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Dub Narcotic

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  1. No, this is Carl Robinson's agent, who was at the same agency as Robinson's brother, whose firm brought in almost all of the Whitecaps players during Robinson's reign (along with Martyn Pert). 86 forever, amongst others, has done great reporting on this and has the archives on their web page. It's become pretty clear that Robinson was acquiring players, in the most generous interpretation, because he trusted his agent and brother to a fault, and in a more realistic interpretation, because he was getting a cut of the transfer fees the Whitecaps were paying for these players. This went on for FIVE FUCKING YEARS!
  2. Un-fucking real. The Whitecaps turned down a bigger offer from PSG for Davies just so Robinson could get a kickback from his agent, who was also brokering the Bayern deal for Davies. If you read further in the thread it's implied they fired Kah when he complained about the situation with Baldwin being involved in all the transfers. How is Lenarduzzi still around? How is Robinson not in jail? This is ridiculous.
  3. Jozy Altidore was on Grant Wahl's podcast last week talking about how interested he is in playing in Mexico. This is pretty clearly his last year in Toronto, if he even makes it to the end of the season.
  4. It's completely selling high, he's clearly on the decline and his wages are far more consequential to any club's budget than a transfer fee.
  5. They are selling high on a lot of these guys, no matter how painful it may be.
  6. Ah, hope Hagglund can stay healthy. He always seemed to get hurt just he was getting on a good run of form.
  7. Seeing it printed out like that is pretty shocking, hopefully some more signings are coming.
  8. Larin to the Whitecaps is a pretty obvious move.
  9. There is also the Canadian generation adidas program they announce not two years ago. I assume that is still around?
  10. Bezbachenko is rumoured to be the next GM in Columbus. Hopefully he doesn't Devin Pleuler and the rest of the analytics team with him, they've been TFC's secret weapon these last few years.
  11. Agreed, has this guy actually been that good recently? If he's a non-TAM it's alright but I'd hate to see them throwing a lot of money at yet another aging CB.
  12. His talent was never in question, he just clearly never gave a shit about playing here.
  13. As it should be, the playoffs just dragged on and on.
  14. Just in time for USL2. Want to be on the first page on this post for when he suits up at Bayern in a few years!
  15. I generally agree with you, but it's the timing that's the issue. If CONCACAF was going to do this, which they are in their rights to do, give the Fury one year's notice to move, don't do it when both they and their respective leagues have starting preparing seriously for their respective seasons.
  16. CPL has really lost out on some exciting Canadian players to USL. Not just these two but Riggi to Phoenix as well.
  17. Didn't realize all three of those players were released. They would all be top tier talents in the CPL given the rosters we've seen so far (well, Reid is a question mark).
  18. Berhalter is a good selection, I was hoping the Whitecaps would have gone after him if things would have fell differently with his job and dos Santos.
  19. It would be an interesting mini-documentary to follow Emery Welshman around these games. Be fun to see this corner of world soccer.
  20. Hopefully one in which the old players are being removed and there will be lots of playing time open.
  21. The Besiktas fans on reddit have already turned against him. The sample size seems impossibly small to me but it's a relatively big club and he has no pedigree.
  22. Hamilton is a major city in the Canadian context. Basically tied with Quebec City and Winnipeg in pure CMA population and not counting the rest of the GTA within an hour or two.
  23. Dealing with oft-injured but good players is the hardest part of squad management in some ways. For Toronto, Vazquez, Moor, Mavinga and Altidore all fit that bill. Moor is an easy cut, he's just too old, and Altidore is unlikely to go anywhere on that salary, plus he's still one of the best strikers in North America when he's on his game. I would give Vazquez and Mavinga one more year but those two have to stay on the pitch to actually be positive contributors. If Vazquez is out-of-contract this year they can probably live with Jansen, Osorio and Chapman in some combination. They need to sign two starting-quality CBs and I would take a run at David Ousted to give Bono competition. I would also think about selling high on Morrow, he's 30 and the injuries are starting to take a toll. CM is fine with Bradley, Fraser, Osorio, Delgado and Chapman. For me, the most difficult decision for Toronto is that number 9 position. Altidore is hurt too much but Hamilton and Ricketts didn't take their chances this year as starters. Do you sign another striker DP and tie up half of your payroll in one position? Do you hope Hamilton gets better (I don't really see it)? Out: Moor Zavaleta Irvin Maybe Out: Vazquez Hamilton Ricketts Morrow Domestic Targets In: Endoh (a real talisman for the treble team) Ousted (TAM player but TFC can afford him) Jackson-Hamel (a better version of Hamilton and just hitting his peak years) One domestic CB Raheem Edwards if Morrow goes (Chicago should be ripe for pillaging this year)
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