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    The Beaver reacted to mpg_29 in TFC 2018-2019 Off-season   
    Man way to many irrational/emotional hot takes. TFC got Giovinco in his prime and sold him in his early 30's. I don't see how this is a "bad look for the league". Instead of overpaying for an older player teams are start looking realistically at the players worth. It's exactly the way MLS needs to get.
    Giovinco was a fan favourite and cannot replaced in that sense. But people need to get over it.
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    The Beaver reacted to Unnamed Trialist in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    I was just bs-ing, I admit.
    And more importantly, I do recognize that it is more responsible of them to do it the MDS way, you have a core, see if you can be competitive, if  you can be in a playoff spot, then act to enhance the club in a major way, without going nuts, with a heftier signing. I was just being impatient.
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    The Beaver got a reaction from Unnamed Trialist in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    Agree with most of this, but I will reserve judgement on the notion that the Caps are pocketing most of the Davies dollars. MDS made it very clear during a press conference that he is building this team in phases and that he and the organization WILL spend on bigger players at the right point in his plan. I think he wants to build a solid foundation first, establish a consistent style of play, test the group he has, and then make refinements over the course of the season and into next year.  Sounds to me that once he has a squad ready to do something in the playoffs he will bring in one or two players who can make a big difference.  But, to quote one of MDS's favourite phrases, it is a process. Who knows if his strategy will work, but at least he is being strategic. 
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    The Beaver reacted to toontownman in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    Probably not the prolific goal scorer we are hoping for. Might not be primarily what MDS see's in the striker if the squad is chipping in. Good age though. 
    Some irony transfermarkt lists Octavio Rivero as a comparable player ? 
     
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    The Beaver got a reaction from toontownman in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    From this and from everything I've heard from MDS, including a recent press conference at the opening of training camp, it seems unmistakable that he has a very clear vision for how he wants this team to play, and is working his ass off in a very smart and disciplined manner to carefully acquire all the pieces he feels are necessary to execute that vision.  Yes, the proof will be in the pudding, but I love a leader who has a clear vision and who is strategic in everything he/she/[non-binary term of your choice] does.  Note, too, that he told reporters in the recent press scrum that he is very close to signing a DP. (Not a splashy big name, but somebody he feels will make a big difference, clearly.)  Erice, it appears, is a guy who is smart, experienced and skilled, a guy who can distribute well from the back, a bit like Morales, but with real defensive chops.  
    Excited to see how this all plays out over the season, and into next year.  It is evident that MDS's plan is not a short term one; he is a builder, which is what the Caps desperately need. 
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    The Beaver got a reaction from Obinna in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    From this and from everything I've heard from MDS, including a recent press conference at the opening of training camp, it seems unmistakable that he has a very clear vision for how he wants this team to play, and is working his ass off in a very smart and disciplined manner to carefully acquire all the pieces he feels are necessary to execute that vision.  Yes, the proof will be in the pudding, but I love a leader who has a clear vision and who is strategic in everything he/she/[non-binary term of your choice] does.  Note, too, that he told reporters in the recent press scrum that he is very close to signing a DP. (Not a splashy big name, but somebody he feels will make a big difference, clearly.)  Erice, it appears, is a guy who is smart, experienced and skilled, a guy who can distribute well from the back, a bit like Morales, but with real defensive chops.  
    Excited to see how this all plays out over the season, and into next year.  It is evident that MDS's plan is not a short term one; he is a builder, which is what the Caps desperately need. 
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    The Beaver got a reaction from MtlMario in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    I presume we will hear of new (exciting?) signings over the next few weeks, no? (When does training camp open? February? Sooner?)
    Excited to see how this roster shapes up. 
    Happy New Year to all the Vees!
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    The Beaver got a reaction from nolando in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    I presume we will hear of new (exciting?) signings over the next few weeks, no? (When does training camp open? February? Sooner?)
    Excited to see how this roster shapes up. 
    Happy New Year to all the Vees!
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    The Beaver got a reaction from BearcatSA in Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019   
    I presume we will hear of new (exciting?) signings over the next few weeks, no? (When does training camp open? February? Sooner?)
    Excited to see how this roster shapes up. 
    Happy New Year to all the Vees!
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    The Beaver reacted to Grizzly in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    Both the Caps and the league deserve credit. He developed to where he was by playing with and against good MLS players. If it was only the Caps coaching that developed him do you seriously think he would be where he is today if he had just played for the Caps top youth teams? Saying that MLS deserves a good deal of credit for his development does not take away from the good deal of credit the Caps deserve for his development.
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    The Beaver reacted to Obinna in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    I would have also accepted: Holy Trinity
    The father (Atiba-ignorance), Son (Alphonso-refugee obsession) and Holy Spirit (Herdman). ?
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    The Beaver reacted to Keegan in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    The trifecta of Canadian soccer journalism: try to give Atiba the respect he deserves but call him a striker, talk about Davies being a refugee and Herdman quotes! 
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    The Beaver reacted to Obinna in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    Probably not from LB...
