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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from apbsmith in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Totally agree, though we also cannot play scared, which we've done too often in the past.  We need to be tenacious, smart, and a bit audacious, just like we were the last game. The US will likely not fold as easily as they did in Toronto, which means we cannot switch off for a second.
    I wonder if Pulisic and Bradley are sitting out in the hopes that Berhalter's days are truly numbered. While this is an important game for Greg, it is NOT a truly important game for the US in general. If missing this game will expedite a change of coach, well, then, I guess Pulisic's hip is feeling dodgy, as is Bradley's ankle.
    I want the same thing I wanted for the game in Toronto: A cohesive, hard fought, and gritty performance from our lads, for a full 90 minutes. An away game is a challenge unto itself, so a solid performance and signs of team growth are what I want to see. Yeah, I want a result, but I want to see signs of growth, character, and fight more than anything.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from A_Gagne in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Totally agree, though we also cannot play scared, which we've done too often in the past.  We need to be tenacious, smart, and a bit audacious, just like we were the last game. The US will likely not fold as easily as they did in Toronto, which means we cannot switch off for a second.
    I wonder if Pulisic and Bradley are sitting out in the hopes that Berhalter's days are truly numbered. While this is an important game for Greg, it is NOT a truly important game for the US in general. If missing this game will expedite a change of coach, well, then, I guess Pulisic's hip is feeling dodgy, as is Bradley's ankle.
    I want the same thing I wanted for the game in Toronto: A cohesive, hard fought, and gritty performance from our lads, for a full 90 minutes. An away game is a challenge unto itself, so a solid performance and signs of team growth are what I want to see. Yeah, I want a result, but I want to see signs of growth, character, and fight more than anything.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from lamptern in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Totally agree, though we also cannot play scared, which we've done too often in the past.  We need to be tenacious, smart, and a bit audacious, just like we were the last game. The US will likely not fold as easily as they did in Toronto, which means we cannot switch off for a second.
    I wonder if Pulisic and Bradley are sitting out in the hopes that Berhalter's days are truly numbered. While this is an important game for Greg, it is NOT a truly important game for the US in general. If missing this game will expedite a change of coach, well, then, I guess Pulisic's hip is feeling dodgy, as is Bradley's ankle.
    I want the same thing I wanted for the game in Toronto: A cohesive, hard fought, and gritty performance from our lads, for a full 90 minutes. An away game is a challenge unto itself, so a solid performance and signs of team growth are what I want to see. Yeah, I want a result, but I want to see signs of growth, character, and fight more than anything.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from CANMNT_SUPERFAN in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Totally agree, though we also cannot play scared, which we've done too often in the past.  We need to be tenacious, smart, and a bit audacious, just like we were the last game. The US will likely not fold as easily as they did in Toronto, which means we cannot switch off for a second.
    I wonder if Pulisic and Bradley are sitting out in the hopes that Berhalter's days are truly numbered. While this is an important game for Greg, it is NOT a truly important game for the US in general. If missing this game will expedite a change of coach, well, then, I guess Pulisic's hip is feeling dodgy, as is Bradley's ankle.
    I want the same thing I wanted for the game in Toronto: A cohesive, hard fought, and gritty performance from our lads, for a full 90 minutes. An away game is a challenge unto itself, so a solid performance and signs of team growth are what I want to see. Yeah, I want a result, but I want to see signs of growth, character, and fight more than anything.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to SthMelbRed in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    My sources tell me that Bradley was fine at full-time on Sunday. However, while lined up to collect their runners up medals, Liam Fraser was seen to whisper in his ear, "See you on Friday, Skipper." Suddenly, poor Michael felt a twinge in his ankle. #Apprenticitis
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Kent in USA vs Canada - Friday Nov 15th, Orlando FL   
    Proposal 1: The Phonzie Flu, as recently coined by someone on here could use the short form "Phlu".
    Proposal 2: Presumably Pulisic doesn't have the Phlu. It was Laryea who shut him down, so I think he must have Laryeangitis.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to cronaldo7 in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    Watched the entire Bayern match and Davies hardly put a foot wrong all match, of course the OG was very unfortunate and his positioning could have been a bit better but these things happen in football. The commentators thought it was very unlucky, and was a very difficult ball to defend.
    Bayern as a whole were quite dreadful all night. Gnarby had a stinker until the last 15 minutes, Boteng with a lot of mis-passes out of the back, Perišić struggled and Coman was inefficient for the most part. Mueller came on as a sub and was totally out of sync with his teammates. But this is what makes these guys world class, Gnarby and Mueller both had their big moments and were clinical.
