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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Free kick in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from gator in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Corazon in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Ruffian in Doneil Henry   
    In watching this play I was actually quite impressed by the anticipation and work rate of the striker on that play (was he a sub or had he been on the whole match?).  With a different referee, maybe it's a foul but regardless, it shows the importance of closing down space on defenders in vulnerable positions.  Henry misplayed the original bounce and that provided just enough time and space to make recovery more of a 50-50 venture.  That's a good clip for a coach to show a young striker on why it's important to stay focussed in such situations.  
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Ivan in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from El Hombre in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Bison44 in Doneil Henry   
    I truly believe this.  Even at this point in his career, he still would benefit from playing alongside a steady "quarterback" type of guy leading the back line.  I thought he did well with the Whitecaps (the fact that he and his back line partners and Crepeau had to face a shooting gallery too often had far more to do with the ineffective defensive midfield play in front of them), and he was able to leverage that into a move abroad, which I also believe is a good move (different, wider range of experiences on and off the pitch). 
    Against the Galaxy recently I watched Jakovic give away a penalty on a late, awkward challenge and then later get skinned by Pavon on his goal which was called back for offside, and there was no discussion about it but if Henry did the same we would be having a handwringing fest on here.  On the other hand, even last season there were times where I watch him dive in to block or challenge and I  would close my eyes and hope that the ball didn't play off his arm or he didn't clip his opponent.  When he makes a mistake (which happens, even to guys like Van Dijk on occasion) he needs to have a short memory, Donnie Brasco "fugget about it," and get re-focussed on the game, and not have that error daisy chain into more mistakes (which I have also seen happen with him).
    His physical talents are excellent, even after fairly serious health issues, but to get the best out of him, he needs to play alongside that back line leader.  For me, he's our starter at RCB.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from nolando in Dejan Jaković   
    Jakovic continues his renaissance tonight against Tesho and Orlando City.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Obinna in Dejan Jaković   
    Jakovic continues his renaissance tonight against Tesho and Orlando City.
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    BearcatSA reacted to Lansdude in Herdman new head coach   
    On paper, we're superior to Costa Rica and can hang with the U.S. Making the Ocho and then qualifying from there has to be the expectation for Herdman and this team.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Club Linesman in Herdman new head coach   
    Based strictly on the personnel available, this is an Ocho qualifying team, plain and simple.  I haven't always said that about our NT, especially during the times when FC Unattached or FC In-the-pressbox-on-matchday provided too many squad players for us.  But now, though it still has question marks in some areas, this team makes the final eight.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Nate3322 in Herdman new head coach   
    Based strictly on the personnel available, this is an Ocho qualifying team, plain and simple.  I haven't always said that about our NT, especially during the times when FC Unattached or FC In-the-pressbox-on-matchday provided too many squad players for us.  But now, though it still has question marks in some areas, this team makes the final eight.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Ivan in Herdman new head coach   
    Based strictly on the personnel available, this is an Ocho qualifying team, plain and simple.  I haven't always said that about our NT, especially during the times when FC Unattached or FC In-the-pressbox-on-matchday provided too many squad players for us.  But now, though it still has question marks in some areas, this team makes the final eight.
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    BearcatSA reacted to Obinna in MLS Match Updates and Talk 2020   
    I can't believe I forgot about LA!
    Well that shows you how much I am paying attention now with the Canadian teams out.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Corazon in Herdman new head coach   
    With that, the levels of expectation gets cranked up significantly.  And this isn't a starting XI that picks itself:  all depends on how well he handles the bigger personalities if things don't go as planned.
    Surely we can get to the Ocho with this squad?
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Free kick in Herdman new head coach   
    With that, the levels of expectation gets cranked up significantly.  And this isn't a starting XI that picks itself:  all depends on how well he handles the bigger personalities if things don't go as planned.
    Surely we can get to the Ocho with this squad?
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    BearcatSA reacted to RS in Herdman new head coach   
    TSN discussed Akinola's eligibility at length (even airing a John Herdman interview recorded before the tournament that discussed Akinola's decision) at least once. I don't distinctly recall too much other MNT discussion aside from some talk about Akindele's role under Herdman going forward.
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    BearcatSA reacted to Strait Red in Herdman new head coach   
    I didn’t see him, but I missed parts of games involving Canadian teams. With all 3 eliminated, TSN will be using the feeds and announce teams from Fox/ESPN so we aren’t likely to see him.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from yomurphy1 in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    Was it just three years ago that so many of us were scratching our heads about his inclusion into our Gold Cup squad?  
    I am SOO glad I was wrong about him.  This guy is the real deal.  In the "word" of Caldwell, he's a quality playmaker.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Gian-Luca in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    Was it just three years ago that so many of us were scratching our heads about his inclusion into our Gold Cup squad?  
    I am SOO glad I was wrong about him.  This guy is the real deal.  In the "word" of Caldwell, he's a quality playmaker.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Ivan in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    Was it just three years ago that so many of us were scratching our heads about his inclusion into our Gold Cup squad?  
    I am SOO glad I was wrong about him.  This guy is the real deal.  In the "word" of Caldwell, he's a quality playmaker.
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    BearcatSA reacted to Shway in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I almost, don't like reading these statements. I understand them, but the reality is teams are always going to miss players that trained right underneath their noses. It's the nature of the game...
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Bison44 in TFC 2020 Season   
    The Caps?  They gave it their all with what they had last night and would have been quite happy to ride this wave as far as possible.
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    BearcatSA reacted to jonovision in Thomas Hasal   
    Regarding the GK pecking order, there's a few things to consider.
    1. There's a very real possibility that Vancouver has played their final MLS match of 2020.
    2. If there's a Canadian Championship this year, I'd expect them to give Hasal the minutes over Meredith anyway. Crepeau obviously won't be back by then.
    3. 2021 is really when decisions about loans for playing time really need to be made. 
    Obviously I liked his shot stopping though sometimes when observing goalkeepers in a shooting gallery situation it's easy to get carried away. He made plenty of saves, but did he make many that you wouldn't expect an average MLS keeper to make? Maybe one yesterday (the one tipped onto the post), maybe not. One big dive taking away a pass in the previous game. Distribution needs work but for all we know he might have 9 months to work on that.
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    BearcatSA got a reaction from Gian-Luca in Vancouver Whitecaps 2020 Season   
    Based on other MLS happenings today, he's more likely to be booking his flight for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta instead of YVR.
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