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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from apbsmith in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Let's see who from our squad is in good form heading into the next window. We might see some changes due to one or two guys looking really good heading into October.  Eyes will certainly be on Arfield, maybe also Millar, ZBG, Jebbison and Corbeanu.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to footballfreak in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    I haven’t posted here in a long time, so apologies if this turns into an essay.
    To those who are suggesting we go for it against Mexico, here’s a couple thoughts:
    Last window was one of the easiest we could have gotten: 2 home games, short flight, easiest/thinnest opponent in our third game... and we still had only 3 players who made it through all 270 mins (4 if you include Eustaquio). We will not be able to play our strongest 11 in all 3 games. 2 away games, altitude, Caribbean heat, compressed timetable. It’s not happening. Sacrifices to quality will need to be made in at least one game. If not Mexico, then where do we rest some of our key players? There is no El Salvador game in this window.  
    Jamaica has not won a home game WCQ at The Office since October, 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda. Since then... 2014 Hex: Panama (1-1), Mexico (0-1), USA (1-2), Costa Rica (1-1), Honduras (2-2). 2018: Nicaragua! (2-3), Panama (0-2), Costa Rica (1-1), Haiti (0-2). 2022: Panama (0-3). 0 wins, 4 draws, 6 losses. Past results are not an indicator of future performance, but there’s no way this doesn’t play into the psychology of the Jamaican team/public right now. They are extremely vulnerable, and will likely still be playing without fans in October. This game may even be more winnable than our home game against Jamaica, because we get to face them early in the cycle, before their English players build familiarity with the rest of the team. This game screams 3 points.  
    Panama at home is a must win, not only because it is a home game, but because they are surprisingly hard to beat in Panama. In 8 matches in the 2018 qualifiers, they lost only 1 home match. They got draws against the USA, Mexico and Honduras in the Hex. They split a series with Costa Rica between the Hex and the previous round. We do not want to go into Panama on match day 14 needing a win if they are still in the mix for a spot. Anything less than a win in the home leg puts us in significant danger if Panama maintains form.  
    With all that in mind, I cannot fathom going all out against Mexico in the first game. As others have said, the best bet is to put out a gritty 11 in the first half, and sub in the big guns in the second half if we have a chance at a result. You can do the inverse by start ing the A-squad and subbing in the backups if we’re losing, but that opens up the pathway to the worst case scenario.
    The worst possible way for this window to go is to put out our first string in Mexico city, stay competitive late into the game, resist subbing out core guys... and lose anyways. Now we have a tired core heading into what would otherwise be two very winnable games, and 0 points in the bag to show for it.
    Given the odds of a result in Mexico City, it just isn’t worth it. Could we get a draw? Maybe. A win? Extremely unlikely. Take the points where they’re available, and against the opponents we need to beat to ensure a spot. 
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from canadasoccer20 in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Let's see who from our squad is in good form heading into the next window. We might see some changes due to one or two guys looking really good heading into October.  Eyes will certainly be on Arfield, maybe also Millar, ZBG, Jebbison and Corbeanu.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Corazon in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Let's see who from our squad is in good form heading into the next window. We might see some changes due to one or two guys looking really good heading into October.  Eyes will certainly be on Arfield, maybe also Millar, ZBG, Jebbison and Corbeanu.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from frmr in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Let's see who from our squad is in good form heading into the next window. We might see some changes due to one or two guys looking really good heading into October.  Eyes will certainly be on Arfield, maybe also Millar, ZBG, Jebbison and Corbeanu.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from king1010 in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Let's see who from our squad is in good form heading into the next window. We might see some changes due to one or two guys looking really good heading into October.  Eyes will certainly be on Arfield, maybe also Millar, ZBG, Jebbison and Corbeanu.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Ivan in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Yeah, I've a feeling we might play our A-selection in Mexico, then rotate a bit for Jamaica, likely keeping Davies and one or two others on the bench and only bringing them on if we need them at the 60 - 65 minute mark.  And then the A-selection home against Panama. As a few of you have already suggested, we are going to need the right reinforcements to make this successful, which means if we play a very compact 4-5-1, we are going to need some help on the wings, and some coverage for Alistair "I Eat Babies for Lunch" Johnston. I would expect a similar formation against Jamaica: tough to break down defensively; deadly on the counter. While I like Arfield as an option at CM, I think he can play out wide if need be, yes?  I know he does not have the wheels to be a winger, but we need defensive depth and intelligence on the ball. We know he'll work his ass off.