    Davies was rated highest on the team, along with Perišić (questionable) according to Bild. 
     
    He had some very positive moments going forward in the first half and was great to see him rebound after the OG as you could see who was stunned and upset. These are the learning experiences that’ll help him develop into a true professional at the highest level.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to cronaldo7 in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    Watched the entire match closely and thought he had a strong game. He made a couple of early errors but gained confidence as the match went on. Thought his first touch was good, and opened his body up well to execute accurate passes which aren’t as easy as they look. 
    People seem to forget that he’s playing for Bayern in the Bundesligs and not in the MLS. Tactics and structure are completely different so as I’m sure we’d love to see him gallop down the field taking people on, that’d likely be the quickest way he can find himself planted on the bench. He is also playing with many demanding players (who happen to be some of the best on the planet) who demand the ball, accurately, quickly and often.
    His time will come. He is 18 years old playing for a giant of world football beside some of the best players to have ever played. Think about that.
    I expect to see massive things from Alphonso. Let’s sit patiently and watch.
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Stouffvillain in Jonathan Osorio Appreciation Thread   
    Oso has a few things he can add to his repertoire, even at this age. The big one: leadership.  Yeah, it is not a technical skill, but it is vital all the same.  He is becoming one of more reliable, more experienced, savvier players, and he will play an increasingly critical role as a leader on the field and in the dressing room. He's a quieter guy, but so is Hutch. 
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Stouffvillain in Jonathan Osorio Appreciation Thread   
    This is the prime of his career not really a time to be measuring his ceiling.  Davies, David knock yourself out talking about potential.
    He consistently performs at a high level whenever called upon and in whatever competition.  I think when he found his scoring boots it gave him all sorts of confidence in himself and it shows every time he's out there.  For my money he's been the best player for TFC post-Giovinco. 
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from Obinna in Jonathan Osorio Appreciation Thread   
    Oso has been very strong for two straight years now, maybe a bit longer.  He is a smart player, which I like to see. While Piette will get a  lot of kudos for his performance vs. the US last week, the roles that Oso and Arfield played were massive.  Very disciplined, smart positional play from both of them.  And they made things happen going forward too (an assist each!)  There was a time when I did not see a massive difference in quality between Osorio and Tiebert, but that is certainly no longer the case. (I love Rusty, but Oso offers a lot more.)
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from toontownman in Jonathan Osorio Appreciation Thread   
    Oso has been very strong for two straight years now, maybe a bit longer.  He is a smart player, which I like to see. While Piette will get a  lot of kudos for his performance vs. the US last week, the roles that Oso and Arfield played were massive.  Very disciplined, smart positional play from both of them.  And they made things happen going forward too (an assist each!)  There was a time when I did not see a massive difference in quality between Osorio and Tiebert, but that is certainly no longer the case. (I love Rusty, but Oso offers a lot more.)
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from yomurphy1 in TFC 2019 Season   
    Could this be the Herdman effect?  Osorio and Lareya playing like gods. Amazing what a dose of self-belief and confidence can do. What a result.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to TFC07 in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    People need to stop caring what they (US media and fans) are saying about us (like many soccer nations do when comes to Americans).   Focus on our side and criticize Canadians jumping on bandwagon after this win then jumping off when CMNT lose.  
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    The Beaver 2.0 got a reaction from TFC07 in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I am sure this has been said already, but the only reason the US soccer pundits NEED to diminish our team is so they do not have to accept the reality that their pool of players is simply mediocre at best, at least in terms of world football. They want to believe they are a world class footy nation and you cannot be world class if you lose to lowly Canada. (Which, to be fair, is mostly true.) So, instead of acknowledging they have a mostly mediocre crop of players--ie. admit the US is NOT world class--they make the argument that their team should have beat our guys because we've got shi.te players, which is all a way to say that the problem falls ENTIRELY on Berhalter's shoulders. But this is utter crap, and if US soccer believes this narrative, then they will end up taking action that does not stem from reality.  Yes, Berhalter is trying to establish a system his players cannot execute, and I wonder if he's the ability to build a winning culture--he seems soft in too many places--and he sure as hell got out coached by Herdman in Toronto, but he is not the sole problem here. The very notion that the US should be world class is aspirational at best, and while I am a huge fan of setting big goals and charting a path to achieve those goals, a critical part of success comes from self-knowledge, from basing your decision-making and planning and expectations on the data, on reality.  Does the US need a different coach? Hell yeah? But the entire US soccer culture--fans, media, players, US Soccer--needs a shake up. They need to accept that their player pool is B-list at best, and then build an intelligent plan based on that fact.  But this does not fall only on Berhalter's shoulders. The problem seems cultural as much as anything else.
