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hobbes - November 5, 2010 10:15 PM (GMT)
With U20s coming up soon, I thought I'd make a catch-all thread if anyone cares about the Canadian youth teams.

The CSA just released its U23 camp roster and it's always amazing to me that as many players as you think you know there's always new faces you've never heard of . . .

GK- Julien Latendresse Lévesque | GER / Energie Cottbus | Chambly, QC, CAN
GK- Michal Misiewicz | POL / Polonia Bytom | Calgary, AB, CAN
D- Sean Hart | USA / Schulz Academy | Toronto, ON, CAN
D- Fabrice Lassonde | GER / Ingolstadt FC | Mont-St-Grégoire, QC, CAN
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC Academy | Toronto, ON, CAN
D- Eddy Sidra | Unattached / sans club | Edmonton, AB, CAN
M- Philippe Davies | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Longueuil, QC, CAN
M- Ethan Gage | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Cochrane, AB, CAN
M- Mozesh Gyorio | USA / FC Tampa Bay | Stratford, PE, CAN
M- Jonathan Parolini | ITA / ASD Bojano | Vaughan, ON
M- Cesar Santamaria | SLV / CD Municipal | Regina, SK, CAN
M- Jarek Whiteman | CAN / Portugal FC | Brampton, ON, CAN
F- Reda Agourram | CAN / Impact Montréal | Montréal, QC, CAN
F- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Edmonton, AB, CAN
F- Sherif El-Masri | SIN / Home United FC | Scarborough, ON, CAN
F- Derek Gaudet | USA / Portland Timbers | Bayside, NS, CAN
F- Igor Pisanjuk | HUN / Szolnoki MÁV FC | Mississauga, ON, CAN
F- Kyle Porter | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Mississauga, ON, CAN

They're headed to Sunrise, Fla and will play a couple of games. I'd never heard of Parolini or Whiteman who plays in the CSL. Mozzi Gyorio is the rarest of players in the pool - a guy from Prince Edward Island (by was of Serbia) and Cesar Santamaria of Once Municipal of El Salvador went to my old high school. Clearly I have a new favourite player. :)

A lot of the given players (Adam Straith, Nana Attakora, Marcus Haber, Gabe Gala, etc) didn't get invited for obvious reasons, but it's nice to get a look at some of the depth players there. Porter had a good stretch run with the Caps, Pisanjuk is playing in Hungary, Agourram looked good with Montreal this year and both keepers are pretty good.

I'm wondering if there will be a Canadian B camp around the same time to get some of the NA-based players doing something in the winter.

cheers,
hobbes

Yogi - December 8, 2010 04:43 PM (GMT)
Good idea for a thread hobbes, Prince Edward Island is that a first for Canada, having a player from PEI on a national team? I imagine there have not been many newfies playing for Canada either but we won't go into why? :P

Slightly changing the subject, I found this article about players eligible for Canada selecting to play for other countries,

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=g...otawaycanadaslo

hobbes has probably talked about each one of these players here at various times but I wonder if he agrees with the theory expressed in this article,

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Some patterns start to become evident when the issue is looked at in depth.  Most of these players were capped at young ages by the Canadian youth programs but were then seemingly forgotten until they gained international attention.

So why are Canadian coaches not putting more effort into capping young players while they are still in the Canadian program?  Why is the Canadian program not reaching out to more players or at least keeping contact with players that are gaining valuable experience abroad?

Before blame can be put on the coaches, one also has to consider the availability of games in which to cap players.  For some time the Canadian Soccer Association has been criticized for a limited number of games for Canadian internationals to gain game experience


The world has changed and every country has lost players who were potentially available to it, whether they be stars like Zinedine Zidane, Guiseppe Rossi, Mesut Ozil and Deco or lesser talented players like Francisco Torres, Daniel Fernandes and Hamit Altintop. But other than those named at the end of the article, players who once selected to play for Canada despite being born elsewhere, has Canada recently won one of these competitions to sign a player with dual nationality?

