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Everything posted by Gian-Luca

  1. He hasn't, but then Columbus collectively has better striker depth than TFC does after they made that trade for Williams. I like their 2nd striker more than I like ours. It will be more of a challenge for Hamilton there, as he only really had Altidore clearly ahead of him at TFC, whereas now he has both a US international striker and a Jamaican international striker ahead of him at Columbus. Vanney seemed to throw a number of players under the bus in the post-game press conference saying that players who were given a chance in that game who hadn't played in a while might not get another chance for a while after they blew their opportunity and played poorly. Not sure if he's throwing Mullins (who didn't see a minute in the first two games) into that group given he was ineffective and subbed off at half time - although I was not impressed, I think that would be harsh if that's the case given all of the chances Boyd had been given this year to give Mullins only a half and then say "that's it". Hopefully he was primarily talking about his nephew - not sure if the tv cameras picked it up but Zavaleta had about 3 or 4 players screaming at him after that 3rd goal by Houston, including Altidore who was shaking his fist in rage at him over his crap, un-manly defending on the play. Yes, he wasn't alone, but clearly primarily responsible and he and Ciman as a CB pairing are particularly deadly, Houston could have run a truck through the centre of the defense the whole night had they needed more goals. Chances are though that I bet Vanney was referring primarily to Chapman and Fraser. Chapman was in part to blame on goal #2 as he didn't check his blind side to see that the left back had continued his run, but then so was Vanney because I can't for the life of me understand why he keeps trying to play Chapman out wide. As has been noted by just about everyone, including KJ just about every week on his podcast, Chapman is not a wide player. He's not a guy that bombs down the wing or beats you one on one, he's a central midfielder with good shot and pretty good offensive distribution and an underrated tackler. Vanney knows he's not a wide player because prior to the signing of Gallardo and Shaffelburg, Vanney himself was saying that DeLeon was the only sort-of winger they had on the team. So what does he do on this game? Plays a central midfielder in Chapman out wide and puts his previously only "sort-of" winger in the middle. There were all sorts of questions in the media about why Vanney played a de facto B team against Houston but the logic of that is easy to figure out (other than I don't understand where Mavinga was since he only came on late as a sub on Wednesday) - the logic of putting Chapman on the wide right, Endoh out of position on the left and DeLeon in the middle is what they should have been asking. Or maybe why wasn't Morrow rotated out as well given Morgan must be feeling pretty confident after scoring on Wednesday while Morrow played his third game in a week and looked off (IMO) against Houston.
  2. Under the current interpretation of the offside rule that goal wasn't offside. Let's get some facts straight here. He scored 15 goals in parts of 3.5 seasons with the big club, not 11 in 5 years. He played a total of 14 minutes combined in his first two seasons for the first team as a teenager so to call those two first season as full "years" seems a little disingenuous on the stats front. This was the only (half) season where he was with the big club the whole season (except for one game for TFC2 he played this year, in which he scored in). As for the notion that he only or mostly scored unimportant goals, I don't think that stands up to analysis. In his first year he scored his first goal early in the 2nd half against Orlando which at that point tied up the game before TFC eventually lost on a 97th minute bogus PK. The other goals he scored that year were the tying goals against Columbus and the team's only goal in a 1-1 draw vs. Seattle as well as what turned out to be the winning and insurance goals in the Canadian Championship semi-final against Montreal. That's 5 for 5 in terms of being significant goals, not bad for one's de facto rookie year. I don't believe his goals for the big club in 2017 were all that significant (I seem to recall one was the final one in a 5-0 drubbing against Columbus but the other was an insurance marker in a 2-0 victory over DC so hardly insignificant - but he also drew a key PK in NYC that Vazquez converted to give TFC a 2-2 draw and pretty much seal up first place for them). In 2018 one of his two goals in the league was a 25 yard game-tying strike against KC on the road while this year of the three other goals he got in league play (out of four), two were game tying goals and one was a game winner. I don't think the claim that most of his goals were "garbage-minute" goals (ie. scored when the result was already determined) holds