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fuzzx last won the day on November 17 2014

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  1. Hey, i'm having a debate about Canadian soccer elsewhere, and I was wondering, did Edmonton Strikers get any sort of compensation of transfer fee for Davies when he went to Vancouver? Can't find any articles that mention it, but I was pretty sure something happened.
  2. Unless they change formation into a 2 striker setup. They did exactly that in the 2nd half of the philly game.It worked well. They might do it again. I think the more likely is keeping the same formation but replacing oduro with Ballou, and AJH on the bench. But thats a pessimistic view.
  3. MLS salary information came out this week: http://www.mlsplayers.org/images/April 15, 2017 Salary Information - By Club.pdf Mancosu is making $700k, so no way he sees the bench unless he's REALLY unproductive. Only way AJH starts is in a 2 forward setup. With the weak performance of Oduro and the improvement last week when they replaced Bernardello with a forward, I think some sort of 442 or 4-1-3-2 makes sense. This week will be instructive. Biello has never been one to play the kids unless he is forced to. Let's see if that changes.
  4. Hey, I only pass by here once every few months, just catching up. Love the new format, great work. Enjoy your contributions on 2 solitudes as well. FC montreal signed 8 players from their academy this past summer, but i'm not seeing them in the list: http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2015/07/fc-montreal-signs-eight-academy-players 4 of them are are Canadian born, no information on the status of the others. Saw the news while searching for Ottawa native Alexandar Kulic in particular. I read on another forum that he got a tryout for a club in Italy at 17, but since he didn't have citizenship he needed to wait a year, so it fell through.
  5. Desso is not plastic, it's very much grass, zero players have issues with it. Here are some other teams that have "settled" for desso: Bayern Munich Cardiff city Swansea Ajax AC Milan, Inter Milan Wembley Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea Everton check the full list here. TFC would be in decent company: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desso_GrassMaster
  6. A new voice in this debate might make this productive... I'm not a TFC supporter, and I don't particularly care for the CFL. I have visited the stadium and think its a great place. While i'm not an expert in landscaping or environmental managment per se, I have a background in urban design, architecture and impact assessment that gives me some insight on the logistics and efforts required for this. While I fully admit I have no evidence for it, I am convinced that BMO field will have a natural grass field in 5 years, and probably in 10 as well. My opinion mainly comes from one example no one has brought up yet, which is Houston. BBVA Compass stadium is a natural grass field that is partially owned by local school boards, who use it very often for Football. It sees very heavy use in the fall and is an excellent "worst case scenario" to compare our situation to. How bad is it? bad enough that in October people notice on TV, and this article: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/10/20/houston-dynamo-players-admit-bbva-compass-stadium-field-conditions-will-be-f shows that there are some legitimate concerns, yet there no plans to move to artificial turf. nor shift anyone's schedule. To my eyes it has some visual damage, but not close to as bad as RFK was 2 weeks ago or any number of other early season catastrophes. So, how is BMO similar and different from this example? -BMO will host substantially less football games, during peak season BBVA hosts up to 5 games a week(source: http://sturf.lib.msu.edu/article/2012dec20.pdf) In contrast Argos games will be carefully scheduled to allow for the maximum time possible to heal the grass(ex: TFC on a Saturday, then Argoes on Sunday, then nothing for 6-13 days). This type of schedule also means zero chance of any lines of the grass during TFC games. -BMO will have a reenforced Desso surface, in contrast BBVA plays on a generic grass surface. -Houston has to deal with very high heat and high humidity that hurts the grass in the peak summer season. While BMO is eexcellent weather for grass until fall, when a mix of cold, rain and heavy use is a concern(as so many here have noted) Another thing I'll point out is that despite how bad BBVA gets in the fall, it always bounces back and becomes pretty great the following spring. Neither side here has ANY crystal ball here, no one, probably not even MLSE, knows for sure how this will go, but in my opinion the staff at BMO will do their upmost to foster a quality surface, and I think no matter what happens, it will never become poor enough that the team would be forced to switch back to Artificial turf.
  7. As far as residual paint goes, it's only a problem if the schedule makes it one. 6+ days between games is more than enough time for the grass to grow and for them to cut off the paint, and most cases we've seen of a bad field are because of tight scheduling. If they can organize themselves properly, I don't think there is much to worry about.
