Not least so many of these players haven't played for so long. What is the actual point of a friendly. There is lots to gain from playing other nations but just as much to get out of what is happening. Not point just doing Friendlies for the sake of it. Protect the players and build community first. Totally agree with @Shway
I think they must be looking at a Plan B, where the season starts in a PEI-type bubble, for a month or so (7 matches each) and then we shift into regular season with home games and fans in stadiums.
My logic: if we start on that May weekend that puts us back about 3 weeks in relation to the first season, or a bit more. So the schedule will be tighter, meaning more midweek matches. And probably playing into later in the season. Remember we have one more team, that would mean a longer schedule. So a bubble would allow no travel, more matches, and get at least a quarter of the season over.
You have to have a Plan B, since this projection of late May sounds right, but it can't be lock tight. We have the problem of provinces making decisions on health and not all will be on the same page. Optimistically we may be only half way into a vaccination programme, or slight less. So what do you do? Wait, indefinitely? Or move forward and then, when things really do clear, go to the original plan in late June, ensuring 10 home games each.
After just seeing the story of 72 tennis players now in a 14-day quarantine because of 5 positive cases on flights, I'm also skeptical of how much things can really improve in 2 months. It seems like CONCACAF has pretty much maxed out the windows they have available, so I don't think much can be moved around. Maybe it does come down to cancelling the Gold Cup and using that timeframe for WCQ.
I’m starting to think Gent’s wingers were just phenomenal at finding David’s late runs. He takes up the same spaces so often, but I can’t think of a single time that his run has actually been picked out since the move