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Northvansteve last won the day on June 24 2016

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  1. Northvansteve

    Nations League - St Kitts Viewing Parties

    A belated thank you to the Toronto group who welcomed me to join their viewing party. Great group! Thanks to them, I can now impress my Vancouver friends with my knowledge of dodgy, backalley Toronto bars!
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    Nations League - St Kitts Viewing Parties

    I'm flying from Vancouver into Toronto just before game time. Is the Toronto location confirmed? Are Vancouverites allowed there?
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Another benefit of holding more (or any) pre-tournament camps is identifying the right mix of players. When Baldisimo went out, there was no one to step into his role. With more games under our belt, we should have been able to identify another player or two who could play that position.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    My take is that this was a team full of potential complementary pieces, but no difference-makers. And you need difference-makers to, well, make a difference. No Davies, Millar, David or Tabla to take over a game and beat the likes of Panama. No difference-makers to take control of a game and brush aside the minnows. Instead, just a lot of complementary pieces who will win some, will lose some, and will always be dependent on circumstances either way. Saw some potential in a number of players: Okello, Bair, Peruzza, Reid, Bayiha, Choiniere, Baldisimo, Dunn. One or two of them will likely emerge as quality starters for their club teams eventually.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Is it just my false memory or didn't we used to have way more camps and friendlies with the youth teams than we do now? Seems like they cobble together a team just before a tournament and hope that they gel in a one-week training camp. Am I wrong about this?
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    So I watched the first half of this game and...ugh... Midfield was a horror show. Okello was completely ineffective - which is too bad because he has been very good overall. Verhoeven ran everywhere and accomplished nothing - he didn't show much effectiveness with his passing or attacking decisions. Fazili let his opponent run past him which led to the first goal. Hernandez made a series of pointless runs which resulted in nothing. The defense was equally a horror show. The only guy on the field who made any good impressions was Theo Bair - who worked his tail off the whole time. The youth failures are getting very very tiresome.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Can't stand the "back-to-back games" excuse when literally every other team plays the same schedule.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Totally agree. But Baldisimo was the only thing Canada had going for it for the first 65 minutes.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Well, if nothing else, that game showed Okello, Bair and Reid are the difference-makers on this team. Credit to them for saving the game.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Okello to Bair to Reid. Nice play by all three of them to get that goal.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    First half observations: Busti is a big, strong, confident keeper. And very quick. He had the post covered on a dangerous free kick that just went wide. Romeo is a bit of a horror show. Very poor judgment, clumsy in tackles, ball watching and slow to turn. He does pass well from the back but that's about it. Michael Baldisimo is excellent. Passes the ball with vision and accuracy. Reminds me a lot of Teibert. Overall, disappointing half from Canada with many players struggling to beat their man or win 50-50 balls.
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    CONCACAF U-20 Championship (November 2018)

    Looks like they're playing a 4-1-4-1: Busti - Mohammed, Romeo, Dunn, Campbell - Baldisimo - Hernandez, Choiniere, Verhoeven, Bayiha - Perruzza
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    Michael Baldisimo

    Baldisimo excellent for Canada U20 vs Dominica. Playing as deep-lying centre mid? Sprayed the ball all over the field.
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    Molham Babouli

    Prediction: Mo Babouli will be CPL 2019 Player of the Year