    But without a doubt, Herdman and his staff are preparing meticulously as we speak.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Floortom in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    Punt the mexico match - mostly “b team” and play for an ugly draw.
    Jamaica need to go for points. Will be interesting  what happens with this one - will Jamaica be added to the red list? Will they have fans? Possibly this could move to a neutral location.
    Panama is an absolute must win so you go all out for that one 
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Yoginess in WCQ: Third Round - Window 2 (October 7-13, 2021)   
    It's a weird window. Jamaica and Panama are the key games but only 2 days in between. Don't even know how we handle the squad rotation (kind of wish the Mexico game was 2nd). 
    I think it's all hands on deck now and I can see Arfield getting back into the squad
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to El Hombre in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I'd hate to have to limit my posting time to between 8am and 8:15am.  Y'all would miss out on so many gems.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Mattd97 in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    What did you do this week at work matt?
    Turned an El Salvador match day thread in to a Ryan Reynolds fan club meeting.
    Oh, so just a regular week?
    Yup, nothing new.
    And how's work?
    Really, really behind. It's bad.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to dyslexic nam in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    I have no idea how it could happen but it would definitely be a boost to get him interested in the CMNT.  Hell, he is a proud Vancouver guy so if only Davies could reach out to him on social media.  That shit could go viral.  
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from johnyb in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Mattd97 in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    All I ask for is a video of Deadpool training with the team.
     
     
    Then again we already see Alistair Johnson play with them, so we kind of see it all the time
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Greatest Cockney Rip Off in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Corazon in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    As for making sure we've a sea of red out there for every match, we need to build our Voyageurs base. Yup, a winning team will help the cause, but I bet there are a host of things we can do to proactively own the stadium.  Lots of ideas being shared on this forum already.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Corazon in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from TOcanadafan in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    As for making sure we've a sea of red out there for every match, we need to build our Voyageurs base. Yup, a winning team will help the cause, but I bet there are a host of things we can do to proactively own the stadium.  Lots of ideas being shared on this forum already.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Shway in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    As for making sure we've a sea of red out there for every match, we need to build our Voyageurs base. Yup, a winning team will help the cause, but I bet there are a host of things we can do to proactively own the stadium.  Lots of ideas being shared on this forum already.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Unnamed Trialist in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Approve My Account Pls in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    As for making sure we've a sea of red out there for every match, we need to build our Voyageurs base. Yup, a winning team will help the cause, but I bet there are a host of things we can do to proactively own the stadium.  Lots of ideas being shared on this forum already.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Approve My Account Pls in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
  23. Haha
    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from hulkrogan in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    All depends on what kind of "fist pump" you gave him. 😉
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from gator in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    As for making sure we've a sea of red out there for every match, we need to build our Voyageurs base. Yup, a winning team will help the cause, but I bet there are a host of things we can do to proactively own the stadium.  Lots of ideas being shared on this forum already.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from gator in WCQ | Window 1 | Match Day 3: Canada vs El Salvador- Wednesday, Sept 8th, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific - Toronto, BMO Field   
    Quick summary: We scored in each of our three matches, four goals from open play, one from the spot.  We allowed only two goals, and only a smattering of solid chances.  Of the two goals allowed, both were caused by mistakes we can easily clean up. While there were moments here and there where we could have been sharper, save for the terrible spell against Honduras in the first half, we played very solid football over the three matches. We were tactically aware, always hardworking, and sufficiently creative.  
    Can we build on this?  I think so. I really do. Next window looks to be tougher, if only because of the travel--I wish we played Jamaica first, not Mexico--but we will learn a lot about this group, and they'll learn a lot about themselves.
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