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    davey_twelve reacted to dyslexic nam in Doneil Henry   
    Of course.  And I am not trying to crap on Doneil.  But lets not pretend that there have not been enough conspicuous mistakes to create the reputation we are discussing.  Its not like a few years ago we just chose to unduly criticize one of our most promising young defenders like a bunch of cynical mean-girls.  Maybe there is some tendency to overly focus on the negative but I would argue that it comes from a perspective that is heavily influenced by some high profile and costly errors that don't seem as frequent or prominent among our other CBs.
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    davey_twelve reacted to Gian-Luca in MLS Canadians 2020   
    Good point. When I started this previous editions of this thread I had started it with a list of Canucks per team. Let's take care of that now:
    Columbus Crew (1)
    Jordan Hamilton
    LAFC (2)
    Dejan Jakovic
    Mark-Anthony Kaye
    Inter Miami (2)
    Jay Chapman
    David Norman Jr.
    Minnesota United (1)
    Raheem Edwards
    Montreal Impact (10)
    Clement Bayiha
    Zachary Brault-Guillard
    Mathieu Choiniere
    Anthony Jackson-Hamel
    James Pantemis
    Samuel Piette
    Shamit Shome
    Ballou Tabla
    Joel Waterman
    Karifa Yao
    Nashville (1)
    Alistair Johnston
    New England (1)
    Tajon Buchanan
    Orlando (2)
    Tesho Akindele
    Kamal Miller
    Real Salt Lake (1)
    Ashtone Morgan
    Toronto FC (9)
    Julian Dunn
    Liam Fraser
    Richie Laryea
    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
    Jayden Nelson
    Noble Okello
    Jonathan Osorio
    Rocco Romeo
    Jacob Shaffelburg
    Vancouver Whitecaps (13)
    Theo Bair
    Michael Baldissimo
    Lucas Cavallini
    Simon Colyn
    Derek Cornelius
    Maxime Crepeau
    Gianfranco Facchieneri
    Thomas Hasal
    Patrick Metcalfe
    Damiano Pecile
    Ryan Raposo
    Tosaint Ricketts
    Russel Teibert
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    I make that 43 Canucks on first team rosters. 44 if I was to add Callum Montgomery at Dallas but he's been loaned out. I imagine some of the TFC, Whitecaps & Impact younger players may be as well by the time the USL or CPL seasons start so that total could get reduced.
     
     
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from deschamp86 in Pacific FC - 2020 Season Thread   
    I'm excited to have a healthy De Jong but Blake Smith quietly had a really good season last year. De Jong isn't coming in to replace a weak area.
    Younger players have the most room to grow from one season to the next so it's really hard to predict what kind of team Pacific turns up with in April.
    Anyone know what to expect from Kah in terms of style of play? Silverbauer definitely had a distinct approach...
     
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from toontownman in Pacific FC - 2020 Season Thread   
    I'm excited to have a healthy De Jong but Blake Smith quietly had a really good season last year. De Jong isn't coming in to replace a weak area.
    Younger players have the most room to grow from one season to the next so it's really hard to predict what kind of team Pacific turns up with in April.
    Anyone know what to expect from Kah in terms of style of play? Silverbauer definitely had a distinct approach...
     
