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  1. 5 hours ago, Keegan said:

    Victor Blasco said to be headed to Pacific FC.  I’m guessing he’s an adopted BC guy now and has been there since his release from WFC2?

    Anyone know why he was released?  I remember he was a top player for the 2nd team and turning heads and then seemed he just stopped playing.  Barcelona product - would be a nice addition to the league and probably cheap. 

    Close source said he fought with Bustos post match and took things too far and was released. 

  2. On 1/6/2019 at 8:13 PM, Keegan said:

    Interesting call 


    Odd that he is listed on transfermarkt as going from "without club" to "unknown club" September 25 2018.  

    He's also playing on Vancouver Island for Mid Isle Mariners in the VISL. The team is coached by Bill Merriman, father of Pacific FC assistant coach, Jamie. 

  3. 15 hours ago, FC_Hali said:

    The pool of GK’s in Nova Scotia is actually surprisingly deep. It’s near impossible to make of it out of the “fish bowl” that is Atlantic Canada so full credit to Andrew McRae (formerly Fury) and Ben Ur (Israel D2) for giving it a go abroad. Take it for what it’s worth but I’m fully confident Cristian Oxner is one of the best GK prospects in the country. Don’t be fooled by his university stats, he lead his club team to a senior men’s national championship and he’s stuck in a rebuilding project at SMU. He’s a modern GK who can spray the ball with both feet, come off his line, and he’s a quality shot stopper. All things I think Steve Hart values in an offensive system. He’s in his early 20’s so it’s the perfect time to get him into a professional environment. 

    As for the two forementioned keepers, McRae is a big body and a presence but I would rank him behind Ben Ur and Oxner. Ben Ur is on a different level and it’s a shame that he never got a look with the youth national teams. So pumped that there is now a professional club in Atlantic Canada where top prospects have a chance at making it as professionals.

    I think all the aforementioned names are good prospects.... in Atlantic Canada. But to say Oxner is one of the best in Canada is rather bold.

    Yes, Oxner has shown promise (at the U Sports level) but so has latest 15 others ahead of him in professional and university settings. He played on a poor St. Mary's team where he obviously stood out as the players in front of him were struggling for a playoff spot each season. Also, he had a incredibly brief training stint with TFC. One would think being that being one of the best in the country would have seen that turn into something? 

    McRae was average at Acadia and never made an official start for Ottawa. Last I heard he was playing on a lower team in Northern Ireland's second division. 

    Ur would be the best of the bunch. However, he has been limited to the lower leagues of Israel and one PDL season while in college. From recollection he probably had one of the biggest kicks I've ever seen. I remember him scoring off a free kick from about 60 yards. 

  4. On 10/20/2018 at 5:39 PM, Complete Homer said:

    Hooper already posted something along the lines of "I'll be back at it" or something, probably indicating an unsuccessful trial

    I mean... without deflating too much wind from his sails if you look at this guys twitter he has a less than ideal soccer physique. 

  5. On 10/14/2018 at 2:22 PM, yellowsweatygorilla said:

    Hammond from the open trials just tweeted this. I wonder if he's signed or invited to the training camp.


    Fellow trialist Aaron Hooper also posted this. 



    Serious money on neither of them playing in the league. This is just twitter optimism

  6. 2 hours ago, Bison44 said:

    I dont think we do, please fill us in some more.  What kind of a break do you get on tuition playing soccer at UBC?? How many scholarships for soccer etc?  We had this discussion about US colleges a while back.  Only 9 scholarships and I'm not even sure they were full rides.  

    Different for each institution so I can't speak for UBC personally. However, given that it is one of the strongest programmes in the country it would be fair to assume that most players are on some sort of award. 

    Having played in the CIS system I know guys who had 3/4 of their tuition taken care of + an additional leadership scholarship to make up the rest.

    Further to that there is the potential for academic merit awards. I knew quite a few men and women that effectively broke even and got paid to go to school from this. 

    The best supported were by far hockey, especially guys who had significant CHL experience. From what I understand there tuition was completely taken care of by the CHL. 

  7. I don't think any of you have a concept of eligibility and U Sports soccer...the rules are fairly strict. Caleb has been a professional for quite some time and was deemed to have used 3 years of eligibility in the process (U Sports charges a year of eligibility for each year played professionally after the age of 20) . That means he only had 2 years left to play on an athletic scholarship in Canada at the highest level. For him this makes total sense. Get half of a 4 year degree finished while paying minimal fees and staying in shape for a potential shot at CPL. Plus UBC is a fairly reputable institution....

  8. 19 minutes ago, Ivan said:

    Do you guys really think MLS is that crap a league that a German 4th division player is going to walk in and get playing time?  Tiebert, Chapman, Hamilton, AJH, Edwards are all players who struggle for playing time on Canadian sides.  Is Elva better than any of them?  Look, I hope for the best for the kid, and if he can come to MLS and play - all the better.  But I honestly can't see him coming over and get regular playing time anytime soon. 

    Happened with Marinovic at the Whitecaps...

  9. 11 hours ago, Alex D said:

    Denmark has a top tier league? Or were you refering to Sweden? Atiba had to work his way through the scandanavian circuit before making it. 

    Top tier - as in top of the national pyramid in a given country.

  10. 5 hours ago, Obinna said:

    Impressive again by MAK.

    Really strong start to the season.

    I can't help but see a young Atiba Hutchinson when I watch him. He even moves in the same way. Has similar technique.

    Like I said before, he is not at Hutchinson's level, but if he can have even half the career Atiba did, it would bode well for us.

    Stylistically, he is just so similar.

