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7 hours ago, jordan said:

Dominic Yankov is on the Bulgarian u19 bench as we speak

The problem is that there is very little activity with our youth teams; few camps/games/tournaments and when they do play in Concacaf they have  not progressed to the WC.This may be the reason why Ayo Akinola  decided to play for the US youth teams ....more development, game action and youth WC appearances . It may also be the reason why TFC encouraged him, as has been mentioned previously by some posters, to do so as it would enhance his development . Having said all that, I think there is  a good chance  he turns out for us eventually. So if JH has made youth development one of his key pillars then this should all change :)

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Kadenge said:

The problem is that there is very little activity with our youth teams; few camps/games/tournaments and when they do play in Concacaf they have  not progressed to the WC.This may be the reason why Ayo Akinola  decided to play for the US youth teams ....more development, game action and youth WC appearances . It may also be the reason why TFC encouraged him, as has been mentioned previously by some posters, to do so as it would enhance his development . Having said all that, I think there is  a good chance  he turns out for us eventually. So if JH has made youth development one of his key pillars then this should all change :)

 

 

 

Several years ago, Canada greatly inscreased the number of camps and friendlies our youth teams have. The thought was experience = a leg up in Concacaf qualifying.

It turns out that all of those increased camps haven't helped us qualify for any youth world cups.

I don't care how many times we go to Central America for friendlies, it hasn't made our youth teams any more successful in qualifying.

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One of the core principles going forward post Herdmans appointment was vertical alignment throughout the different level of programs.

 More matches for the younger groups makes sense. The league of Nations will definitely help the senior program but we are probably close to saturation point for getting players away from club's bar a couple more friendlies.

Bit of a silly suggestion but I wonder if there is any mileage/point in having a strictly European based players get together followed by a north American one in short proximity once a year. Just getting more players involved and exposed to what Herdman wants and for him to have a closer look might be helpful but likely too costly. We are approaching having two squads worth of possible call ups judging by the amount or names left off or people disappointment not to see in this camp.

The youth could certainly have more games and get togethers and would be less bound to club's letting them go. Guess that also depends on the amount of money the CSA a) have and are B) willing to spend to get everyone together. The U23s should play a huge part over the next few year's too.

It's a waiting game to see what comes with Herdmans vision. 

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25 minutes ago, Soccerpro said:

Several years ago, Canada greatly inscreased the number of camps and friendlies our youth teams have. The thought was experience = a leg up in Concacaf qualifying.

It turns out that all of those increased camps haven't helped us qualify for any youth world cups.

I don't care how many times we go to Central America for friendlies, it hasn't made our youth teams any more successful in qualifying.

Guess you have to know what the reasoning and goald for each camp was. Whether there was a clear vision set out or purpose in each meet and if tangible goals were expected that could be built on each time. 

 

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9 hours ago, Soccerpro said:

Several years ago, Canada greatly inscreased the number of camps and friendlies our youth teams have. The thought was experience = a leg up in Concacaf qualifying.

It turns out that all of those increased camps haven't helped us qualify for any youth world cups.

I don't care how many times we go to Central America for friendlies, it hasn't made our youth teams any more successful in qualifying.

To be successful in qualifying we a) need to select the best youth players for each tournament and B) ensure that we have competent coaches with tactical awareness...same approach as the senior team. This was not the case for the recent Concacaf U17 (mostly a TFC III squad with Stalteri as coach) and U20 under Gale. Not saying  the CSA did not try to get the best players but they were not there as per many posters have pointed out. I recall that at the previous Concacaf U20 tournament when we had a stacked team with Larin /Hamilton /Froese/Adekugbe etc. Gale rotated his squad instead of going with his best 11 and we did not progress. I think Gale is great with the players but he has been out coached and has been tactically naive in comparison to  other Concacaf coaches. It may be a lack of resources but we need more action and quality. Both Stephen Eustaquio  and Yankov are participating in Euro youth tournaments. The US had several extended camps this year. We have been fairly inactive since the U17 tournament.

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