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  1. Spoke with Scott this morning. What was thought to be a hamstring injury was misdiagnosed. After further review of his MRI it has been determined that the injury is Osteitis Pubis (basically a repetitive movement injury causing inflamation). This is the same injury Messi has been dealing with. A leading practitioner in treating this symptom lives near Salzburg and Scott has seen him previously. Scott continues to be focused and disciplined about recovering. He has been fulfilling his "competition" need by honing his ping pong skills. He went 11 for 11 against his teammates yesterday before training.
  2. Thanks for your thoughts KTF. This is an important discussion and complex topic. Due to the MLS, interest in football/soccer in North America is growing. California and Florida have become quite strong development centres. Canada, still has a long way to go. While I'd like to suggest that the geography and weather in Canada play a large role in its lack of performance on the world stage, these challenges can be overcome with the right development programs (just look at Iceland). Iceland's success is worthy of analysis and evaluation. There's things to be learned. However, we don't have to go that far. As you've noted, Canada's hockey culture/programs are a perfect place to start. Good sport programs start with the sport capturing the imagination and passion of a child (a kid wants to be "Wayne Gretsky" or "Sydney Crosby"). If a development program can keep the interest of the child with support, coaching, technical training, good competition and direction, the child's passion/commitment and potential can be maximized. My son Scott had passion and commitment for the game. He was fortunate to have some great coaches and enough success in Calgary to "keep the fire burning." When he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to continue his development in Europe, we supported the opportunity. What's important to recognize is that at that point (he was 18), without the opportunity to go to Europe, Scott would not have continued meaningful development. The Canadian system had almost no development options for Scott (he wasn't at a point in his development that the options available recognized his potential). Now, four (4) seasons later, with training in Germany and Austria, maybe it will? What did the German and Austrian systems see in Scott that the Canadian system failed to see? Had we been unable to find options in Europe the likelihood of Scott's potential being fully developed would have been seriously impaired. Of course, four (4) years ago, the CPL didn't exist. If the CPL continues to succeed, this necessarily improves the athlete development landscape. I applaud the efforts and success of the Calgary Cavalry owners ... it's an exciting venue and it appears that they've been able to attract solid corporate sponsorship and a decent fan base.
  3. Scott has a strained hamstring. He's recovering well and he's being very disciplined about healing fully before coming back. I expect he'll miss a couple more games.
  4. Highlights from 2018-2019 season. Scott is #2. Pretty good video (not the best music choices 😳).
  5. Scott had a great season. He had more playing time than any other player and scored three (3) goals. Transfermarkt now places his market value at $250 euro. Klagenfurt has extended his contract for two more years. We look forward to seeing his development in the upcoming season. Here's his progression and minutes played in the last 4 seasons (games played, goals scored, yellow cards, red cards and minutes played). Competition Total : 101 10 - 5 - 1 8.772' LL Bayern-S/O 31 2 - 2 - - 2.729' 2. Liga 29 3 - 1 - - 2.550' RL West 24 4 - 1 - - 2.077' Bayernliga Nord 11 1 - 1 - 1 821' ÖFB-Cup 4 - - - - - 420' Bayerischer Toto-Pokal 2 - - - - - 175'
  6. SK Austria Klagenfurt had a test match earlier today against SK Sturm Graz, a 1st level Austrian Bundesliga team. Sturm Graz are currently in 4th place in the 1st league. Klagenfurt lost 2:1. Scott scored the only goal for Klagenfurt and played 90 minutes. The game can be watched on You tube. Easy access through the Sturm Graz Facebook page.
  7. Scott and I have never discussed MNT. However, he's a proud, patriotic Canadian and I suspect would he would welcome the opportunity. I don't know Cornelius. I watched a Youtube compilation of his play and he looks like a talented young man. I have no comment on the difference between the Serbian league and the Austrian Bundesliga. Scott continues to improve and grow. To compare the two is natural, but not necessary. They are different. Scott has been playing in four different positions for Klagenfurt. Right back, Centre back, left back and midfield. He has scored two goals and it seems he has good scoring chances (and assists) every game. I'm confident Scott will earn a look from the MNT. Time will tell.
  8. I think he wants to play in Europe as long as he continues to enjoy the experience, improve and advance. He speaks German fluently now, enjoys the culture and is living his dream.
  9. Scott was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He played club soccer for Calgary West, Calgary Chinooks and for his high school team at William Aberhart. He left for Traunstein after he finished Grade 12.
  10. We're excited for him. This will be his 4th season in Europe. He has played a total of 72 games in Europe (6,222 minutes). He started in the German 6th Division playing for Traunstein, moved to the German 4th Division playing for Amburg (had a few injuries) then moved to the Austrian Regional 3rd Division playing for Grodig, where he scored 4 goals. He continues to grow and improve. 18/19 2. Liga 1 1,00 - - - / - / - 90' 18/19 ÖFB-Cup 1 3,00 - - - / - / - 90' 17/18 RL West 24 2,08 4 - 1 / - / - 2.077' 17/18 ÖFB-Cup 2 1,50 - - - / - / - 240' 16/17 Bayernliga Nord 11 1,00 1 - 1 / - / 1 821' 16/17 Bayerischer Toto-Pokal 2 1,50 - - - / - / - 175' 15/16 LL Bayern-S/O 31 1,42 2 - 2 / - / - 2.729'
  11. Quick update: Scott has signed with SK Klagenfurt, a team in the Austrian Football Second League, formerly the First League. This the second highest professional division in Austrian football. It contains 16 teams and is run in the same fashion as the Austrian Bundesliga. The champion of the league is promoted to the Bundesliga and the three last placed teams are directly relegated from the Second League into the regional leagues. The league is currently known as the Sky Go 2. Liga for sponsorship reasons. Games are streamed online www.laola1.tv.
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