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  1. Agreed. As mentioned above, the broadcast centre and cameras are located on the West Side of the stadium. I know during the U20 world cup, we switched from X to Q each half, so we were on the end where Canada attacked.

    I'm with ESG Shawn. I've been to every game playing in Edmonton since 1999 and X and Q are our usual go-to sections. They're close to the attacking side (which makes it easy for our goal scorer to run over to us after we pot one in), they're also far enough off the center sections that (almost) no one will complain about us standing and chanting. The casual fans usually sit in the middle and higher up (under the overhang if it rains).

  2. Ok... I'm ready to start the Stephen Hart for the vacant FC Edmonton head coach petition. He had to leave the men's team, but I think he did relatively well with what he had. He did get us playing attractive football and took us both to within a controversial call of advancing to the Gold Cup final, and within a point of qualifying for the hex.

    Geez... don't know if this is "beneath him" but I'm actually quite excited/keen on him being coach of the Eddies. They've made Canadian player development at key priority and if one man knows what that's going to take...

  3. In a way I'm glad we capped this cycle off in style. Just imagine if this game had come down to yet another cheesy ref call and a 1-0 loss... we'd still be in the same boat.

    By having the wheels not only come flying off the bandwagon, but hitting us all in the balls, this demonstrates the need for fundamental change. I want to see the gut-wrenching and soul-searching we did as a nation when we lost that one time in Hockey. I want this to galvanize us into a proactive results-oriented approach for the long term. I want our tears to water the ground and grow the seeds of the future. I want Jason deVos to turn into the Incredible Hulk and tear some **** up! I want us to say we were there the day it went so very wrong and we demanded it NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!

  4. No kidding... and most of us have been around enough to have witnessed Canada snatch defeat from the jaws of victory several times.

    Weren't we in a similar situation in the U20 or U23s a few years ago when all we had to do to make it out of the group was NOT TO LOSE BY THREE GOALS to Italy and we folded like a cleanly pressed laundry and lost 4-1 or something?

    With that in mind, Honduras doesn't scare me. Take out the Cuba matches and they've what... lost 2-1 at home to Panama, tied Panama on the road 0-0 and tied us 0-0 despite being outplayed. As long as we keep our heads I can see us scraping out a 0-0 or 1-1 match against a team that hasn't performed well, will be under tremendous pressure and looks likely to implode if things don't go well for them from the outset.

    Having said THAT... Honduras and a Mexican referee... seems like bad juju to me.

  5. The usual spot seems to be The Pint just off of Whyte Ave. I also plan on watching the game live tomorrow. Has anyone on here called The Pint? Sport Shaman?

    I'd love to join you guys, but I have an important meeting at 2pm that I can't get out of... looks like it's going to be a "set the PVR and go off the grid" sort of evening for me. Too bad, as I'd like to meet up with some of the out of town Vs that seem to be around.

  6. Jon Jenkins, a fellow Voyageur, did a summer work stint for the St. Vincent FA last year. I don't think he ever saw the bakery in his 3 months there.

    Is that CanadianSwede? 'cause in the "You know you're a Voyageur when..." thread, he said he'd been there...

    When you live in St. Vincent and physically go to Philips Bakery to explain the importance of his bakery to your heart.

    True story! Lived in St. Vincent during the summer of 2010. Worked for their FA. I told the guy about our shared Voyageur love and he was a little dumbfounded!

  7. The ****ing shirts!!!!

    These cheap templates are not something anyone but a hardcore fan wants to wear...but wait, we have the styling anniversary kit that everyone wants...surely they could just red/white that up...

    People want that kit, they don't want our basic template shirts that have no appeal as an actual shirt. People wear the Holland kit, the England kit, etc, because they are NICE ****ING SHIRTS!

    The CSA's Umbro Centennial kits inspired me to do this...

  8. Y'know as someone who's been a Voyageur since 2000, I know how important winning is. If the team wins, we'll get more fans... point of fact. That's how I became a Voyageur, and I know that's how many of the "old-timers" here did as well (and Kudos to those that have been Voyageurs since '86 even if you didn't know you were~).

    However, I agree that awareness is KEY. We would get more support from Canadian fans if there was a concentrated and sustained effort to get the word out. As I've said several times over the last couple of days, we're not fighting hate for the Canadian National team, we're fighting apathy. The best way to get people to care is to show them other people care.

    So, while we can't do much about the winning, we need to show people that it's OKAY to support the Canadian National team. I've had some small experience with this in growing the supporters group for FC Edmonton. There remain pockets of support that need to be brought together in order to create the critical mass required, because it's not the first 3 guys that stand up and look like fools that are hard to get... it's the 4th through 10th that are important.

    I think we are very close to being that critical mass. I've seen this group grow from being barely able to muster up a Christmas card list to being able to organize an away trip to Cuba and a unified supporter section several thousand strong.

    I agree that we need to come up with a marketing push because if we show people WE care then they'll feel like THEY should care.

  9. Nice of AW to point that out. We always seem to try to have the maple leaf stand behind the ball... and I tried that, but honestly the semi-unique shape of the umbro-retro-kit-inspired leaf made it hard to have the ball in front. It was either too small, or cut off enough of the leaf that it wasn't clear it was a maple leaf.

    Then I thought... jeez... this is the Canada crest. Let's make the ball hide behind the freakin' maple leaf for once... and there you go~

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