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  1. I wonder if having a Spanish head coach for the MNT is paying some dividends. Definitely good to see young Canadians find opportunities to play meaningful games in an environment that will challenge them. Segunda B is a good level for a player like Fisk. If I'm not mistaken Racing Santander was playing in that division last season. He will be living close to Vigo, which s a lovely city, so well done for Ben
  2. Mark has played quite well this season for TFC-A in League1. Physical comparison to Atiba is actually pretty accurate. Similar body for sure.
  3. just got word that Gino Mauro, last with Minnesota in NASL, has signed a contract in Sweden with Bodens BK, who play in Sweden's Division 2, which is the 4th tier of Swedish football. here's a link that shows that he recently played a match with them. http://www.svenskalag.se/news.asp?teamID=5094&newsID=441053 I got word from his family that he has agreed to terms with the club. Good luck to Gino.
  4. with all the new players coming in, one has to hope that they are planning to loan the maximum 4 players or else alot of Canadian kids will be rotting on the bench. Guys like Bekker, Welshman, Aparicio and now Hamilton all need game time and the liklihood of that happening in Toronto is now slim and none.
  5. Stillo on the Soccer Show on Fan590 last night http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/the-soccer-show/
  6. Some news to report on Roberto Stillo. Last week it was reported that he and Genoa opted to part ways as Roberto was looking to get game time as a starting keeper. Well, he wasnt with a club for long as he has agreed to terms with Parma FC (SerieA) on a 4 year contract. He will be sent on loan to A.C. Perugia (Lega Pro, formerly known as Serie C1) where he will fight for his opportunity to start. His head coach will be former Serie A Golden Boot winner Cristiano Lucarelli Roberto had some offers to move to the UK as well but opted to sign with Parma instead. I wish him luck and hopefully, if he gets regular game action, our new CMNT coach will opt to bring him into camp with the men's team.
  7. Schools will always be there and believe me, there aren't many full rides so it would have cost him a fair bit of $$ more than likely to go the NCAA route. Going this route ensures that you are being seen by professional scouts, even if they are only pro scouts within Finland. It is definitely a long shot but that is the reality for a young Canadian footballer who has the desire to go pro. Its a crapshoot. Which is why we must address this problem with a Canadian solution.
  8. I've got a few updates: In Germany - David Kadoic (windsor native and formally of Windsor Stars and Toronto Croatia) has signed until the end of this season with SV Fortuna Regensburg (6th tier), which is where Chris Suta is currently on loan. My guess (and only a guess) is that he is hoping to parlay a short spell at this club into an opportunity at a higher level. He was a leading scorer for Windsor last year In Uruguay - 3 young men who were playing at Oakville Soccer Club in 2012 (with their Senior Men's Team) have joined the ranks of Defensor Sporting in Montevideo. Marco Rodriguez is training with Defensor's reserve side while Adam Bouchard and Nicolas Galvis have joined Defensor's academy (although they can't officially sign with the club until their 18th birthday). Rodriguez had previously been in South America (can't remember if in Uruguay or Argentina) and had been called into a U20 camp by Valerio Gazzola but didn't make the final cut. He is a very talented left footer and hopefully can earn himself a contract. Bouchard was a member of the OSA provincial program and was up for consideration by Sean Fleming for the U17 program until an injury left him out of the mix. He played for Milltown in 2011 as a 15 year old and is a very technical player who has a lot of potential to go with a huge passion for the game. I don't know much about Galvis other than what I saw of him when I caught a match he played in last year for OSC. He is young (not sure if he is much more than 16) and not particularly big but he held his own against a bigger, stronger men's team and was one of OSC's top players in that game. He was coached last year by Rafael Carbajal (assistant for U20 and U23 MNT teams), who was quite high on Galvis' potential to develop into a professional down the road. Carbajal is the coach who introduced these three boys to Defensor Sporting.
  9. I spoke to Paul a bit on the weekend at an event in Vaughan. He looks to still be in great shape. I think that if he opts to continue playing, it needs to be in a good situation for him and his family. It would be nice for him to finish up his playing career on his terms, rather than because of injury. always was one of my fav MNT players because of his leadership and winning mentality.
