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El Diego

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  1. I get a similar feeling as you -- I was very excited by him initially but the more I watched him the more I tempered my expectations. I still think he has a lot of potential, but I can see why a guy like Fraser is preferred to him (of course Fraser is older/more experienced, as well). As a caveat, I have not watched every Whitecaps game. I do still feel Baldisimo has NT potential, and he's an exciting type of player so I hope he continues to develop. He's still very young, especially for a position often reserved for veteran type guys. I think it's much too early to say Priso and JMR will leave him in the dust (though as a TFC fan I hope you're right about that :P).
  2. Made me cackle. "Alistair, is it true you drink the blood of newborns to obtain eternal youth?" "Of course not, don't be absurd... I drink it for the taste"
  3. Basel fans on a forum I found are enjoying his performance, and I am enjoying Google translate. One comment: "Millar so far with a very good and eye-catching game. I did not expect. Burger (bad passes) and Ndoye (kidnapping game) so far with light and shadow."
  4. He has been really lively apart from that, involved in build up, transition, and pressing well.
  5. Thought he was decent, didn't run the game or anything but did ok, obviously the pass that led to the red card was very good. Miami was actually really bad in this one, they were lucky to escape with any points at all. I thought Chapman would be a better player and have more caps by this age (crazy to think he's already 27). I always viewed him as an athletic attacking mid, Vanney even used him as a winger at times, but it seems he may be playing deeper under Neville?
  6. Watched Club Brugge for the first time today as they took on PSG. They are good, with some really interesting players (De Ketelaere, Vanaken, and N'Soki were all great). I assume this was their best XI, and if so there is certainly a path to minutes on the wings. Brugge played with inverted wingers on both sides, but Sowah on the right seems like an easier guy to steal minutes from than Lang on the left (small sample size aside). Interestingly, it was a bit of a lopsided 4411/4231 -- Sowah was hugging the touchline on the right while Lang was higher and more central on the left. I think they may also play some 3 at the back with wing backs in other matches, but I'm not sure on that.
  7. I've only watched him a few times as well, but what I have noticed most is his combination play. One-twos, finding half spaces etc. I don't think he's a burner on the wing who will spam crosses, though he seemed to have a nice relationship with the massive Hugo Mbongue at the youth level. Would love to hear more observations, I have only watched JMR at the DA playoffs and the minutes he has gotten with TFC, not any youth NT or TFC II match.
  8. I'm not sure if he's a dumb player, or if his lack of speed/agility puts him into terrible situations. Probably a bit of both
  9. Oof, goal called back as the ball went out in the build up for a throw in...
  10. Right on cue, Brooks looks a step (or seven) too slow and David scores!
  11. He's been ok. I think Lille are playing decent, actually. Ikone has had a bit of a tough one on the right but Gomes on the left wing looks tricky at least.
  12. Just baffling they bring on JMR and De Leon at the same, and choose to play De Leon in the attacking position. Also saw people mentioning Lawrence earlier -- he has been terrible.
  13. Well put, but I was thinking more along the lines of on the street. Sure, Henry or Cavallini would clean my clock, but I feel like Johnston or Laryea might stab me
  14. I know it's a COVID economy and all, but 5 million Euros for this guy is an absolute no brainer
  15. Low key psycho for sure. Even though we have guys like Henry and Cavallini, I think Johnston and Laryea are the guys you don't wanna mess with...
  16. In addition to what has been said, he was used as a central attacking midfielder in Orlando (at least from the little bit I saw him, he may have been used as a centre mid or winger as well). I am pretty sure he was never used as a full back until he went to TFC. Still, from the little I did see of him he was obviously quality so I am with you.
  17. Honduras look totally gassed. Not sure how much they rotated their squads, don't think it was as much as the US though. Depth may be as important as many of you were making it out to be...
  18. USA much better after Gregg's changes, but to be honest the solutions were extremely obvious. Needed an extra man in midfield, and needed that man to be Adams. This also neatly solves the problem of needing Brooks off. Also needed Sargent off for someone that can actually function out wide.
  19. This could really be a turning point for the USA. If they do end up qualifying in the top 2 spots (long ways to go obviously) then this would be good for us. I still maintain that Honduras is our true rival for 3rd.
  20. The US has so many problems in this match. Nothing connecting the midfield and attack, no centre back able to step through or pass through the press, Sargent playing as a weird false right winger and not effecting the game at all. It's wild to see how disjointed they are.
  21. I tend to agree in a vacuum, but this US team is a total shit show at this point. You might need to hit reset and hope for the best... I dunno, Gregg has been really good at getting dual nats. Honduras totally outplaying the States here
  22. Honduras scores. Is Berhalter actually gonna get fired if they lose?
  23. The reason why a player like Laryea is so important is because we live in an era where teams who are set defensively are almost impossible to score against -- transition and set pieces are the name of the game. Laryea is one of the few guys on the pitch who can create chances against a fully set team.
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