Not surprised to hear this. Canadian talent up to 14 is excellent. The problem is up between the crucial years 15-18 there's no full time opportunity to train the kids as puberty is making their bodies so much the stronger and they can develop skills through muscle memory so much the easier.
The other footballing countries have a luxury with the systems they employ. We don't have this, and maybe it's a good thing for education's sake, but the minor hockey players we produce aren't the first ones on the list for scholarships in Physics. So maybe there's merit to mimick.
The sooner we get a chance to professionalize football clubs the better. We have to start treating it as a vocation, then we can harness more talent, and build on successes like the one I see above.
But before that, we desperately need a major cash infusion for the NT. And I mean men's NT, to concentrate on getting them to the WC. This is vital. The CSA needs to capture the hearts and minds of the Canadians who do not like or follow or perhaps even look down on football. Once a general will of support is sparked then I believe we can do some professionalizing like the Americans have done.
Another good move would be to open up a permanent CSA office is London, England and have as many 'home' matches there as possible. The Aussies have done it and I think it would do wonders.
Cheers and Congrats to the U-14's.
Reprezentaciju ste ukrali, istinu ne moete
"Football is an extension of the war by other means"
PS. Iako si najavio ne mora dolaziti u Hercegovinu, ovamo nisi dobodoao. Sasvim sigurno su ti otvorena vrata onih koji su skupa sa tobom radili na zabrani utakmice, i otvorena su ti vrata njihovog grada gdje se pale i brane hrvatske zastave.