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Everything posted by Grizzly

  1. Yes I think Cottbus did that at times too. He was not fast or technically skilled enough to be a striker (by which I mean to do the other things you need a striker to do other than just scoring goals) but he was a big body in the box, good with his head and a pretty good finisher when he had the chance so he could be used in that role when you needed a late game goal.
  2. Both have looked good playing on opposite sides. Choiniere carries the ball more while Bayiha is more of a fast breaking player. Choiniere carries the ball into the middle or on the wings and tries to maintain possession while looking for a play. Bayiha is good at using his speed to run by players staying more on the wing until he is near the box and is also good at doing overlaps and passing to another player running by like he did with ZBG in the previous game. If they develop into solid MLS starters like I expect, a few years ago they would be automatic starters for the national team. However, even if they develop as much as I hope they might end up only being 3rd choice in their position with the national team which shows how quickly our depth has developed. Any good national team needs depth like that and it gives us other options if our more heralded talent like Tabla do not progress as much as we are predicting.
  3. That is his second goal of the season both headers off corners. Canada hasn't been very good on scoring from set plays for a long time so it could be valuable having someone like him in the box on corners and free kicks.
  4. Starting tonight along with Akindele and Johnson
  5. All three Canadians in the starting lineup for Orlando tonight
  6. The Impact have another 3 games in a week stretch coming up. I am pretty sure ZBG will get at least one of those starts, probably the mid week game against New England.
  7. Third game that he has had some playing time this year. He has impressed me every time, even when he came on as a sub in the 7-1 loss. Good speed, technical ability and seems to be a smart player. I think he will be a factor on the national team in the years to come.
  8. No he was always a CB at Cottbus. He played a few games at striker when they had some severe injury problems but he did not play a whole season at CF. There was one season that he scored 10 goals in the 2nd Bundesliga but 6 of the goals came in 2 games. He was not fast enough to be effective at striker but he was good at heading the ball and effective on corners and free kicks.
  9. I have been impressed from what I have seen of Henry this year. From the angle I saw I do not think it was a penalty but possibly there were angles that showed otherwise. However, I think he still needs to take some blame on this. The attacker was attempting a very low success rate move and Henry moved on him very aggressively (which alone can be dangerous) plus he had his arms outstretched. I think when you do this you are just asking for something bad to happen. Nevertheless, he has looked very good this year and hopefully with regular playing time will reduce the amount of mistakes and rash decisions he makes because he looks really good most of the time.
  10. The grass was pretty brown but it was still 100% better than what we played on in New York the week before. Actually the pitch did not look good but it did not seem poor to play on. I think it looked worse than it was.
  11. Piette is a beast every single game. After Piatti he is probably our best player.
  12. Kennedy played 90. Klagenfurt tied it up on a stoppage time goal for a 2-2 finish. A loss to a fellow relegation threatened side would have been terrible for them especially after a run of pretty good results brought them out of the relegation zone. They are presently tied with 3 other teams, 3 points above the relegation zone.
  13. You are correct but according to the club this will be remedied. Apparently the club management has to present their criminal record from the police. Their Vice-President is new and is either German or lived in Germany and could not get the records in time for the application from the German police. They have until the 23rd to submit them and the club is confident he will have a copy of his criminal record by then. https://www.skaustriaklagenfurt.at/news/formales-problem-loesbar-475
  14. An article on him: https://aftn.ca/pro-dream-drives-quebecer-mario-gerges-to-head-back-to-bc-with-tss-rovers/
  15. This is your take on a game with 6 young Canadian starters all of whom played well and of which only 2 spent significant time in Europe? My take on this is while Europe is still a good choice for young players to train, we are finally starting to do a good job in giving the proper training to many young players who are staying in Canada for their youth career.
  16. I think it is hard to say who has the most potential. Kaye has more offensive skills but I think many here are underestimating just how effective a destroyer Piette is and how important that is and will be to a Canadian national team that like the Impact has a shaky defence. Also it should be noted that they are virtually the same age, Piette is only 3 weeks older than Kaye.
