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    Milan Borjan

    Borjan neither started nor was on the bench for the first game of the Serbian season yesterday. It could be he was just tired from the mid-week Champions League qualification (though one would expect he would at least be on the bench if this was the case) or possibly there is truth to the rumour that he is transferring to a club in a better league but would play the qualification games for Red Star.
  2. This is a pretty promising move for Fillion. FC Aarau is in the 2nd tier Challenge League but are one of the bigger teams there. His competition at keeper is Steven Deana who is a veteran of the Swiss 2nd tier and started the first game but if he gets some chances and takes advantage of them he will be playing at a decent level with possibilities of moving to the Swiss 1st tier Super League especially given that he is owned by FC Zurich of that league. We definitely need some keeper depth for the national team so hopefully he will be one to watch.
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    Alphonso Davies

    Davies was definitely a special talent and the Caps were lucky to get him. However, even if you get a special talent you still have to develop them properly and not ruin them. I have been critical of the Caps development in the past and wasn't sure Robinson was the right guy to develop Davies but so far they seem to have done a good job and he is further ahead than any of us would have expected a few years ago. I do hope he will get to an even better environment where he will learn more once he is 18 but I agree with those who say we have to give credit where credit is due to Robinson and the Caps for how they have brought Davies along in a critical time in his development.
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    TFC 2018

    Sometimes players just don't fit into the style of play on another team or league and might do better elsewhere even if the level is higher. On the other hand Aktexe had only played in 14 La Liga matches in his whole career most of which were short substitute appearances and often he did not even make the bench for Bilbao. Even his La Liga 2 record was only 37 matches. It is not like they were signing a regular La Liga player or even top La Liga 2 player. He may simply have not been good enough for MLS. We will see his career progression in the future and have some idea about whether he simply did not fit in or was not good enough.
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    Canadians abroad: July 6-12, 2018

    Milovan Kapor played 90 as Gomel lost 1-0 to Vitebsk.
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    Canadians abroad: July 6-12, 2018

    Nice to see Boakai playing regularly even if it is not the highest level. Ekanas is at least in the promotion hunt in 3rd place at the moment.
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    Cyle Larin

    Besiktas got really great production from Babel at left wing and Talisca at attacking mid while the strikers were mediocre. Imagine if they had had a strong centre forward complementing the production they were getting from the midfield. Hopefully, Larin will provide that.
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    Cyle Larin

    Yes but at the end of the season in his famous 3 goal game he was chosen to start over Love (Negredo was injured) in a game which had a lot of consequences for placement and European play. Neither Negredo or Love were very impressive last season. For a while it seemed like Love would also be leaving but it seems he might be staying. None of the guys they have been rumoured to be bringing in (Wilfried Bony from relegated Swansea is another one) have been that impressive in recent years. If the budgetary issues are true, then Larin could be in amazingly good situation this year and I suspect they will keep him and not loan him out. Even if he were third on their striker depth chart he would get a decent amount of playing time in which to prove he belongs higher up the depth chart. And Love and the guys rumoured so far are older than Larin (Origi excepted who is the same age and played in 3 top leagues but not really shone in any of them) and have not necessarily been stellar recently so this could be a great opportunity for Larin to win the starting striker spot at a major club. I would not be surprised at all to see Larin as Besiktas starting striker before the end of this upcoming season. In fact, unless they manage to sign someone more impressive than the names listed so far, that is my prediction for this year.
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    Alphonso Davies

    I think it is as you say, speculation based on very little. Davies seems like a great guy but yes I can imagine him acting like Tabla if the Caps screw him around as far as transferring to a top club in Europe. At the very least we have to see if that happens before we will know how he reacts. I don't even see the logic or reason behind why you are using who he follows on social media. It is bad that he follows AJH who is probably friends with and is a player who always comes to fans at the end of the game to thank them for their support and seems to be a really good guy? And why should he follow Mancosu? Just a lot of bizarre speculation on your part based on little evidence.
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    Alphonso Davies

    Have you really seen very many interviews or much to base your opinion on? Sure we would like him to play for Canada but he is not totally unjustified in wanting to play for Ivory Coast unlike others who have played for countries they had little connection with. His refusal to show up for practice with the Impact when he felt they were hindering a transfer was a bit stupid though it is not that hard to imagine the Impact management screwing around a player and often we do not hear all the details. It also remains to be seen what Davies reaction would be if the Caps are standing in the way of a transfer to Europe. Yes Davies makes a good impression in interviews but I can't recall Tabla being interviewed very often to give us much basis for comparison. If I recall Davies and Tabla are also friends. I have shaken Tabla's hand a couple of times after Academy or USL games when the team came to thank the fans afterwards and while it was just a quick handshake he didn't seem arrogant or negative or in any way give off a feeling he felt superior to his less talented teammates. You may be right but I don't see a lot of information from which to draw this conclusion.
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    Russia World Cup 2018

    Don't you live in the US though? The country who's FBI just "cleaned up" FIFA and then was awarded the next World Cup in a bid procedure in which all the major countries knew it was useless to make a bid. Funny how we in the West have the most violent and corrupt governments, armies, secret services etc. but are always talking about human rights and pointing the finger at other countries as being the bad guys.
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    Joseph DiChiara

    I think the comment of yothat was sarcastic but I am not sure if that is warranted. DiChiara had a cup of coffee at a higher level and then did not seem to be able to stick at some middle levels. Always hard to say why in these situations, sometimes it is politics or not fitting into the team or many other reasons and sometimes the reason is the player is not good enough. One of the main problems for Canadian players is not being able to find a middle level between MLS and USL and League 1/PLSQ. Even worse is that some of the lower levels as well as MLS make you sign contracts with conditions that can be detrimental to your career. 26 is not young for DiChiara but Ontario League 1 was too low a league for him to play so hopefully he can use this as a stepping stone and if it does not work out at least he is trying and if he fails it is not for lack of effort which is all we can ask of our players.
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    Impact 2018

    He is a good player and would be a good signing but it is also a typical Montreal Impact team management move: team sucks and has many problems so pay big bucks for a good striker to try and get a quick fix and hide the real problems because you are too incompetent to analyze and solve the problems.
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    Lucas Cavallini

    I think there are a number of things better in LIGA MX such as passing, technical skill, speed of the game but I would not say the defending is better. The defending is actually pretty poor in comparison to the offensive skills displayed in the league which makes it an exciting league to watch but not really one in which a complete style of game is displayed. It is overall a better league than MLS but the gap is closing. Still would prefer Cavallini to stay in the better league or transfer up so unless there is a good move upwards he should stay in Mexico.
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    2018 Voyageurs Cup

    Attendance announced as a pretty decent 3915. Looked accurate from the pictures I saw of the stadium https://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news_article/show/930389
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