hobbes - December 9, 2010 12:05 AM (GMT)
I’m sure PEI is a first for the national team. It’s tiny. Rugby is king in Newfoundland by a lot (Rod Snow being the most famous name from the Rock), but we did qualify for our only World Cup in St. John’s. We should go to Nfld. more often. :)

As for the hypothesis, it’s not a bad one, but it doesn’t really hold water. We don’t play enough games and traditionally the managers have been very slow to bring in new players (Holger had DeGuzman, DeRosario and Hutchinson on the fringe of the team until they were all 23-24; Yallop was still using Pesch Corazzin and Watson into their mid-30s; etc.) but I don’t think that’s the reason we’re losing players.

Hargreaves and Jonathan DeGuzman had numerous offers and opportunities to represent Canada. Neither ever did at any level. I knew about each guy by time they were 15 or 16 and so did the national team selectors.

Lensky could have been part of the U20 World Youth Cup team when we hosted, but turned down calls then. He’s so insane I don’t think he’s a good example of much. Lensky is two years removed from walking out on the Seattle Sounders and eight months later getting a Czech U21 cap. He retired at 20. Once he started playing soccer again Hart asked him, he had the plane ticket in his hand when he accepted the Czech offer.

O’Brian White is more Jamaican than Canadian and Teal Bunbury is more American than Canadian, but Bunbury said he wanted to play for Canada and was happy to get youth caps even when he was living in the U.S. I never expected White to play for Canada any more than I did Andy Williams.

The two exceptions were Begovic who should have played a meaningless World Cup qualifier just to give him a game and Dani Fernandes who was ignored for Pat Onstad for a couple of years when it was clear that at the very least Fernandes was pretty solid. But Fernandes had been snubbed by the U20s as well. I still don’t know why he wasn’t in the mix that cycle and I’m pretty sure I bitched about it on here.

With the exception of Fernandes, the guys named in the article all have had opportunities to play for Canada at the senior level and turned them down before changing nations.

I think almost every player who plays for Canada is eligible to play for someone else. The rules are so open and there aren’t many third generation Canadians that are elite soccer players.

The list at the end was funny to me because it made little sense. With the exception of Stojanovic all of those guys grew up in Canada from a relatively young age. Limniatis was never a mainstay in Canada, how would he play for Greece? Yugoslavia was going to poach Stojanovic from the Rochester Lancers? Randy Samuel would have been useful for T&T, but so would Atiba Hutchinson. Neither guy ever really entertained the thought as far as I know. I don’t see it being a case of anyone doing anything “right” more than just players who grew up in Canada playing for Canada.

> Has Canada recently won one of these competitions to sign a player with dual nationality?

There’s a keeper named Milan Borjan who is the starter for Rad Belgrade in the Serbian top flight (they’re just outside of a Europa League spot). He spent a lot of his youth in Hamilton and then went to South America where he was a low level squad player with Nacional in Uruguay, River Plate and Quilmes. He’s expected to be one of the two keepers named for the Greece friendly after deciding he wanted to play for Canada. He’s 6-4 and only 23, so he might be a find.

De Jong was getting some attention from the Dutch youth teams when he first broke into the top flight, but that quieted quickly. Just looking at the list pretty much everyone could have played for someone else. Olivier Occéan’s a guy who came to the program relatively late and would help Haiti, but I don’t know if they were ever interested in him.

England showed interest in keeper Adam Street and midfielder Terry Dunfield when they were really young, but neither guy committed. When Will Johnson was 17 and playing with Blackburn Rovers I thought the U.S. might show interest, but they never did and a year later he was a Canadian U20 (his ties to the U.S. are far stronger than Canada, though he was born here).

cheers,
hobbes

Sammy Maudlin - December 13, 2010 04:58 AM (GMT)
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There’s a keeper named Milan Borjan who is the starter for Rad Belgrade in the Serbian top flight (they’re just outside of a Europa League spot). He spent a lot of his youth in Hamilton and then went to South America where he was a low level squad player with Nacional in Uruguay, River Plate and Quilmes. He’s expected to be one of the two keepers named for the Greece friendly after deciding he wanted to play for Canada. He’s 6-4 and only 23, so he might be a find.


