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  1. Agreed but I think what @Shway is saying is not that Borges is on par at this age but that it is still too early to tell when a guy is just 20 where his career might end up. If CanPL can springboard Tristan back to Holland or to Belgium or Portugal at 21 or 22 who know what he might achieve? One thing he needs to work on is consistency as he has drifted out of certain games completely. But with his composure on the ball, finishing, and ability to buy himself time and transition seamlessly from receiving the ball to either attacking the defender or making an incisive pass, I don't see why he couldn't be successful in a higher, more technical league. So he is down the depth chart but to rule him out at 20 is silly.
  2. If they bring in a proper target striker to replace him that's fine. One of the things Emery brought to the table even on the wing was his physicality. He drew a lot of defensive attention which opened things up for players like Borges and Cisse and Bekker. When they were forced to play without Welshman or Novak in the lineup they just looked like a team with lots of possession but no final product.
  3. Given our lineup options does David play as a 10, a 9, or a winger for us in Nations League?
  4. Borjan - the errors will always be there as well as the monster saves (see Martinique game). I'd like to see Crepeau get a shot against Cuba in fall but Borjan gets to balls none of our other keepers would and is still our #1 going forward. Henry - very solid, quiet (in a good way) tournament and I think he's very capable of anchoring our backline for a long time. Can go toe to toe with anyone physically and made consistently solid decisions outside of the Martinique giveaway. Cornelius - pleasant surprise for me given a few struggles with Caps, definitely has the composure to be a steady figure for us back there Davies - regardless of not liking him at LB, he needs to make that play defensively and he knew it right away kicking the post. No goals but we saw both the potential with breathtaking runs and nice setups and also what he needs to clean up - still some reliance on overdribbling and poor crosses. He still has so much more to offer if he can reach even close to his potential. Even playing partly at LB I expected a little more. Godinho - needs a good long solid stretch at club before I'd start him again. I didn't like Borjan's reaction but I also didn't like Godinho throwing uo his hands at Borjan. The pass was playable but so casual and naive. Gifted going forward, capable of defending, needs to prove reliability. ZBG - hoped to see him against Haiti, solid defender with speed to overlap, needs to refine his touch in tight areas and crossing ability as he will get lots of opportunities. My RB of choice going forward. Miller - looked promising in cameo appearance Piette - the usual, and also a better passer than we give him credit for, his lack of speed as others have noted gets exposed against highly athletic teams. I always want him on my team but he might find starts few and far between once Eustaquio gets here. Hutch - better at DM than CB obviously, long, intelligent, composed, but you can see the cracks starting to show. Might be the end of a brilliant, underrated career. Gutted for him above all. Kaye - still needs refinement but covers so much ground and sees the field so well. Not as good a tournament as I expected, maybe due to injury and playing LB, but saw enough flashes. Would love to see him go to Europe. Arfield - our midfield engine who controlled tempo and buildup, not as big an offensive threat as I had hoped given Rangers form, hopefully no signs of decline in coming WCQ run. Osorio - very composed in midfield and adept at moving the ball under pressure, a lot of us thought he was odd man out in midfield and he proved he belongs on field Hoilett - disappointed in his play, other than a few flashes I thought he made poor decisions and didn't look particularly engaged. Opening the door forr Davies and Millar to take his wing minutes. Johnson - fine, good depth option, probably coming to the end of his callups, always a good injury cover David - hard to imagine a Canadian scoring goals this clinically at any age. Might end up being more valuable to this team than Davies. Positioning and movement fantastic. Interesting to see what position he slots into longterm. Cavallini - a beast but struggled a bit against Haiti. Wears defenders down with his physical presence. Needs good service and not quite as clinical as David. Wears his heart on his sleeve and we will always be secretly wondering if something has pissed him off enough to leave the team for good Larin - some good holdup but not especially threatening, played out of position on wing, seriously in need of a confidence boost Millar - looked lively and dangerous as we have come to expect, need to find more minutes for him going forward Going forward: need to look at Adekugbe and Cordova for LB position as well as James at CB I'd like to see a game with David in MF, Cav up front, Davies and Millar on wings. Can't wait to see Eustaquio, hoping for a speedy recovery. Midfield will continue to be crowded after Hutch retires. Kaye, Osorio, Eustaquio, Piette all competing for possibly 2 spots beside Arfield and David (unless you play David on wing) Need to win at least one of those USA games to restore confidence.
  5. I actually thought Herdman's squad selections and lineups were some of the less debated I've ever seen on here with Canadian coaches. Other than missing Adekugbe at left back due to injury and not calling Cordova (I would have brought him over Will Johnson) the roster was what most on here thought it should be. The other points of debate: squad rotation, Phonzie at left back, do you play your best lineup against Mexico, were difficult decisionsthat were widely debated on here and probably more or less 50-50 between supporters. I just think Herdman was naive going into second half and some individual moments of bad defending really cost us. Unfortunately this overshadows a ton of positives from this tournament. Personally I was too high on this team's chances in this tournament given the lack of quality opponents in the last year. Then following the loss I was much too low, and very angry. In every sport you see it where talented young teams have their first big test and fail it, then maybe fail again a few more times before they learn what it truly takes to win high-pressure games. The one thing that concerns me is rumours of Herdman having a long contract that will make it difficult to fire him. We can still improve under Herdman but I'm not sure he can take us to this group's full potential.
