Northern Fútbol Podcast, Episode 25: Which Canadians Are Destined For A ‘Big’ Transfer?
The guys open the show with their weekly Canadians abroad mailbag. Are Scott Kennedy and Stefan Mitrovic destined to move to a “bigger” league? Can Belal Halbouni and Lucas Dias crack their respective first teams? How will Damiano Pecile fare in Italy with Venezia?
Alphonso Davies returned from injury and started Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach. Peter explains why Davies highlighted both the good and the bad of Canada’s 3-5-2 based on some sequences of play involving the 20-year-old in that match. Sam Adekugbe debuted for Hatayspor and looked solid, so how can John Herdman fit him into the side? Also, could Liam Fraser be an option at centre-back for the national team and who will replace Lucas Cavallini for September?
Domestically, the Canadian Championship began with Cavalry defeating FC Edmonton. Forge also earned a huge win in El Salvador, which the guys discuss. They also answer some questions on Michael Baldisimo’s national-team stock and MLS-CPL relations in Canada.
To close out the show, Thomas spoke with veteran Canadian soccer journalist Steven Sandor about the landscape of Canadian soccer, the potential formation of a women’s league and why our priorities are wrong, and much more.
1:00 – Is Scott Kennedy poised for “the jump?”
4:00 – Will Halbouni, Dias crack their first teams?
7:30 – Can Stefan Mitrovic move to a bigger league?
10:40 – Simon Colyn latest, breaking down Damiano Pecile’s friendly debut for Venezia
14:37 – Ricardo Ferreira update
16:15 – Which Canadian abroad needs a transfer most?
22:10 – Davies exploits strengths, weaknesses of 3-5-2 vs. Gladbach
28:27 – Atiba, Larin score & Adekugbe shines in debut
32:37 – Liam Fraser at center-back?!
36:40 – Cavallini replacements, Baldisimo’s stock, Forge win and more
51:00 – Examining the Canadian soccer landscape w/Steven Sandor