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  1. 19 points
    A couple morning-after points from our pitch-side vantage: * Field was incredibly bumpy. I know we always talk about pitch quality away in CONCACAF, but in-person it's much more obvious of an issue. Lots of passes bouncing over feet or changing direction last-second, making it hard to play one-touch. Yes we had more-defensive MFs playing in attacking roles due to Oso/Scotty missing, but a lot of the timidity in central MF seemed to be borne out of caution to minimize counters. Team was very vocal when a SKN got anywhere near a canMNT and saw a lot of backpasses rather than turns upfield (SKN much more aggressive / successful on these balls). As frustrating as it was to see lack of aggressiveness going forward it was clear Herdman wanted them thinking defence first. * SKN was very physical and finished many tackles pretty late. Surprised there weren't more yellows on both sides. * As others have stated need to see Davies more forward up the field. When he's attacking one-on-one and has an overlapping teammate offering an outlet / drawing defenders he was very dangerous. Could have had one or two if not for their keeper. * Shaky start but by 2H could see/hear the team was much more confident on the ball and moving better off it. Created at least three clear chances they should have potted. A lot of people like to take the pessimistic angle but given SKN only had a couple of half-chances (at best) and we created much better in 2H this could have easily been 3-0. * Friendly hosts, no issues at all. Pales in comparison to horror stories from Central American away games.
  2. 17 points
    Daryn27

    CPL General

    Just got my FC Edmonton season tickets very very affordable,$440 dollars for 2 season tickets which includes 14 regular season games and 1 Voyageurs cup match! I honestly can’t complain, also when I was speaking with the rep, he mentioned they were 95% sure the league would be to either 10 or 12 teams the following season without Ottawa in the equation so that’s awesome!
  3. 16 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Got to love the voyagers scarp in the pic .. thx for sharing the article I hadn’t seen it here in the UK. This is the first national team match I haven’t travelled for... Here’s to the boys having a great game!!
  4. 16 points
    Jith12

    Liam Millar

    https://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/2018/11/16/millar-at-epicentre-of-canadian-soccer-youthquake.html @spitfire We love your boy. And your Voyageurs gear!
  5. 14 points
    PawelPopowicz

    We've lost Jarrek! :(

    Hello, Thank you for all the well wishes. My brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday. It has been a very difficult time for my family as we are all devastated. Reading your personal memories about my brother however helps ease the pain we feel. I have some of my fondest memories of him when we attended Toronto Lynx, TFC, and Canada matches. @Varsity Tyler your memory of him really matches my memory of him as he would often drive me soccer games in his 300ZX, it brought a big smile to my face. I have expressed some thoughts regarding my brother here that really can't do justice as to how much he impacted my life, https://www.facebook.com/pawel.popowicz/posts/10156436598142203. As posted earlier regarding the visitation and funeral information, all are more than welcome to attend.
  6. 14 points
    Have you seen video of Alphonso's mum? I have no doubt that she'd slap the shit out of him if he started turning into a dick due to the fame. 😄
  7. 14 points
    RS

    Herdman new head coach

    This is ridiculous. Canada was 9th in 2007? Great, that was just another group stage exit. Herdman never won gold or silver? Ok, well Canada has never won a medal of any colour under another coach. Never got past the quarters? That's the only (mild) underperformance I can see in his tenure as women's coach, given that it was a World Cup on home soil. However, Canada had only ever made it past the group stage one other time in its history. Also, he was only in charge for one Women's World Cup, so the "never" part is disingenuous as he only had one shot at it. The rest of your post is conjecture not worth getting into. Look, I get the hesitation to trust Herdman as a men's national team coach since it's something he's literally never done before, and his personal style could be a lot to handle for some people, but to trying to use his results as the women's coach against him is idiotic considering that Canada enjoyed its most successful period with him at the helm.
  8. 14 points
    Anyone else hearing what sounds like a small kitten...?
  9. 12 points
    Keegan

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Considering Bekker was one of the best players in USL last season and could easily be attached to an MLS side this is the type of player I’d expect to be a star. Most of these guys are the types that were on the cusp of MLS but for whatever reason never got their shot so mission accomplished so far.
  10. 12 points
    dyslexic nam

