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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    I wouldn't not underestimate the kind of mandate he had coming in--in fact, the very reason he was hired. I don't want to overstate this, but the team has not played well for years, and then there are rivals appearing on the horizon who could claim the Canadian tag, which failing quality football is one of the only other virtues the Caps can claim and still lose. Plenty of Caps fans are teed off and the FO knows this, fans are standing off as well until the team signings get clearer--and not one, so far, would make anyone buy tickets. For me the tactic is meant to fend off pressure from a possible CPL team in near Vancouver. MDS is part of the tactic, and he is in line with it, so it is not like it is just a coincidence. Still, Can content is only a part of the equation. If the Caps do not add 3-4 major signings to complement the squad and make it clearly competitive, there will be hell to pay all around.
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    Canadians abroad: January 18-24, 2019

    Ballou Tabla came on m 76 but it was too late to save Barça B from a 1-0 loss to lowly Egea.
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    CPL General

    The key to single entity is that it's the MLS way of getting around US anti trust laws, which prohibit collusion between independent parts. MLS effectively seeks to operate with monopoly control to gain market advantage, which is accepted in the US as the "best" way to grow the game. In this regard you can't accuse MLS teams of colluding to veto a player or fix financial parameters, since a single entity by definition can't collude. So the 1st article of the Sherman Antitrust Act can't be applied. In this regard teams are closer to branch outlets obliged to fulfil brand requirements, though with a sort of franchisee operational system, whereas what are called franchises in the rest of sports leagues are in fact more like licensed outlets. But this is harder than it all sounds. In any case the real antidote to either model of monopolistic collusion is for the national FA to license the activity of soccer and then for everyone to be able to freely join in, usually from the bottom up, and compete in tiers made porous by promotion, relegation and other inter-division competitions like Cups.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    I believe this is 100% the Whitecaps fending off a CPL franchise in the Fraser Valley. They feel more threatened by Canadian content than by fans complaining about crappy playing style. Canadians or not, it is, as we stand, one of the weakest squads in MLS.
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    CPL new teams speculation

    It's not even an interview, he just lets Alex drag on, asks nothing, says nothing, it is exemplary non-journalism. And boring as fuck as a result. Please let's find some media outlet with a competent reporter able to ask 4 simple, pertinent questions instead of just pandering to an array of truisms.
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    Will the CPL have VAR? Should it?

    First you are supposed to not have any technological support, poor refs, huge reffing scandals, rivalries based on reffing screw-ups, and the corresponding lore. Then you go for VAR. Otherwise, no one will really appreciate it.
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    Liam Millar

    Being in development at a top club means the stakes are high, and the chances to not grab a spot on a 1st team roster correspondingly low. If Millar or Ballou were to actually make a 1st team roster that would be a huge accomplishment, but really, doing that before 21-22 years old? So the lateral moves have to be taken, I understand that, loans or transfering. The prestige of coming where you are adds to your value. But if you look carefully, going to soon, even with a 1st team spot in another solid pro team, you can end up back in THEIR academy team, and you are back where you started, but at a weaker club. Sergi Gomez, who was on Spain u-17 last year, left Barça for Dortmund at the start of this, to get a way higher salary, but is playing Regionalliga so far, that's it. He's a year younger than Ballou. A contrast, Adama Traoré, who I watched with the B team, also remember his 1st team debut for Barcelona in a friendly. He left at age 19 on a transfer to Aston Villa, has kept transfering up, and is now playing EPL, with a solid market value. If we could get that sort of results from Millar or Ballou, from a Canada perspective, we'd be doing very well. But I think that Traoré does not represent the majority scenario.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    They are saving the debut for home for marketing purposes, I thought everyone knew that!!
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    That game could have ended up tied. It went end to end, Hoffenheim was also porous but they had chances in attack, slicing through the midfield fairly easily when they started to push. You can see that this Bayern seriously needs to be remade, they are going to have to sign at centre striker, mids, wing, CBs.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    Bayern have serious problems this year. They look so vulnerable and have problems dominating. They could turn it around but frankly I hope they don't. And none of this is related to Davies.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    Look, let him decide this, but the cliche "East = Asia" is pretty lame if you are in Canada. His father told me a story about taking the kids to play in Stanley Park. And you are aware where his father is from? And where his family lives now? BTW it's east of Ontario.
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    Just because Issey has a Japanese mother does not mean you should just assume he's "East", he was born in Calgary and lived in Vancouver as a kid. I don't think they'd make that mistake: he's not from Asia.
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    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Why don't you set up another thread just for this, and monitor it? Just add data categories as you go. I think we'd appreciate it, really do.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    I have it live on my package here as well, very happy about that. It's actually on Vamos, which is the feature sports channel for Movistar in Spain. True though, there's not a strong La Liga match-up tonight.
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    FC Edmonton launch/2019 offseason thread

    You have to mix it up, I think. Experience is important, journeymen can do a lot for a young team. All young guys could be frustrating because you are learning on the job and results may come hard, especially at the start. I don't see why FC Edmonton has to be a development squad as a priority, for me it's always better to put together a roster to win, and then develop as a consequence of that. The advantage of those two keepers, from what I see, is that they know they are competing, not one is clearly ahead of the other, and they know the coach will change if one does not respond well. So they'll grow together, and beside a top-notch pro with real knowledge. No one doubts that Lars will have a huge impact on the entire team from that post.
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    FC Edmonton launch/2019 offseason thread

