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The reviews of the 1st half he played yesterday by the folks at the match were not great, they were pissed at the whole team and manager though, I will be watching the match this evening and will post my expert un-biased analyses! :D

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Petrasso had a fairly average half as did the rest of the team, he played the 1st 35 minutes as a Right Wingback in a 5-3-2, The Owls are clearly a much better team hence the importance of this match for them and MP was not able to get forward a whole lot, he did win the ball well with good tackles and he made a good defensive clearance from a scramble inside the QPR penalty area, he had one errant pass in his own half that never came to anything but could have! He can't be blamed for either of their goals although his positioning maybe could have been better on their 1st! He shifted to  Left Wing in a 4-4-2 for the last 10 minutes of the half, he had a couple of nice touches and made some good runs but not much else! I hope he continues to stay fit and get playing time, he's still only 21!

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10 hours ago, shermanator said:

Why don't we just start a squad in the Gold Cup that contains every professional player who's made the bench in any league? We can nickname the team the Oprah 11 because YOU GET A START! YOU GET A START! YOU GET A START!

I'm fine with Petrasso not getting called, but at least he's at a club (at a high level by Canadian standards) and actually sees the pitch.

So, I'm assuming Canada has moved past Unattached FC players getting caps. Right?...  

>.>

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11 hours ago, gator said:

Petrasso had a fairly average half as did the rest of the team, he played the 1st 35 minutes as a Right Wingback in a 5-3-2, The Owls are clearly a much better team hence the importance of this match for them and MP was not able to get forward a whole lot, he did win the ball well with good tackles and he made a good defensive clearance from a scramble inside the QPR penalty area, he had one errant pass in his own half that never came to anything but could have! He can't be blamed for either of their goals although his positioning maybe could have been better on their 1st! He shifted to  Left Wing in a 4-4-2 for the last 10 minutes of the half, he had a couple of nice touches and made some good runs but not much else! I hope he continues to stay fit and get playing time, he's still only 21!

I thought at long last, after over 13 years on this board, I had finally found THE @gator post where a period would finally be used instead of an exclamation mark, but to my chagrin, it was a comma.

Damn you, Gator!

(thanks for the recap)

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For me Petrasso is the biggest and best tournament surprise. Davies has 3 goals from open play, and that's wonderful but TBH not totally unexpected. Petrasso being a fairly dominant defender at right back - now that solves a tonne of CMNT problems!

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35 minutes ago, youllneverwalkalone said:

I wonder how involved Stalteri has been with Petrasso moving to RB? He had a similar evolution through the attacking roles before settling in to be Canada's best at this position.

Apparently he's been training as a FB with QPR since sometime last season after he came back from injury, although I'm sure Paul's influence has helped him adapt to the position at the national team level as well.

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3 hours ago, Zem said:

Apparently he's been training as a FB with QPR since sometime last season after he came back from injury, although I'm sure Paul's influence has helped him adapt to the position at the national team level as well.

I think he still has some adapting to do but his Gold Cup performances will certainly help him press his case at QPR. Honestly, if he doesn't start getting regular first team minutes at QPR this season, I think he should move on.

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Petrasso has been a big surprise in terms of quality at RB.  He has been burned cleanly about once a game but for someone that only recently began playing the position he has done extremely well. I agree with dsqpr above - if after this performance he returns to QPR and doesn't play for the first team he needs to move on.  I can't wait until we have 18 players that are all playing meaningful minutes in MLS quality leagues and above.  And of course when the CPL provides a surprise or 2 each camp we will be in a position to expect results at the GC and making the Hex and World Cup.

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On July 16, 2017 at 4:14 PM, Club Linesman said:

Petrasso has been a big surprise in terms of quality at RB.  He has been burned cleanly about once a game but for someone that only recently began playing the position he has done extremely well. I agree with dsqpr above - if after this performance he returns to QPR and doesn't play for the first team he needs to move on. 

I am very impressed with Petrasso's performances so far. He should just make the move from Midfielder to right back permanent both for Club and Country! Suits him really well 

there's nothing I love more than competition in different positions, having depth is fundamental 

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18 hours ago, matty said:

why?

So he can ride the pine in his home town obviously....

 

18 hours ago, Mike Thompson said:

He should sign with TFC after his contract ends with QPR next summer 

I dont think its as easy as just deciding to sign with one of the best clubs in the continent. If Petrasso were to look for a move to MLS, I would want him to join a club where there isnt so much competition for places(not that competition is bad, Michael just needs the least obstructed path to regular first team football). 

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