up to factual scrutiny. This season he remains, at the time of writing, in sole possession of 3rd place in club scoring with 5 goals in all competitions, 4 in league play. The only two players who are ahead of him are Pozuelo & Altidore, who are also each paid several million dollars more than he is and should be expected to have many more goals than he does. Despite two other strikers (Akinola & Boyd) who combined only have one fifth of the number of goals (one of whom makes $100k more than Hamilton does) that Hamilton, we instead got rid of the only striker this season who actually seemed to score big goals coming off the bench (we got rid of our previous super-sub- also a Canadian - in the off-season). Which fair enough, means that because his stats are actually pretty good & he has a habit of scoring important goals, he has some value so we could get someone decent in return which the other two can't do (at least, not yet for Akinola who is only 20). However Mullins did not give me any confidence that he will be "super-sub" difference maker from what I saw in his rather poors TFC debut, making think - initially at least - that TFC's striker depth is now worse than it was before the trade. We probably need a 2nd striker now more than we did before we traded Hamilton, because after Altidore goes off the field, there's no one left now among the strikers that I have any confidence might get a goal off the bench
  3. Disappointing if the league is still stuck with 7 teams next year, particularly when Clanachan had been telling people there would be 8 to 10 teams in first season if we still only get 7 by the time 2nd season - that would suggest that he need never be taken seriously ever again on this sort of thing. The 2nd year they have to build upon what happens in the first year - it will be tougher to maintain interest for the more casual fans who will be seeing the same 6 opponents for their team over and over again, yet the travel costs will remain just as high instead of being reduced with extra teams in place. Perhaps it is too idealistic of me but I really think they need to set aside any differences/bitterness and do what they can get Ottawa in next year, especially since I think it will be in Ottawa's best interests since outside of the V-Cup they seem like such an anonymous, forgotten club by playing in a league with the least amount of attention in North America.
  4. And I see that Forge played at home last night as well, adding to the scheduling insanity in question. If there were three top flight professional hockey teams playing on the same night in the same respective locations attendance for at least one of those teams would most likely suffer, so hardly a surprise to see it happening with soccer.
  5. Bair was unlucky to not get his first MLS goal as he rang one off the inside of the post. Then got another chance a few minutes later but the centering pass was sent in just behind him rather than just in front
  6. Phenomenal strike by Aparicio, perhaps the goal of the year so far in this league
  7. No Edwards or Hamilton in Chicago vs. Columbus. Edwards hasn't seen the field since being at fault for a goal in Chicago's upset loss to St. Louis in USL play, but they have largely stunk without him since he's been nailed to the press box. Hamilton hasn't been dressed for either Crew game since he's been traded and to make matters worse, both strikers ahead of him (Zardes & Williams) scored in the 2-2 draw against the Fire. Also getting nailed the press box in recent weeks is Tajon Buchanon as Bruce Arena hasn't used him once I believe since he became coach. Perhaps this is a formation issue as Arena has changed the team's formation and they haven't gone with out and out wingers, because Buchanon was drawing some rave reviews for his performances a rookie in the first half of the season. Or maybe Bruce Arena just doesn't like him. Vancouver started four Canucks (including Theo Bair's 2nd start in a row) in a losing cause, 4-0. I am currently watching the repeat broadcast since I was at BMO field tonight, and I see that the shots are 17-0 for NE at half time with Crepeau being hung out to dry.
  8. Make that "would have three assists" as Laryea has now two "Converted PK's drawn" this season.
  9. When I was tracking Canadian player MLS stats last year I awarded another "point" for any player who drew a PK which was converted by another player, since that is tantamount to setting up a goal the way an "assist" is. I doubt they are using the same system (whatever the original source is) but if one was to take that criteria and count "Converted PK's drawn" as an "assist" for a goal, Laryea would have two assists as he drew the PK that Pozeulo converted against Atlanta (even if it was a bit of a dive IMO!).
  10. For what it's worth, some of the stats for the TFC players are incorrect. According to their website Laryea has one goal & one assist (rather than 1 goal and 2 assists), while Liam Fraser has one assist (rather than 0 assists).
