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  1. Matis Romero Gribeauval

    It's actually unusual for a top team like Leganes to have 3 u-19 teams. Most have reduced their academies to 2 per age group. What you say about ages is more or less right though not strictly held. IMO it's better as a u-16 to be with the higher age group no doubt. BTW my son has played at the same level as this kid though is older now...and is now taking a break anyways as he's starting university. Just to offer a bit of perspective.
  2. NEW Mother of all Canucks Abroad (and domestic)

    That is GPS academy which has bought into a local club, Atletico Museros, which is a small municipality just north of Valencia, smack in the midst of orange groves galore. Their first team is in what must be 6th tier, and their U-19 is also in a lower tier. But they seem to be using this to play some of their international academy players. I am not sure if he is eligible to play federated soccer or not, or whether they are doing friendlies only. The Valencia soccer federation has the worst regional web for lower-level football, every other region has full game reports, they don't include starters or line-ups, just stats like goals, cards. So hard to find him as yet. http://www.gps-spain.net/gpsatleticomuseros
  3. In Spain Tercera, 4th tier, today, Micky Cantave subbed on m. 70 and Lorca B promptly scored 2, not sure with his help or not, as they beat Pinatar 2-0. Having a good season and he is getting regular minutes on a well-run team. Andrew Lebre played 90 as Almazán drew away to Virgen del Camino 1-1, they are lower table but lots of ties, so playing alright. Bakr Abdellaoui did not dress for Alcorcón B in their league match.
  4. Manny Aparicio did not get off the bench for Izarra who beat Leioa 1-2 with a late winner. Spain 2B. They are near bottom but could climb out quickly with a few results after a poor Piette-less start. Yuri Ruh played 90 as Corellano, in Tercera, lost to Gares 2-0. They are above relegation so okay for now.
  5. Will Johnson

    I think so too, but I am also trying real hard to get past this thought and onto his play.
  6. Canadians abroad: October 6-12, 2017

    Since I missed the Spain report from this week, trying to sort out the social part of a revolution based on flags and symbols and territorial-based identity, here we go: Manny Aparicio came on m. 81 for Izarra, as they got their first win, 0-1 over Peña Sport. Spanish 2B. Miki Cantave did not get off the bench for Lorca, tying Aguilas scoreless away, in Spanish Tercera. Yuri Ruh Dos Santos played 90 yesterday the 12th as Corellano beat Burlades 2-0, also Tercera. Last week he also played 90 as the lost away to Cantolagua 2-1, card but no goal. Yesterday Andrew Lebre played to m. 62 and was subbed off as Almazán drew 2-2 home to Cristo Atletico. Last weekend they fell away to At Tordesillas, he started and was subbed off at the half, on a card.
  7. NEW Mother of all Canucks Abroad (and domestic)

    For me, 100% approval rate. But hey, I don't ask for much from anyone, ask someone more demanding.
  8. Canada Fails for Same Reason as USA Did

    Top quality post, I learnt a lot. About the cost of academies. In Spain the average a player will pay to play is about 50 euros a month for 8-9 months of the year. Clothing with club logos, including winter jacket, etc, might cost about 200 euros in total. So that is pushing 1000 Canadian, much less, but not free by any means. Most clubs also give players grants. When I coached I had a good keeper, from a Dominican family, who couldn't pay. But was ashamed to say so. The club would have let him play for free, but his parents would not show up at the club to say hi and get the grant for him. But maybe 10-15% get discounts or even play for free. So it is not high cost versus nothing, it is high versus reasonable. A couple more things. First, facilities. Where I am, in Spain, there are a lot of municipal facilities, which now basically means field turf put in over the last 10-15 years at half a million euros a shot. Public funding. I bet there is one field for every 20,000 inhabitants or something, maybe 60 fields. Almost all are public and have up to 3 clubs playing on them, all renting the facilities, arguing over scheduling. Rarely is there only one club on a field, with its exclusive clubhouse and all. How is this possible? Basically, that there is a long history of these fields being around since the 1910s and 1920s, dirt pitches but walled off, and the clubs too, and so you can't just ignore them. They complain constantly of the rental costs. In Canada we have plenty of parks, but as we all know the fields are not fully fenced in, grass is expensive, and it cannot be used for 6 training sessions a day and full game load weekends. Field turf is coming in, but at a much slower rate, and I think it even costs more to install in Canada. So you are right, facility costs are higher in Canada. Next, coaching. No question that people coach in Europe, and in South America, for very little money, and that it is often a side job with a minor impact on anyone's economy. A couple hundred euros a month. Even sporting directors of an amateur academy with 25 teams in all ages may only make the equivalent of 25,000 euros a year. In Canada, there is a tendency to believe, and perhaps rightly, that if you are trained in something you should get a reasonable wage. But one thing we are missing: in Europe many twenty-somethings coaching are doing so speculatively. First, they are players and think that when they stop they might want to continue in football. Then, because there is pro-releg, they know if they do good job other clubs will come knocking and offer them better deals, or their own clubs will "promote" them internally. So they are also in a speculative mode in regards to better pay, higher level of competition, older players. This keeps the cost of coaching down. Ironically, in Canada, where often a coach''s ability is never tested as the team does not play in a fully competitive environment, he can often make more totally undeservedly. That can never happen in Europe. Dues, and fees. Just to say, that these are a point of contention for all clubs everywhere as well. They feel the regional or national federation is sucking them dry with fees of all sorts, and complain that very little gets back to them. Part of this has been solved by some mechanisms, like sports pools, and by the national federation and regional federations organizing matches. This is what makes no sense in Canada. The CSA could have played that last El Salvador game in Regina, for example, and part of the benefits could have gone to Sask Soccer, trickling down to the clubs. And so on. Just like your Soccer Nova Scotia could try to do a provincial all-star match and bring in a club to try to make money, or host an international match. They absolutely have to do this to strengthen local sports in general, lotteries and friendlies, as key funding boosts, to soften the blow of high fees and dues, and raise training levels for coaches, refs, club managers.
  9. Canada Fails for Same Reason as USA Did