    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    This must be Phase 2 of CSA's "Long Term Player Development Strategy". Well played CSA. Well played.
  11. 11 points
    Obinna

    Herdman new head coach

    What I will judge Herdman on over the next 12 to 18 months: Gold cup: - failure to advance from group = failure - quarter finals = satisfactory - semi finals = successful tournament - finals = tremendously exceeded expectations Nations league: 3rd in group aka Relegation = failure 2nd in group aka safety = satisfactory 1st in group aka title playoff = successful tournament Finals = tremendously exceeded expectations 2 failures - Herdman out F 1 failure - Harsh criticism deserved D 2 satisfactories - moderate criticism C Any other combination - job well done
  12. 11 points
    jordan

    Canadians abroad: November 23-29, 2018

    Algeria Nasim Mekideche made his professional debut and played the second half for JS Kabylie in a 1-0 loss to Bordj Bou Arreridj. Austria Scott Kennedy went 90 for Austria Klagenfurt in a 3-0 win over Liefering, moves them out of the relegation spots. Belarus Milovan Kapor played 90 in a 0-0 draw with Brest. Chile Juan Cordova is on the Huachipato bench against Colo Colo. Cordova came on in the 85th in a 2-1 loss. England Hoilett starts on the bench for todays match with Everton. Played the last 16 minutes in a 1-0 loss, had a dangerous cross in extra time that resulted in a corner. Leutwiler is the back up for todays match with Preston Theodor Corbeanu played 70 for Wolves U18 in a 2-1 win over Blackburn U18 France Bassong played the second half in Lille 2's 3-0 win over Fleury-Merogis. Brym was out injured http://allezlille.fr/index.php/fr/pros/89-national2/1402-n2j12-fleury-losc-0-3-le-losc-virtuel-leader Scotland Wotherspoon starts against Kilmarnock. 90 mins in a 0-0 draw Arfield starts against Livingston. in a 3-0 win Arfield scored the third Marcus Godinho is on the Hearts bench, while Simeon Jackson starts on the other side. Jackson goes 84 in a 2-0 win. Scottish Cup Norman starts for Queen of the South against Formartine United. 4-1 final for Queen of the South. Harry Paton starts against Falkirk. (Haber not in the squad). Stenhousmuir knock Falkirk from the cup in a 4-2 win. Zanatta starts for Alloa against Brechin. Zanatta scores the winner as they bounce Brechin from the cup in a 3-0 win. Serbia Borjan starts against Radnicki Nis. Derek Cornelius was back on the bench today for Javor. No idea if he played though. Turkey Atiba starts while Larin is on the bench against Ankaragucu. Larin came on in the 74th. In a 4-1 win Atiba went 90 and Larin went 16 picking up a yellow.
  13. 11 points
    rob.notenboom

    CPL General

    So while everyone’s dissecting the small details of CanPL, let’s just stop for a second and think back to this time four years ago. I don’t think at that time it was reasonable to think a pro soccer league was in the near future in Canada. And now it’s 5 months away. Seriously ... holy crap. 😱
  14. 11 points
  15. 11 points
    Cool that you are here (I think) but if every post is just a vehicle to shit on MLS, you will go on mute pretty quick. I get that you don't think much of the league, but not every post should be a soapbox about it.
  16. 11 points
    I think SKN deserve credit. They played well and were far superior to Dominica and USVI. Sawyer, the guy who plays for Brentford in the English Championship showed a lot of quality. He'd be a starter for us if he was Canadian. I hope they make the Gold Cup. This was the strongest SKN side I have ever seen and if there's one thing the Gold Cup needs, it's strong teams on the bottom end.
  17. 10 points
    Reza_2018