Sounds like an interesting prospect. With Onstad nearing the end of his career, Hirschfeld not as good as expected and neither Begovic or Fernandes accepting a callup from Canada, I think your team could sue a solid goalkeeper. Maybe this guy can be the answer?


hobbes - December 13, 2010 06:25 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Sammy Maudlin @ Dec 12 2010, 08:58 PM)
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There’s a keeper named Milan Borjan who is the starter for Rad Belgrade in the Serbian top flight (they’re just outside of a Europa League spot). He spent a lot of his youth in Hamilton and then went to South America where he was a low level squad player with Nacional in Uruguay, River Plate and Quilmes. He’s expected to be one of the two keepers named for the Greece friendly after deciding he wanted to play for Canada. He’s 6-4 and only 23, so he might be a find.


Sounds like an interesting prospect. With Onstad nearing the end of his career, Hirschfeld not as good as expected and neither Begovic or Fernandes accepting a callup from Canada, I think your team could sue a solid goalkeeper. Maybe this guy can be the answer?

Yeah who knows with Borjan. It sounds like he was decent as a kid in Hamilton, but having never seen him, you just don't know what to expect.

Hirschfeld is the No. 1 almost by default. Borjan looks like the best bet to unseat him barring an about face from Fernandes or the quick development of one of the promising kids (I think Stillo at Genoa has to be the likeliest guy to have a breakthrough within two years). I don't see al-Shaïbani, Monsalve or Stamatopoulos likely to push Hirschfeld. Young Misiewicz has a shot too I guess, but we desperately need goaltending help, so Borjan is a positive development.

cheers,
hobbes

hobbes - December 17, 2010 06:24 AM (GMT)
U.S. U20s beat Canada's U20s 2-0 yesterday.

I don't think either side was at full strength, but Canada may have been closer to it, which isn't a good sign. Canada was missing Russell Teibert from the Whitecaps who is one of the better players this cycle.

Saad and McInerney scored for the U.S.

USA Starting XI:

Kevin Piedrahita; Ben Sweat, Sebastien Ibeagha, Eric Schoenle (Perry Kitchen, 68'), Kory Veeder; Steven Evans (Joshua Gatt, 78'), Conor Shanosky (Amobi Okugo, 78'), Dylan Mares (Alex Molano, 64'); Jack McInerney, Adrian Ruelas (Omar Salgado, 75'), Soony Saad (Joe Gyau, 78').

Canada Starting XI:

Roberto Stillo; Ashtone Morgan, Doneil Henry (Chris Suta, 89'), Darrick Bassi, Sean Hart, Roger Thompson (Jonathan Osorio, 61'); Jaineil Hoilett, Kevin Cobby (Matt Stinson, 68'), Ethan Gage; Niall Cousens (Jerome Baker, 75'), Nicholas Lindsay.

They play again Saturday.

cheers,
hobbes

Sammy Maudlin - December 17, 2010 06:42 PM (GMT)
many thanks for the update hobbes, keep them coming. I have to admit most of the names on both teams are unknowns to me. The only one I recognized is the US' McInerney who i recall from the U17 team and some cameos with Philadelphia.

Thomas Rongen is coaching the US U20 team and seems to have carved a niche for himself there. hobbes, who coaches Canada's U20s?

hobbes - December 17, 2010 10:48 PM (GMT)
Salgado has actually been training with Vancouver, but will have to enter the Super Draft and is expected to be the likely first pick this year. Gale Agbossoumonde is there for the U.S. in camp, so is Amobi Okugo who’s with the Union. I’ve heard of Saad too. I hear this isn’t a bad U.S. team, but they’re missing Juan Agudelo obviously, but also Will Packwood from Birmingham City, but I don’t know the U.S. well enough this cycle to say much more about who may or may not be likely first choice come qualifying.

Stillo is the keeper who is No. 3 with Genoa. Morgan and Henry are both with TFC. Henry is still quite young (17), but looks very promising and may get some more first team minutes this year.

