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loyola

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  1. At least the La Presse columnists have made a blitz criticizing the stupid FSQ decision: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/votre-opinion/201306/04/01-4657755-turban-sikh-et-ballon-rond.php http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/yves-boisvert/201306/05/01-4657886-le-turban-de-jackie-robinson.php http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/francois-gagnon/201306/05/01-4657959-chassez-donc-les-pissenlits.php One of the thing that I don't understand is that many commentators (often the ones who are in favor of the FSQ decision) are alluding to "immigrants" in this story. Sikhs have been in Canada for more than 100 years so referring to them as immigrants is an ignorant thing to do.
  2. After receiving the hand in the face (easy RC there IMO). Look at 1:36. Not a good angle for us and it happened fast but that was right in front of the ref. There's definite contact with the head and it was initiated by Nik L.
  3. It looked to me that Ledgerwood did charge the CR player with his head and did make contact. It's not easy to see on the replay but it looked like it. So the RC might have been deserved. Not impress with Piette on the PK call as well. Hope he'll learn to control his agressivity. Overall, I thought he had a bad game but he's young, so no problem for me there. REB is an enigmatic player. Clearly a lot of potential but sometimes he should learn when too much dribbling is too much. He could be a real threat in the future if he can sort out his club situation soon.
  4. Well, if we go back to a certain GC 1/2 final in 2007, I think we all would've like to see the ref wait before blowing his whistle and go to his AR after the goal to sort the situation out. Maybe a little discussion between the ref and his AR can help get the right call and is better than calling it right away?
  5. When he runs toward the ball, he is playing it. No? I think the active involvement interpretation I have is from the USSF.
  6. For the offside rule "active involvement" does include attempting to play the ball. DCU offside player attempted to play the ball by running toward it but stopped when the flag went up... Seems to me that the call is correct.
  7. Do we have any video of the incident? as far as I remember it looked like a bogus RC at the time but I've never seen a replay.
  8. Ok, let's try to be reasonable here. First OO clearly has a big ego and quite the attitude and has his faults. But to say that he was lazy and ineffective during WCQ is quite ridiculous. He gased out in Cuba, against St-Kitt's at home and worked really hard to put pressure on the opposing team against Honduras and Panama at home. Yes, he only scored one goal in the last round but apart from the Cuba game at home where he missed at least 2-3 good chances, I don't remember him missing clear chances against Panama and Honduras. But I remember him being open when DeRo was taking those long distances field goals against Honduras... The faking injury came from Hart. Do we have another source confirming this? To me, this comment from SH sounds like sour grape that are no better than OO comments about him. I still think Hart biggest mistake was not being able to recognized OO talent and not calling him for the GC. Yes, he was a B3 player at the time, but was going to transfer to a top B2 team and probably the best B3 player at that time. That's where it all started and with the little amount our NT players have together, the GC was probably the best time to get quality games to work with your best striker. I won't defend OO for his comments about Hart, no argument from me here, but Hart showed his amateurishism in the way in handled our top striker at the time. And if OO was in fact faking an injury, have some balls SH and get him out of the team, no way you can get to the hex with that kind of player.
  9. Regensburg lost 5-1 and JDG played the whole game. They are 8 pts out of safety and 4 pts out of a playoff game with a B3 team.
  10. Well, I was just expressing the feeling I had after watching him play. When I think I see potential, like when I saw Borjan play for the first time against Greece, I say it and when I see less potential I say it as well. I'm not writing him or his pro career off, I'm just saying I doubt he'll be a starter for the MNT specially with Milan being only 3 years older.
  11. The 4 min of injury time were justified by the high number of second half subs (something like 8-9) made by both teams. And as far as I'm concern the last foul called in the game was the right call. Our defender should've closed down the US player by staying on his feet but he decided to jump with his cleats up, easy call IMO. For the rest of the game I agree with everyone else, poor ref who had a very weak foul recognition most of the time. At time he was using his whistle way too much while at other time he was letting go obvious fouls. I'm not sure why some are so high on DeRo performance. Apart from the early chance I thought he was pretty average. His habits of going forward against 3 US players was killing me in the second half. There was a couple of time where Bekker was offering support in the middle of the park on counterattacks and DeRo decided to go against 3 and lost the ball. Overall I liked our shape in the midfield and defense (early on I thought the back 4 looked disorganized but they looked better as the game went on) and the fact we didn't allowed good chances . The negative is that we still have problem building up offensively but I didn't have much expectation from this game. Simon Thomas, good for him to get the clean sheet but I don't think he has much of a future with the MNT. Probably will be there for depth purpose.