    Him and Piette = the next Hutchinson and JDG?

    If you mean next Hutch and JDG at a MLS standard then sure. At the same point in both their careers Hutch and JDG were starting in top-tier European leagues. 

  11. 9 hours ago, Bison44 said:

    He isnt taking up an academy spot.  He is on the USL TFC2.  A bunch of the V's on here are big proponents of having a mix of older more mature guys on the the CDN USL teams (when there were multiple teams) so the 17-19 year olds dont get swamped playing american independent teams with rosters of old pros. I think once he got out of CIS he was lucky to land on TFC2 and get a lot of minutes.  He usually looks pretty good, but its still a surprise signing.  If they were signing a striker I would have brought up Hundal.   But I'm not a coach or a gm, just a fan.  

    Agreed, you need to have older players with varied experience and physical maturity. Failing to do so turns your into the Montreal folded USL venture. 

  12. 1 hour ago, Dub Narcotic said:

    Dario Zanatta

    Marco Bustos

    Kianz Froese

    Callum Irving

    Sam Adekugbe

    Ben McKendry

    Alphonso Davies

    Have all been called for Canada. This is extraordinarily productive. Also not counting guys who are likely to be called at some point like Marco Carducci, Daniel Stanese and David Norman Jr. 

    Carducci still has a considerable distance before making it back into camp, let alone getting a cap 

  13. On 2018-03-17 at 3:01 PM, Vince193 said:

    I don't know if i want a guy in the 5th division of Australian soccer to be part of the CPL. What kind of level are we trying to achieve with this league?

    Sober up, who says he wants to play CPL? He's just getting by doing what he knows... Regardless, CPL has to start somewhere. You can't expect the entire first crop of players to be archetypal blue-chip prospects. Canadian journeymen will absolutely be in the mix.  

  14. 21 hours ago, Acid-Tone said:

    Wrong!  The top Canadian basketball players are becoming great players before they even get to the NCAA!   The grassroots development that is taking place in the GTA is on par with the very best in the US or the world.  Obviously, the NCAA helps, but the best players only spend one season there anyways.

    Just over the past few seasons there's been 2 kids who were considered the very best players in their incoming NCAA class, Andrew Wiggins and RJ Barrett.  Though they finished their high school careers at american prep schools, they were definitely developed in Canada.

    Grassroots may be planting the seeds and making them good players but they are completely dependent on the US system to become great. Of all the Canadians in the NBA only two finished high school in Canada, Olynyk in BC and Long in Ontario (after 3 years of high school in the states). The point is that prospects still heavily rely on the American basketball infrastructure to play at the next level as the vast majority are heading south when they are 15. 


  15. 7 hours ago, Ruffian said:

    This statement is wrong. Recently we have had some of the top recruits going into the NCAA and that has a lot to do with the improvement of Canada Basketball's development pathway.

    Hmmmm..... not exactly.... The majority are going to the United States as high school students for better competition before the start of their NCAA careers. 

  16. 9 hours ago, CNMNTPERUELIGIBLE said:

    I somewhat disagree with this. The Canadian MLS academies have produced some quality players over the last five years or so. The fact that many of them are not regular starters is a whole other story, but I think some of it will change come this season. At least a few, (those that are high-quality) will likely get more playing time and maybe some will be starters. I'm looking at guys like Raheem, Ballou, Jackson-Hamel(a likely starter throughout the season and likewise Osorio). Davies, may get there too, who knows later in the season, but most likely will be coming off the bench for the majority of times. These names are some very decent level-talent, imho anyways. If you look at the next generation from the MLS academies, there seems to be some very good talent there (talking guys late 90s, early 2000s). Though, I do agree 100% that we need our own domestic to take things to a whole other level and just take off from there from what we are doing now. The MLS academies are doing the best they can in developing/producing talent for the CANMNT, but we can't just rely in them, as you mention it is a very small pipeline indeed. We gotta make it more accessible from coast to coast these professional opportunities to aspiring Canadian footballers and be able to pursue comfortably their dream careers at home without any BS restrictions imposed by the MLS (not considering like at lest 90% of Canadians domestic in U.S. based teams), hence leaving many promising skilled CANMNters to ply their trade in lower-division leagues (USL, NASL anyone) where their skills are often too good for those leagues. Canadian-based MLS teams can only accomodate too many players. And the MLS teams should do better in integrating their youth to the first team and providing much more playing time than what they regularly get. Note, this is not only restricted to the Canadian MLS teams, the other day in Extra Time Radio, MLS insiders mentioned that it is also a recurring theme in U.S.-based teams, as many are now leaning to bringing middle-to-above-skilled young South Americans  to produce results right away as opposed to trusting and giving opportunities to their youth. Maybe CANPL can take note of that and avoid these same mistakes.


    I'd be hesitant to put Osorio into this category. We spent a good portion of his formidable years in Uruguay with Nacional. 

  17. 7 hours ago, Gopherbashi said:

    No.  They'll have dozens of D3, PDL, and CIS teams to choose from (not to mention foreign leagues), and how players perform there will be far more of an indicator than a couple tryout sessions would be.

    Disagree. Over the past decade USL and MLS clubs have routinely hosted open tryouts. Generally, this has been a tool to see local talent and give out of contract / recovering players a chance to have a second look. I'd imagine many CPL teams would be doing something similar. 

  18. 13 hours ago, harrycoyster said:

    Playing in USL means that he is ineligible for NCAA soccer.

    Not entirely true. He's ineligible if he was on a professional contract. However, if he was playing as an amateur then his eligibility would still be intact. There have been numerous TFC academy players who have done this then gone on to American schools. 

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