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  1. Cyle Larin

    There wasn't a grand conspiracy at the FMF to abandon Spain, but the players and agents learned that the best thing for growth was to go to Portugal. Same with the US and England/Germany.
  2. Mark Village

  3. Cyle Larin

    Number of Mexican players on the books at La Liga clubs in 2012: 6. Number of Mexican players on the books at La Liga clubs in 2017: 2...1 after Vela comes to MLS in a month. Number of Mexican players on the books at Primeira Liga clubs in 2012: 1. Number of Mexican players on the books at Primeira Liga clubs in 2017: 9.
  4. Mark Village

    Played 1 game for the Baby Caps last season, but probably would have gotten a few more games had he stayed healthy. Known as a great locker room guy. He's currently the only GK on FCC's roster, though they are in talks to resign Mitch Hildebrandt who is a top USL keeper. Dual-citizen of the US and Canada.
  5. Cyle Larin

    More often than not, that situation ends up as: Does well in mid-level league, trains with PL side in preseason before being sent back to the mid-level league for one more season, rejoins PL side a year later where a shiny new signing from the Bundesliga or Ligue 1 gets the starting role, transferred out in winter to a side you could have signed for 3 years ago. And that's if there aren't work permit issues. I firmly believe nobody should sign with a EPL side unless they are coming from another top 6 league. The EPL chews up and spits out most other players and doesn't even compare developmentally to the Bundesliga or Portugal. I don't think its a coincidence that both Mexico and the US have had huge youth success in Europe recently after focusing on getting players into Germany/Portugal/Netherlands instead of Spain and England.
  6. CPL General

    Kivlehan is just about as good a source on the NASL as you'll find. But as with all things NASL, this could change at any moment.
  7. Cyle Larin

    Anything but West Brom really. It's so easy for the work permit issues to devolved into a disaster for the player.
  8. Liam Millar

    Let' not count our chickens before they hatch boys with the "role model of a generation" and "potential star" tags. Millar is a great talent and should be a 10 year pro, but there is still a long road to first-team football. Remember, Millar was left with the u19s while u17 striker Ryain Brewster was promoted to the Liverpool u23s. He'll likely need to leave Liverpool to show what he's got similar to how Brooks Lennon left the Liverpool u23s to play in MLS.
  9. General Discussion on CMNT

    Friendly reminder that while the US and Mexico are both holding u14 identification camps right now in Chula Vista and Guadalajara respectively, Canada Soccer doesn't hold identification camps for males until the u15 level.
  10. Marc De Santos the future coach?

    Still very much up in the air, but it's looking increasingly like there will be at least one more season. Rumours late last week that US Soccer was open to allowing them up to three more seasons at D2 if they "bend the knee".
  11. NCAA Canadians 2017

    Looking like there may not be a single Canadian drafted out of the NCAA this year barring Kamal Miller, St. Clair or Constant getting a Canadian GA deal.
  12. Whitecaps Off Season 2017-2018

    The Whitecaps had what they thought were ~10 Canadian players from the 2016 and 2017 u18 classes that could start at USL level. That number is pretty typical of MLS academies. They were wrong on about 2-3 of those players (also not uncommon), 1 had a season ending injury in March, and 3-4 chose to play in the NCAA/USports over signing a USL deal. That left 4-5 capable Canadian USL players (Chung, Norman, Baldisimo, etc.) playing alongside Canadians that didn't belong at the level (Metcalfe, Campbell, Gardner, etc.) in order to meet the quota. So while the American USL2 teams were bringing in USL level players so their prospects had the opportunity to play regularly at a higher level, the Caps were left to demote Canadians from their MLS roster and play kids who clearly needed to be benched until they regained confidence.
  13. Whitecaps Off Season 2017-2018