Gage started for the Whitecaps USL title winners in 08 as a 17yo, but has actually regressed a little. Hoilett is the younger brother of Junior Hoilett (of Blackburn) and plays for Mainz in Germany. The forwards look promising — Nick Lindsay (who is also 17) got some first team time with Toronto this season and Cousens is with Sparta Prague and has been loaned out to a smaller Czech club. Baker is with the Whitecaps residency and went to Germany on loan last year.

All of that being said this roster kind of underwhelms me. There are a lot of players who seem not nearly as good as others we’ve had in recent history.

The manager is Valerio Gazzola who coached the Impact from 1994-97 and then in 2000-01. He’s been an assistant at the U17 and U20 levels a few separate times. Expectations are low to say the least.

cheers,
hobbes

hobbes - December 20, 2010 09:53 PM (GMT)
So the U.S. beat Canada 5-0 in the final U20 game Saturday. The game was moved to an artificial turf field at the last minute. It equalled Canada’s largest loss ever at the U20 level.

Canadian Roger Thompson got ejected at 50 and the U.S. added four more goals in the final 30 mins. The CSA praised the fine work of keeper Julien Latendresse-Lévesque. So that tells you a lot. Joe Gyau from the Vancouver Whitecaps scored three times and Joshua Gatt scored twice.

cheers,
hobbes

raconteur - December 21, 2010 06:47 AM (GMT)
The Canadian goalie Levesque I see also was named to the U23 camp, sounds as if he may be one to watch for the future.

I wonder if Joe Gyau is any relation to Phillip Gyau, an occasional US international forward in the pre MLS days?

hobbes - December 21, 2010 06:07 PM (GMT)
Apparently he is Phillip Gyau's son. I had totally forgotten about him. Here's an old article about Joe:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story...root=us&cc=5901

Canada has so many decent young keepers, I just hope one of them pans out. It's the rest of the team that worries me for the U20s.

cheers,
hobbes

raconteur - December 21, 2010 10:05 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the info hobbes.

Whatever happened with Wyn Belotte? I recall him several years ago being a potential great hope for Canada but he seems to have not developed much after the youth stage. Would he rank as one of the those promising youth players wo just never really panned out as a professional?

hobbes - December 25, 2010 10:45 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (raconteur @ Dec 21 2010, 02:05 PM)
Whatever happened with Wyn Belotte? I recall him several years ago being a potential great hope for Canada but he seems to have not developed much after the youth stage. Would he rank as one of the those promising youth players wo just never really panned out as a professional?

Oh Wyn Belotte. At the 2001 World Youth Cup when Canada conspired to waste one of their most talented youth teams ever, Belotte was the youngest player on the squad IIRC. Anyway Belotte came on in the dying seconds against Brazil and proceeded to dribble past a pair of Brazilians at midfield and then run away from the back line before he got cynically pulled back by the last man. He got a shot off and didn't score. Regardless he showed more in 10 seconds than any of our other players (DeGuzman and Hutchinson included) showed in three matches.

I looked, but couldn't find that run online.

He was the MVP of the CONCACAF U17 tournament, but two yaers later he wasn't effective at the U20 WYC and was already wearing out his welcome at Wisla Krakow. From everything I heard Belotte believed the hype and stopped working. By the time he was 21, he was reduced to playing half of a season with the Toronto Lynx before hitting the soccer wasteland. He's living in Montreal and played in a high-level men's league there last year. He picked up a six-game suspension for abusing an official.

I don't remember all of the details, but he always courted attention and still has a place in Canadian soccer folklore. I know someone who has Belotte's mutlicoloured cornrow head shot from the 03 WYC as his profile pic.

Despite being of Haitian extraction, he developed a John Harkes-like trait of having a thick France French accent after playing in the Nantes youth system. The less said about his personal web site the better (though the video of him telling kids they could be the "next Wyn Belotte" either during or just after his Lynx career remains fresh in my mind).

