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    L1O Roundup: New Beginnings


    “And it’s like stars have aligned all in Alliance
    Heart of a lion, balls of Goliath”

    Ok….. I know, I know. I’ve been away and missed the first month of the season, my bad. But as the saying goes, semi informational and questionably entertaining things come to those who wait.

    What’s new?

    Well, what hasn’t changed? Sanjaxx are gone, which sucks for me as both the downtown clubs (Nitros), have quit the league in the last two years meaning travelling to every ground is now a hassle. But the ying to that yang is that Durham are back after taking a couple of years out. TFC3 also left but that happened mid last season, so all this means that there are 16 teams in the men’s league this year and they all play each other once before the top 8 go into the playoffs.

    The playoffs were fun last year, with the best teams going up against each other, there were shocks and disappointments so I expect more of the same this year as well.

    Plenty of players have left to ply their trade in the CPL, a lot of which have started out very well, so lineups for specifically Sigma and Vaughan have changed drastically. Aurora have signed up half of the Humber college alumni, including Oakville stalwart Filipe Vilela, and N. Mississauga have also had a lot of change in their squad.

    As for this column, it won’t be coming weekly as in the past but once or twice a month rounding up the action, then with additional insights and interviews sporadically to try to add more value and exposure. So to the action on the field, what are the highlights of the season so far….

     

    Continued on the NSXI Network

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    • I don't buy this. They are good players right now. You can tell a good player when you see one. If ZBG had one bad game here, another bad game there, then I would say "you know what, this guy needs more experience". However, the kid has played more than enough times now with Montreal and Canada without a single bad game (the mistake against Mexico aside).  Another problem I have is that "consistent starter" is just a label that doesn't really mean anything. Is he consistently good? For me the answer is a resounding yes. That actually means something. Henry is a "consistent starter" for club and country and has been for a while now, yet he makes mistakes time and again.  I don't mean to pick on Henry here, because I think he has a lot to offer us (despite the mistakes). What else do you need to see from Brault-Guillard before you get comfortable? If he is still the starter at the midway point, do you still need to see more? Do you need to see him complete a full season with "starter" status? What if he consistently starts but had ups and downs, do you ignore that just because he was a "starter"?
    • Ow praise the lord we have a CB!
    • I was only half watching, so I can`t recall the foul you are referring to. What I do recall is watching Zavaleta lose an areal dual and then Ciman not challenging the second ball, which DC put in the back of the net. On the first goal both center backs allowed Higuain to ghost behind them.  Laryea was alright in his 45 minutes. Nothing to write home about, but certainly nothing to worry about either.
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    • Cornelius/Waterman/Miller have a few MLS games under their belt and they have some potential.
    • "Clearly".  LOL.  It's one decent game.  Let's see him string together some good performances and then maybe he can be compared to those players. 
    • There's something to be said for showing up for one's national team and performing when called upon. You won't find me throwing any shade at Ricketts.
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