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  1. 17 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    So a disappointing and frustrating day and window He’s not going anywhere on loan this window the deal just couldn’t be done ... Too frustrated to say more... all I can say is he will keep his head up work harder and the next window is 11 weeks away... more in a day or two cheers
  2. 16 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Just saying I hate transfer windows.... no news yet ... so stressful...
  3. 14 points
    saladroit

    Tajon Buchanan

  4. 14 points
    Jay striker

    Belal Halbouni

    https://www.werder.de/aktuell/news/u23/20202021/spielberichte/regionalliga-nord/spielbericht-vfb-oldenburg-u23/ The kid got his first start in a big game and played very well at the CB position. Was able to play the full 90. To reply to snowcrash, Bremen playing a 4 man back line. Hopefully he will get more playing time moving forward
  5. 13 points
    Strait Red

    Theo Corbeanu

    Corbeanu signs a new contract with Wolves. https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/under-23/20201014-corbeanu-signs-new-wolves-contract/
  6. 12 points
    Yohan

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    Fully on the Ritchie Laryea hype train!
  7. 12 points
    JamboAl

    November friendlies

    I have an honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill. So yeah, I know how viruses work as opposed to your opinions on virology. And for the record, I wants us to play a friendly in Europe.
  8. 11 points
    N1ckbr0wn

    Joel Waterman

    Quality tackle from Joel which led to the Bojan goal:
  9. 11 points
    toontownman

    Joel Waterman

    Best performance in an Impact Jersey. Calm, composed and solid tonight. Great distribution and comfortable on the ball. Congrats to Joel. Quality performance and full value for plaudits.
  10. 11 points
    This thread deserves a serious bump. I always support all CMNT players, but I was on him way back in 2015 when he would sometimes be played out wide and look awful. He has turned into quite the exceptional talent and I don't think it is being appreciated enough on here. Two recent things for the recognition bump: 1) rocking the captain armband for TFC who currently sit top of the table in MLS. 2) How much his defensive ability has improved and how he has looked quite capable in his hybrid Defensive Midfield role. The reality is if Canada is going to make a deep WC qualifying run, and say I dream make a world cup, we need our mids to be very well rounded on both sides of the ball. I'm not calling Osorio our #1 defensive mid by any means but his ability and his defensive improvements have been quite impressive. Here is to hoping he continues his upwards trajectory and form for the rest of 2020 and carries that into March WCQ for us.💪 *it's Friday and I seem to be in a really good supporter mood* haha
  11. 10 points
    Strait Red

    Dayne St. Clair

    Club Record for Dayne.
  12. 10 points
    Is it just me or does anyone else think that Henry moving Piette all over the pitch and making him more involved in the offense will make him a better player in the long run. I dont get to see Impact games as much as the other 2 CDN teams, but I was impressed with Piette going forward tonight. Kind of like the opposite of Rusty who used to be able to create some chances and he had it coached out of him, Piette seems to be adding more aspects to his game, other than just a destroyer. Still only 25.....
  13. 10 points
    gator

    Liam Fraser

    There are a few posters on here who really seem to think Fraser is a bad footballer and not deserving of a chance to play for the mighty TFC, everyone is entitled to their opinion but I don't see where it is coming from, he has looked quite good in his limited playing time IMHO! This is a Canadian Soccer forum and I would think most people would want him to get more of a chance and succeed, why would anyone not want that?
  14. 10 points
    spitfire

    November friendlies

    Sorry if there is a topic already. Never started one before!! So rumours of a Nov camp in Europe( not from me Seriously lol) waiting to hear opposition rumblings of Korea!?! but this just came across my desk... be a tough one but worth a go!?! England looking for a game... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/england-vs-new-zealand-friendly-cancelled-covid-19-travel-player-availability-complications-a4570111.html%3famp
  15. 9 points
    Ansem

    Aribim Pepple

    Good news!
  16. 9 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    What's a "hype rain"?
  17. 9 points
    An Observer