I looked him up on wikipedia and he's listed as currently playing for "non-league Phillip's Bakery FC" which is an inside joke amongst Canadian soccer fans and brought a smile to my face. Phillip's Bakery FC is entirely fictionial btw.

Such a waste of talent and potential. It's amazing to think he's still only 26.

Merry Christmas to any and all who celebrate it on here. I hope you're enjoying time with friends and loved ones.

cheers,
hobbes

Merengue - January 21, 2011 06:54 AM (GMT)
Buried in this story about the US' preparations to play Chile is a note that the US beat Canada's U-23 team 4-0 in a midweek scrimmage,

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writ...01/20/us.chile/

No idea on who played for Canada but I thought I would pass on the information.

hobbes - January 21, 2011 10:04 PM (GMT)
Thanks Merengue

The Canada U23 team looks as bad on the pitch as it does on paper.

Diskerud, Bunbury, Wondolowski, Bedoya scored for the U.S.

Since it was closed door I don't know the rosters.

I know Misiewicz started in goal (and they used Adam Janssen as well) and I can see Nana Attakora, Curtis Ushedo, Kyle Bekker and Fabrice Lassonde. And a lot of guys I don’t recognize. But this was a pretty no-name bunch.

Canada also lost 2-1 to PDL side the Arizona Sahuaros yesterday. If supporters were disappointed in the US loss, this was something else entirely.

cheers,
hobbes

Pique - March 2, 2011 08:10 PM (GMT)
The Canadian U23 team must be improving as they beat Chivas USA yesterday 2-0 (or else Chivas are really bad, which is not out of the question.)

Here is a brief blurb I found on the game at:

http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer/

That was clear today as Chivas USA fell to a Canadian Under-23 team that played better as a unit than their opponents.

Chivas USA is trying to build from the back, but the defense was found wanting on two occasions.

The first goal came from a 25-yard free kick by Russell Teibert, University of Denver product Drew Beckie connecting with a glancing header unmarked into the bottom left corner. Vancouver Whitecaps' Ghanian-born Randy Edwini-Bonsu, 20, got the second in the 84th minute with a smartly struck volley, the dish freezing the Chivas USA defense.


Sorry but no lineup for canada was given.

hobbes - March 3, 2011 12:45 AM (GMT)
It sounds like the score flattered us. Chivas dominated and couldn't score as Adam Janssen played well in goal.

Drew Beckie and Curtis Ushedo apparently were both solid in the centre of defence. Ushedo also apparently scored the first goal (they may play the same position but should be pretty easy to tell apart), but the irony is that Chivas just cut Ushedo, so maybe they didn't want to give him any credit. :)

Edwini-Bonsu's goal was a great long range left footed strike off of a half-volley (there's a few highlights on the Chivas site).

Russ Teibert is playing really well at Vancouver's camp, but most of the MLS players available for this age group were absent from this camp. I think Vancouver will regret giving up on Edwini-Bonsu.

Thanks for the post Pique.

cheers,
hobbes

hobbes - March 19, 2011 08:39 PM (GMT)
Canada begins their U20 camp for WCQ today in California.

They’ve called

CANADA
GK- Julien Latendresse Lévesque | GER / FC Energie Cottbus
GK- Jordan Santiago | ENG / Cardiff City FC
GK- Sotiri Varlokostas | CAN / York University
D- Francesco Augustin | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
D- Derrick Bassi | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Andres Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
D- Tristan Grant | URU / Club Nacional
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Niko Saler | CAN / FC Edmonton
D- Chris Suta | Unattached / sans club
D- Roger Thompson | Unattached / sans club
M- Ethan Gage | ENG / Reading FC
M- Jaineil Hoilett | GER / FSV Mainz’05
M- Jonathan Osorio | URU / Club Nacional
M- John Pegg | USA / San Diego State University
M- Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / Club Nacional
F- Stefan Cebara | HUN / Zalaegerszegi TE
F- Coulton Jackson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Justin Maheu | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
F- Massimo Mirabelli | CAN / Portugal FC
F- Jordan Ongaro | USA / San Diego State University

It’s an interesting group. I’m stunned that Roberto Stillo, the No. 3 keeper at Genoa didn’t get called. Latendresse Lévesque is good, so it should still be a strength, but I’m still shocked.