    There are plenty of MLS keepers who are clearly below the average level of the league, and of the players around them: you consistently see them sign scrub between the posts, and then teams just work their way around it, or through it, or whatever. It seems to be a standard roster sacrifice in North America, and I don't know why, since play is sloppier and looser they actually end up having a lot of work.
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    Liam Millar

    Yes but for our criteria in Barcelona, he is not really an academy player. He got signed quickly out of Barça B into Girona when they were in a pinch and the B team looked like it could drop out of 2nd division. Ballou is also borderline, but I think if he is still here next year he'll be more accepted as a bona fide Masia product.
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    Liam Millar

    Here's an article about promising players from Barça's Masia from the last 8 years or so, in Spanish, but if you scroll down you'll see teams all the way from 1st to 4th division, and some unattached. https://www.marca.com/futbol/barcelona/2018/09/18/5b9f626eca4741f6498b4633.html Fans of Barça complain that the last player from the academy to really get a foothold in the first team was Sergi Roberto. It's hard to accept that a generation with Cesc, Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, Busquets, Pique, could have actually been an exception. I recall an article that the most prolific academy in Europe was Dynamo Zagreb; others still argue its Ajax.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    It's more relevant that he is comparing a team conceived to counter with the lowest possession in MLS, and coached by a guy with relatively little experience coming from lower division English models of the last century (who cares if you lose the ball stupidly, if you have to bunker in front of your keeper vs. a rival with the same budget as you), with a team that dominates possession almost always in its league and has to break down a rival with talent and tactics and a lot of insistency, apart from having the demand from fans and internally to win every year, to go for league, Pokal and Champions with real possibilties every season. That said, in international football training sessions and models are becoming rather unified, things that people were shocked by when they saw Cruyff's Barcelona in the early 90s are now standard across the board.
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    Liam Millar

    I think it is essential for him to stay at least next season at Liverpool. You have a chance to make a top team, you show a bit of patience. He's still playing Youth League, after all, he's a kid. He does NOT need minutes against boot tacklers in lower league to advance his development.
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    I wonder if JDG is a lot more like his father than people realise. He is more of a maverick, thinks that adversity is a virtue in principle, and needs enemies, even if he has to invent them. This is something that Julian might have in the core of his psyche, even his brother going his own way is part of that. I just take his comments as an indication of a need to be partisan, it seems to me it feeds his competitive character, something a lot of players miss when they retire. I honestly do believe he is not unintelligent, I think he's quite sharp. The day he is working for someone else he'll be equally partisan in their favour.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    I just want to say that I've found some of the comments here rather odd, in relation to his debut. He was positionally very disciplined, he fit in naturally with teammates, there were no confusions, he was playing vs. a team sitting back, and even double teaming him (in fact all serious teams have a mid tracking back alongside a fullback to cover an attacking wing , only Whitecaps under Robbo could never bother with such an idea). His passing was quite precise, he found the right lines of pass. He took on defenders a few times. I can frankly say that Dembele at Barça took twenty games to get even close to the image of tactical order and strong ball criteria we saw with that Davies debut. Now I now that he is ideally a "havoc" player, someone who breaks down a defensive structure and does so in a disorderly way, but you cannot be in that mode permanently. You have to choose the right moment, otherwise the defender takes 4 steps back and your options beating him drop dramatically. The day he is on the pitch and they go up a goal, which they usually do, and the rival has to come out of their shell, his counter-attack options with rise. For me it was an exceptional start and anyone who thinks it was just mediocre has probably not seen too many 18 year olds debut in friendlies for world class teams.
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    Calgary FC launch/2019 offseason thread

    So we can make equestrian jokes and heckle them with similar at games.
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    Calgary FC launch/2019 offseason thread

    You can actually tell from the pony tail? edit: I am so thankful to have this team in CPL.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    I am pretty sure the quantity of tweets, special videos like this, him lifting the cup, is all related to something BM is seeing: major interest online for this player. And perhaps even in their merchandising shops, physical and online. Because for rather mundane things he gets a lot of love from their Communications Department. Since this cannot just be Canadian interest, or merely BM fans specifically, I am guessing they are seeing very positive metrics. In any case, if you look at the video, he is positionally spot on. His teammates are also right where they have to be in support as well, which of course he has never seen in his life. You can see when they get in deep he has the freedom to move inside as maybe the outside back takes up the outside space. He has the choice to take on defenders or play out. He is very precise with his passing, which is good, and not afraid to try something and it not work in the attacking third, which is what you should do. When he has space, he uses it. I am 100% convinced that for Bayern, Davies fits the type that is defined by Mbappe and Dembele, for speed, boldness, youth. What other "type" does he fit? I think you have to let him show his skillset before saying he is way inferior to this or that player. Mbappe has a lot of good performances vs. weak rivals, and also, as we saw in the WC, combined spectacular games with others he was invisible in. I don't think his talent should be entirely overstated, to the point of denying that for BM, that is what they are looking for, and to develop as well.
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