    Guardian NextGen Talent 2015

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/oct/06/from-degaard-to-mastour-what-happened-to-next-generation-2015 I found this an interesting read. This gives the top 20 premiership sides u17 players in 2015 and the top 50 globally for the same age and year and shows where they are now what is really noticeable is that even the cream of the cream at that age rarely go on to very successful pro careers. i post it as all too frequently we hear someone saying Canada is terrible at identifying young talent as x got cut from y youth team and now 2 or 3 years later is starring somewhere and is better than those on that team. What the Guardian list shows is that even the really elite fail to pan out most of the time at that age so there are tonnes of players who weren’t part of that elite at that age that even a few years later are playing at the highest level. i think it underlines the point that the most important thing is to keep as many of the good 15 and 16 years olds playing in a competitive environment into their early 20s as you just don’t know who will turn out and who will not. That is where the CPL comes in but also the Div 3 leagues like League 1 in Ontario and PLSQ in Quebec plus university soccer on both sides of the border.
  18. 9 points
    apbsmith

    Liam Millar

    One thing I've seen from the lad is he always puts his head down and works hard, I'm confident he will keep doing the same. If anything, I'm sure he will use this as more motivation to just keeping crushing it like he has been and get in even better form. That's all he can do for now. Although not ideal, a few positives is that he will still get great coaching and training within Liverpool and he will be getting tons of game minutes, even if it is at a level he is clearly above. All the best to him the next 11 weeks. Tell him all of us back in Canada are supporting him .
  19. 8 points
    PiedPilko

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Time for weekly Eustaquio gushing: He stayed further back today so play didn't flow through him as much as usual. What was interesting, is that his tackling/aerial duels seem like they've really improved, the few chances he's had to show it. He's not very big, and tackling has never been his strength, so it seems like he's been working on it. Eustaquio's already incredibly well-rounded in possession, so if he can add that to his game, he could be really scary.
  20. 8 points
    El Hombre

    Liam Fraser

    Could the argument be made that Vanney has had the least amount of input with regards to who the money is spent on compared to the other coaches? Genuine question. Things really seemed to change when Bezbatchenko came on board. Before that, the culture of the team would change with every coach: Preki would bring in European wanderers from Latvia/Russia, Winter had a distinct Dutch flavour in the players brought in during his tenure, Nelsen opted more for the English types with his players. Once Bezbatchenko joined, that's when things seemed to stabilize with bringing in high-priced talent like Defoe, Bradley, Giovinco, Altidore etc. Could be completely off-base but it seemed like the (major) personnel decisions were taken out of the coach's hands and dealt with more by the manager. Perhaps at least part of the reason TFC has been more successful during the Vanney years could be due to raising the level of professionalism in the entire front office?
  21. 8 points
    PiedPilko

    Lucas Cavallini

    Just scored again!
  22. 8 points
    El Hombre

    November friendlies

    I love this. SpursFlu lobs a grenade and then says "Come on everybody, just chill." I have to try that.
  23. 8 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    Ayo Akinola

    This is incredible. He was homeless
  24. 7 points
    Fullback

    Tajon Buchanan

    He's playing with so much confidence and looks AMAZING right now. Love to see it
  25. 7 points
    El Diego

    Theo Corbeanu

    Yes but raking is an overrated skill. In the modern game more and more clubs are asking their players to mulch.
  26. 7 points
    CanadaFan123

    Theo Corbeanu

    Speaks to his character and absolutely key this time of year.
  27. 7 points
    Bison44

    Kamal Miller

    Miller quietly working his way back in after Moutinho got hurt. Started the last 3 at LB (7 in total for the year) for a pretty good Orlando club. He is racking up the yellows though.
  28. 7 points
    Stryker911

    Scott Kennedy

    Made the bench today in a 2-2 draw. Don't know much about the team so did a bit of research looks like they have 4 or 5 current options at CB. Today the 2 CBs were Elvedi and Nachreiner. Nachreiner has been at the club for the past decade, is 31, and was the captain today. Elvedi compares pretty similarly to Kennedy. He is 24 (Kennedy 23), 6'1" (Kennedy 6'3"), signed on a free (paid 150k for Kennedy), from the 5th place team in Swiss 2nd Division (Kennedy 2nd place team in Austria 2nd tier). The only other CB I could find is Marcus Palionis, who's a 33 year old Lithuanian international and came on today as a late sub. There is a couple other players that are listed as CBs on some sites but DM on others. It would seem that Kennedy would have a decent shot at getting some playing time this year. Again, without knowing much about the team either competing with Elvedi or possibly the team wants he and Elvedi to partner together and can both be stalwarts for the next few years. If he does end up playing that pretty well puts him in contention for a starting spot on the national team.
  29. 7 points
    Stryker911

