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  1. 2 hours ago, Bison44 said:

    What are you smoking??  Johnston (23) started his canada carer this year and you can pencil him in as RB for the next 2 cycles.  Buchanon (22) was just starting to take off last year come playoff time and now looks like he can be a starter for the next 2 cycles.  Thats just 2 guys that have become starters and they were almost not existent in our program a year ago.  Corbeanu made his first apperance this year.....same with Akinola (21)...all this happened in the last year, all can be a backbone of a team for the next 8 years, how can the picture look worse than a year ago??

    Stupid people naturally see stupid things. 🙄

  2. 1 hour ago, narduch said:

    Buchanan on the bench for New England v Chicago. 

    No Johnston for Nashville tonight v DC.

    Akindele on the bench for Orlando v Cincinnati 


    I like this. Let our horses get their rest on their clubs' time so they're good to go for 2-3 full matches in the international windows!

    For the record, this feeling for international football only applies to Canada. Brazil can fuck right off selecting Liverpool players for their qualifiers! 😄 

  3. 12 hours ago, Metro said:

    Funniest example I've ever seen of when "the game is over" went wrong.  Not a soccer example, but I think most will like it:

    Toronto Raptors were in LA to play the Lakers.  They had a crazy lead of 20-30 points in around HALFTIME causing a very excited Chuck Swirtsky, the play-by-play guy for the Raptors at the time, to inexplicably yell out his catchphrase "Break out the salami and cheese Momma, this game is over!"  He said this half way through the game.  Seriously.

    Well, this game happened to be Kobe Bryant's epic 81 point game and the Lakers ended up turning the game around and smoking the Raptors. 

    "Game well and truly over...." said Sky Sports' Andy Grey as the ball rolled in for Hernan Crespo's 2nd goal to put Milan up 3-nil just before half-time during the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul. How'd that final turn out?

  4. 3 hours ago, Cheeta said:

    ^ The province by association slipped Valour a pile of cash through financing The Kickoff.  Small crowds or no I don't believe Valour is going to be especially hurt by 2021.

    I'd be surprised if Dos Santos signed without there being a clear understanding around responsibilities and budget, Valour's budget handicap being the worst kept secret in the CPL.  

    So great hope for 2022.  On all footie fronts.🙂

    Do you think PDS had many other offers, though?

  5. 2 minutes ago, OhCanadaOhBaby said:

    Funny how one of his greatest goals scored to date was the one game when he was playing RS/RW🤣 I think the message there is that no matter where he plays, no matter what position it won't matter, because he'll be unstoppable. 

    To really answer that though, wouldn't expect him to move any time before his contact in 2025, unless Bayern get an incredible deal but even then, he's not the kind of talent you just let go especially when has yet to really begin his prime. I would expect him to continue to be pushed up the field by Naggelsmann this season. Too much attacking talent to be wasted sitting back and Julien know it.

    There's no reason for him to move from a footballing perspective. There's no club that's going to be significantly higher on the food chain. If Bayern keep renewing him on decent terms every 2-3 years, he could stay there until he's into his 30s.

  6. 4 minutes ago, jonovision said:

    Looking at this window, I know we would have been better off losing to Mexico and beating Jamaica... but it's hard not to be at least satisfied with the way things have gone. I think the point at Azteca means more than just a point in the table, even if they didn't follow it up with the best performance.

    The intangible benefits of getting a point at the Azteca and finishing the second three-match window still undefeated will outweigh that one extra point in the standings in the long run, I think. Then again, we might REALLY want that extra point come March.

  7. On 10/12/2021 at 2:05 AM, dyslexic nam said:

    He may not have had a ton to do last night, but that (literal) last minute fingertip save rescued a point for us and stopped Jamaica from gathering some much needed momentum.  In the two away games he has let in a single goal in Azteca. That is pretty impressive.  

    On this day after thanksgiving, I will say that I am thankful Max has stepped up to the point where Borjan going down doesn’t cause me huge concern about our keeping situation (other than reduced depth).  And I don’t mean that in any way to disrespect Milan, but Crepeau has shown he is starter-quality.  

    I watched the game on a stream on my laptop sitting behind my desktop monitor while I was trying to get some actual work done. I didn't see who it was who egregiously gave the ball away while we were looking to break on them. That giveaway directly lead to the shot that Max had to save, and, thus, to the last-second corner that we had to defend. Who was that player?

  8. With my Whitecaps shirt on, I'd like Max to stay because I believe that, if he does, he'll be recognized as an elite MLS 'keeper as he enters his prime years. However, with my Canada scarf draped over my shoulders, I'd love to see Max move on to bigger and better while Hasal gets a few years as a regular starter in MLS to see how well he grows into it.


  9. 2 hours ago, Free kick said:

    Really?  Ok,  i just skimmed through 21 pages of the discussion thread on the whitecaps within the MLS section of this forum.  Lots of stuff on potential incomming transfers from overseas, the MDS firing, roster discussions, some in-games discussions, some references to Donald Trump etc etc.  

    nothing talking about the academy, teh performnance of the academy.etc. No criticism of the the academy or that canadians are not getting enough minutes.   Contrast that with the TFC thread and its loaded with:  why is this canadian not getting more minutes,  TFC is anti canadian, why is this american playing and this canadian is not,  TFC needs to play more canadians, TFC is doing a lousy job developing canadian,  the front office is too american, why did they hire this american, and so on and so on.   And it was pretty much the same from year to year. 

    my eyes are open thank you very much!   