  11. Almost scored in this game with a powerful low strike from well outside the box (about 40 seconds into these highlights): https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2019-07-13-orlando-city-sc-vs-columbus-crew-sc/recap
  12. I think they dealt him quickly to Columbus as he's listed on the Crew roster: https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/players
  13. He will be competing against also-recently-acquired Romario Williams & Gyasi Zardes for playing time if they continue to only play 1 striker.
  14. It's absolute nonsense which I think was only passed whatever vote was needed by the Concacaf members to agree implement this because it suits the biggest teams in the region plus most of the smaller nations who had no expectations of getting into the World Cup for 2022 but benefit from this because they get to play more games that mean something for a longer period of time. Which just leaves the teams on the bubble of possibly qualifying - such as us - as the ones who get screwed from this. It's not fair, nor equitable and the ridiculous over-emphasis on the FIFA rankings is extremely unjustifiable, as is the timing that this process is being rolled out and the inclusion of matches against non-FIFA matches to harm nations FIFA rankings for those unlucky enough to be drawn in the same group as French Guiana or Martinique in CNLQ and Gold Cup play.
  15. I guess it's not a coincidence that Columbus put together a highlights package of some of his goals but left off the ones he had scored against them: https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/post/2019/07/11/highlights-jordan-hamilton?autoplay=true
  16. Highlights of the matches against Austria & Iran:
  17. Actually Vanney talked about how he wants to play De Leon in the middle more and more and not on the wing, so I don't think you'll see Laryea getting pushed out for him - that battle there will be with Auro and I think Laryea might win that the way Auro has been playing this year even when he was healthy. De Leon taking up central midfield minutes is not good news for Chapman but it's not good news for Delgado either as there is only so much room in midfield with the others all being DP's and TAM players. As for Shaffelburg, both Curtis & Vanney seemed to say in the pressers that his emergence helped to solidify which TAM winger they would sign. It looks like they got Gallardo to pay on the right because they now have Shaffelburg on the left. So it's more likely to be Endoh that gets to be the odd man out in that scenario, which might be fair enough because he tends to be weak defensively and bodied off the ball. The key issue going forward for me is the Bradley/Fraser dilemma. Even the US pundits who have been defending Bradley since the 2017 WCQ failure have admitted that he's lost another couple of steps. He is only going to continue to decline while Fraser is only going to continue to get better - unless they nail him to the bench of course. At the very least they need to do more squad rotation with those two, in situations where they have 3 games in a week (like next week) or a congested schedule because of VCup matches (which happens in August).
  18. Interestingly it's the only group without a European team in it
  19. Didn't see a thread on the World Cup itself. No pressure at all for the kids, we have been drawn as the opponents for the hosts to open the tourney.
  20. The official release by the club also mentions that we also gave up TAM money to Columbus as part of the deal, which I hadn't seen reported before: https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/07/11/toronto-fc-acquires-patrick-mullins-columbus-crew-sc So a much more prolific & younger goal scorer the past two seasons, plus and international spot and TAM money and this first right of refusal on an undisclosed player (whoever that is - doubt it's Ben Spencer though) for Mullins, a guy with 1 goal in the past 2 years? I guess I will have to give them the benefit of the doubt for now until we see what Mullins does for TFC, but certainly the spotlight is going to be on him. That's giving up a lot for a guy who recently hasn't been a proven goal scorer.
  21. I mentioned the Lynx/National team reunion in the stands, here's a pick of Carl Fletcher, Paul Stalteri and Marco Reda (back to the camera, sunglasses on top of his head). Later on they were joined by Joe Mattachione & Jason Bent (and I also recognized for Lynx coach Peter Pinizotto). A friend of mine said he heard Pozniak was in the building, but I didn't see anyone that seemed to look like him, although I did see a guy that was a dead ringer for ex-Leafs goon Colton Orr but somehow I don't think it was him.
  22. One word about the supporters chants - an FYI that when the supporters chanted "**** Montreal" it sounded like "Fun Montreal" where I was sitting which I suppose made it more palatable for the 7 or 8 kids that were sitting in front of me with their parents but probably didn't have the desired effect that Generation 9 was looking for.
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