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12 hours ago, Bertuzzi44 said:

Who cares why he played? starting CB and keeping a clean sheet in a league game for the top Danish team is freaking amazing.

Who are our other CBs playing at that level again? 

No one, and I find it hilarious how most here seem to imply that he must become a full starter to be considered for the CMNT... ha, in reality even if he gets becomes a semi full time starter for FC Midtjylland then he automatically starts for the CMNT... none of Canada's CBs in the pool are currently close to playing at that level, period.

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90 mins and a clean sheet. This moves him to number 1 on the CB depth chart lol. 

Played 90 vs Horsens in a 2-2 draw.   16 secs: Great block saving a goal and then a powerful sliding tackle to get the balls out of harms way.  Was not at fault for either of

In a twist of what I expected   

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2 hours ago, Mikmacdo said:

I'd rate them higher than the Danish league. 

Portuguese, yes

MLS - hard to say, I'm leaning towards no. Copenhagen are no joke and James' club played well against Prague

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I wonder if this is part of the reason James was re-signed by the club. Perhaps they were taking a longer term view of their needs and saw a way that James could be developed/coached to fit into their plans while helping to keep Midtjylland performing during future fixture congestion (and/or if injuries occurred?)?

 

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This is an description of the team by a FC Midtjylland fan on Reddit:

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Our CB's Scholz and Sviatchenko are the heart and soul of the team. They're the backbone of the defence and the offensive buildup starts with them. I would also count Onyeka as an important piece as he is tireless in the CDM. Offensively we've got quite a few players who's equally important but Sisto, Evander and Dreyer are probably the biggest stars. We are a bit lackluster on the top - we need a forward who can score consistently.

Seems it will be hard to get a start ahead of those 2 CBs!

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It was unlikely that James would see action in CL, unless there is an injury to a CB, but the experience of being on the bench vs the teams in their group will be huge...he may even get some time playing as a defensive mid which he has done for Midtjylland 

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2 hours ago, JuicyHam said:

They got a horrendous draw with Liverpool, Atalanata and Ajax 

Disagree a bit.  Ajax had a great run a couple years ago but they to have to build with kids again as they sold most of them (again) and I think there were way worse Pot 2 teams to draw. Pot 3 did have a few worse teams than Atalanta (teams that actual have to fight domestically like Atalanta in Italy are also at a bit of a disadvantage, for me at least) But this is the Champions League and if you are in Pot 4 it is never going to be easy.  Just think it could have been a lot worse.  

(I am ignoring Liverpool because you only have to finish second or third to keep playing and that is what we want I think)

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7 minutes ago, An Observer said:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/oct/25/what-we-do-isnt-rocket-science-how-fc-midtjylland-started-footballs-data-revolution

just posting this here as it’s not about James, but about his team which I thought was interesting 

Maybe James does a good Brad Pitt impression and that's what keeps him at the club. 

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Funny thing is I just watched Moneyball yesterday on Netflix. 

Obviously soccer and then hockey are my favourite sports. Basketball comes a distant third and baseball an even more distant fourth....but I have a to say, I just love Hollywood baseball films. 

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57 minutes ago, Macksam said:

Funny thing is I just watched Moneyball yesterday on Netflix. 

Obviously soccer and then hockey are my favourite sports. Basketball comes a distant third and baseball an even more distant fourth....but I have a to say, I just love Hollywood baseball films. 

Movies about baseball...the Natural, Field of Dreams, Moneyball, etc...are far better than the sport, itself, which is turgid nonsense, for the most part.

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