    Responding to G-Ls comments about arrogance, we could take it either way. Either Canada trying to badly follow the US is equally arrogant, assuming the US model is better than any other. Or we are arrogant in our way too, thinking we are fine and not dealing with our longstanding failure to not qualify for the WC. After all, objectively, they are upset about a glitch and that is not arrogance in fact, it is dealing face to face with the problem. It could be a form of humility, depending where it takes them. Meanwhile, we have a chronic ailment, and make no effort to treat is properly. So we are even more arrogant, you could argue, we think we are above it. It is like someone who has a viral disease that could be treated, and we just pretend it'll some day go away. And meanwhile it ends up really screwing up the quality of this person's life for decades, and mostly unnecessarily.
  10. After being pleased the USA is out (I prefer all direct rivals to fail, and distant ones I care less about), I have been listening to a number of rants and complaints and talk-show debates in the US. Many of the points made perfect sense and absolutely describe the same problems we have. For the US, they get over them, normally. In Canada, we do not. But the reasons for failure are the same. Below are a few links, especially the T Twellman rant which is well thought out in all his rage. And Cowherd ends up repeating his premise, because it is the best argument. 1-No urgency and no accountability. You can fail and no one cares. No one demands anything of you, and the whole system can coast, players included. No fear of failure as it does not matter. Starting at the top, and working our way down. Even in MLS: most teams are not worth watching and put a deficient product on the field. And they get away with it. CSA: no one cares, they are a bunch of fat-asses squandering generation after generation. 2-No passion for the game amongst kids, no playing in the streets and for fun and between friends. Only playing at practice. No real soccer culture at heart. Only at a distance, in abstract, buying your Euro-team shirt, a poster, but no understanding of the game, no tension when playing. Softness overall. 3-Pay to play. The no. 1 horror story in Canada as well. We have a system where soccer vultures prey on unsuspecting families who are able to be conned into paying thousands a year to have their kid practice with a bunch of guys who have credentials, usually. Credentials, but poor ethics. Kids want to be soccer players, and the only solution parents have is to dish out money. They do not have lower cost options in their neighbourhoods, and if anyone were to set one up, they'd be chased out of town by the soccer vulture capitalists. Do not expect success when you have monetized the game at the youth level. The system does nothing to weed these abuses out. I personally find this disgusting, but it is the CSA and the provincial federation's fault. They are pandering to money interests and there is no way kids without income can play, compete, show themselves to be deserving, and work their way up. This is easy to solve: sanction any team meeting minimum standards, and have them all pay in federated leagues. Like the world over. The best rise to the top. The best attract better players. When clubs not charging the most, charging less, win over the expensive ones, parents will say: I am making a bad investment, I am going to change. But the rich clubs and sporting directors and coaches have no interest in allowing their deficiencies to be exposed. So they have to be forced to.
  11. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    What was that old Chinese proverb? "A short thread that ties many knots, is not as short as you think"
  12. Whitecaps 2017 Season

    With one win we guarantee first place in the West, as any tiebreakers are first decided by most wins in the season. And we have, as we sit, three more than SKC. So the Quakes game is a big one, and winning would enable us to not have to go into Portland with any pressure. Since we are out of Cascadia, we could rest players, get the team into defensive shape, rest anyone hurting.
  13. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    I take comfort in the fact that this thread, with that thread title, and TFC being what it is, is only 25-30% longer than the Whitecaps thread. With Caps playing pretty awfully all year. With way more TFC fans on the board and all. I makes you think, in terms of what it gets you from fans, that it is not even really worth it to be the best team in the history of the MLS, the dividends are hardly noticeable.
  14. Whitecaps 2017 Season

    I'm at the point where I would glad take winning the MLS Cup without at all deserving it. Because plenty of teams who do deserve it don't win it. I mean, the logic has to go both ways. And I'd rather be the winner, even shamefully, undeservedly, than the elegant, dominant team that everyone admires that can't win it. At least for now. I mean, in the long term, playing well and winning, sure, I'll take that. But I'm realistic, there is no chance of that at any time in the near future. So I am not stupid. The fact that TFC deserves to win it has no more basis in logic than Whitecaps not deserving to win it at all. We are even in that department. And all things being equal, go for it, sure, win the damn thing.
  15. Octavio Zambrano

    What most tees me off about this result is that we lost momentum coming out of Gold Cup and Octavio's good start. And we had no reason to lose it, or the game. There were some basic errors here, starting with not playing in Canada (perfect opportunity to take the nats to a new place, perhaps), playing in that heat, and, above all, not playing for a necessary win as we strive to move up in rankings and position ourselves better for the next WCQ round. The USA getting knocked out has made me so happy that I have pretty well forgotten about what I just wrote, like 14 seconds ago.
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