Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Stouffvillain

  1. Yes, he transitioned from playing immediately to coaching one of the academy teams.
  2. Forge doesn't make a lot of mistakes like that. Good on HFX for making them pay for it.
  3. Angus on Down the Pub podcast, interesting listen. https://www.downthepub.ca/e/episode-74-return-of-the-mac-angus-mcnab-part-ii/
  4. This is not the first time I've seen this. I don't doubt that Y9 did lose a lot of international talent this season and they were worse off because of it. Based on the 7 games I watched I don't think Uggarizza would've been that much of a difference. The problem in attack this season was creating quality scoring chances. Rivero is a talented player as well but he got almost zero service, his only goal was a fantastic piece of talent. You'd be hard pressed to come up with any more clear cut chances that Uggarizza would've done better than Rivero. The one area Uggarizza could've made a slightly bigger impact would've been due to his height (6 ft vs Rivero at 5'7") but I would also argue that the quality of crosses wasn't good enough this season to say this would've been a big difference maker.
  5. Thanks. Yes, they were more successful in the application but stylistically that is what I see.
  6. It was a very disappointing tournament on many levels for Y9. Despite one of the most talented teams on paper Y9 disappointed on every level. The attack rarely looked dangerous, the midfield allowed the opposition to dictate the game instead of imposing their will, defensively the team lacked focus leading to the majority of the goals against. Five of the seven goals scored against Y9 were conceded in the first or last 5 minutes of a half (Ottawa 2, Pacific 1, Forge 1 and Halifax 1). The second of Forge's was 7 minutes into the 2nd half. Those are moments that speak to a lack of concentration. There was no imagination in attack. Nearly every attack had the same end game in mind and that becomes very easy to defend at any level, never mind against professionals. There are no 1-2 balls, no line breaking runs, too many receive the ball standing still with their back to goal. I didn't want to say it during the season but now that we've been eliminated I'll say it. They continually reminded me of watching Aron Winter's 2011 TFC.
  7. Y9 finally have all hands on deck good timing too. Let's see if their attack can look more threatening.
  8. Barring any kind of sanctioning IF they do not meet the U21 minutes requirement Forge is through, they hold the tiebreaker (head to head results) against both Ottawa and Pacific.
  9. I'm with you on this. For all the offensive talent they have they leave you scratching your head. Without the set pieces they have not looked dangerous in attack at all. Outside of the one play last night where Telfer had a heavy touch alone in the box they never looked like they were going to get a second. They weren't dangerous against Valour, didn't look like they were ever going to get a second against 10 men HFX, or in the Pacific game. The forwards have scored 2 goals in 6 games and one of them was a 16 year old on his debut. Simply put that is not good enough.
  10. I think it is a hamstring injury. I've not seen anything on the extent of Abzi's injury. The lack of injury information throughout the league is a bit annoying. I would put Telfer at LWB then. The thinking on the three CB's is that it would promote the wingbacks to attack more while still having cover at the back. Having two strikers playing centrally would promote more attack through the middle which we've been lacking and FCE hasn't been good at defending.
  11. Call me crazy but I'd like to see something a little different tonight to see if we can have a more threatening attack. Di Chiara is suspended so things will have to change. Assuming Mannella and Petrasso are still out but hoping Ingham and Abzi will be back. ------------------Rivero-------Vasconcelos------------------- --------------------------Altobelli----------------------------------- ---------------Murofushi-----Aparicio----------------------- Abzi--------------------------------------------------------Porter ----------Arnone---Gasparotto---Thompson----------- ---------------------------Ingham----------------------------------
  12. Agreed on Ongaro. I was more talking of a striker in his skill set rather than a Rivero who's talents are being wasted with the style of play we've seen this season. I went on a bit of a rant on that whole "upping their game" part in the HFX match thread. I won't re-hash it here except to say that they've had more than enough chances to show they were capable of that this season and failed to do so.
  13. Looking ahead to the FCE match tomorrow night and it looks like the perfect trap game. Paulus' comments after the Valour loss could fire up an inspiring performance from the Eddies and there has been nothing about Y9 this season that tells me that they are capable of imposing their will on a deflated opponent. Easton Ongaro is the kind of striker that Y9 should go after in the offseason. It's nice to have guys like Rivero who are technical players but if all you try to do in attack is throw in high crosses a skilled 5'7" striker isn't really what you need. Keeping possession is great but if all you're doing is working the ball around to the top of the box and then back to your CB's and back around the park you aren't scaring anyone. There isn't a midfielder who we've seen play this season that can pass through the heart of the defense. I'm hoping that Altobelli is that type of player but at 17 years old I'm not putting all the hopes on his shoulders. If I'm the coach going against us I'm telling my team "don't foul in a dangerous area, they can't score without a dead ball". That isn't a speech you give when you are going against a contender.
  14. You aren't wrong on any points here. Not everything needs to be made public though, so teams could've been notified of the consequences for failing to comply with the U21 rule. Forge's plan was obvious, lock up a 2nd round spot and then give minutes to the U21. Smyrniotis is a very smart man and planned that when he put together the squad and teams knew they weren't going to bring in players later on. Knowing that they chose to proceed with signing only the minimum requirement and chose to play the first 4 games with only three minutes for U21 players. If you choose to walk that close to the line sometimes you're going to cross it and you have to suffer the consequences. If the punishment isn't harsh the league would be wronging the 7 other clubs (and their supporters) who played by the rules.
