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Everything posted by Northvansteve

  1. Henry has been playing exceptionally well. To borrow a term from American football, he's been the Caps shutdown defender. He takes on the opponent's top striker and he's been successfully shutting them down. Except for the handball (a big mistake!), he was one of the best - if not the best - Whitecap on the day.
  2. It was indeed a puzzler but I was more puzzled by the Teibert sub. Russ hasn't played a minute this year due to injury - odd to put him in the game. I would have subbed Liam on for Osorio and moved David to the central mid role.
  3. Was at the game. Agree with all this. And... Brault-Guillard could develop into a better than average RB - nice touches, good positioning. David was excellent. Kaye was mostly excellent.
  4. Anyone know what the "Migration Strategy" is?
  5. Thread to track players with a 2003 birth year. Starting with U-17 team going to a camp in Mexico in 2019: https://canadasoccer.com/canada-selects-u-17-squad-for-mexico-trip-as-part-of-men-s-excel-program-p162078 These players will be 23 during the 2026 World Cup. Players with a 2003 birth year are as follow: CB- David Amla | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalFB- Mckail Brathwaite | CAN / FC EdmontonFB- Keesean Ferdinand | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalFB- Kobe Franklin | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyM- Matt Catavolo | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalM- Tomas Giraldo | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalM- Kamron Habibullah | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy
  6. Updating the list with the invitees to Canada's U-17 camp in 2019: https://canadasoccer.com/canada-selects-u-17-squad-for-mexico-trip-as-part-of-men-s-excel-program-p162078 Players below are 2002 birthyears: GK- Benjamin Collins | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalGK- Eleias Himaras | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyGK- Marc Kouadio | USA / Montverde AcademyCB- Maxime Bourgeois | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalCB- Nathan Demian | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC AcademyCB- Gianfranco Facchineri | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC AcademyFB- Rohan Goulbourne | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyM- Julian Altobelli | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyM- Simon Colyn | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC AcademyM- Jamie Dunning | NED / FeyenoordM- Damian Iamarino | ITA / Chievo VeronaM- Damiano Pecile | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC AcademyM- Ralph Priso-Mbongue | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyM- Sean Rea | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalF- Jayden Nelson | CAN / Toronto FC AcademyF- Jérémie Omeonga Nkoy | CAN / Académie Impact MontréalF- Jacen Russell-Rowe | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
  7. Henry will also likely start with Cornelius on the bench. Once Teibert and Levis are healthy, they will likely be at least a part-time starters. And the Caps have a few good young players to watch for including Simon Colyn, Theo Bair and Michael Baldisimo. So there are a few reasons to keep an eye on the Caps this year.
  8. Up and coming RB for the Whitecaps. Class of 1999. Very fast and athletic. Player to watch. https://www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/eliteteams/residency/georges-mukumbilwa
  9. Signed by Pacific FC. A little surprised that the Whitecaps let him go. One of the young players to watch in CPL this season.
  10. I also wonder how much having a Gold Cup tournament is a factor in Canadian players coming to play here at MLS level. These are starters who will get a lot of profile from their CanMNT appearances.
  11. They drafted a college CB in a later round in the draft. More of a depth guy than anything. So at the moment, Henry and Cornelius are 1-2 on the depth chart. They will surely bring in one or two more CBs.
  12. I had been impressed with him in the games I've seen. Obviously, he hasn't been able to translate those flashes of ability into success at the club level. And I would guess that doing this opens doors for him in Albania? But wouldn't CPL be a better option for him? That's over now, though. Too bad.
  13. I just don't get the total lack of investment in the youth teams. Even 2 or 3 years ago we were holding camps for all these age groups and even ID camps for U15s across the country. Now: nothing. Silence. We show up for the qualifications with the best from the MLS academies and that's it! I don't get it.
  14. The US has a training camp for its U-20, U-19 and U-17 teams: https://www.uslchampionship.com/news_article/show/982132 Why isn't Canada Soccer organizing something similar?
  15. Why is this even a debate? Arfield is critical to our success. He and Osorio are very powerful in the middle of the field. With them, we have the ability to win the ball, create chances from the middle of the field and play with aggressiveness. You could make the case that's he our best player right now.
  16. 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!
  17. I'm flying from Vancouver into Toronto just before game time. Is the Toronto location confirmed? Are Vancouverites allowed there?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. Can't stand the "back-to-back games" excuse when literally every other team plays the same schedule.
  23. Totally agree. But Baldisimo was the only thing Canada had going for it for the first 65 minutes.
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