    My point was that the clubs needed to have more flexibility with foreign players to make the team competitive. I can't really speak to TFCII as I don't really follow them all too closely, but in the case of VWCII it was clear early on this season that the talent wasn't there to compete in USL. Then Nerwinski went up to the first team, Christian Dean was traded, and the play of Tom Gardner and Chris Serban fell off a cliff. So now they had holes in four positions supplementing an already weak roster and little Canadian talent to fill it with internally. Few Canadian players want to forgo college to sit on the bench in USL, so Vancouver didn't have a deep pool of 18 year old players ready to fill in. By July, the Caps start limiting their foreign players' minutes to meet the 6x90 rule. Baldisimo, Gardner, Norman, Campbell and Bustos (who was plucked from the first team because the Caps needed semi-competent Canadians for VWCII) becomes the regular midfield. They suck...hard. I recall a game against the Sounders II (who also suck btw) where we had a single shot, 40% possession, and had an uncountable number of turnovers. It was embarrassing and the only thing anybody on the Caps was learning was who not to pass the ball to. At this point what are the Caps options? Basically let the team continue to fail with a handful of players that don't belong on a PDL pitch let alone a USL one or go get players. Here's the problem: Canadian players who can walk into USL and raise the level of the team are fairly rare and relatively expensive...especially so at the Caps positions of need in CB and CM. Foreign players who can do that are a dime a dozen, and are generally willing to play for nearly nothing to get into the American soccer pyramid. The Caps brought in Barbir, but without the international rule they'd have brought in 3-4 players, played players without regards to nationality, and given the capable Canadian players a chance to show their talents alongside USL level players. Instead, 2017 was a wasted year in terms of development for most of the team. That is 100% how MLS teams view their USL teams. It's not Route A, but useful for those who aren't ready for MLS at 18 and "prove it" players. It's very rare that a player stays at a USL2 club for more than a couple seasons. Nice to hear somebody praise the NCAA , but that's more a result of the fact that NYRBII is only two years old and needed to pull players from college in the first year to form its player base. Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne, and Ben Mines are the three most recent homegrown to join the senior team and have a single year of college ball between them.
  14. Whitecaps Off Season 2017-2018

    The average age of the Canadian TFCII players is 20. Luca Ucello is 20, Ryan Tefler is 23, Anthony Osorio is 23, Anthony Cavalluzzo is 24. The whole point of the USL team is to develop TFC academy players, what is the point of bringing in other Canadians playing at the USL level? How does that help Canadian development? Not to mention the expense that entails. The rules are partially responsible for why the Canadian USLII teams are going away. The American MLS teams fill in the holes in their youth academies with foreign players, which consequently raises the level of play for everyone. That extends to the USL level. Less than half of the Swope Park Rangers starting eleven is American, but the team has sent three Americans to sign MLS deals with SKC. NYRBII has 9 non-Americans on the roster and 4-5 non-American starters. Guess what? They win, are the best developmental team in the USL, and have produced five American NYRB players in two years. The CSA/USL minutes limit was incredibly short-sighted and props to Montreal for realizing the USL arrangement was setting their kids up to fail a year before we did.
  15. Well, I think a good metric for quantifying "closing the gap" in the 3-7 year range is current u17/u20 talent and reliance on players 30 and over. It's pretty worthless to even talk about the big three, as catching up to them or even closing the gap by any significant difference is out of the realm of possibility. I might have projected a US collapse a year or two ago, as they rely a lot on older players, but their u20 class is looking like a golden generation all of the sudden. Honduras has been pretty good at the youth levels. They are old at the back and don't really have any great young defensive prospects, but neither do we. Panama has a very high reliance on players over thirty and middling results at the u17/u20 level. Still, they are in a way better position than us for the next five years. So what semi-regular Hex teams are left? T&T and Jamaica. Both countries have little youth presence and older rosters. But even then Jamaica has a constant stream of dual-national talent that we don't have, and has a knack for playing well above their talent level. Sure their u17s are awful, but Jamaica's worst loss in the last year was to Cuba, so it's not like I can say we've been much better. Realistically, T&T is the only team I can say we have a good chance of passing in CONCACAF in the next five years...and that's dependent on our mediocre, underpreforming youth teams producing more talent than T&T's youth teams who've failed to beat Bermuda, Haiti and Suriname recently.