    PS: i am not criticizing at all the whitecaps thread or the contributions to it.  Quite the contrary. I kind of wish that the TFC thread looked a little more like the whitecaps discussions.

    Please refer to @maccaliam's and @dyslexic nam's posts above. The Whitecaps and Impact aren't getting criticised this season, or even last, because they're regularly starting or subbing in Canadian players at numbers which more or less mesh with most of our expectations when MLS came to Canada. However, historically, VWFC has gotten the worst of the criticism in that regard, and by some distance. 

  10. 9 minutes ago, Free kick said:

    I am ok with holding them to higher standard.  But lets not entirely exonerate the other two canadian clubs.   Cause that is what i have been seeing here over the years.  

    If that's what you've seen over the years, you seriously need to open the other eye, mate.

  11. 1 hour ago, Sal333 said:

    Herc literally walked off a Mexican show where the analysts were arguing about the best player in CONCACA and they mentioned Corona in the same breath as Davies. This guy knows his game and he was singing the praises for the Canadian team for quite awhile.


    Isn't this the guy we were all slaughtering over his beyond-ignorant takes before and after the Nations League win over the USA a couple of years ago?

  12. 5 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

    I give them credit for coming out and talking about the midfield from the get-go. 

    Overall a very good episode. 

    One thing where they err I believe is when they talk about negatives. Slow starts, well yes. Without mentioning we constantly get scored on 1st and are forced to chase results. 

    So you can't say Herdman is great at adjusting mid match and ignore we are regularly coming out wrong and staying wrong until behind a goal. It's the team's most serious problem. 

    I think the only games where we've really started poorly have been the Honduras match last month, the USA game at the Gold Cup, and the Suriname game in June. Falling behind against the USA last month and Mexico yesterday weren't the result of poor starts, but due to facing strong opposition who will test us even when we're actually playing well. Sure, 3 games with poor starts out of the last 13 matches is something that needs working on, but let's not convince ourselves that it's an endemic issue.

  13. 1 hour ago, JasonDias said:

    He had a good time 😁. Everyone's pretty pumped. Been a good week of footy in the Dias' households haha. 

    Ps. For all the forum posts that say I'm his uncle. No, I'm not his uncle, he's my cousin's kid. 

    In Indian culture, that makes you his uncle. In European culture, I think that makes you his second cousin.

  14. On 10/3/2021 at 7:41 PM, Unnamed Trialist said:

    Anyone who has followed European football with minimal attention knows the teams that have played European Cup finals. My kid is studying in Liège, which I know from Standard, and pretty well only from Standard. Because they played a European Cup final. No one is saying Malmoe is more famous, just that to diss it like that is extremely parochial and narrow-minded. 

    Sweden has been a strong footballing nation since the 1950s and has held up better than Scotland, to give an example. Scottish players have never gotten their team past a first round. Swedes have played 4 semis and lost a final to Brazil. So just assuming a team with more butts in seats in a stadium in Glasgow, or with more fans doing tartans on their driveways in Canada, is better than a team from Sweden is pretty ignorant.

    It is like saying, hey, Aston Villa, don't know where that city is in Britain, never heard of a town with that name. Or if someone from London disses the Scottish teams when a Scottish club was the first British team to win the  European Cup and London clubs only did likewise 40 years later or so.

    The bumpkins should just shut up instead of exposing themselves in public.

    The relevance of what happened in the '60s and '70s is nearly nil today. Two of my closest mates, two guys with whom I speak every day and to whom I'd trust my life, are lifelong Bhoys from Glasgow. Not even they would argue that Celtic or Scotland are significant entities on today's football stage. My brother's brother-in-law, a buddy of mine for the last quarter century, is a sports-mad Swede from about an hour outside Malmo. He doesn't get his nose out of joint when somebody points out the obvious fact that Sweden is a 2nd-tier football nation and it's clubs are about 2 or 3 rungs lower on the food chain. Knowing and acknowledging history doesn't mean you have to carry delusion into the present.

  15. 4 hours ago, costarg said:

    The guy was soo tired of getting burned, he wanted to throw is body across so Davies couldn't blow past him and steal the ball like he did a few times prior.  The pathetic part is trying to make it look like he was fouled.  

    As much as he made a six-course buffet out of it, he was fouled, and Phonz deserved a yellow for SPA. The Laws of the Game do apply to our players, too.

  16. If you did a 'Strength of Schedule' modifier on the table thus far, Canada would definitely have the hardest fixtures, along with Jamaica. We're still on 6 points from 4 games, while they're on 1. We definitely are looking like the real deal. We need to now make hay against the lower half teams while we can. Six more points in this window and four in Edmonton and we'll all be on tables helicoptering our junk while we research the words to the Qatari national anthem.

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