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AvroArrow

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  1. Because it is a professional team based (somewhat) locally with games that you can attend in person. According to your logic, the Dutch, the Belgians, and apparently now the Italians should all turn their backs on their leagues because everyone should be watching the English Premier League, La Liga, or the Bundesliga . For a Canadian example, junior hockey teams aren't the best teams in the world, but thousands of people show up for their games too. For whatever reason, a geographical connection to a team matters.
  2. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    I think the big difference between Giovinco/Altidore and Ricketts is that Giovinco and Altidore can create their own opportunities where as Ricketts seems to be a be in the right place at the right time type of player. So if TFC plays more of a defensive game in the first leg, asking Ricketts to create his own scoring opportunities up front by himself may be too much to ask. Of course, if TFC's whole strategy is to catch Columbus on the counter, then Ricketts speed and a Vazquez through ball/long ball might be all TFC needs.
  3. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    I would also add that I think that the 2 yellow cards in two tournament games equals a suspension is a dumb rule. If you don't have a harsh rule like that in the regular season, where I think you have to get 5 before you are suspended, why bring one in like that just for the playoffs? I think the World Cup does something similar and it is equally dumb. The end result always is a vital player getting suspended for picking up two ticky-tack cards in previous games, some of which are totally dependent on which ref you happened to have.
  4. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    Oddly enough, this particular play does not appear to be included in the mls website's game highlights video of the match.
  5. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    Any idea why the Vazquez goal was called back? Unless you ask for 10 yards, you can take it as quickly as you want (unless the ref wants to discuss things with the offender/give out a card). Caldwell was saying Vazquez must not have asked to take it quickly, but as far as I know, you don't have to ask to do that.
  6. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    On the replay, the linesman had his flag up in the air. However, the ref did not make any indication that he blew his whistle due to an offside call, as he did not make any of the normal arm motions that refs make when calling offside. All of his mannerisms seem to indicate he was calling a foul. I personally did not see anything that looked like a foul. The tv broadcast showed one replay trying to figure out if Osorio was offside, but it was from a very poor angle.
  7. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    During the game they said the Alidore/Klesjtian (sp?) red were for violent conduct. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't reds for violent conduct generally carry a stiffer suspension then 1 game. FIFA norm seems to be 3. If that was the case, then Altidore could be out for the rest of the playoffs. At the same time, I don't know if MLS would have the guts to suspend one of their marquee players for that long in the playoffs.
  8. Andre Hainault to Europe?

    The guy is only 31. We are hardly in the position to be discarding anyone at the age of 31, especially people who can play centre defense.
  9. CONTEST: Has Canada surpassed USA yet?

    Can't figure out how link properly. Deleted.
  10. I like how there is a 14 year gap between posts in this thread. We won't be able to hide anything from future generations because we'll keep bumping old posts.
  11. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    Is Unnamed Trialist honestly asking us to all get out our rulers and see whose thread is longer?
  12. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    Some interesting stats from the MLS site: Goals Per 90 Minutes Played Hamilton - 1.50 Ricketts - 0.74 Giovinco - 0.72 Altidore - 0.61 Spencer - 0.00 Now that doesn't therefore mean that Hamilton and Ricketts are better than Giovinco, so the stat is not by any means a solid measuring stick. Still, it is interesting none the less.
  13. 2017 Toronto FC season (aka the 2017 MLS Cup clinching thread)

    The only time you choose Ben Spencer over Jordan Hamilton is if you can't reach the peanut butter on the top shelf.
  14. WCQ-Concacaf is "easy"

    If Edgar's header off of the corner had been a foot to the right... If its and buts were candy and nuts....
  15. WCQ-Concacaf is "easy"

    African qualifying seems to be the most brutal, if I read the tables correctly. Only the group winners advance, so if you get drawn into a group with another top team, there is no room for mistakes.
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