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    Born in Canada, grew up in Essex and then Surrey in England, have lived all my adult life in Winnipeg.
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  1. dsqpr

    The Importance of Jr. Hoilett

    I hope they give Warnock a decent chance. Once the EPL riches are bestowed, clubs are quick to pull the trigger on the Manager at the first hint of trouble.
  2. dsqpr

    The Importance of Jr. Hoilett

    If we see a few more Canadians in the EPL we can get our ranking to 60-50!
  3. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Of course we did! We always do! Win them all! Except that that isn't realistic! It is not important to have the final game at home. It IS important to play the SECOND GAME AGAINST YOUR MAIN RIVAL IN THE GROUP AT HOME and to play YOUR FINAL GROUP MATCH AGAINST THE BEST TEAM IN THE GROUP because there is an excellent chance they will have already clinched by then. Is this really hard to understand? Do you really think a match against Mexico when they have already clinched is as hard as one when they need points? It is certainly true that we have failed, but my point is that the schelule has invariably contributed to that failure. And IT IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER THE FINAL GAME IS AT HOME! SEE ABOVE!!
  4. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    And Honduras also failed to do the job against El Salvador and Mexico (well, while Mexico still needed points anyway). That is football! You can't expect to win every game and then cry that "we failed to win" when you don't. It isn't realistic. The penultimate round of CONCACAF WCQ usually effectively comes down to a home and away series for us because our group usually has one team that is clearly better and another that is clearly weaker. That is just the way it is. And the entire football world seems to know that playing the second leg at home is an advantage. The schedule matters. If you do not understand this then so be it!
  5. dsqpr

    The Importance of Jr. Hoilett

    I always thought DeRo was very average for Canada but Hoilett has been much better than that and I would say that his performances for Canada surely do not need to be defended!! Anyone who has seen them can see how good he has been!
  6. dsqpr

    The Importance of Jr. Hoilett

    He will be in the Premier League so long as Warnock is. Definitely one of Warnock's blue eyed boys, and with good reason. Unfortunately Warnock has very little experience at the top level and when there in the past has always been replaced at the first hint of trouble. I suspect that pattern is likely to repeat with Cardiff and then it will be up to Junior to continue his fine form under a new manager. As for showing up for Canada, I'm sure we will see him if he is called. However, there might be some question as to whether we need him for some of these CNL qualifiers.
  7. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Woe is me narrative? WTF are you talking about? The reason I raise it is in the hope that we get it right next time! It was always going to be between us and Hondurass. Mexico are a lot better and El Salvador are not as good. If Hondurass had had to play Mexico when Mexico still needed points then Mexico would have shown up. And that could very well have been the deciding factor in who advanced. If you can't see that then I reallt don't know what else to say.
  8. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I agree that we need to do better but my point is that how we do depends to some degree on the schedule. If you don't believe me, ask Hondurass! And everybody knows it is an advantage to play the second leg at home, which is why the higher ranked team is always given that advantage: in UEFA World Cup play-offs, for example, or UEFA Champions League knockout stages. The battleground for World Cup qualification is not just between the white lines and if we do not understand this, as seems to be the case, then it is no wonder we do not qualify! Hondurass seem to understand it all too well!
  9. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Not really. In 2018 we played well enough to qualify for the final round. We split our two matches with Honduras and both of us took 4 points from El Salvador. But Mexico rolled over and played dead in their final match to give Honduras the point they needed to beat us out. I mean, who could have guessed that Mexico would have clinched advancement before their final match? It is extremely naive to think that the schedule does not play a significant role in how things play out in a 4 team group.
  10. dsqpr

    CPL General

    Decided not to spark another pointless debate.
  11. dsqpr

    CPL General

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  12. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    The problem lay in the schedule. What actually happened was always a likely scenario before a ball was even kicked. We always get shafted on the schedule and somebody needs to sort it out. Why do Hondurass always get the second match against us at home, when they know exactly what they need to do?
  13. dsqpr

    CPL General

    Not too worried about it after seeing this!
  14. dsqpr

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Our ranking is important but not as important as playing matches regularly. Both factors should be considered when scheduling matches and choosing opponents but it would not be good policy to put top priority on achieving the highest possible ranking at the cost of not playing matches. As an aside, Wales have played the FIFA ranking system like a violin but looking at the 32 teams in the World Cup I do not see them there. Getting your ranking well above your actual ability is great but at some point you are going to have to prove it on the pitch.
  15. dsqpr

    CPL General

    You missed out "pot bellied" but otherwise nailed it! And I have seen the beast for real (as have you, I am sure)! Good that times have changed, on that front anyway.
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