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As this is one of our weekest positions and there is no sure starter, this thread will be a weekly review of CB's in their clubs from now to the GC to find out who are truly the most in form players going into the competition. As most of them are playing in USL/NASL, most games will be available free live and on demand so it will be easier to see them in action. 

There are many games so if some of you can watch some games and post reviews just let me know which games you can watch and we will work around that.

Here is a list of players who can play at CB although some of them are likely to play more in other positions:

MLS

Wandrille Lefevre-Montreal
 

USL and NASL

Nana Attakora-San Francisco
Karl Ouimette-San Francisco
Marko Aleksic-Edmonton
Adam Straith-Edmonton
Drew Beckie-Jacksonville
Amer Didic-Swope Park Rangers
Edson Edward-Ottawa
Thomas Meilleur Giguere-Ottawa
Dejan Jakovic-New York Cosmos
Mallan Roberts-Richmond
Mele Temguia-Cincinnati
Skylar Thomas-Charleston
Mason Trafford-Miami
Dominick Zator-Vancouver


Europe

Luca Gasparotto-Falkirk
Doneil Henry-West Ham-Out for season
Manjrekar James-Vasas
Steven Vitoria-Lechia Gdansk
Milovan Kapor-Zlate Moravce
Derek Cornelius-Javor Ivanjica
Jems Geffrard-Ekenas IF

Some like Attakora and Straith will likely play elsewhere and others will start the season as subs so those to watch in priority are Ouimette, Beckie, Didic, Jakovic, Roberts, Thomas, Trafford and the 3 in Europe (hard to get a stream for those games)

 

Week of March 25-All Times Eastern

Saturday March 25th

11 AM
Hibernian vs Falkirk 

5 PM
LA vs Vancouver 
Richmond vs Harrisburg


Charleston vs Cincinnati

7:30
North Carolina vs Miami
Puerto Rico vs New York Cosmos

8:30
Swope Park Rangers vs OKC

10
San Francisco vs Indy

 

As for the reviews there is no need for grades, simply the positives and negatives and overall appreciation of the performance. Thank you to all who will participate.
 

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Let's get this season started. Zator is not playing for Vancouver but Roberts is starting for Richmond so will be watching that one. Tissot is also starting for Richmond.

Temguia and Jakovic are not in the squads and Thomas starts on the bench. Didic is with the national u23 team.

Mason Trafford is starting so that is the 7:30 game to watch.

Attakora starting at CB and Ouimette at RB, will be interesting to watch.

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Week 1 Performances

Mallan Roberts-Played 90 at RCB in a back 3 in a 1-0 win. Started the game well with good passing and positioning but then gave away a penalty when he ran across on a long ball and fouled the attacker. Penalty was saved. Had a good rest of the game with precise short and long diagonal passes to switch play. Was good in the air.

Mason Trafford-Played 90 at LCB in a back 4 in a 1-1 draw. Had a very good game, the other CB made the mistake on the conceded goal. Defended very well on the dangerous Fondy. Successful in slide tackles and has a good left foot.

Attakora-Played 90 at RCB in a back 4 in a 1-1 draw. Had no part in the goal conceded. Good in the air, good short passing, positioning was a little off at times but probably because he played mostly at RB in recent times. Probably had a little extra pressure as captain but stayed composed. All 3 Canadians played well in the first game ever of the Deltas.

Gasparotto played 90 at LCB in a back 4 in a 2-1 loss. Got a yellow card. Game not watched so no comments on his performance.

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At the risk of incurring wrath, just a short update on Hedges and the USMNT  from the two WCQs....... Arena played Cameron wide right in the first game, then he was suspended, and Brooks was injured. Omar Gonzalez started both games, and Ream surprisingly moved to the middle rather than left. Neither Zimmerman nor Besler played. So either Hedges is pretty far out of the picture. Or Arena hasn't seen enough to be comfortable either way.  

