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El Diego

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  1. At first I thought this was FC Dnipro which was a really successful club (they made the Europa League final in 2015). Then I started looking them up and saw that they got relegated due to financial shenanigans and are basically done. Then I saw that Kouzine's club is actually a new club called SC Dnipro-1 that was founded in 2017. They started in the third tier and have won back to back promotions to make it to the top tier, while making the cup semi-finals in each of their first two seasons. Interesting stuff in Dnipro!
  2. I have Forge as the favourites for the Spring. Cavalry were good, but not quite as good as the results indicated. I do think Forge and Cavalry are a tier above the rest of the clubs. I hope the other seven teams can close the gap.
  3. I usually don't disagree with you Obinna but I have to here (and this is coming from a keeper). Godinho did really well to chest the ball down and the back pass was the right option. While he did under hit it a bit, Borjan still had plenty of time to come put his boot through it. Keep in mind this is not the first time we've seen Borjan cock up a similar play. This exact same thing happened versus French Guiana -- slightly under hit back pass that Borjan was too tentative on. He also got really lucky on a similar play in the group stage (I think it was Martinique?).
  4. Canada stormed out to a 2-0 lead before half time and looked a safe bet to advance to their first Gold Cup semi final since 2007. Haiti kept the faith in the second half and punished a lackluster Canadian side to keep their improbable run alive.
  5. Canada stormed out to a 2-0 lead before half time and looked a safe bet to advance to their first Gold Cup semi final since 2007. Haiti kept the faith in the second half and punished a lackluster Canadian side to keep their improbable run alive. View full record
  6. I wasn't sure about the 16 team Gold Cup, but its been great.
  7. I remember when Ravshan Irmatov (from Uzbekistan) refereed the second leg CL semi final between Toronto FC and Club America. It was such a well reffed match, miles better than any CONCACAF match I've seen. Irmatov is a fantastic referee generally speaking, but I think him being from outside the region allowed him to approach the match with clearer eyes... but that's extremely speculative.
  8. Larin did well a few times holding the ball up, but his speed in decision making is way too slow. Multiple times if his first read didn't pan out he had no contingency plan. Overall though, he was given a difficult assignment and it's impossible to judge him overall based on playing as a defensive winger versus Mexico. His role on this squad should be emergency sub when we need a goal (or minutes muncher versus Cuba).
  9. It looked to me like he was letting the ball roll across his body so that he could either strike it far post or cut it back, and it surprised him how quickly the ball went across. It went too far and he very few options. The back heel was certainly not his plan A or plan B, but a reaction.
  10. Canada posted an impressive looking 4-0 result over former bogey side Martinique to open their Gold Cup campaign. In truth it was John Herdman’s first real test as manager of the men’s national team, and Canada was pushed in the first half before out classing the Caribbean side in the second. There is a danger in over-extrapolating from one match, especially against a side nowhere near the levels of Mexico, the U.S.A, Costa Rica, or Jamaica, but there were some interesting tid bits from the match.
  11. Canada posted an impressive looking 4-0 result over former bogey side Martinique to open their Gold Cup campaign. In truth it was John Herdman’s first real test as manager of the men’s national team, and Canada was pushed in the first half before out classing the Caribbean side in the second. There is a danger in over-extrapolating from one match, especially against a side nowhere near the levels of Mexico, the U.S.A, Costa Rica, or Jamaica, but there were some interesting tid bits from the match. View full record
  12. Canada posted an impressive looking 4-0 result over former bogey side Martinique to open their Gold Cup campaign. In truth it was John Herdman’s first real test as manager of the men’s national team, and Canada was pushed in the first half before out classing the Caribbean side in the second. There is a danger in over-extrapolating from one match, especially against a side nowhere near the levels of Mexico, the U.S.A, Costa Rica, or Jamaica, but there were some interesting tid bits from the match. View full record
  13. Have to assume: GK Borjan DR Brault-Guillard DC Hutch DC Cornelius DL Kaye DM Piette MC Arfield MC Osorio RW Hoilett/Davies LW Davies/Hoilett FC Cavallini
  14. I have no clue how Zardes continues to get called up to the USMNT. Is there a worse player with so many caps?
  15. Off the top of my head I think he's played full back once and centre back twice in the league. Didn't see the Voyageurs Cup match.
  16. I didn't see this match, but it was obvious after Janssens' first start. Not sure how it wasn't clear in training.
  17. I like this guy, but I actually like Waterman even more. It's really hard to say how good they are compared to other NT guys, though.
  18. I have to disagree on Arfield-Johnson, Osorio-Teibert, and Davies-Millar. Those talent levels are noticeably different imo. Cavallini-Larin is weird because Larin could easily be better but he's clearly not due to form. I agree that generally, the difference between our A and B line ups is not as pronounced as it once was.
  19. Atiba must be playing centre back, either as first or second option, for this roster to make sense. MAK spending time at left back is a given.
  20. An interesting match ended even after York9 FC fought back from a two goal deficit thanks to a formation change and set pieces.
  21. An interesting match ended even after York9 FC fought back from a two goal deficit thanks to a formation change and set pieces. View full record
  22. Forge FC thoroughly dominated another match, this time getting the result they deserved as they defeated Valour FC by two goals.
  23. Forge FC thoroughly dominated another match, this time getting the result they deserved as they defeated Valour FC by two goals. View full record
  24. I was never that sold on Crepeau, but this season has convinced me that he's a solid #2 for us (and this is before seeing that triple save). Year after year, I keep being reminded how consistent playing time at higher levels can really improve players, even for those who have graduated from their so called "developmental" years.
  25. Highlights https://www.concacaf.com/en/under-17s-men/video/cu17-costa-rica-v-canada-highlights
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