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  1. harrycoyster

    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    At the end of the group stages: Montreal u17s- Advance to the quarterfinals. Montreal u19s- Eliminated. Vancouver u17s- Eliminated. Vancouver u19s- Advance to the quarterfinals. Toronto u17s- Eliminated. All in all, good showing from our boys so far. This is Montreal's first appearance in a DA knockout round.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    The #10 ranked u19 Caps will play #8 Sockers FC on Monday for chance at the final four.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    At least 4 of the 5 LA Galaxy USL guys are on paid contracts. The current rule allows players to still play USSDA ball as long as they had amateur status at some point during the season. I think the rule is intended so that MLS teams can sign players before the showcase because, as I’ve mentioned, this tournament is crawling with top scouts. But LA seems to be gaming the system. I’ve watched this tournament for years and can’t remember a single team fielding more than one player with pro experience.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Because the decision ultimately came down to the Ontario Soccer Association, who are allowed to govern the youth game in Ontario as they see fit. Up until now, they’ve been hesitant to secede control over their crown jewel academy to the Americans, for financial and other reasons. But with the 2026 bid accepted, the CSA pushed hard to get everybody in line to put us in the best position possible to develop players over the next eight years.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    The Impact u19s defeat Atlanta United's u19s, but will not be advancing to the knockouts. The #29 LA Galaxy will advance instead. How did the #29th ranked team defeat 3 top 15 academies by massive margins you ask? They took advantage of a USSDA rule that allows professional players to play in the competition as long as they are age eligible and have played a minute in a USSDA away game. As a result the LA Galaxy are fielding five USL regulars in a u19 competition. The Whitecaps u19s defeat Pateadores u19s 3-1, and move onto the semi-finals. The Toronto FC u15s lose to the Red Bulls u15s 2-0. Finishing their time in California winless.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Born in Jamaica to Jamaican parents. Has lived in Canada for the majority of his life, but the Jamaican pride is obvious with him due to his family. This is his Twitter page, and his cleats at the USSDA showcase are Jamaican flag themed.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Might be an unpopular opinion, but I agree.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Impact u17s defeat the #24 PDA Academy 4-3. A point against St. Louis FC moves them into the knockouts. Caps u17s draw #27 Orlando City u17s 1-1 with the goal coming from Jamaican youth national and Canadian traitor Keisean Brooks. Barca Arizona stomped the Union, meaning the Whitecaps u17s will be going home after their match with Philly on Saturday. Over in the u15 showcase, Montreal u15s tie DC United 0-0 and TFC u15s lose 2-1 to PDA.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    #4 Impact u19s drop the #24 Dynamo u19s 6-1. Both sides were playing heavily rotated teams. The u19s need to beat Atlanta United and have the Dynamo pick up a point off the Galaxy to advance to the knockouts. #10 Whitecaps u19s defeated #30 Crew u19s 3-1. Bair, Alade, Fussell the scorers. The Whitecaps need a point against Pateadores to advance to the knockouts. The TFCs u17s have been eliminated from the Best of the Rest tournament.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    In the team info booklet handed out at the tournament in California, TFC is listed as a Mid-America team. The USSDA website is also recording the W/L of TFC this week in the Mid-America division on their website. However, the divisions are going to be realigned soon so it's all up in the air.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    I know very little of the PDL/L1O situation. But the USSDA is far superior to the regional Canadian development systems. That is largely due to the lack of pro clubs and funded academies and not because the American athlete is somehow superior. However, the USSDA has made it so that American talent is far more centralized than it is in the majority of Canada. If there are 30 great 15 year old soccer players in Upper Washington, 20-25 of them are probably on the Crossfire or Sounders. If there are 30 great 15 year old soccer players in Western Ontario, they probably play on 10+ teams. The quality of teams as a whole is definitively worse, even though the level of talent is similar. So when it comes to finding competition for our high level youth teams, the USSDA is the obvious choice until the CSA can build a Canadian alternative (which won't be easy given the power and stubbornness of the provincial associations).
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    They still are. They've struggled with injuries and still finished tied for the third most wins in the whole USSDA. Right now they are playing in enemy territory and lost by a goal to a bonafide top 10 team that may very well be sending two players to La Masia. Also, at the youth levels the preparation matters a lot. I'm sure the long-balling Sounders, Xfire, and Timbers have not adequately prepared the Baby Caps for a team filled with Barcelona coached Mexican-Americans.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Has a ton of tools, but I’m always skeptical of young players that don’t have a defined position at the pro level. He isn’t a transcendent dribbler and isn’t terribly big or fast. Legit pro prospect though.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    Big, fast, strong is a good starter. He uses his size well, which allows him to dominate his age group. The technical ability isn’t there yet, and I’m not sure he’ll ever be able to handle the ball in tight spaces, but he’s got the physical tools and puts the ball in the net pretty consistently. Tesho Akindele was a pretty similar player as a u20, but I think Bair’s finishing ability is already better than Akindele’s ever was. As was the case with Akindele and is currently the case with Akinola, the question is will his athleticism still be a major strength at the next level or will he struggle against pro athletes. Hard to tell until it happens.
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    General Discussion on Canadian Youth Teams

    The Caps had a single shot on target. So, if any of our kids did shine they were defenders. On the bright side, Barca Arizona is crazy talented and started what are likely to be two US u20 defenders. Just playing this level of competition is good for our players, as they don't face anywhere near that level of technical play in the Northwest division.
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