    Scott Arfield

    That doesnt seem that concerning. Scott doesn't go on international duty because we don't play games. Not that gard to figure out.
  30. 7 points
    El Hombre

    Liam Fraser

    This mindset I wholeheartedly disagree with. And this is mostly why I'm not a big fan of Vanney. This idea that kids must "earn" playing time does such a disservice to those young players because they aren't established enough to "earn" a place in the garbage minutes they get. And you either get into an endless cycle of bringing in high-priced talent or the team crashes and burns. So far, TFC has been the former. Hopefully they don't become the latter. The way to do that is to blood some of the younger players properly. Young players need to be in an environment that gives them real playing time in addition to allowing them to make mistakes. All things being equal, playing a 28 year-old veteran is the safe move to win right now, but playing the 18 year-old will lay the groundwork for being successful for years to come. Giving kids a couple minutes here or there is neither good for them nor does it constitute a fair chance because they don't have the experience to know how to go out and impose themselves on a game in a 15-minute substitute appearance. Take a look at Osorio. Most people here agree that he's a quality player and a very important cog for the Toronto midfield. The main reason he is who he is is because he joined TFC when they had a terrible midfield. He made appearances in 11 straight games (mostly as a sub) before he got consistent starts. And he has since turned into an exceptional player. I remember watching him with the U20s and he was good, but he didn't stand out (not like Nelson did with the U17s or Okello with the U20s). And now he's a damn important part of that midfield and has been for years. That's because he had consistent opportunities as a young player and grew into what he is. Now compare that with Nelson. He gets a start in a knock-out game in MLSisBack and then sits on the bench for the next seven games and doesn't see the field again until two months later. He's now played a total of 90 minutes over the last six games. How is he supposed to "earn" playing time when he only ever sees the field sporadically? The TFC midfield is good, but if you want Nelson to become a key player like Osorio you have to give him a consistent chance and make him work through mistakes. If Osorio were a 20 year-old, I think he'd have a tough time breaking into this midfield without the coach giving him a chance and look at what would've been missed if that were the case. And, to bring it back on topic, I think that is exactly what is happening with Fraser. The coaching staff should have some sort of plan for the young players. So far, I don't see it. Right now, TFC have Fraser, Okello and Priso as young prospects in the middle of the park. What is the plan for them? How are they going to truly "earn" their playing time when they are competing with Delgado, Osorio, Pozuelo, Deleon and soon Bradley. All seem to get a considerable amount of playing time that will make it difficult for one of those three to see the field on a regular basis, let alone all three. So, what is the plan for them then? Apples to apples, none of those three are better than their competition right now. However, their ceiling could be much higher? But if the mindset is to win now at all costs and give those three garbage minutes and then expect them to turn the game on its head in those garbage minutes, is just unrealistic. This idea that young players need to "earn" it over their competition is so counter-intuitive to building a long term successful program. The coaching staff needs to identify who the key young talents are and build a system where these talents can get regular playing time and ample opportunity to show that they belong or that they can improve. I don't get the warm fuzzy that Vanney is doing that and that is my concern.
  31. 7 points
    RS

    Liam Fraser

    What a strange string of sentences to put together. Akinola is literally the team's joint-leading goal scorer right now. So yes, Akinola. Maybe. TFC absolutely should be criticized for not doing a better job transitioning more players to the first team, but your example has the exact opposite effect. It's like saying "when's the last time TFC took a chance on a Canadian from outside the club? Laryea, maybe?" To go one step further, the RB in question only became a right back under Vanney. Laryea was taken off the scrap heap from Orlando as a central midfielder who had never played as a fullback prior to joining TFC. This board has a super weird hate-on for Vanney. He's a flawed coach who plays it too conservative at times, but he's objectively by far the best TFC's ever had. The way he's spoken of here is like he's the second coming of Dale Mitchell.
  32. 6 points
    reggietfc

