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  1. Here's a short and simple tactical analysis of the Angola match: There were some frustratingly simple solutions to the issues that we faced on Tuesday. The above image is the screengrab that @El Hombre posted on Wednesday. We are just one run and three passes away from bypassing the tightly wound Angola midfield four. If Priso comes back towards Pecile, and Pecile makes the pass to Priso, Priso has Habibullah completely unmarked on the left side. Habibullah then plays it through to Kerr, and we've completely gone past their midfield and we're running at their back four. Instead, Priso is going in the opposite direction, eliminating a passing option. Unfortunately, our front three and midfielders such as Priso and Kerr didn't make the runs that provided Pecile or the CBs with simple outlet passes. Rather, this meant that the deeper lying playmakers were forced to pass it around the back or play a low percentage lob forward. We need to emphasize the importance of movement which will make it much easier to play through the opposition lines. However, there were some very good moments. In this screengrab of the moment before the goal, Priso puts himself in an open space that makes him an easy target for Pecile, while also being in the perfect position to play the through ball for Russell-Rowe. Throughout both games so far, there hasn't been enough movement from players in forward positions, making it difficult to progress the ball. Against Angola in particular, there were many instances where useful open spaces were not being utilized. Today against New Zealand, we must find and exploit these spaces if we are going to score the goals that we need. To summarize, make it easier on the 6's and 8's by giving them simpler options and find the open spaces.
  2. It was always going to be difficult to use the Brazil match to diagnose this team's problems. But yesterday really showed where the flaws lie. Individually, our front three is very good. Simply put, Habibullah is a genius on the ball. For a player who just turned 16 last week, his vision and creativity is world class. Nelson is also extremely talented, albeit he tried to do too much at times. Russell-Rowe is prolific, he takes his chances (21 goals in 16 games for TFC U19 this season). At the back, Facchineri is dominant. He is good positionally and can make a solid challenge when he needs to. The problem with this team is the lack of cohesion. The defense, midfield and offense play as three separate units. The midfield was completely incapable of playing a decent final ball because they were so disconnected. The front three were completely isolated, making the individual talent of a player like Habibullah useless. The screengrabs that @El Hombre posted illustrate this perfectly. I'm never one to call for heads to roll, but we need coaching staff that can implement a simple tactical system. We had the same problem with the U20's last year. This team has players that will play professionally, potentially at very high levels. At the senior level, we have seen Herdman preach "tactical periodization". The periodization philosophy emphasizes attacking organization, defensive organization, transition from defense to offense and vice versa. At the senior level, this has worked quite well. Why are we not seeing this philosophy trickle down to the youth levels? We need coaching that is capable of teaching and implementing tactical philosophies. By just putting our best players on the field without a visible plan we are doing them a serious disservice.
  3. As @Shway mentioned, an inter-league loan actually is a possibility for Fraser. The first example of an MLS inter-league loan that comes to mind is Lalas Abubakar. He couldn't break through with the Crew so he was loaned out to the Rapids this season. He was a regular starter and won their defender of the year award. Liam is in a similar situation. He is certainly good enough start in MLS, he is just finding it difficult to break through with TFC. I think that a loan to another MLS team would be a great option until there is more space at TFC.
  4. Ben Paton made his return from injury last Wednesday coming on as a 90th minute substitute for Blackburn U23 in their Premier League Cup win over Crystal Palace. Today he went the full 90 and had an assist in Blackburn U23's 3-1 win over Southampton in Premier League 2.
  5. I can only speak to TFC here, but their U15s were absolutely dominant this past year. They won the inaugural U15 USSDA title and were runners-up at the Generation Adidas Cup. Players like Marshall-Rutty have played professionally with TFCII and are probably good enough to make this year's U17 team, but they are all born in 2004. They will still be eligible for the 2021 U17 cycle. The coaches might've decided to give this experience to the 2002 players and let the 2004's have their turn in 2021.