    We've lost Jarrek! :(

    This is truly a sad sad news. It's ironic to feel so much sadness for someone you never met, but I worked virtually with Jarrek for a number of years as we took Voyageurs V2.0 and turned it into Voyageurs V3.0. He spent countless hours to re-build the voyageurs 2nd website and spent a lot of time with the setup of the new site and new forum and the logos. In those early days, when nobody really believes in you and you are more likely to be laughed at rather than taken seriously and when soccer in Canada was still struggling at club level , it was a measure of Jarrek's character, when he willingly volunteered so much time and skills to something he was passionate about. It was a pleasure to work with Jarrek and he will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Jarrek
  18. 10 points
    It’s actually not though. From what I can see he has absolutely zero inside knowledge of CanPL. He is virtually always speculating on what might happen based on his own, often flawed, interpretations. And speculation is not knowledge. Additionally, I can tell you with 100% certainty that many of his most repeated assertions are off base. I honestly wish I could be more forthcoming as it pains me to see the many keenly interested people on the forum get drawn down into these trajectories to nowhere and end up starting to treat non-information as if it had some legitimacy. So as a conclusion, if you have any connection to Derek Martin and the folks at SEA, you very likely have more real knowledge than he does.
  19. 10 points
  20. 10 points
    Kent

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    Interesting. Those are the kind of clubs that are Canada’s new bar. So maybe he will pan out to be good enough for us after all.
  21. 10 points
    MtlMario

    Herdman new head coach

    I will reserve my judgement on Herdman till after the Gold Cup.
  22. 10 points
    Copes

    CPL General

    Nothing at all, but it isn't going to happen day one. The budget for CPL has all but been set. It's approximately $1M. So yeah, overtime we will likely pass countries with less successful economies. As we should, and should have years ago. As for your points about MLS squads, you're projecting your feelings again. Sure, huge amounts of TFC's salary figure are dedicated to a few players. Doesn't matter. If the CPL $1M figure is to be believed, than a 23-man squad will make an average of $43,478. There isn't a player on TFC that makes that. The lowest paid players don't make that. https://www.statista.com/statistics/552202/player-expenses-of-toronto-fc/ Even if CPL doubles its salary to $2M (who knows how far out that is) the average player will fall somewhere between Jordan Hamilton and Ben Spencer. So I mean, I get it. You hate MLS. I think that CPL should strive to compete with them. But given that your initial statement was "CPL can definitely close the gap w/MLS before MLS even dreams about competing with Liga MX" I'm gonna call BS because top MLS teams are ALREADY competing with Liga MX, and CPL doesn't exist yet and is no where near competing with MLS based on salary figures. And just so I don't get accused of using the highest paid MLS team as a comparable, here is the lowest paid team's salaries. Once again, if CPL doubled their salaries we could buy the bottom 7 TFC players and the bottom 8 Houston players. None of which are starters (to my knowledge, I don't watch tons of Houston). https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/10/houston-dynamo-player-salaries-2018/ There is no rational argument to be made that "I can't see why the squad players for CPL teams can't be the same or better than MLS ones". I can. Starting salary cap.
  23. 10 points
    Copes

    CPL General

    When you talk like this you can't even really be taken seriously. MLS's quality is rising rapidly. It is easily a Top 20 league, and it isn't hard to Google league rankings and find people who place ti Top 10. Obviously league ratings are arbitrary, but an aggregate across multiple sources is a little more valuable. Further, MLS has been consistently improving its CONCACAF Champion's League results, which is the best way in which to measure the league against Liga MX. This year TFC lost in a shootout after beating two top-tier Mexican teams. MLS is closer to Liga MX than ever before. You're entitled to dislike MLS. I really don't care. But CPL is going to have clubs with starting payrolls that are 1/5th of MLS' lowest paid team (Houston, $5,673,471) and 1/26th of the highest (TFC, $26,167,498). I'm not arguing that CPL shouldn't dream big, nor that CPL can't strive to catch up to MLS quickly. But with your posts around here you are doing nothing but projecting your feelings, and your feelings aren't in line with reality.
  24. 10 points
    'Oh stop that Alphonso! ' Quote of the night
  25. 9 points
    Center back born in the year 2000, Playing club football at JS Kabylie in the Algerian top flight. Represented Quebec last summer at the Canada Games. Made his First team debut against CA Bordj Bou Arreridg playing the second half in a 1-0 loss.
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