  17. Saturday against a poorer team in NYCFC with a lineup of the usual starters we played terrible and stole an undeserved point. Tonight against a better team in DC United with 6 young Canadians we played much better and fully deserved the point and even threatened to win.
  18. Yes but a good management team builds a good team to surround the DPs. In Garde's case he just lucked out with inheriting arguably the top player in MLS and has not done enough to build a good team around him that can withstand his absence.
  19. Yes the idiot was close to getting the ball knocked away so probably got shit from his coach afterwards for risking the goal. If he pissed someone off enough to take him out I wouldn't feel sorry for him but at the same time you don't really solve a situation of doing something unsportsmanlike by doing something even more unsportsmanlike.
  20. I really don't understand what Garde is doing with Jackson-Hamel. He brought him on in extra time on Saturday only after Urruti had a knock. When you are losing 5-0 with 20 minutes to go in the game, why don't you bring Urruti off to protect him from injury and put on Jackson-Hamel to get some game time. In the end of year press conference last year Garde said he only had a discipline problem with one player last year and it wasn't Jackson-Hamel. If that is true, why does he hardly get any minutes? If he is not going to get minutes then we should release him to go somewhere that he will get minutes. I still think he is a player with a lot of promise and it seems like Garde is holding him back. I am still not sold on Garde and I think we had a poor off season of signings once again and have a weak team that is dependent on a few top players. If those players get injured or slump we are in big trouble. If we had really upgraded at striker I can understand playing others and releasing AJH but since we still do not have a lot of depth in that position why not try to help him get back on track since we may really need him at some point this season?
  21. We had a good start despite the last game but it still seems dependent on two or three players. Shome has the potential and skills to be an MLS player but it is yet to be seen whether he can reach that level of play. However, I would say the exact same thing about Cabrera, he has the skills and technique to be an MLS player but has not yet reached the level of play to be considered an MLS level player. Yet he is paid a high salary and is taking up an international spot. The strange thing is that he was renewed in the offseason to the surprise of everyone who thought he would be released and that we would use his overpaid salary to get someone better. Camacho also does not seem to be a MLS level player so far despite being a starting CB in Belgium. Diallo seems good but our second best CB after him seems to be Raitala who is really a left back. I have no idea what Garde was thinking in the offseason as far as improving the defense. Even more frustrating is that we let Fanni go who along with Piatti and Piette was our best player last year. I am still not sold on Garde even though 6 points from 4 road games is a good result. It just seems too dependent on a few good players having good games as opposed to us having a good team
  22. Found this on Kicker. It says Elva signed a one year contract with a club option for 1 additional year. After his excellent performances in the last 5 games the club will exercise its option for next year. Caniggia Elva hat in den vergangenen drei Wochen mächtig Eigenwerbung betrieben (zwei Tore, ein Assist). Der Vertrag des 22-Jährigen mit den Würzburger Kickers endet zum Saisonende. Allerdings besitzen die Kickers eine Option auf Verlängerung, die sie nach Elvas Leistungen wohl auch ziehen.
  23. If he is good enough to help our team will not be a US selection probably we will have to hold our noses and select him because we have to do whatever it takes to improve the team but as a fan I hope he never plays for Canada.
  24. Big 2-0 win for them against FC Juniors and Kennedy plays 90 at CB. They are out of the relegation zone and if they keep up their recent results (2 wins and 3 ties in last 5 games) they might move into the mid table soon. Kennedy has started every game for Klagenfurt this year but he has subbed out in some so he has not played every minute. However, in the highlights I have seen he seems to be their best player. With 3 goals this year he is tied for 3rd top scorer on the team which is pretty good considering he is a CB/DM. The Austrian 2nd division is not the highest level 2nd division but his performances this year seem to indicate he could move up to a better level so at 21 he has a lot of potential and we certainly could use a good CB.
  25. Looks like he saw the keeper commit to the side and tried to then put a soft one down the middle but did not aim it very well. In those situations you are usually better to at least hit the ball hard because there is more chance it will still go in even if you muff the shot like he did.
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