  6. Omenoga fractured his fibula in August and has not recovered in time for selection unfortunately. Colyn simply wasn't called-up from what I've heard.
  7. The 3 over age player rule only applies to the actual Olympic tournament itself. The CONCACAF qualifiers for the Olympic tournament do not allow any over aged players.
  8. He's suspended for yellow card accumulation.
  9. He was just quoting a recently deceased rapper. As @Floortom mentioned, it was the same quote recently posted by the disgraced football player Antonio Brown. What was Ballou trying to accomplish by posting that? It's up for interpretation, but he's since taken it down. All we can do is hope he can get back on the right path.
  10. Now he's posting Nipsey Hussle quotes on Twitter: Make of that what you will. Edit: He has since deleted the Tweet.
  11. As @JuicyHam mentioned, the article has been updated and it now states that Hernandez has been declared fit. Davies probably won't be starting now, but still possible that we see him come in off the bench.
  12. German news outlet Bild are reporting that Lucas Hernandez picked up an ankle injury this week and will not play against Koln tomorrow. Davies will start in his place. This would be Davies' first competitive start for Bayern.
  13. Am I going blind or is it not there anymore? It was there yesterday but I can't seem to find it today. 🤔
  14. 1998 Vancouver born CM playing for Sligo in the League of Ireland. So it turns out that there are two Canadians at Sligo and not just Kris Twardek!
  15. Godinho suffered a fracture in his left hand in the match against FCK yesterday and is listed as questionable for Zwickau's game against Wurzburger on the weekend. We'll see soon enough if this has an impact on a potential call-up for the Nations League games.
  16. I'm not one to ever accuse players of faking injury but that was almost certainly a textbook case of CONCACAFing!
  17. The squad is going to be announced on Wednesday according to the CSA on Twitter.
  18. My 23 player roster: GK: Milan Borjan, Max Crepeau, Marco Carducci DEF: Doneil Henry, Derek Cornelius, Manjrekar James, Steven Vitoria, Juan Cordova, Sam Adekugbe, Zachary Brault-Guillard MID: Scott Arfield, Atiba Hutchinson, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Liam Fraser, Shamit Shome, Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett FWD: Jonathan David, Lucas Cavallini, Cyle Larin, Liam Millar, Ballou Tabla, Theo Bair I left out some of the MLSers who are starters on teams who are fighting for a playoff spot. So no Osorio, Piette, Akindele or Miller. It's a shame that MLS does not provide an adequate break for the FIFA window. I also re-called Steven Vitoria as he has been starting at a very high level recently. First senior call-ups for Shome and Bair.
  19. He's been on the bench for Hobro's last five games and made his debut coming on as an 86th minute substitute on August 2. If he remains at this level he should be a lock for a U23 call-up and should be on the senior team radar as well.
  20. TransferMarkt is listing him as injured. Doesn't specify what is wrong or when he is expected to be back.
  21. That's correct. David's agency is Axia Sports Management. This just so happens to be the same agency that Borges and Cyle Larin are with. Given that all of those three are either now in Belgium or are heavily linked with Belgium, it seems like that particular agency has alot to do with it. Both the Choiniere brothers and Shamit Shome are also with that agency, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are the next players to be linked with Belgium.
  22. That's correct. I believe that Club Brugge were supposedly doing the same as well.
  23. The 1998 born striker from Toronto signed with SC Dnipro in the Ukranian Premier League. He was on trial with them and impressed in pre-season, scoring a goal or two I believe. He also used to play in the NCAA for the University of Pennsylvania. Last year he was with Obolon-Brovar in the Ukranian second tier, scoring three times in 19 games. He is an interesting prospect to watch, especially with Olympic qualifiers coming up. Also, credit to @Toje for tracking Kouzine while he was playing in the lower tiers in recent years.
  24. Singh is 2000 born and White is 2001, so they're both ineligible. But yes, our attack could be legitimately world class for the U17 level if we got those commitments.
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