian Dual Nationals   
    For comparison...

    England: 1 Technical director, 16 full-time youth development advisors, 17 scouts, 51 regional FAs with their own talent identification structures.
    Mexico: 1 Technical director, 1 Head of Youth Activities, 5 youth identification camp coaches, ~10 domestic scouts , 3-5 American-based scouts.
    USA: 1 General Manager, 1 Head of Youth Development, 1 Head of Scouting, 1 Head of Talent Identification Systems, 9 technical advisors,  50 regional development coordinators, ~100 part-time scouts in the US,  ~50 part-time scouts abroad.
    Canada: 1 General Manager, 1 Head of Development, 1 Director of Player Development, 1 Head of Long-Term Player Development
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from ChuckMe92 in Ayo Akinola   
    If you only count players who signed a homegrown contract the only USMNT capped attacker sold to Europe in the last few years is Juan Agudelo. Obviously if you go further back there are a bunch in the vain of Feilhaber, Dempsey and Altidore, but that was pre-HG rule. 
    Recently, the majority of the USA's best attacking talent is grabbed by European teams before they can sign a homegrown deal. Timothy Weah had a HG offer from NYRB when he went to PSG, same with Brooks Lennon and RSL before he left for Liverpool. The list of those players is pretty long.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from ChuckMe92 in Ayo Akinola   
    Who just happened to sign an endorsement deal with Nike (the same company that provides the kits for US Soccer) three days after filing his one time switch. I'm sure Nike really needed a slightly above average Belgian league player without a Twitter account to help market their products....totally nothing suspicious there. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Dub Narcotic in Position Group: Centre Backs   
    And the weakest part of his game is positioning. He's plays deep, rides the centre line, and doesn't hold z14 properly. Add his mobility and decision making...those are three major holes for a CB to have in their game.
    He's occasionally showed flashes of 1v1 defending and passing ability, but I don't really see why he's rated as highly as he is. I've had more informed soccer people than myself tell me he'll be an MLS starter, so go figure. He is still really young for a CB. 
    Then again, TFCII is winless in 17 games so far this season. They are maybe the worst team in North American professional soccer history and Dunn-Johnson is a major contributing factor to that. Like, probably the worst starter on the team. If somebody gets past Okello on the left side, there's a good chance Dunn isn't even in position to attempt a tackle.
    Hate to beat up on the kid and hope he proves me wrong, but I think we have a number of better CB prospects in the u20 age group.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Keegan in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    Yes and no. Sigma’s business model is semi-reliant on the NCAA and they have long figured out how to avoid violation issues. Basically, Sigma did not receive any compensation directly from the transfer. However, they have an agreement with Larin for his representation rights. So Larin’s agent, Costa Smyrniotis, is a Sigma employee. So Sigma received compensation through Smyrniotis’ agent fee, but not through the traditional avenue.
    EDIT: Forgive my spelling errors. I’m still laughably bad at using touch keyboards.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from jpg75 in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    That’s what I’d think as well, but American academy investment has skyrocketed in the last few years. The only funding that the USSF has specifically for academies is the youth discovery program, which gives $10,000 a year for 3 years to the team after a player developed in their academy gets a USMNT senior cap.
     
    Yes, yes and yes. The USSF, and therefore the United States, purposely doesn’t follow the international rules, largely because it doesn’t mesh with NCAA rules. If the USSF adopted the international standards, the NCAA could rule that MLS academy players are monetized and aren’t eligible for college soccer. If the NCAA does embrace the rules, MLS/USL could be on the hook for millions a year in solidarity payments to NCAA schools. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Keegan in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    MLS has and will continue to sell players to Europe, hell Tyler Adams is in the process of going to RB Leipzig right now, that isn't what I'm talking about. My point is: The US is building an army of young players in Germany and Holland by making the American market one of the most attractive places in the world to scout uncontracted talent. The players are free, scouts are invited to showcases (scouting in most of the world is significantly harder), and the marketing potential of developing an American star is enormous. While I completely understand and support teams getting kickbacks for the players they have partially developed, I can't help but feel we are missing an opportunity to send more kids to Europe earlier. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Keegan in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    You can add Sebastian Soto (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Alex Mendez (Freiburg) to this list. Doesn’t sound like any Canadians are in talks with European clubs.
    Would be interested in everybody’s thoughts on the issue of youth compensation. While I think it’s more than fair that Canadian teams demand compensation for players they develop, we have and are continuing to see, European teams raid American youth talent since they’re literally free. The USMNT senior team has already capped u20 players from Dortmund, Schalke, Werder Bremen and PSG...all of whom were playing in the USSDA and required no compensation of any kind. As a result, major American tournaments are now swarming with European scouts, and their players are getting better and better opportunities.
    The question is, is that model sustainable?  Can these clubs continue to lose top prospects and warrant dumping money into their academies? Should Canadian teams allow players to move to teams of a certain calibre on a free for the sake of the national team, or is that a short-sighted solution that does more harm than good long term?
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Ruffian in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    As usual, the USSDA playoffs are sending a bunch of kids over to Europe. Americans Will Vint (Man United), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich), Richie Ledezma (PSV), Akil Watts (Mallorca), and Alec Kenison (Middlesbrough) have all moved to Europe after playing in the playoffs this past month. More moves will happen after the finals, as scouts are asked not to extend offers until after the player's team has been eliminated.
    You'll notice that there is a complete lack of Canadians on that list. I asked a Whitecaps youth staff member if there has been any interest in Caps players from European sides and they responded, "There are always conversations, but you get the feeling that the clubs that come to this event aren't interested in paying for talent." 
    Of the ten or so players that have been pulled from USSDA clubs to European and Mexican teams in the last two weeks, only Chris Richards (FC Dallas to Bayern Munich) will require any sort of training compensation. 
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Grandbloke in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    The Whitecaps forced extra time against the LA Galaxy, but ultimately couldn't hold on for penalties as the Galaxy scored twice to win the game 2-0. The gap in technical quality was obvious and the Caps looked hopeless in their attempts to get the ball to Bair for much of the game, yet a stellar performance by the Caps backline is something to be excited about. Ruby and Hakkinen were damn near faultless in 120' against the most talented attacking side the DA has ever seen.
    All things considered, good if not great showings for both the Vancouver and Montreal academies.
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    harrycoyster got a reaction from Dub Narcotic in General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams   
    As usual, the USSDA playoffs are sending a bunch of kids over to Europe. Americans Will Vint (Man United), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich), Richie Ledezma (PSV), Akil Watts (Mallorca), and Alec Kenison (Middlesbrough) have all moved to Europe after playing in the playoffs this past month. More moves will happen after the finals, as scouts are asked not to extend offers until after the player's team has been eliminated.
    You'll notice that there is a complete lack of Canadians on that list. I asked a Whitecaps youth staff member if there has been any interest in Caps players from European sides and they responded, "There are always conversations, but you get the feeling that the clubs that come to this event aren't interested in paying for talent." 
    Of the ten or so players that have been pulled from USSDA clubs to European and Mexican teams in the last two weeks, only Chris Richards (FC Dallas to Bayern Munich) will require any sort of training compensation. 
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