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  1. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    I decided to post this video of Pulisic, by far the best American playing the game today. He's playing at Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga, Germany 1st division. They are playing Monaco from League 1 (France) tomorrow in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Monaco lead the serie 3-2 On aggregate. Not sure that many Americans knows who is and how important he is for the future of your national program. So there it is.
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    FIFA World Cup 2026

    We used too after WWII and throughout the Cold War but they were shutdown eventually. Too bad indeed...
  3. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Actually what I meant is that more kids are registered in actual soccer leagues than there are kids registered in hockey leagues in Canada. It started during the last decade. It's a mix of : •Massive immigration which brings that soccer culture with them like that kid Davies of the Vancouver Whitecaps who made the main roster last year at the age of 15. We're waiting for his passport to start him with the national team. Manchester United and Chelsea are scouting him. •middle class/less fortunate families who can't afford to put their kids in hockey programs because it's ridiculously expensive, choose soccer at a much earlier age for their kids. There's a federal tax credits created by the previous Conservatives government for parents who put their kids in sport programs. So for poorer Canadians, cost is virtually nothing as they get their money back. •Generational shift: Boomers and X only cared about hockey and Canadian football. This generation is all in about soccer. The victim is the CFL who are seeing a drop in attendance. I'm not claiming that as of today, we have a soccer culture nor that we're good as of today, but the future looks bright.
  4. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    I'd resume why were bad in this list: •Complacency: We were actually an average to ok team up until 1986. We were about equal to the US while having the better record when playing them. The CSA just figured out "don't fix what's not broken". But everyone else got better while we stall. •Indifference: Canadians like Americans were indifferent to the domestic game. Americans has NFL, MLB and NBA while we only cared about hockey and CFL. So whatever the CSA was doing, no one cared so they resumed their incompetent management. The 1994 WC changed the US but it didn't trickled down on us. •2000: Best team we ever had. We won the World Cup by beating Mexico and Columbia. Most of the players were playing in Europe which explained this era which I will admit was a bit of an anomaly. Finished 3rd in 2002. We lost to the USA lost to the US again in 2007 but Julian De Guzman was MVP of the tournament. Then it went downhill...we became bad then worst. •2008- Major League Soccer: MLS was granted permission to operate in Canada by the CSA. It was believed that the NHL model would be replicated for soccer. In hockey, Americans and Canadians are equals in the top league giving opportunities to both sides. Each countries are responsible for the development at lower tier, USA with the NCAA and Canada with the CHL. However, after expending to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (top Canadian markets) MLS deemed the Canadian expansion over and severely restricted Canadian players to access the league via their domestic rules not counting Canadians as domestic. This meant very little minutes were played by our players and less than 5% of the league were from here. So we stagnated, unable to improve. •2012 Brazil qualifiers: We had a good team and it was believed to be able.to go to Brazil, then the epic collapse happened in San Pedro Sulas in Honduras where we got crushed and eliminated. While the older generation didn't care about soccer, mine did and denounced the CSA incompetency. Everyone got fired and decided to start from scratch. •2014 Victor Montagliani: He took over and started the ground work for a division 1 Canadian league and blocked new teams from joining the US system. He started the Canadian bid for 2026 and became CONCACAF president. The grassroots level got a massive overhaul and the English style was deemed obsolete. We think we can qualify for Qatar. The new manager wants into have the South American approach to soccer from the bottom up with an emphasis on offensive rather than defense + counter attack. The Canadian Premier League will help deepen our bench while our elites will be the core of the team and better supported. This was our 1st game under new management against Scotland and tied. We didn't have our best players so if we can play like that without Larin, Davies, and Tabla, the future looks promising. If we can get all our dual citizens playing in Europe to commit to Canada like the Americans did, we'll have increased our chances to make 2022.
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    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Missed you too man
  6. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    I think the US version of the 2014 World Cup is as good as its going to get in the current USSF system. They were keeping up with world power teams which surprised everyone. The manager had a lot to do with it. However, Klinsmann was not a fan of US homegrown players nor the current system, hence him trying to get dual citizens and others to sign up for the US. The US has a good starting XI but they don't have a deep bench which should be coming from MLS and homegrown players. In the World Cup, you can't win the tournament without a deep bench. We'll see what Arena can do so the US can qualify for Russia but there's no margin for errors
  7. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Just pointing out that we can't talk winning world cup when it isn't even part of the "culture" to begin with.
  8. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    To echo what you meant by the grassroots level needing to work efficiently to get a national team to perform Yikes....Bradley being an average midfielder...Glad I'm not the one saying it but most experts would agree. But I will admit that the will to be good at soccer is there for the US and that since around 1990. They have been better than us ever since while we used to be equals in the past. They've shown more commitment and resolve towards the game than us Canadians. We only started to show the same commitment to soccer around 2014 right after the last world cup when we finally got someone competent to run the CSA. What's your take on the matter?
  9. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    So seriously...USA winning in 2026...not happening
  10. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Messi and Ronaldo won't be playing in 2026 and I doubt they could be bought lol. As for the the US winning the world cup in 2026, I don't see that happening, even American media's would agree on that https://youtu.be/af2sy9xbrsA
  11. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    It is. I saw them play during Copa America. They are far from Argentina's league, nor Columbia level either. Until they dominate CONCACAF decisively, it won't happen. And no, not happening within the next 9 years
  12. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Oh please...that's the best you have? NO need to get defensive, we fully acknowledged past failures of our program.
  13. Ansem

    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Being in the world cup alone is everything for a footballer. Messi and Ronaldo haven't won it either. I think the US national team peaked in 2014 in Brazil. That's the best team we'll see for a long time...I think
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    FIFA World Cup 2026

    Lol! I'm capable of admitting that we aren't winning the world cup in my lifetime. The 2000 Gold Cup was the peak of the program where we won it by beating Mexico and Columbia. Unfortunately we've been all in hockey the entire time up until recently. As for Arena, I like his optimism
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