    What does this mean for us? Nothing, really.  We need to focus on our shi.t.  We need to make sure we build our culture--fans, media, players, coaching, admin, CSA--on a clear understanding of who we really are.  And we're doing that! We've taken huge steps forward in the past several years. There is much more yet to do!  Let's keep focussing on who we are and what we want to achieve.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to dyslexic nam in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I enjoy their delusions.  Let them think they are an amazing world power.  Arrogance never serves you well.   
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Ruffian in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    Hot Take: If Herdman was the USA coach they would all have a good cry before the game (instead of on the bench) and likely play much much better as a cohesive squad.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to BearcatSA in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    This has been a great result, but the long game for me is for this team to be consistently a level above the rest of the CONCACAF teams with whom we struggled in the past, like Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, etc.  I still see this as one match:  we still need to do the business in Orlando with another message sending performance.  This is a MASSIVE opportunity and we can't have a let down.  The pressure is all on them so that helps considerably.
    All I asked for, regardless of the result, was a team that is a hard to beat, a tough out.  Judging by comments here and elsewhere, we out-competed them and they were the easy out on the night.  Let's put them to the sword in Florida.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to dyslexic nam in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    America gonna America. I am perfectly happy to let them be delusional and indignant.  It just means they will continue to be overconfident and then trash their program when it does deliver on the hype. 
    Maybe it is being too Canadian but I would way rather shut my mouth, fly under the radar, and let my play do the talking.  
     
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Obinna in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    Any objective observer who sees both sets of players and sees the outcome would not be surprised in the slightest that USA lost away from home to Canada.
    You don't even need to even follow both teams closely. All you have to do is take a cursory look at the rosters and where the players play to realize that an away loss for the USA is fairly reasonable. 
    Now, if Canada beats USA at home, I think the neutral onlooker could fairly consider it a slight upset, given both sets of players, but there was no upset in this one. Any talk of upset is in the context of past historical trends, which do not matter. What matters is the here and now.
    And that holds true for our lads. They need to quickly put this game behind them. November we must do it all over again, away from home this time. The challenge is massive and there is little time for the players to bask in the glory of Tuesday's win. It is history now. It means nothing if we don't leave Disneyland with at least a point. In reality we need all 3.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Obinna in Canada vs. United States (Nations League A) Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019 - 7:30pm EST   
    All of this is quite ironic.
    Once the USA developed a requisite level of talent, they used grit and determination to beat Mexico.
    Now, we do the same thing to them.
    Dos a cero indeed.
    But it's about the long game for me as well. This is just a single match. We need a win in Orlando to keep up the momentum. We need to show the Americans and the rest of concacaf this was not a one-off. This was not a fluke, we need to prove that.
    At the end of the day, a draw is something I can live with, but we really, really, really need to shut them up and get a win down there.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to Obinna in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I know from experience that if you feel your hammy 5 minutes into the game, you are not making it through the entire match and if you do you will basically be useless. I would rather roll my ankle and tape it up (which I have done) to make it through a game than attempt to play through a hammy. You are pretty much useless once you feel your hammy.
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to dyslexic nam in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    I think he was injured.  I think it may not have been really serious at the time he came off, but a hamstring pull/strain isn’t one of those things you can just run off (like a knock to the ankle). In my past experience (playing in the heady heights of the PEI first division) hamstring issues never get better with continued play.  
    So did he have an eye on upcoming games and take himself off to avoid really messing up his leg?  Sure.  
    Did he do it without any actual injury? I can’t see it. 
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to deschamp86 in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    Judging from everything I have heard and read about this guy, I doubt very much that he subbed himself off so early in the game as a precaution for LAFC in such an important game for Canada. Especially after putting in minutes at LB to get a shot at CM
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    The Beaver 2.0 reacted to CanSuffer in Mark-Anthony Kaye   
    Yeah, having a breakout game for the National team in one of the most important CMNT games in years would do nothing for his career. Totally worth his  coach and teammates seeing through a fake injury and calling him out on it because he's way too good to worry about team chemistry and losing his spot on the roster.
     
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