Canadian Men's National Team in 2018 [R]

Discussion in 'Canada' started by EvanJ, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Last night leaves us in second place after two games. I would like to have seen a higher score just to be sure, but aside from a major collapse we're looking pretty solid to make group A.

    The team looked great and it's fantastic to see so much young talent. The only thing I didn't like is that the attacks were basically the same, run it up on the left and cross in. Dominica got wise to this and played to it. We're going to need some better versatility in our attacking game.
     
  2. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The last time Canada visited St. Kitts...

     
  3. devioustrevor

    devioustrevor Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Napanee, Ontario
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Hoilett and Osorio looked fantastic, to nobody's surprise. The guy that left me very impressed was Tiebert. I've never seen him that good. He was all over the field, making passes, winning balls and disrupting Dominica's passing game.

    He passed up a pretty good shooting opportunity about 75-80 minutes in, but that is literally the only critique I have of him last night.

    Glad we got all of our dual-national teenagers cap tied.
     
  4. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Disagree on Tiebert. I thought he couldn't keep and was late on many plays. He was easy to be pushed off the ball. He's technically strong but that won't help if the game's going too fast or your physically outmatched.

    Osorio was alright, he can do better than this at midfield that lacked creativity at times.

    Agreed on Hoilett.

    I'm not saying Osorio and Teibert were terrible, but in the context of WCQ, Gold Cup and Nation League, Osorio needs to do better and Teibert should be a sub at best but certainly not starting. It's not good enough to beat the likes of Costa Rica, USA and Panama.
     
  5. tm13

    tm13 Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    Which is exactly what we should be doing. Great to see. Nice that the scoring was spread around. Gets everyone more confidence.
     
  6. tm13

    tm13 Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    He has games like that usually when he is not playing a DM role. He lacks the physicality to be a DM but a box to box passer playmaker sure. That and he pesters players with his back checking endlessly. He has had games for the Whitecaps where he would pass in the 90+% range so not unheard of to see him do that against a very weak team. Here's hoping he can keep it going on a consistent basis.
     
  7. adrenaline11

    adrenaline11 Member+

    Jul 29, 2010
    Toronto
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I know the teams we're playing are mostly amateur but man, it feels good to able to sit back and watch us attack for 90 minutes.
     
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  8. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    ^ It also makes me feel sorry for many of the CONCACAF nations. We complain about Canada going out of qualifying early and not really having a shot at the WC over the past number of years. Imagine being a fan of one of the 25 or so CONCACAF nations that really don't have a shot.
     
  9. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    This is one of the good things about the new League of Nations. It gives those countries a real competitive tournament to play in, against other teams at their own level. C level countries can aspire to make it to B, and B level teams can aspire to make it to A. Not the same as WC or GC but gives them something to play for.
     
  10. adrenaline11

    adrenaline11 Member+

    Jul 29, 2010
    Toronto
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    You what is another good thing is the fact that because these are official matches, each team can only make three subs. It's helps both the development of the game and the fans because the intensity is not lost due to the amount substitutions.
     
  11. RocketRobin

    RocketRobin Member

    Canada
    Feb 3, 2007
    Toronto
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
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  12. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Canada is up 3 spots to 76th in the October 2018 FIFA Rankings, which is their best since they were 68th in March 2013.
     
  13. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I smell top 50 within the next few years.
     
  14. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    That would be nice. Perhaps more important will be moving up from our current 8th spot in CONCACAF.
     
  15. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Assuming other CONCACAF teams stay pretty much where they are overall, 50th in FIFA would have us 4th in CONCACAF.
     
  16. devioustrevor

    devioustrevor Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Napanee, Ontario
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    In terms of pure talent, 4th in CONCACAF is probably where we should be anyways. Perhaps even pushing Costa Rica for third.

    But we underperform so much we might as well the playoff Raptors.
     
  17. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Nation League will help us get to the rank that makes more sense for us.
     
  18. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    A good part of our ranking problem has been a lack of competitive matches that's for sure.
     
  19. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada

    CANADA
    1- GK- Simon Thomas | NOR / Kongsvinger IL
    2- FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | FRA / Olympique Lyonnais
    3- CB- Manjrekar James | DEN / FC Fredericia (on loan)
    4- CB- Derek Cornelius | SRB / FK Javor Ivanjica
    5- CB- David Edgar | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
    6- M- Samuel Piette | CAN / Impact de Montréal
    7- M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    8- M- David Wotherspoon | SCO / St. Johnstone FC
    9- F- Cyle Larin | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
    10- M- David Junior Hoilett | WAL / Cardiff City FC
    11- FB- Samuel Adekugbe | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
    12- W- Alphonso Davies | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
    14- W- Liam Millar | ENG / Liverpool FC U-23
    15- CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    16- FB- Marcus Godinho | SCO / Heart of Midlothian FC
    17- M- Liam Fraser | CAN / Toronto FC
    18- GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade)
    19- F- Lucas Cavallini | MEX / Puebla FC
    20- F- Jonathan David | BEL / KAA Gent
    21- M- Jay Chapman | CAN / Toronto FC
    22- GK- Maxime Crépeau | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
    23- AM / F- Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla | ESP / FC Barcelona B
     
  20. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A warning shot to the CSA: St. Kitts and Nevis just beat Canada in the u-20 championship. Yes, apples and oranges with what we can expect from the senior MNTs - the warning is that SKN have enjoyed a remarkable level of stability for a Caribbean side, with Mexican coach Jacques Passy having been in charge for three years now. Frankly, this is the first organized opponent that Canada will face in this CNL qualifying round.
     
  21. Initial B

    Initial B Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Club:
    Ottawa Fury
    Why do I have the sinking feeling that this has trap game written all over it?
     
  22. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Years of disappointment being a CNT fan have trained you to be suspicious of success?

    I think this is the time when we finally get to throw that baggage away. We aren't a CONCACAF power yet but we will no longer drop stupid points to minnows or fall just short against teams like Honduras.
     
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  23. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I like having a manager that leaves nothing to luck. Herdman strength is how detail oriented he is.
     
  24. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Not so sure that's a good idea. Just begging for a serious injury.
     
  25. tm13

    tm13 Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    LMAO. Yea we've all been there. Conditioned for a letdown is a real problem I have as well.

    We need a string of wins to shake the cobwebs off our unfortunate legacy of not getting it done. I am really looking forward to the next Gold Cup. Now that will be a true test of progress.
     
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