  10. actually, not quite true. there was interest for him in MLS but SJE weren't inclined to just give up his MLS rights to another team in the league
  11. i've heard he has been trying to seek out opportunities with club sides in Europe but nothing all that great has come from it. Unlikely he is "officially" retired at this point but unless a good opportunity presents itself, he is equally unlikely to be on anyone's roster as the 2012/2013 season kicks off. However, if he stays fit and some club finds themselves with lots of injuries at right fullback, he'll likely get a few opportunities to provide some experienced cover
  12. things are moving forward. More information will be made available when there is something significant to announce. thanks for the interest.
  13. Clarkson-Sheridan is indeed doing some good things for their athletes. They've got quality coaching professionals in place, a soccer savvy BoD and they are utilizing their contacts in South America to expose their players to fantastic opportunities. They are not alone....other clubs in Mississauga and throughout the Peel-Halton district (full disclosure: I am now Director of Senior Soccer for the district) are becoming more and more focused on providing exciting development opportunities for their players (opportunities that extend beyond trying to simply secure NCAA scholarships), which I believe is a very positive development. In fact, Positive things are happening throughout the GTA and the province of Ontario but it may not always be well communicated.
  14. I think Marc is a good coach and I hope he finds a good gig somewhere Every Canadian coach of a certain level wants to the head coach of the MNT so it is no surprise that he would indicate that this would be an ambition of his. Maybe one day he will have that opportunity.
  15. I don't know.....but I feel pretty confident that a few young players will earn their first senior caps over the next 2 months. a lot depends on how well the next 2 games go
  16. Guys, don't fret. Joseph is on the MNT radar.
  17. Luca is a pretty good young player and he's a very good athlete. Here's hoping he thrives with Rangers (and then hopefully moves somewhere better)
  18. In the next week or so, I will find a way to upload some of our home games for people to watch.
  19. Update from camp is that the weather is improving, suitable practice pitches have been located and the group had a very good training session today.
  20. I fixed my post...didn't proof read. I agree with you
  21. ^ I think Joe's interpretation of Mark Watson's comments is not</u> all that far off. Plenty of players have come on the scene with loads of talent (the #1 example in my mind is Branko Segoda) but having talent simply isn't enough. Branko had unbelievable talent but there was something missing that kept him from fulfilling his full potential. Julian DeGuzman is a good example of a player who had good (not mind blowing) natural talent but who also has the the heart, the work ethic and, very importantly, the humility needed to reach the top in this sport. He's made the most of his ability while so many others have not. Luck also has some influence but I'm a believer that you make most of your luck.
  22. I think they (the CSA) believe that he's more committed to Canada than the picture that is being painted based on reading the comments attributed to Asmir in that article. BTW, I passed on a link of that article to members of the MNT technical staff for their review. They're clearly busy with other issues right now (GC prep) but I have no doubt that they'll be putting a call into Asmir at some point to figure out what's what.
  23. Guys....everyone needs to calm down. Again, this is just 1 single newspaper article making this claim. When it is reported by a news source that we all deem to be reputable, with a direct quote from Asmir, then I would worry about it. Until then, let's relax. An Observer, I can assure you that the CSA types have been in contact with Asmir. I know for a fact that they wanted him to come to GC. The reasons he was not added to the roster have been well discussed already and they are valid. If I were in the same boat, i would have taken a pass as well. I have no doubt that the cSA will do what they need to do to try to keep Begovic in the Canadian fold. As I've mentioned before, I've been led to believe that the CSA doesn't share the same level of pessimism that many on this forum are feeling. However, when, as a nation, we haven't had any international success to boast about (save for an unexpected GC win MANY MANY years ago), players with the opportunity to play for a nation other than Canada are going to look around and weigh their options and there is little that can be done to stop it now that FIFA has opened the floodgates. Playing international soccer on a big stage is great for a player's career progression so the more cynical players will shop themselves around. If you think we have it bad, Brazil, Argentina, etc... will have it even worse. Of course they can absorb the losses better than we can but that just reinforces why elite player development needs a total rethink in this country.
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