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  1. 31 minutes ago, SpursFlu said:

    I dont want Vancouver a permanent home. Not even for a second. If you read all the way back to one of my original comments. Based on the magnitude of the game and time of year, i think that game would be great in Vancouver. Im not trolling just poking some fun at my Toronto friends. Its almost as fun as making fun of Americans. 


    I want to see Davies, David, Hoilett shredding the American defense. I dont want everyone standing around bundled up freezing their ass off 

    By the way, i love the idea of playing Cuba at a CPL venue. Halifax would be kickass

    There's a good point here.  Perhaps November is too cold in Toronto for the players' liking.  I don't think we would get any kind of cold weather advantage against the Americans and its not like our players are used to the conditions.  Still, I just don't see the players ever opting for a turf field when other options are available.

    Too bad the Whitecaps waterfront stadium was never built.



  2. Post French Guiana Starting 11:






    12-18:  Larin, Osorio, Kaye, Piette, Edgar, Crepeau, Thomas

    19-23:  Millar, Tabla, Tiebert, ZBG, Cornelius

    If anyone should be at risk of losing their spot, it is Tiebert (Johnson, Wotherspoon), Cornelius (Vitoria, Straith) and ZBG (only if he doesn't play in Montreal and Cordova does play in Chile).  Millar and Tabla may also benefit more by staying with their clubs for pre season.  I don't think we lose too much by replacing them with Akindele and Edwards for the Gold Cup.


  3. I agree he should, ideally, cut out those antics, but we cannot sit here and speculate on the meaning of his behaviour. We can't say he was upset about being subbed off, or that he's upset with Herdman or he's not a team player.

    Players with attitude problems or players who can't control their emotions tend not to stick with one club for very long. They play selfishly on the pitch. They take on stupid yellow and red cards. They make foolish comments in social media and to the the press. 

    Osorio is none of these things. He's just passionate. If he wasn't a player, he'd be going nuts in the Vs section with us. Like us, he takes the game way too seriously, and if he shows it post game, who cares? His team mates and coach seem to understand him and have his back. We should too.

  4. As for the game itself, in general we did not play as a team. We are far from a cohesive unit. Players were getting in eachothers way at times.  We had good moments of ball movement but there's no system or identity there yet.

    Compared to how well we were clicking against FG in 2017, we have dropped form bigtime.  

    We generally raise our game against bigger teams, so I'm not too worried, but I'd have expected us to be further along by now. It looked like our first game with a new manager.

  5. Regarding Osorio, let's not start with the attitude problem BS on here again. He's been a consistent starter for JH every game, for a year now, JH likes him and plays him bc Oso is a professional in every sense.

    Osorio plays hard every single time and wants to be a difference maker.  

    Osorio is just extremely hard on himself because he wants to do well so badly. That's it. Read nothing more into his reaction to the sub. It happens in Toronto from time to time. No big deal. 

  6. Hate to be that guy, but Jamaica - El Salvador should be investigated for match fixing. Both goals were extremely suspicious. Blakes error on the first goal was farcical, never seen one so bad. The Jamaican defender on the second goal, who was about a foot taller than the Salvadorian forward on the play, didn't even jump for the ball, and Blake didn't move.

    Jamaica looked so lethargic all game. Not at all how they've been playing the last few years. 

  7. 1 hour ago, Robert said:

    I was there too. Drove all the way from Vancouver. The steel drum show is the reason I have never traveled to another CSA out of town match. For me it was Angus Eve's long range drive beating Onstad, that knocked us out of the World Cup. I had already bought a ticket to Varsity for the match against Mexico. Never went. Still have that un-used ticket. I pretty sure it was the last match played at Varsity. On TV it looked like the field was something better suited for mud-wrestling.

    Anyhow, there's a reason we are playing against teams ranked #119, #134, #178, and #202 in the world. That's an average of #158.25 in the world! Now it is my understanding, if you have a rookie head coach whose never done anything in the men's game expect win 4 matches against countries ranked #158.25 in the world, and he starts spouting off to the national media that HE guarantees that under HIS guidance Canada will qualify for the 2022 World Cup Final, then we've got a serious problem.

    Yes, we have some very promising young talent this time around and that gives me hope for the future. Unfortunately for this young talent, the CSA has decided to provide them with an unproven coach who has next to nothing to offer. Herdman will not know what to do when that crucial moment comes, where a coach has to make a key-decision on the spot. He just doesn't have the experience to do so. I'm sure a player like Alphonso Davies will concur with me, that John Herdman is pretty Mickey Mouse compared to coaches likes of Niko Kovač, Robert Kovac and Peter Hermann, and that fact sure as shit deflates a lot of my hope for the future. 

    This is your best post in years. 

    I must agree that Herdman's lack of experience in the kind of pressure situations the team will be facing in WCQ is the second biggest problem we have, our centre backs being the first. However:

    In 2013 the CSA hired one of the most expensive coaches they could afford.  Floro had recent Concacaf and International experience in addition to his Real Madrid heydays.  On paper, he looked excellent. 

    In 2016, needing a point in Honduras to make the Hex... we were down by a goal with 30 minutes left... who does Floro bring on as we fight for our lives?  Ledgerwood and Straith.  We had 2 forwards, Jackson and Haber who were left on the bench.  And most importantly, Osorio and Johnson were not called, though both were healthy and wanted to be there.  Either Floro was ON CRACK, or he choked, or his attitude, methology, gameplan and man management was deeply flawed from the very beginning.   

    Floro was experienced in big game situations, and still shat the bed and screwed us.

    Bottom line is sometimes experienced coaches suck, and good inexperienced coaches have their break through seasons and moments all the time.  Perhaps this is Herdman's moment.  Perhaps the stars will align. 

    Best of all, thanks to this upcoming Gold Cup, and the Nations League in the fall, we won't have to wait until qualifying to find out what Herdman is really made of. 

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