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At the risk of incurring wrath, just a short update on Hedges and the USMNT  from the two WCQs....... Arena played Cameron wide right in the first game, then he was suspended, and Brooks was injured. Omar Gonzalez started both games, and Ream surprisingly moved to the middle rather than left. Neither Zimmerman nor Besler played. So either Hedges is pretty far out of the picture. Or Arena hasn't seen enough to be comfortable either way.  

Please not again.

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Week of April 1-All Times Eastern

Saturday April 1st

10 AM
Falkirk vs Rath Rovers

11 AM
Zlate Moravce vs Trencin

12 PM
Vasas vs Debrecen


Chicago vs Montreal


NYRB vs Richmond


Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati

7
Charlotte vs Charleston
New York Cosmos
vs Miami

8:30
St. Louis vs Ottawa

10
Reno vs Vancouver


Sunday April 2nd

12 PM
Lechia Gdansk vs Zaglebie Lubin

4
Jacksonville vs Edmonton

 

Busiest time this week will be between 4 and 9 pm Saturday.

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Week 2 Performances

Gasparotto-Played 90 at LCB in a back 4 in a 1-0 win. Game not watched so no comments on his performance.

Kapor-Played 90 at LCB in a back 4 in a 2-0 loss. Got a yellow card. Game not watched so no comments on his performance.

Lefevre-Played 7 at CB in a back 4 in a 2-2 draw. Didn't play well and was responsible on a goal conceded.

Roberts-Played 90 at RCB in a back 3 in a 1-0 loss. Good positioning, lots of communication, good in the air. One unnecessary foul. Several bad short and long passes.

Jakovic-Played 90 at RCB in a back 4 in a 3-0 loss. Good with the ball and good positioning but was a step late at times which is normal with the time he's been out.

Trafford-Played 90 at LCB in a back 4 in a 3-0 win. Very good performance, good defending, positioning, tackling. Almost always looked for the short pass and the one time he went for a long ball the defender slipped and his teammate scored so an assist for him.

James played at DM, Edward at RW, Straith at DM and Beckie at RB.

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Week 3-Week of April 8

Saturday April 8

10AM
Dundee United vs Falkirk

11
Zlate Moravce vs Zemplin Michalovce

12PM
Videoton vs Vasas

5
Richmond vs Louisville

6
Vancouver vs Seattle

7
Charleston vs Pittsburgh

7:30
Tampa Bay vs Ottawa
Miami vs New York Cosmos

9
Edmonton vs Jacksonville

10
San Francisco vs North Carolina

Sunday April 9

9:30AM
Piast Gliwice vs Lechia Gdansk

4
Bethlehem vs Cincinnati

 

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Sounds like Gasparotto did not have a good game and apologized for his performance.

_SowBiAS_normal.jpg Luca Gasparotto (@lucagasparotto3)
Good point in the end today, apologies to the fans for my performance today, just one of those days! On to next week ??⚽

I found that funny after the Osorio article, and a poster saying he shouldn't apologize for poor performances.

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Week 3 Performances

Gasparotto-Played 90 at CB in a 1-1 draw.

Roberts-Played 90 at CB in a 1-0 loss. 

Zator-Played 68 at CB in a 3-0 win. 

Temguia-Played 62 minutes as a sub in a 2-0 loss.

Trafford-Played 90 at CB in a 2-0 loss.

Jakovic-Played 90 at CB in a 2-0 win.

Attakora-Played 90 at CB in a 3-1 win.

Straith-Played 90 at CB in a 1-0 loss.

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Could we see Attakora and Ouimette starting at CB and RB in the World Cup? Those seem like our two most questionable positions, and chemistry is one thing that our national team tends to lack because of how frequently our XI changes/how little we play. They've been playing together at San Fran, and their team has had a really good start especially for an expansion side thats still learning to play together. Would have to assume that the link between the two will only improve by the summer. 

Has anyone here watched them this year and can comment on how the Deltas backline looks?

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