Apparently forward Niall Cousens (Slavia Prague) is not healthy enough to go. Morgan and Stinson signed senior contracts with TFC (Doniel Henry already had one) yesterday, but Oscar Cordon did as well and was left off. That was a little surprising.

Gage, Hoilett and esp. Teibert should make up a solid midfield. I’ve heard good things about Osorio too. Teibert became the first Canadian to be a Generation Adidas signing yesterday as well.

Not sure where the goals are going to come from, but that’s not unusual.

There were a few other ommissions that raised the odd eyebrow Joseph DiChiara, a midfielder for Krylia Sovetov (Soviet Wings) in Russia and also Michael Cox for Edmonton FC has been scoring for them (twice against the Impact recently) and hasn’t had a look. I don’t know if TFC’s Nick Lindsay is hurt, but that surprised me. They could use his help up top.

I’m not overly optimistic about this group. Good keeping and a solid midfield doesn’t seem likely to make up for a lack of scoring and a lack of depth and quality in defence. But if they can find a Ryan Gyaki (scored three goals in two qualifiers in 2007, promptly dropped off the face of the earth — well okay he went to Sheffield, close enough) for a week then maybe they have a shot.

cheers,
hobbes

raconteur - March 20, 2011 02:46 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the info hobbes. Who is in Canada's qualifying group?

Is Janeil Hoilett related to Blackburn's Junior Hoilett?

hobbes - March 20, 2011 09:41 AM (GMT)
Canada is with Costa Rica and Guadeloupe. Aren't Guadeloupe a non-FIFA nation? I still don't understand how this is working. Maybe its fine for an age group tournament. Who knows?

There's four groups of three and the top two advance and play a knockout quarter-final to determine which four teams advance to the U20 World Cup. So beat Guadeloupe in the opener and hope for the best. Though Guadeloupe are tricky at Gold Cup level.

Jaineil is Junior's little brother.

Oh and Gyaki had four goals in three games and it was 05, not 07, but it's been a long day, my memory is fuzzy.

cheers,
hobbes

Rufus T. Firefly - March 21, 2011 02:32 AM (GMT)
Strange that Guadeloupe can compete, like hobbes my understanding is Guadeloupe are not a FIFA member so how can they participate in a qualifying event for a FIFA competition?

Is Gyaki still playing professionally?

raconteur - March 25, 2011 03:18 AM (GMT)
Clubs are not obligated to release players for U20 qualifying and thus Mainz are not releasing Janeil Hoilett even though he is not a regular with the club's first team.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=g...toreleasejainei

I am surprised reading Canada's U20 roster at how many players are with Uruguayan youth teams. That seems like a new development for Canadian players. considering Uruguay's record in developing players, however, it is a good destination I think.

Yogi - March 29, 2011 01:14 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Rufus T. Firefly @ Mar 20 2011, 06:32 PM)
Strange that Guadeloupe can compete, like hobbes my understanding is Guadeloupe are not a FIFA member so how can they participate in a qualifying event for a FIFA competition?

Is Gyaki still playing professionally?

From CONCACAF's website previewing the tournament,

http://www.concacaf.com/page/Under20s/News...2324456,00.html

From the four, three-team first-round groups, two squads will advance from each to the quarterfinals. The winners will qualify for the World Cup, except Guadeloupe. Should the French department reach the semifinals, the team with the most first-round points among the quarterfinal losers will qualify.

If teams are tied, lots will be drawn.


I am watching Canada-Guadeloupe now online and Guadeloupe are up 1-0 at halftime and are controlling the game.

Yogi - March 29, 2011 01:24 AM (GMT)
Canada have turned things around and now lead 2-1 60 mins into the game. Russell Teibert, who has a fine left leg and reminds me a bit of Jerome Rothen set up two goals, one converted by Lucas Cavallini, the other a header by Derrick Bassi off a Teibert free kick.

