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    CPL General

    I'm intrigued by this view, and do see that as something that should be honoured if this is true. But in 2007 it wasn't across leagues, and so there is one precedent that this isn't quite necessary. I get that 2007 was a bit of an anomaly, and perhaps the exception that proves rule, but it is worth mentioning. My judgement on this issue is clouded by MLS. It was sold to us as the solution to our problems, and what we've learned is that while it is a very high level, it is an American business, for American soccer. As the only gig in town, it makes great sense. But now we have a (hopefully) viable alternative that is the very thing the Voyageurs Cup wants to be (despite its intention being what Unnamed Trialist says above which I believe to be true) and that is a National Champion. I don't agree that giving the Champions League spot to CPL denigrates the competition.
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    CPL General

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46988859 This is a BBC article about CPL. In it, they mention two things (Sorry friends, I'm not prepared to comb through 363 pages of this thread...), both in the same paragraph: "The CPL will have a traditional league structure - with teams playing each other home and away over a season that runs from late April to October. Unusually for North American sport, there will be no play-offs." Surely they will play each other 4 times for at least a 24 game schedule, no? And the bit about the playoffs is good news to me, and settles the poll at the start of this thread perhaps.
  3. As much as it's great to have three MLS teams participate in our national cup, I think that given we now have a national league we should expect our Champions League berth to be given to the CPL winner. The argument as to whether we should have two berths may have merit over time, but for now we should expect to send a Canadian club from a Canadian league. Is anyone aware of any potential changes on this issue?
  4. Alphonso Davies, doesn't make it off the bench as Bayern beat Hoffenheim. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46928221
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    Herdman new head coach

    Interesting to hear coach Herdman on TSN 1040 yesterday, essentially laying claim to the entire women's program, right from the individual talent, to Rhian Wilkinson as head coach of the U17s. He referenced how they worked hard to build "the whole bloody thing." He also said that coaching men is exactly the same as coaching women; that an elite athlete is an elite athlete. And also, that the win in St. Kitts was a good win, and that if a "boxscore" fan thinks otherwise, then they should become a real fan to know that that is a very tough place to play, and that it was a good result for us. This is a serious question, that hopefully won't matter, but what are we judging Herdman on? Do we expect qualification out of the Gold Cup groups? Or do we expect nothing, and are looking to 2026?
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    Herdman new head coach

    I think that's the point: Either they are our equal and that's pathetic, or they're our equal and that's fine.
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    Herdman new head coach

    It very much sounds like you are putting St Kitts on par with us.
  8. Being an official non-profit is something that I have wanted for some time, and proud and delighted that this has happened. Many congratulations to socceronly, and any other members who have been a part of this. You know, I've been around this board for some time, many highs lows. I'm not familiar with official structuring of a Board, but I'd be disappointed to see influential members of the Voyageurs who have been long term leaders and have carried this organization be excluded from our leadership. Socceronly is the clear example in this case, but there have been so many others over the years. Whatever is to come next, we need those people to continue to lead. Very well done, and Congratulations!
  9. RJB

    Vancouver Whitecaps 2018

    What are those weird lines on their stomachs? Looks like Reyna has it the worst.
  10. RJB

    Herdman new head coach

    Fair enough. This is chicken and egg stuff. I say that if we win, culture doesn't matter. You say you can't win without good culture. While I will concede that you may be correct, all I'm saying is that I'll take winning over good culture any day. A paradox you say? That's fine. I've watched Canada move into minnow territory over the last twenty years and I'd like a winner please. I've said this before, those minutes that we were leading in 2014 WCQ at Honduras were some of the best feeling watching this team I've had in too long. James had scored, it was all looking likely. Am I supposed to just be satisfied that oh well we lost but we have a good culture? If this type of thing is necessary, then do it, but don't try and sell me on it. As a teambuilding notion, this sort of thing should just happen. It's when pundits have nothing to talk about do they posit on its importance and we all get wound up about it, and frankly I just think it's a good talking point. Win some games, then some more, problem solved.
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    Herdman new head coach

    Herdman may well do a good job for us - and I really want that - but he certainly is a self-promotion machine. He says very little of consequence other than toot his own horn and talk about things that are more motivational than anything: culture, identity, putting in a shift, buying-in, etc. I think he's his biggest fan. And why wouldn't he be? He got the CSA to flinch and hire him as the MNT coach, and he got to hand-pick the WNT coach. He's got his finger prints all over the CSA at this point, so, it's tough not to be too full of himself. And right now, I don't really care about any of that, because we're winning. And as long as that continues, I'm content. That's all I want, and all I've wanted for a very long time. If he can turn this minnow around, then he ultimately deserves to pat himself on the back!
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    Saint Kitts & Nevis vs Canada - Sunday November 18th

    Though this appears to be the case, this is only if we win out. Don't forget that we're Canada... so... you know...
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    Saint Kitts & Nevis vs Canada - Sunday November 18th

    This is Coach Herdman's first away game of his career in CONCACAF (outside the USA).
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    Herdman new head coach

    Fair enough, I suppose I should have said, first priority. But I'll double down on my position: I don't care about the culture of this team, as long as we win. I've supported the MNT for a very long time, and am resigned to us being a minnow. I don't care about culture, or identity, or guest speakers, I care about winning.
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    Herdman new head coach

    The only thing I'll say about establishing culture is that I think it's something coaches just say. Kind of like when they say that a team needs an identity. I suppose they both kind of make sense, but they are phrases born of too much punditry, when in reality what needs to happen is the players need to listen to the coach, they need to do as they're told, what they're told needs make them the best they can be, and then most of all they need to win. Because culture and identity are completely meaningless if they never win. Or don't at least improve. I know that Herdman has to say something because we want to press, but lets not get too much into the media-speak. And how many of us list changing the culture of the team as a priority... ever? We want to win.
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