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from Aird25 in Match Thread: September 14, 2019 - Pacific v Edmonton   
    Once again putting an attacker in the backline ahead of a defender works for Pacific. NV did pretty well as a LB.
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    davey_twelve reacted to Cheeta in CPL refs and "letting them play"   
    Does get a bit rough at time but I think we're mostly OK with letting the lads fight through things as it were, but for all that I don't recall too many instances where tackles when beyond aggesive and into malicous, at least no more than you'd see on any given Saturday in leagues that are further up the food chain than CPL.
    What I don't like seeing is this idea that clattering into an attacking player shielding the ball is something akin to defending.  Yes, it's quite normal at this level but if this league is to be a stepping stone for players to go onto bigger and better things then you can't let that sort of thing to take root.  Especially if we're developing players who may have a future in CONCACAF.  
    Every player going into development leagues is at risk of developing some of the wrong things.  Bad habits as it were.  There are all sorts of them to, some physical, others mental.  And that risk is nothing new.  Developing grit and emotional fortitude aren't bad habits though.           
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    Last game before summer ends, a lot of families are back from vacations now before the September rush.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from youllneverwalkalone in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    Fair enough.
    At this point in the season I'm good with Silberbauer. He has a vision for how he wants his team to the play and will make the difficult choices to implement it. Once more players return from being injured I expect the defence to look better but overall he's done well and I'm hoping he stays on.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    Fair enough.
    At this point in the season I'm good with Silberbauer. He has a vision for how he wants his team to the play and will make the difficult choices to implement it. Once more players return from being injured I expect the defence to look better but overall he's done well and I'm hoping he stays on.
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    davey_twelve reacted to ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    Name one person disappointed with Silberbauer please, I haven't met one yet.
    You are correct that he has been good for development and the players would benefit from another year under his charge. That's not how professional football works though. Young players seldom get left at this level if they show talent so I would suggest that we will be lucky to have more than 1/2 of the same roster in 2020.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    I'm curious about the contract information too. Not just the youngsters but the frequently injured vets as well.
    As good as some of the young players have looked this season I don't think any of them have shown near enough consistency to make a move upward. I know people are disappointed with Silberbauer, but as far as developing young players goes, he gives playing time based on merit and lets players try positive, attractive soccer. Look at how Verhoven has played at RB these last few games, lots of coaches discourage a defender taking opponents on in their own half. I think most of the young core will be around next season.   
     
     
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from Unnamed Trialist in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    I'm curious about the contract information too. Not just the youngsters but the frequently injured vets as well.
    As good as some of the young players have looked this season I don't think any of them have shown near enough consistency to make a move upward. I know people are disappointed with Silberbauer, but as far as developing young players goes, he gives playing time based on merit and lets players try positive, attractive soccer. Look at how Verhoven has played at RB these last few games, lots of coaches discourage a defender taking opponents on in their own half. I think most of the young core will be around next season.   
     
     
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from youllneverwalkalone in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    I'm curious about the contract information too. Not just the youngsters but the frequently injured vets as well.
    As good as some of the young players have looked this season I don't think any of them have shown near enough consistency to make a move upward. I know people are disappointed with Silberbauer, but as far as developing young players goes, he gives playing time based on merit and lets players try positive, attractive soccer. Look at how Verhoven has played at RB these last few games, lots of coaches discourage a defender taking opponents on in their own half. I think most of the young core will be around next season.   
     
     
     
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    davey_twelve reacted to ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    I think Josh and the players have higher ambitions than the Whitecaps.
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    davey_twelve reacted to admin in Terran Campbell   
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ktf in Match Thread: July 17, 2019 - York9 FC v Pacific FC   
    Passing was shockingly bad by Pacific tonight. Gotta be a lot better if you want to be a possession based team.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Match Thread: July 17, 2019 - York9 FC v Pacific FC   
    Passing was shockingly bad by Pacific tonight. Gotta be a lot better if you want to be a possession based team.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from Ams1984 in Match Thread: July 17, 2019 - York9 FC v Pacific FC   
    Passing was shockingly bad by Pacific tonight. Gotta be a lot better if you want to be a possession based team.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from DoyleG in CPL new teams speculation   
    Small sample size I know but the STH behind me come down from Nanaimo and they mentioned they wouldn't come if games were in Victoria proper.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in CPL new teams speculation   
    Small sample size I know but the STH behind me come down from Nanaimo and they mentioned they wouldn't come if games were in Victoria proper.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    A couple things to add:
    Hojabrpour looked really good yesterday breaking up plays and making interceptions. While Gonzalez is the general in the middle, Hojabrpour might be able to make that second spot his. Will be interesting to see how he does next game with Gonzalez suspended.
    The biggest issue with Campbell is no one seems to be able to work out how he wants the ball. I've never seen so many miscues for the final ball with him. In his defence he has to switch quite frequently from winger to target striker but he has the tools to succeed in either role.
    I'm just as curious to see what the best line-up is once more people are healthy. It's interesting to note that even with such a small roster we've had 8 different players play out on the wings.
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from johnyb in CPL new teams speculation   
    Everybody's second favourite team.
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    Interesting seeing a projected line-up from before the season started. As of today, four starters are out injured (not sure if Chung is too?) and both Issey and Fisk haven't been able to hold down starting spots.
     