  6. We need to play more games. RB and LB need to be straightened out, taking a look at everyone, Cordova included, which can be accomplished by playing more games. Davies, Cav, and David need to be our front line. I feel like Hoilett has lost a step although he is still a great option for certain games. It's possible to be angry and critical about this match and still hold on to the positives from this tournament, including some midfield and attacking play that showed a different Canada than I have ever seen. It's also good to see anger and outrage, as we should expect to win these games with this group. It's also possible to criticise Herdman and feel he made serious errors without thinking the time is right to fire him yet. Ultimately it will depend on whether he has lost the confidence of key players. Hats off to Haiti. Sometimes a team just seems to be on a magical run, as we were when we won our only Gold Cup. Looking forward to seeing Eustaqiuo with this group. Luckily we do not have long to wait before Nation's League, and there is plenty of CanPL in between. Jonathan David is going to obliterate all Canadian scoring records.
  7. To put JDG2's decision another way: he chose the team that got him to a World Cup and gave him a legit shot to win it (3rd place). And he got to start in a 5-1 WC win over Spain, how many people can say that? Whether he'd trade that for a major role with us for years and years, who knows. I personally kind of doubt it. But he went to Holland pretty young, spent most of his formative training years there, and probably felt like he was mainly a product of the Dutch soccer system. Would have my full respect if only he had decided quicker and not strung us along.
  8. I think playing the Americans plus the amount of goals we are scoring should garner some solid interest. Especially if we make it to semis and play an entertaining game against Mexico, win or lose, I could see the excitement building enough momentum for an excellent crowd.
  9. Calgary played another strong game today but luck ran out. For all they seemed to dominate the spring season things were a little closer than at first glance. Take out that last minute goal in Hamilton and we'd be looking at a race to the wire. Ultimately that goal, failure to win opener, and loss in Halifax home opener doomed our season. Hope we can carry this momentum into Fall Season and CONCACAF League. Calgary Hamilton would be a great final. Getting Welshman back from Gold Cup and a healthy Anthony Novak will be huge.
  10. I think what he did by bringing them on is show his own team that when they have more of their best lineup they can compete with Mexico. It was a morale booster aimed at playing Mexico again in semis. Anyway, thought this was a great learning experience for the team. Mexico is a tough ******* team and they've been that way a long time. Great positioning, runs off ball, ball-winning, and defensive recoveries. Not sure what people were expecting. On another night maybe we keep that game close and even nip a tie. We knew we had issues defensively and there were just enough miscues and moments of confusion to give Mexico the chances they needed. But we held them and made things difficult for long stretches of first half with what I thought was an excellent gameplan to contain Mexico's midfield buildup. We go in to the half 0-0 and maybe its a different ballgame. Not sure why people seem to underestimate Mexico, but I felt better about us holding our own in this one than other games i've watched against Mexico. We still have a lot of chasing to do but think how long it took the US to beat them in something important. I have a lot of hope going forward after this game. You can see that a lot of the pieces are there, and there were some great spells of midfield buildup against a Mexican team that just defends solidly and harasses and makes things difficult.
  11. It is a new thing. It is called 'having a pretty damn talented team'. It does take some getting used to 😉. Years of disappoinment have made me pretty fragile. But I think at this point we should be confident in this group and expect the best and not the worst.
  12. Has been one of the most successful marketing campaigns in sports history. A whole country cheerong for a basketball team from a city the rest of the country hates. Did you see the streets of Toronto today? Not sure if I'll live to see soccer capture the Canadian imagination the way We The North basketball just did. And good marketing slogans seldom depend on making sense. They pull on strong emotions and ideas of shared identity. If the CSA could come up with a marketing campaign a tenth as successful we might actually start getting crowds out for CanMNT games.
  13. The quotes from Herdman definitely make it sound as if we will not play our best lineup against Mexico. We only need to beat Cuba to get out of the group and the important game against Mexico is the semi-final if we make it that far. No use tipping your hand and letting Mexico see your best lineup now. I'd sit both Davies and David and not let Mexico get a glimpse of what's waiting for them until the potential rematch. And if Henry is still injured at all I'd wait to play him as long as possible. He has enough experience playing with this group he can step right in as soon as he's fully healthy.
  14. It is concerning but nothing to get worked up over this early. The league always knew GTA would be a challenge. The CFL has kept the Argos alive for years and I think this owner and CanPL will keep York going for some years even if it struggles. A GTA team is important for optics and media visibility. The break-even number mentioned was not 6 to 8000 but 5000 but that's still just a number. Doesn't mean it is the same for every team or that it stayed the same after the deal with MediaPro. Maybe York have less salary burden and in addition York Lions Stadium is probably much cheaper to operate out of compared to some of the bigger stadiums.
  15. A little disappointed with the Al Classico crowd too. We were all counting on these rivalry games being sellouts for Edmonton and Calgary. May just take some time for the rivalry to build organically though. Eddies play early in season hasn't helped. Some people maybe staying home to watch Canada-NZ
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