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    how about reading the whole quote before replying
  33. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    I think we are collectively overthinking it a bit. He is a 20 year old guy in a new league in a new country. He just made a big step up in terms of competition and right now the bounces aren’t going his way. He is in a rut and may even get dropped to the bench, but he has all the tools and we know he has the drive. I think it is way too early to lament the move to Ligue 1. There is no guarantee that he wouldn’t be having the same issues in Germany or wherever.
  34. 6 points
    LeoH037

    Scott Arfield

    Canada was originally meant to have fifa dates in October and November, which it doesn't anymore. That's simply what Gerrard meant.
  35. 6 points
    SthMelbRed

    Liam Fraser

    It's a fool's game to look at the players' fortunes after leaving the club as retrospective justification for a failure to properly develop a player to their maximum potential. The players had very promising prospects when they arrived at TFC. They then burned their prime development years at a club who didn't care to put resources into nurturing their obvious talents. Had they spent those years at a club more committed to player development, they probably emerge as better players on the other side. Once you squander those prime development years, you can't get them back. Liam Fraser, right now, is probably as good as he's ever going to be, if he stays at TFC and nothing else changes. If he wants to grow and improve as a player, he has to get out soon.
  36. 6 points
  37. 6 points
    SpursFlu

    CPL new teams speculation

    I doubt they would think like that. They would likely go where they feel is the best situation for them
  38. 6 points
    Buchta

    Richlord Ennin

    He is now on loan at Tomsk in the Russian 2nd tier until the end of the season. https://fctomtomsk.ru/ru/news/content/kanadskii-napadaiushchii-richlord-ennin-budet-vystupat-za-tom-2020-10-16
  39. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Guardian NextGen Talent 2015

    Yeah but it’s so much easier to **** on the CSA.
  40. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Lucas Cavallini

    Yeah, the idea of having two legitimately high quality strikers is a nice dilemma.
  41. 6 points
    PiedPilko

    Lucas Cavallini

    I don't think judging a player by national appearances is very helpful. In Larin's case, it spans to the dark ages and he hasn't had a real chance with this group. I don't care how bad he was in a few appearances with teammates who just happen to wear the same kit as this much improved team does now. I still like Cavallini starting, but it's close. Good arguments for both.
  42. 6 points
    johnyb

    Liam Millar

    Sorry for your disappointment. FWIW Getting regular minutes for Liverpool U23 for the next 11 weeks doesn't sound so bad. If he tears up U23 he will be impossible to ignore. As always thanks for the updates.
  43. 6 points
    Obinna

    Canadian Wonder kids

    Jayden Nelsen probably deserves mention if you are putting Pepple on the 2002 list.
  44. 6 points
    Bison44

    Ballou Tabla

    Tabla scores in extra time. He really needed that to get us to shut up about his mental state etc.
  45. 6 points
  46. 6 points
    El Diego

    Ralph Priso

    On the bench tonight versus the Red Bulls
  47. 6 points
    Club Linesman

    Scott Arfield

    Yup love Hutchinson to death.
  48. 6 points
    Obinna

    November friendlies

    This was also my initial thought, but I the more I think of it the more I convince myself we will be alright: ----------------Larin------------David------------------- Davies------------------------------------------Hoilett --------------Arfield-----------Eustaquio---------------- Adekugbe----Vitoria---James----Millar -----------------------Borjan---------------------------------- *Fit Hutch in there if he is available. That is not perfect, but there is enough there I think not to get shellacked. The depth is very questionable though: Godinho, Corbeanu, Mitrovic, Kennedy, Paton, Byrn, Leutwiler. That is very bare bones....Goes to show how dependent we are on the MLS guys now. If we have access to Cordova and Henry it would help some.
  49. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Jayden Nelson

    Ciman doesn’t score many goals. You can’t really blame him for having a go...
  50. 6 points
    SthMelbRed

    Dominik Yankov

    At this point in time, Dominik Yankov is neither JDG2, nor is he Ryan Telfer. We won't know how big a loss he is to the program for at least a couple more years. He is exactly what he is...a 20-year old getting good minutes in a top club in a poor league. He might turn out to be excellent, but he might also turn out to be not that great. Time will tell. It would've been nice to watch and cheer for another young Canuck in the upcoming Europa League, though.
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