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    davey_twelve got a reaction from Gopherbashi in CPL new teams speculation   
    Everybody's second favourite team.
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    davey_twelve reacted to ktf in Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread   
    I think it will be interesting to see if MacNaughton and Staro are ready for the start of the Fall season, I think Staro was held back once the spring season was lost. 
    Well now that the mid-season break has come, it is definitely a good time to do some, meaningless, but interesting, roster grades!
    Keepers- C-: I will elaborate on this more below, but generally, I would say we received at best the 5th best goalkeeping in the spring season (With HFX and Valour being the two teams we could maybe debate about it)
    Village- D+: has mostly been solid, and has not made any glaring errors, but has also not really made a single save that you could really say went beyond something he probably should have had. I also find he is slow off his line, and this has led to a couple of plays where he was caught a bit in no mans land.
    Wirth- C  After watching today I think it might be worth considering giving him more time. He did make a few strong plays today, and seemed more willing to bust off his line. But more time would tell. Either way, I am not strongly confident in the keepers.
    I think our D gets a C-. I may be generous here, but I think our lack of depth has crippled us. I think finally moving away from McCurdy and trying out Baldismo helped greatly. 
    McCurdy- F: Tries hard and has size, but is useful only in a deep bench role.
    Smith- B: He has been solid both ways, but not spectacular. 
    Staro- A: Too bad it was only one game.
    MacNaughton- C I think he will look better with Staro to command him, when anchored to McCurdy, it was definitely not easy.
    Chung- B: Similar to Smith, he has seemed solid both ways, as the problems on defense have been primarily in the middle.  
    Legault- C+: Useful and it surprised me that it took so long for him to replace McCurdy, but loses a bit in the air. 
    Baldisimo- A: He was solid as a d-mid, and honestly has looked passable in the middle of the back, I cannot imagine where we would have been without him. 
    Mids- C+: They show a lot of promise and can dominate possession, but still have a tendency to be cheap in possession, which has cost us many times. 
    Fisk- B: He has been pretty good and has a great work rate. I do not think he lost his starting job the last few weeks, but was rather being used as a bit of a second half ringer, while also saving his legs for the Fall Season. 
    Issey- D-: His goal today was great, but he has been the most disappointing to me this year, He looks slow and kind of just floats around. It doesn't help that he is surrounded by a bunch of speedy youngsters. 
    N. Verhoeven- A: Similar to Baldisimo, he has held the team together. We could have hoped he'd be useful, but not like this. He has areas to improve, but he is our engine. 
    Z. Verhoven- C+; Has been very useful in spot appearances, and was surprising solid at the back today. Definitely a nice depth addition to havem who can possibly grow into a starting role next year. 
    Hojabrpour- C-: Honesty I almost never notice him, which is I guess not good or bad, but you would expect him to have more of the ball. 
    Blasco- B: Am I being harsh? Goals aside, he often creates chances only to get tunnel vision. I think he started quite poorly, but is hot now, and could be a one to watch going forward. 
    Gonzalez- B+: I like his commanding presence. Watching his mannerisms, he seems to be a bit like the Papa in the mid-field since he arrived. He also helps improve the toughness of our mid-field. I know that is not a big thing, but he clearly doesn't take ****. He is one of the guys that gives me confidence in the Fall season. 
    Forwards: C-: Great moments, but not enough sustained success.
    Campbell- C+: Great in flashes, invisible for long stretches, pretty much sums it up to me.
    Haber- D+: Really just needs people to bounce the ball in off his head. 
    Hernandez- C+: Needs to stay healthy and try and have a consistent impact, even if it is just holding up the ball or moving off it. 
    Manager- B: I think he did a great job of keeping this team together considering the injuries. He has also trusted the youth and, albeit slowly with McCurdy, made changes that seem to be needed. 
     
    As a final note, many of these rankings were made vs. expectations. 
    i also think, if Staro and MacNaughton get healthy, we have a great chance in the second half. 
    Some key questions going forward:
    How will some veterans react if they truly do lose their starting spots?
    What is the best line-up if everyone is healthy?
     
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