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    The Beaver reacted to Unnamed Trialist in Herdman new head coach   
    I keep on coming back to this thread even when I don't have to, just to check to see if the title is still true.
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    The Beaver reacted to dyslexic nam in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    This must be Phase 2 of CSA's "Long Term Player Development Strategy".  
    Well played CSA.  Well played.
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    The Beaver reacted to Bertuzzi44 in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    I am basing this strictly on my own perceptions, but I think Davies is a good combination of humble and confident. By that I mean he can stay grounded even with fame at a young age, but is confident/'cocky' enough to run at Bundesliga defenders with his first touch on his first appearance at Bayern 
    Frankly, I think wingers/forwards need a little swagger, and Davies definitely has that. Belief you can beat the defenders 1-v-1.
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    The Beaver reacted to RS in Herdman new head coach   
    This is ridiculous.
    Canada was 9th in 2007? Great, that was just another group stage exit.
    Herdman never won gold or silver? Ok, well Canada has never won a medal of any colour under another coach.
    Never got past the quarters? That's the only (mild) underperformance I can see in his tenure as women's coach, given that it was a World Cup on home soil. However, Canada had only ever made it past the group stage one other time in its history. Also, he was only in charge for one Women's World Cup, so the "never" part is disingenuous as he only had one shot at it.
    The rest of your post is conjecture not worth getting into.
    Look, I get the hesitation to trust Herdman as a men's national team coach since it's something he's literally never done before, and his personal style could be a lot to handle for some people, but to trying to use his results as the women's coach against him is idiotic considering that Canada enjoyed its most successful period with him at the helm.
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    The Beaver reacted to BleepBlap in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    They're the 4th most valuable club in the world. And they're worth approx. $600 million more than Man City, the 5th most valuable club (and the second most valuable EPL club). They're rich by any standard, not just by Bundesliga standards. Unlike other massive clubs, however, they avoid spending huge sums of money on one or two players. The most they've ever spent on a single player is 41.5 million Euros.
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    The Beaver reacted to Grizzly in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    As much as I dislike Bayern, I do have a grudging respect for them. They rob the smaller poorer German clubs of their best talent but do a good job of developing the players. While they are rich by Bundesliga standards their budget is small by EPL or Barca/Real standards and they manage to compete based on being a well run club that really understands the game, can spot good players and develop them properly. It is probably the best big club that Davies could go to and if any club is able to help him to get to a very high level as well as deal with the pressure it will be them.
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    The Beaver reacted to KMB in Fikayo Tomori   
    Best case scenario is that he will be no where near good enough to crack our team.   8 years is a long time.  We may produce some world class talent for our back line before then.  At least we can dream
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    The Beaver got a reaction from Brethers8 in Fikayo Tomori   
    Yup, we luvs what we can't has!!
    (Not sure why I had to write that in broken English but it felt right).
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    The Beaver got a reaction from SirBobsaget in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I am also very excited. For me his development this year was one of the most exciting stories for the Nats, which is incredible considering Osorio’s performance, Davies’ performance and move to Bayern, Cavallini’s move and improved performance in Liga MX, and Tabla declaring for Canada. All massive stories, and all in one year. Love how MAK was playing for LAFC. This kid’s ceiling is even higher than I thought 
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    The Beaver got a reaction from romurra in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I am also very excited. For me his development this year was one of the most exciting stories for the Nats, which is incredible considering Osorio’s performance, Davies’ performance and move to Bayern, Cavallini’s move and improved performance in Liga MX, and Tabla declaring for Canada. All massive stories, and all in one year. Love how MAK was playing for LAFC. This kid’s ceiling is even higher than I thought 
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    The Beaver reacted to Oranje in Fikayo Tomori   
    Almost as bad as Henry's howler vs TFC. a Tomori-Henry pairing would be one of the highest scoring CB parings out there!
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    The Beaver got a reaction from BCM in Vancouver Whitecaps 2018   
    Very good press conference indeed. Great impression of MDS already.  As for the Caps willing to spend on big dollar DPs, it seems evident to me that they are indeed prepared to do this, but they first want to see what Marc can do to clean up the existing roster mess, then carefully build an on field identity and bring in players who can play the style MDS wants, and THEN, once they've maximized resources intelligently, they will go out and get expensive DPs.  Mallet seems like a good guy, but he is not especially articulate. (MDS was far better.)  But if you listen to Mallet closely, you can figure out ownership's strategy. In essence, they are reluctant to throw money at an expensive DP when it is clear to them that they've not used their dollars wisely with the current squad. Guys like Brek Shea, for instance, are getting paid far too much for what they contribute.  First step: get your house in order. Second: evaluate your player-needs and fill the roster. Third: Assess performance and determine what is needed to put the team over the top (i.e. contend for MLS cup).  
    So, yes, it remains to be seen IF the Caps will ever sign a top tier DP, but what I heard from Mallet was far more encouraging--and strategically wise--than what some of us might have interpreted here.
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