  12. http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/25/hart-reflects-back-on-world-cup-qualifying
  13. Apparently, Emmanuel Gomez was recommanded to Miller by Joey Torchia, a Canadian scout in Argentina.
  14. That's how I understood it. Maybe he meant something like Bekker lacks athleticism which is, IMO, a legitimate concern for a pro team when assessing a player who's coming from a lower level. Anyways, good to see TFC picking him.
  15. By Daniel Fernandes, Special to sportsnet.ca Next, Asmir Begovic special to sportsnet.ca about JDG2 time in England...
  16. From the CIS you have Haidar Al-Shaibani who went from Western to France D2 which isn't that bad of a move. I'm not sure Haidar is good enough for MLS. Maybe as a back up. As for the Championship in Quebec City I saw the first 30 min of UBC-Laval semi final and UBC were all over Laval. I also saw the final and UBC were clearly the better team in the tournament. I felt like the injury to Samuel Georget didn't help Laval since this player has the ability to take over a game by himself like in did in the Challenge Cup final with Beauport. That being said, UBC were still the better team by far and Dosanjh is quite good. Tough to say if he's good enough for the MLS but everyone who I talked too at the championship were impress with his play. Tournament MVP. I also feel like the level of play of CIS has improve a lot in recent years. Laval have some former Impact academy players or former youth players with Euro clubs (like GK Cournoyer who was with a Belgium first division club) and I see the same with Ontario and team from the West. Good to see. That was my comment for this tournament. I go back to not wanting to post here anymore. I'm still not over the 8-1. Ciao
  17. I agree. Nothing really different from the previous WCQ years. If we had in our group a teams as weak as Cuba in 2004 or 2008 we probably would've beaten them twice like we did this year. The only difference is the big win at home against Panama but TBH Mitchell was an Onstad mistake away from a similar result. Hart is receiving a lot of praise here but honestly apart for him being a nice guy I don't think he handled the team well at all. I wish him the best for his future.
  18. "No comments on my brother situation, at the moment I'm concentrating on the Honduras game" is a simple statement that he should've answered. Anyways, I'm not sure the comments caused troubles in the unity of the team but it was a stupid thing to say. As for DeRo, some here are forgetting his comments right before the 2008 crucial qualifier in Honduras when he criticized the head coach publicly. Nice piece of leadership.... Paul James might have been right about this group mental toughness....
  19. The players destroyed a lot here. I've said it back in 2008 when players started talking about Mitchell when were still alive, I've always found this group of players to lack character. What we saw yesterday was directly caused by the players mental weakness. I'm done with this and I really don'tr care anymore. I enjoyed this board a lot but now I'm taking a pause because the players (and coaching staff) destroyed everything yesterday.
  20. It's a tricky situation but I think Cavallini has to start. Jackson, Hume or Ricketts up front is a recipe for disaster 9 games out of 10. We're just asking Cavallini to hold onto the ball up front and that's it. Even if he's young and unexperienced, it's probably something he can do better than our other options. Honestly, I don't understand how Hart managed that situation. I think one of Haber or Friend should've been called, not only for the October games, but for all the recent games we had. Now, we are stuck with a replacement with know very little of. Even if Friend isn't a V's favourite, if he's still traning with EF, he would be a decent target man to have with us in Honduras, probably a better option than Lucas.
  21. A 1-0 win by Honduras over Panama would've allowed them to tie with us and still go through (or force a replay with us), now they don't have that possibility.
  22. This sounds incorrect because if you apply the rule this way you could send a player in front of the keeper (to block his view or just to annoy him) at anytime in the game and that player wouldn't be consider offside. Here's the rule I have: A player in an offside position is only penalized if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by: interfering with play or interfering with an opponent or gaining an advantage by being in that position So, you can be offside but you can't be active in the play. Jackson was an active player IMO.
  23. Is that the one where Jackson let Atiba take the ball and scored? If that's the one, I think it was the right call since Jackson was offside and he run toward the ball before deciding to leave it to Atiba. Since Jackson made a play toward the ball I think the call was the right one.
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