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32 minutes ago, Obinna said:

Buscher is a very important player, more so than Adekugbe. I like both of them and hope they both return, but if Adekugbe signs on with Valerenga, it would be such a success on so many levels.

Elijah would not get such an opportunity if he was still playing with Foothills. Kudos for Cavalry for putting him the exposure for such a trial.

I am getting ahead of myself, but if he signs with them and actually starts playing for them, I think CanMNT call-ups could soon follow...

Buscher was more important than Adekugbe. But Adekugbe should have been starting over Ledgerwood imo

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5 minutes ago, deschamp86 said:

Buscher was more important than Adekugbe. But Adekugbe should have been starting over Ledgerwood imo

I kind of agree with you. I was a little surprised that Adekugbe's minutes tapered off later in the season, but I think Wheeldon did a good job overall rotating between the two of them. Competition is good.

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13 minutes ago, Obinna said:

I kind of agree with you. I was a little surprised that Adekugbe's minutes tapered off later in the season, but I think Wheeldon did a good job overall rotating between the two of them. Competition is good.

Yeah. I mean in fairness Wheeldon did have an alright season. I had just wanted to see more of Adekugbe

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On 1/30/2020 at 2:30 PM, CanadaFan123 said:

Where is Buscher going?  I thought he was a great piece to their puzzle and he'll be a loss for sure.

Big loss for Cavalry. Buscher was definitely a key player for them. He will be hard to replace.

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Did I miss something? Where has it been reported he isnt coming back? I thought it hasnt been announced he has resigned yet. 

Huge holes to fill if escalante, buscher and adekugbe leave. Could easily be the difference between 1st and 4th.

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1 hour ago, youllneverwalkalone said:

Could have just been time to go home, but if we can't compete on wages with the German 4th tier the cap is too low.

 

Sounds like it mainly centered around setting himself up for a future career on the marketing side of things.  Guessing he could have found a place a level higher given his quality.

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3 hours ago, toontownman said:

Did I miss something? Where has it been reported he isnt coming back? I thought it hasnt been announced he has resigned yet. 

Huge holes to fill if escalante, buscher and adekugbe leave. Could easily be the difference between 1st and 4th.

Yup those three guys from the times I saw Cavalry play probably three of the best players on that team, however, still have plenty of talent to finish first I would still put them at the top with or without those three.

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Dominique Malonga is apparently on trial with Vietnamese top division club Sông Lam Nghệ An. I'm guessing it might just be for training since both the Chinese and Vietnamese seasons have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=vi&u=https://baonghean.vn/song-lam-nghe-an-thu-viec-them-ngoai-binh-tung-da-serie-a-262026.html&prev=search

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1 hour ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Sad pathetic post. 

Look, he makes a good villain and I like his personality but his diving was sad and pathetic.  Since when are we not allowed to be critical of some of the reprehensible aspects of the beautiful game?  I'd love to see justice handed out retroactively for blatant divers.  It will always be around but as much as possible get it out of the sport or at least out of this league.  

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HUGE boost to have Escalante back. Love him or hate him he is a game changer for good and bad reasons. 

Still big question marks with Buscher gone and Adekugbe up in the air. They are roughly fine at the back and possibly stronger up top. If they want to go forward they need a replacement on the same level in ability and leadership as Buscher or better imo. Two if Adekugbe goes.  

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9 hours ago, Shortdutchcanuck said:

Look, he makes a good villain and I like his personality but his diving was sad and pathetic.  Since when are we not allowed to be critical of some of the reprehensible aspects of the beautiful game?  I'd love to see justice handed out retroactively for blatant divers.  It will always be around but as much as possible get it out of the sport or at least out of this league.  

Contact sports like football, basketball, hockey, have embellishment, since refs miss real fouls as much as they call them. If you have talent on the ball you will get hacked, and if refs are going to ignore that, you have to remind them. By embellishing. Take Siakam at Raptors, no other top scorer in the league in the paint gets so few calls, so few free throws. The stats are shocking. Happened all last year, one of the least respected players by refs (not American, does not jaw), and this year too (at least until he was named an All-Star).

All commentators say that for him to be respected, he has to learn to make the same moves and ensure the contact is seen or perceived, even if it is the exact same contact as before. Which is: if he does not embellish, or dive, he will not get what he deserves: a fair call against the hack rivals trying to stop one of the top scorers in the league.  

Your mentality favours the football I do not want to see, at least not at top flight. It favours the hacks, boot tacklers and mediocre players, the ones who go out to deliberately destroy the career of fellow players by injuring them. The mentality Clanachan tried to push at the start of last season was destined to make the league insufferable to watch. It also damages the possibility for real talent to rise to the surface (if you noticed, Davies was hacked way more in MLS than he is in the Bundesliga,  and injured, because of this moronic fake toughness paradigm being pushed in North America). 

If you are really worried about opponents diving, the solution is simple: don't let them have the ball. But instead of arguing for possession, which requires skill, you complain about the skill of others to justify hacking them, which requires zero skill. 

Talent will always be hacked to hell, and if you encourage refs to allow this, you get to see hacks vs. hacks. What cleverly done embellishment does is fend off the mediocre defender and force him to tackle the ball cleanly, while ensuring the guy who can dribble is allowed to dribble. It is what ensures talent can flourish. For kids, the most important thing is to eliminate cheap fouling, as that only favours the goons and discourages the smaller or more technical players who are the ones that 90% of serious fans will pay to watch.

Killing off dribblers, that is no small thing: how many players dribble a rival in a normal CPL game? You rarely see it, it is the exception, not the rule. The stats say it is very low in almost all pro football.

Pushing this knee-jerk anti-diving mentality will ensure the CPL is a hackers league where dribblers and guys talented on the ball are expelled. It will leave us with more injuries, stretched rosters, will push up costs to replace the fallen. What is worse, it will drive an even wider wedge between what casual fans see on TV in the big leagues, which is talent and skill on the ball, and what they get in their CPL stadium, which if you have your way will be a roller derby.

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