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Old 10-22-2016, 09:51 AM   #1101
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Arfield just scored a 91' winner(?) for Burnley.
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Old 11-11-2016, 10:50 AM   #1102
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South Korea vs Canada Highlights from this morning

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Old 01-09-2017, 09:23 PM   #1103
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Appears as if the WC is going to 48 teams in 2026, as it's on FIFA's yearly docket this week.

In addition to this given even less excuses for the CSA (seriously, teams that have never made it will be almost shoe-in in this format, nevermind a team that should be top 5 constantly in its Federation like Canada) not to make it, it means a lot more "Iceland" stories as the minnows upset the sharks.

An expanded tourney also means that hosting becomes that much more of an endeavor for a host country. A Canada/US jointly hosted WC would make a lot more sense in 2026 or 2030.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:35 PM   #1104
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Teams that are clearly ahead of us in Concacaf right now:

Mexico, Costa Rica, U.S, Panama, Honduras

Teams that are close to even with us:

Jamaica, T&T.

If Concacaf got an extra spot or two for World Cup 2022, do I think we'd make it? Not at the moment.

However, we have some great young players (age 16-20ish) that can change the trajectory of our program - Alphonso Davies, Ballou Tabla, Cyle Larin etc etc. Fast, dynamic attacking players, the opposite of the typical Canadian Kyle Bekker national teamer that only lives to back pass

I'm more optimistic than I've been since the 90s. Our program is slowly shaping up (rumoured Canadian premier league, expanded Canadian domestic spots in MLS) to be consistently better.

We need a manager that believes in our players (the opposite of Floro) and we need the players to have a breakthrough moment at some point to build enthusiasm in this country.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:03 PM   #1106
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The CSA are holding a "major press conference" Friday, where it is rumoured they will announce their new head coach. Sounds like it's Ecuadorian Octavio Zambrano, who coached in MLS for 6 years as well as in Moldova, Hungary, Colombia and Ecuador.

Personally I think it's great the CSA actually has a coach in place leading up to the 2017 Gold Cup, and I don't have any opinion on Zambrano one way or the other, but I don't think this hire will make any more or any less difference than any other heads coach that's been hired. It's the lack of talent being developed and drawn from that's the real problem for the national team.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sourc...er-team-coach/

They have also confirmed that they will be unveiling their 2017 away kit, and will announce the roster for their March 22 friendly against Scotland on Saturday as well. Before anyone shouts "CALL UP ALPHONSO DAVIES", I don't think he has his Canadian passport yet.
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The CSA are holding a "major press conference" Friday, where it is rumoured they will announce their new head coach. Sounds like it's Ecuadorian Octavio Zambrano, who coached in MLS for 6 years as well as in Moldova, Hungary, Colombia and Ecuador.

Personally I think it's great the CSA actually has a coach in place leading up to the 2017 Gold Cup, and I don't have any opinion on Zambrano one way or the other, but I don't think this hire will make any more or any less difference than any other heads coach that's been hired. It's the lack of talent being developed and drawn from that's the real problem for the national team.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/sourc...er-team-coach/

They have also confirmed that they will be unveiling their 2017 away kit, and will announce the roster for their March 22 friendly against Scotland on Saturday as well. Before anyone shouts "CALL UP ALPHONSO DAVIES", I don't think he has his Canadian passport yet.
That sounds alright. I didn't like how in 2013 they hired Floro but he didn't actually take over until after the gold cup.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:13 AM   #1108
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Cannot believe how strong a kid Davies is. Would be frustrating to defend against. Fingers crossed for continued development.
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Old 03-22-2017, 08:26 AM   #1109
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Canada plays Scotland today in a friendly, and it is apparently going to be streamed on the CSA web site and also on TSN GO. 1:45 MT kickoff.

Unrelated question: Does anyone know who holds the broadcast rights in Canada for the Gold Cup this summer? Two years ago it was on Sportsnet, but lately it seems like TSN is half-assedly stepping up to broadcast some of the Canadian national team matches.
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Fraser Arid makes us actually look like we have some idea of what to do on attack.
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Fraser Arid makes us actually look like we have some idea of what to do on attack.
He is having a good match. Nice to see the speed an energy up front.
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:54 PM   #1112
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This is an interesting match for me, as I'm a supporter of Canada (obviously), but also Norwich City. Naismith and Russell Martin are current Canaries, while Chris Martin, Snodgrass, and Simeon Jackson are former Canaries. So there is plenty to watch in this one.

Country before club though!
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:22 PM   #1113
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1-1 is a good result for Canada. Seemed up for it and brought a bit of pace. Would have loved them to steal it, but Canada will be pleased with that.
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:02 PM   #1115
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Coming back to this, I realized I confused Arfield with Arid. Probably the nicest thing I'll ever say about Arid.. haha.
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You sure about that? Consensus among Canadian supporters is that Aird was man of the match, and that Arfield was average against Scotland (although I thought he paired well with Piette in midfield). He was really the only player who consistently drove at the Scottish back line.
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You sure about that? Consensus among Canadian supporters is that Aird was man of the match, and that Arfield was average against Scotland (although I thought he paired well with Piette in midfield). He was really the only player who consistently drove at the Scottish back line.
So my eyes weren't deceiving me. I looked at the game sheet, and it was for sure 12.

What the hell happened to Aird!? I don't remember him showing anything like that previously.

I mean, that is awesome, and I hope he keeps progressing, but that was night and day since last time I saw him play.
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Fraser Aird left Rangers in Glasgow and was loaned to the WhiteCaps. He is now playing for Falkirk in the Scottish Championship so he has been getting regular practice and playing time.

I would also add that Aird has likely played with and against most of the Scotland side, and would want to do well.

Arfield would be the same, especially as he probably should have been capped by Scotland already. Apparently most of Arfield's relatives are unhappy with choosing Canada, but his dad is ecstatic!
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