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  1. RJB

    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.
  4. 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!
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    Vancouver Whitecaps 2018

    What are those weird lines on their stomachs? Looks like Reyna has it the worst.
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    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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    TFC 2018

    Feels good to be the club to put the nail in the TFC 2018 coffin. As for this season being an outlier, that may be the case. I'm wondering this season if it less that, and more that their key players have crested, and other teams have caught up as a result? Giovinco certainly isn't the dominant player he was, and Bradley too seems far less of a catalyst this season.
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    Yesterday (Saturday) morning, listening to the Sportmarket on TSN 1040, Tom Mayenknecht made refererence to Ottawa Fury of the USL, and next year the CPL. Perhaps he knows something?
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    Vancouver Whitecaps 2018

    That Kamara has been our top scorer - and one of our better/more consistent performers - is to me an indication of big problems. Not a knock on him, but he is 34. And before you start bringing up Ronaldo at Juventus, realise that he isn't Ronaldo. And then they go and sign Emnes, who may well be a decent player, but he's 30. This shows a lack of vision for the club, and ability to bring along the youth. If I'm a young player, I don't see anything about the Whitecaps ability to bring a player along that would be encouraging for me. Davies is a wonderkid(by MLS standards), and then there are no other youth team players who they've brought along and truly developed. Robinson out.
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    TFC 2018

    Well, they won the titles last year, so it's tough to have much sympathy for them. It's a reasonable trade off if you're a fan, last season to this. I expect most would take a bottom half finish after winning a treble the previous year. But really what is going on? How safe is Vanney?
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