  8. Was just reading through the previous pages of the thread here and saw the debate over Wembley and the self-interest of their groundskeeper. It reminded me that at the 2015 MLS draft( held as a part of the American National Soccer Coaches Association Conference) John Torres, the head groundskeeper at Phillidelphia's PPL park hosted a seminar called "Playing Surface Management" This was by an expert talking to other experts in the field with no discernible financial stake. PPL park is also interesting in that it hosts Football, Lacrosse, Rugby and other random events. Tannelwald tweeted the seminal last month and I went back and found them: thegoalkeeper John Torres, PPL Park's head groundskeeper, went to Ohio State then worked for the Crew - whose field quality has long been highly-regarded. thegoalkeeper Torres has been part of the groundskeeping crews for the last three U.S.-Mexico games in Columbus.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres says that, though it surprises some people, soccer does the most damage to a playing field of the sports he's worked with.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres says they are going to try to have bluegrass, renowned for its high quality, in PPL Park, but weather is a challenge...17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper A question about the benefits of grass over artificial turf: Torres, with a wry smile: "It's a very controversial topic."17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper "Nobody wants to play on synthetic turf, but there's a certain need for it at a certain time," Torres says.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres quips that it wasn't a subject that he especially wanted to talk about, but he knew he was probably going to have to.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres says his budget for field maintenance at PPL Park is "pretty lenient. It depends on the amount of events that we have"17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres declines to give a specific figure, but says "we're given a green light for what we need."17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper John Torres confirms a hunch I've had for a while: PPL Park drains straight into the Delaware, so at high tide it drains more slowly.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres says he's tried to use washable paint for football, rugby, etc. "I've probably tried two or three different ones and they don't work"17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper "These paint companies need to step it up,"Torres says. He knows those residual leftovers look bad.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper And now Torres moves on to the new training fields.17 Jan from TweetDeck thegoalkeeper Torres says the practice fields, in terms of drainage, might be flatter than the stadium field.17 Jan from TweetDeck
  9. I'm interested to see what the 10,000 extra temporary seats on the ends look like. it'll take over all the space behind both ends. Looks like it'll make for a tight fit. espeically given the current congestion during halftime. Based on the graphics, dones't look like they can fit ~5000 seats under the south roof, but obviously they've figured it all out. Barring a 2016 MLS cup, the soonest we will see it is Jan1st, 2017 Winter Classic.
  10. I would hope that given Joey's position, JGL would only be loaned if there was an understanding that (at least) it would be overall beneficial for him. JGL languishing behind a dozen others does nothing for the Impact. Best case scenario, he goes, succeeds and plays real minutes. worst case, he gives his best, does not impress, and comes back here ASAP. I don't see there being *too* much space in between.
  11. The discussion before suggests that the stands will be replaced by retractable ones in roughly the same position, so supporters will be in exactly the same position. Basically the field will be hybrid while the endzones will by plastic, and the stands will roll over the ends for soccer. Ambiance and soccer atmosphere wise it should be perfect. Really the concerns are the feel if they can't sell 25k+ tickets, and the actual field conditions. All we can do is wait and see. Huh that's odd. Pretty much every single report i've seen says 30,000. I'd imagine 8,400 is a typo, it's actually 7,400
  12. Saw Louis play last night and I was very impressed. Solid ball control and some great passes. He's young and inexperienced, and gave up the ball unnecessarily a few times, but that's expected This guy is legit, I think he's rocketed up the depth chart and might make the rotation again this year, but definitely next season.
  13. Dallas playoff deathwatch begins now If current standings hold they are hosting Vancouver in the play-in game on wednesday the 29th of October. As long as dallas loses there, or in the semi finals vs the eastern champ, we are good. He'll have more than enough time to rest and be present for camp.
  14. Not sure if this is the right place for this, but what's the state of CSA scouting in europe for these kids? I've heard complaints in the past of people slipping through the cracks, but is that still the case? After tonight's game I was talking to the brother of Justin Soscia (17 year old in an Italian 2nd division reserve team) who was complaining about how MLS academy kids and unattached players getting picked over better talent in the depths of europe(including his brother). I figure its a question of logistics and cost(especially for u17), but is it more of an issue that that?
  15. I don't see any need to bring Bernier into the conversation, seeing him day to day, it's clear that he's taken a step down. He can still help the impact, perhaps for years more, but he's done as far as CNMT is concerned.
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