Yogi - March 29, 2011 02:45 AM (GMT)
And 2-1 for Canada is how it ended, a nice turnaround for Canada in the 2nd half. Guadeloupe began well and showed some good individual skill while using their speed and opened up a lead and could have been up by more but for some poor finishing. In the 2nd half, however, Canada settled down, controlled midfield thanks to Teibert and the tireless Ethan Gage and were able to win the game without too many problems in the 2nd period. Guadeloupe became too individualistic and were unable to get past the Canadian backline in the 2nd half. So with this win Canada have taken a big step toward advancing to the all important quarterfinals.

Besides Teibert and Gage, the other goalsocrer Cavallini also impressed me with his effort and penalty area presence, goalkeeper Latendresse Levesque looked pretty composed while 2nd half sub osorio also helepd spark the midfield resurgence.

hobbes - March 29, 2011 09:08 AM (GMT)
I didn't see it, but I heard Osorio really settled things down. Teibert is the key man, but Gage is an important piece. He's got a great work ethic and has a pretty cool head.

Most of the TFC players weren't released and missed the training camp, so that's didn't help preparations and Ashtone Morgan isn't even there period. That's huge blow. It sounds like his RB replacement did not fare well. The backline didn't look great to start and it sound like they were poor. I have a lot of respect for Guadeloupe, so I'm not surprised they gave us a game, but not a great sign.

It's nice to see Osorio and Cavellini - two of the Uruguay-based players that are relatively unknown - play well.

I don't understand why you let Guadeloupe in if they can't qualify, but since when did CONCACAF make sense?

I can't believe I'm too busy to watch these games. My priorities are definitely not in order. :)

cheers,
hobbes

Yogi - April 2, 2011 04:23 AM (GMT)
I ask the same question in the CONCACAF thread but hobbes why did not Teifert play aganst Costa Rica? Without him Canada had very little and the Costa Ricans, who looked quite good, simply overwhelmed them. 3-0 final. Watch for the Ticos Joel Campbell.

So Costa Rica wins the group and will play Cuba in the all important quarterfinals while Canada have the unenviable task of playing Mexico.

hobbes - April 2, 2011 09:38 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Yogi @ Apr 1 2011, 08:23 PM)
I ask the same question in the CONCACAF thread but hobbes why did not Teifert play aganst Costa Rica?

Teibert was sick apparently.

Once again I missed this one. It sounded ugly. Really, really ugly. Even Latendresse-Leveque had a howler. And we had two extra days rest compared to Costa Rica. Not good.

Canada has beaten Mexico two or three times in a row in U20 qualifying, but the Mexican youth set-up has been very good since that generation from the U17s came through. I'm not expecting anything good to happen in the QF. Especially with so many useful players with their club or not selected. I don't know if we were good enough anyway, but I'm looking at some of these players and wondering where they came from all of a sudden.

cheers,
hobbes

hobbes - December 3, 2011 05:53 AM (GMT)
Canada named Nick Dasovic as manager of the under-20 team today. He replaced Valerio Gazzola who frankly no one seemed too excited about. Dasovic left Toronto FC and has been working with Dynamo Zagreb as he works towards his A liscence. I’ve always like Dazza as a player and it seems like he’s pretty well-respected as a manager. It’s not a surprising hire by any means, but hopefully it’s a good one.

He named his first camp roster and U17 star, Real Valladolid signee and apparent defector to Costa Rica Keven Aleman is on it. Between the DeGuzman and Aleman possibly coming to another Canadian camp we’re all a little giddy. There’s another young midfielder named Shadrack Mmunga that has joined Sam Piette at Metz. Other than that it’s a mix of the U17s from the last World Cup and a couple of TFC squad players. It’s a squad of 93s and 94s, so it’s fairly young. Some of the 92s may feature in Olympic qualifying soon, so that may be why they went this way.

Ricky Gomes who was at Porto (he’s now with Vitoria Setubal’s U19s) and stated he might want to play for Portugal was called and is injured. Not sure if that’s positive or not.

cheers,
hobbes




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