  15. +1 Many of us here have bought into the league because it is committed to the development of Canadians. The whole for us by us thing. That has been the differentiation from the Canadian MLS clubs, the commitment to Canadians. If that is all a facade then I think they will find that the support they have been given will start to dwindle.
  16. Haven't followed MLS over the last few years to call out more players to move from MLS to CPL but the posters above have hit it on the head. Guys like Morgan, in their late 20's won't make the jump, it will be for players that want to get noticed and try to make the jump to the next level and are willing to tough out making less money to do it. Telfer, at 25 last season is probably on the older end of players that will take that shot. It worked for him and I don't think he would've been back if not for the situation. What you're more likely to see is what started to happen this season. Some loans (Dunn, Boskovic) or academy players betting on themselves instead of continuing on the standard MLS club development path (Halley). The more players transfer from CPL to overseas or get a national team call up the more it will happen. It will take time though.
  17. The punishment needs to be more than a fine, it should be an disqualification from advancing. If giving 250 minutes to U21 players is a requirement of the first round and a team fails to meet that they didn't play by the same rules as everyone else. Forge is a club that understands the rules and while they play by them they have flirted with that line. Last season they chose not to go for the fall title because they didn't need to in order to get to the final. That was a calculated risk as was this. They had the opportunity to give more minute to Cela and Mohsen before the injury and chose not to do that in order to give them a competitive advantage in those matches. The league is about developing Canadians and has been from the start, the first offense against that mandate should be faced with a harsh penalty to prevent that from continuing.
  18. Absolutely disgusting from Y9 today. Who tries to play keep away for 60+ minutes? They never once tested Oxner with a man up. Awful. No run through the defender to try a through ball. Not a single time that Telfer got the ball on the left did he use the teammate to advance the ball deeper in the HFX end. Not a single midfielder made an advancing run to try and find a hole between the HFX lines. What is the point of having a striker if all you want him to do is chase the keeper in possession? Not once did Rivero or Vasconcelos have the ball within 25 yards of goal. Doner has offered nothing offensively this season. Nothing was learned from the first match against Ottawa. They played the exact same way and ended with the same result. Y9 has been a man up for 100+ minutes in this tournament and have 2 points to show for it. What’s with the elbow HFX? Morelli got a red but Rampersad is lucky the red didn’t actually see what he did I’m not one to rail on a team but no one should be even remotely satisfied with where they stand. This is a team that is in 3rd despite of themselves not because they’ve earned it. More was expected and they’ve had every opportunity to show they belong at the top of the league but keep tripping over their own feet.
  19. OneSoccer has the Lille match at 7 on their schedule, get an extra hour of sleep.
  20. A lot of fun over the next week. No one has locked up a spot yet and everyone has a game in hand on the top two. Think Forge and Cavalry maybe ran out of gas in their last games. I expect them to be razor sharp in the last two games. Remaining schedule for each team: 1. Cavalry - 10 pts (Pacific, York) 2. Forge - 8 pts (Ottawa, Valour) 3. York - 6 pts (Halifax, Edmonton, Cavalry) 4. Halifax - 5 pts (York, Valour, Ottawa) 5. Pacific - 5 pts (Cavalry, Ottawa, Edmonton) 6. Ottawa - 5 pts (Forge, Pacific, Halifax) 7. Valour - 4 pts (Edmonton, Halifax, Forge) 8. Edmonton - 1 pt (Valour, York, Pacific) EDIT: Cavalry & Forge can clinch this weekend if: Cavalry can clinch a berth in Round 2 with a win and a York/HFX draw. Forge clinch with a win over Ottawa + Pacific and Valour loses.
  21. With the standings so tight every match from here on out is big. Cavalry is going to have a week to prepare for Y9 on the last day of the round so it is vital for Y9 to come away with W's here and against Edmonton. HFX have looked good so I don't expect this to be an easy one either.
  22. It's a great idea. In times when you can't get to a game but still reach out to your fans and offer them a unique way to watch the game.
  23. Not saying he's getting into the CMNT picture but if we're talking best Canadians this season Joseph Di Chiara has to be in the discussion. Taken out of the strict defensive midfielder role and allowed to be more of a box to box player he's been everything in the midfield for Y9 this season. He's played every minute thus far, is leading the team in goals, he creates chances, holds to ball well and passes the ball with accuracy. In taking on more of an offensive role he hasn't slouched on the defensive end either leading in multiple defensive categories. As it stands right now Di Chiara should be in the discussion for Island Games MVP.
  24. HFX has been vastly improved this season. I haven't seen all of their matches but I don't think they looked out of place in the Forge match and they move the ball really well tonight, struck fast on counters. With York, Valour and Ottawa left on their schedule I'd be surprised if they didn't make it through the round. Kudo's to Stephen Hart. FCE is a loyal club, that are dedicated to their city and province. Only club with an academy (I may be wrong but I believe they still operated it between NASL and CPL) and they aren't afraid to get the local boys a shot. Paulus does have some work to do though, the passes through the defense were too easy. HFX was moving the ball from half to the top of the 18 with a single pass. No Didic really hurts and a missed PK really deflate the team. Missed chance to get the ball to Caceres was a selfish choice that hurt too.
  • Create New...