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  1. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    I've never fully understood why TFC just gave up on Irwin. In the year he started, I don't ever recall thinking "TFC lost that game because of Irwin." He also came with a pretty good MLS resume. I realize that Bono became the starter due to an injury to Irwin, but Bono was not great in those first couple of games and let in a couple of howlers. He still commits the occasional brain cramp, especially when it comes to some gaffs with his distribution that have ended with the ball back in TFC's net. However, Irwin was never given a chance to get his job back. Now I don't see the team practice every day, so maybe TFC sees something in training that the every day fan doesn't see. I've also thought that maybe they didn't think there was much of a difference between Irwin and Bono, so they might as well go with Bono because he is cheaper, and that matters in a salary cap league. Bono has made some great saves but if your keeper isn't making some great saves, it may be time to find a new keeper.
  2. I enjoy firing a gun off in the air from time to time when I am feeling particularly celebratory. I really feel like it adds to the drama and the loud noise of the gun shot lets everyone know how excited I really am. I only fire a hand gun though. Firing an AK47 would be too dangerous. I also make sure I am at least 10 feet away from any children. Responsibility and safety first! My alcohol consumption is also strictly limited to 3 beers (self-enforced). The people around me sometimes look scared or worried when I do it, but secretly they all acknowledge I am adding to the atmosphere.
  3. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    I don't know if I've ever seen a game where at team claws back from 3 goals down, ties it up, goes down again, ties it up again, and then almost gives up another goal in the dying seconds. If that DC striker hadn't wiffed, TFC still loses that game. I think the TV announcers summed it up best with 2 paraphrased quotes: "Does anyone want to play defense tonight?" "There's still 4 minutes left to go in the game. Probably enough time for 4 or 5 more goals."
  4. 8 years from now we can all come back to this thread and have a good laugh at how far off these predictions would be. How many people would have predicted Davies progression 4 years ago let alone 8.
  5. AvroArrow

    MLS 2001 Allstar Jersey - Autographed

    If this is the wrong place to put this kind of post, my apologies. This is not intended to be some kind of advertisement. I know there are some jersey experts on this forum and I am looking to borrow some of your expertise. I have a 2001 MLS East Allstar jersey that was signed by the entire East roster which I won in a contest. Biggest names are probably Tim Howard and Brian McBride. Its been sitting in my basement for a long time and the ink on some of the signatures is slowly starting to fade. Is this thing worth anything? I really know nothing about this type of thing (which is why it has been sitting in my basement).
  6. AvroArrow

    U.S. Virgin Islands vs Canada Sunday September 9th

    Bring Rickets so that he can score 4 goals, allowing him to further climb up the national team goal scoring chart, and collectively driving a portion of the V's completely nuts.
  7. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    I get that a healthy TFC roster is still a forced to be reckoned with and that there still are a lot of games to be played, but at some point TFC needs to start picking up points. All these points dropped at home are starting to get concerning.
  8. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    Agree with this. Having Bradley play CB weakens both our defense and our midfield. I don't know why Mavinga and Haglund didn't start against Dallas.
  9. From the women's games that I have watched, the weakness of the keepers always seems to be their ability to cover the top half of the net. Lots of long range shots seem to float over the keeper, likely due to the average female keeper being shorter and not being able to jump as high when compared to the average male keeper. Since female strikers can kick just as high as their male counterparts and the net is the same size for women as it is for men, this part of the net always seems vulnerable even at the highest levels of the women's game. All the power to her on this endeavour, but I think Labbe would likely be in tough as her opponents would look to exploit this.
  10. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    That last minute chance for Delgado is going to eat at him for the rest of his career.
  11. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    Oh my goodness, Delgado. Hopefully TFC pulls off the pks and that becomes something they can joke about.
  12. AvroArrow


    I think fans across the globe share your opinion, regardless of the league. Even more so when the team they support is the team aggrieved. Soccer, by its nature, is a tough sport to ref. The playing surface and the amount of players are both large, and the game attracts physical contact by opponents (this isn't volleyball). Basketball and hockey both have much smaller surfaces and amount of players, and have roughly the same amount of officials. American football practically has as many refs as a team has players on the field. And when you add the fact that soccer has a culture that accepts fooling the ref as a valid tactic, then things get even tougher. Its one thing to have your local beer league ref make a bad call because he is woefully out of shape and doesn't leave the centre of the field. Its another when you have two teams full of professionals playing soccer at high speed, with high levels of aggression, and will take every opportunity to con the ref. I think VAR is great.
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    With video replay becoming so common in all sports, I have no problem with VAR as long as it it is used in a timely fashion. Penalty kicks and red cards are both potentially game changing events in a soccer game. If I have to wait 1 or 2 minutes to make sure the call is correct, I'm all for it.
  14. AvroArrow

    TFC: MLS Cup or Champions League?

    In theory, all TFC has to do is make the playoffs and they will still have just as good a shot as repeating. I would be more annoyed if I was a fan of another team who finishes high in the standings and they are "rewarded" with playing TFC in the first round because TFC finished lower due to the amount of points that they threw away at the beginning of the season during their chase for the Champions League trophy.
  15. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    If its goal difference, then TFC wins. They were +2 while Chivas was +1.
  16. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    How did that cost them the right to host the 2nd leg? What stat decides that? TFC advanced 4-2 while Chivas only advanced 1-0.
  17. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    I thought TFC put in a better defensive performance last night then they did against Tigres. Did a much better job of absorbing the presseure and bending but not breaking.
  18. AvroArrow

    Impact 2018

    If someone tackled me like that on a soccer field, I'd yell too. It would then be one of those instances where you are lying on the ground wondering how you weren't severely injured after what just occurred. It kind of looked like the Montreal player was trying to do the dribbling move where you step on the ball and spin away with a two touch, and then realized he had no idea how to do it.
  19. AvroArrow

    Ashtone Morgan

    I'm not debating that Morgan should start over Morrow. My point is that in a salary cap league, there comes a time when you may have to replace player A with player B because that gives you the cap space to sign player C.
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    TFC 2018

    Other than the pedestrian defending on the Club America goal, it was a strong overall performance by TFC. I was kind of wishing they would push for a 4th goal, as playing at Azteca is no walk in the park.
  21. AvroArrow

    Ashtone Morgan

    So if TFC starts having cap issues, do they let Morrow go and replace him with Morgan?
  22. AvroArrow

    Tosaint Ricketts

    Counter point for those of you saying Ricketts only scores against the minnows: If scoring against minnows is so easy, then why didn't players like Mitchell, Bunbury, Dero, or whoever double their total goals by wracking up the goals against these opponents? Now, if some of these guys never had a chance to play against the minnows, then that's a different story.
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    Fikayo Tomori

    I would think that the big difference between England (and likely even Nigeria) and Canada is that an England U23 player, even if he is great, has no guarantee that he will step on the field for the national team. It's one thing to be one of the best 21-22 year olds that a England has. Its another to be one of the best for England period. As for Canada, if we have a superstar U23, we cap tie that youngster the first chance we get.
  24. AvroArrow

    TFC 2018

    Perhaps the writer was worried the checker would miss the line if there was only one flag, so he added an "extra" flag to further draw the checker's attention. Appears to have been unsuccessful. Should have added a triple flag.
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    Tosaint Ricketts

    The fact that we are discussing whether picking a guy who racks up goals against the minnows is better than picking one who scores a lower amount against top competitors shows the inconsistency that we have had up front for a long time. A good striker should do both.