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Obinna

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  1. Yeah that was mouthwatering. I believe he has to play in behind Cavallini or Larin, who ever is in form. Then, let Davies and Junior play the flanks. Let Millar and Ballou, two outstanding prospects in their own right, push them. May the best winger win the minutes. Just how it should be. Anyone familiar enough Stephen Eustauqio to know where in midfield he plays? I believe he is more of an 8, but if he can also play more advanced, that would provide even more depth in that elusive ACM/second striker role.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    This is my worry. I am not sure Mavinga is that guy. Solid CB, mind you, but I see this pair getting stretched out of position on a regular basis.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Lol Whatever. You're just going to focus on the negative if I say anything positive about Bradley. I get the feeling Bradley could set up Altidore to win MLS cup and you'd still complain they get paid too much!
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    TFC CCL 2019

    It is what it is. We'll see if they offer Bradley TAM or a short term DP extension on smaller money. Either way, I can't see him getting the same or more money, and I doubt any club in the world would give him what he is getting now. That said, I can see another club offering a DP slot if we offer him a TAM deal. It would suck to lose him to another team because we only offered him TAM.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    I pointed out in an earlier post how both have that propensity for taking gambles, so I definitely agree that having both in the same side may be problematic. I wonder if Toronto see this as a strength, because it's hard to imagine they didn't know this about Ciman having that tendency. Probably they'll figure it out, but early signs don't look so good, though the sample size is admittedly small. As for Bradley not being a good defender, I don't have an issue with that opinion. However, I feel it is important to mention that all the good qualities he has, such as starting attacks, stretching the field with long passes, controlling the tempo, providing a reliable outlet for the defense, stepping into challenges, communication, leadership, etc. All of that negates the fact that his defending is arguably average or even subpar. I wouldn't trade Bradley for any other defensive midfielder in MLS. I just hope him, Ciman and Vanney can figure it out. I would like to think 3 Cbs anchored by Drew Moor would help, but I am not holding my breath.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    It will be interesting to see what Vanney does for the second leg and it will tell us a lot about him and his intentions for 2019. If he stubbornly stays the course with a 4-3-3, even though we don't have the squad for it (yet), I think that's what we see moving forward. However, if he is flexible enough to temporarily put the result over the process and place the 4-3-3 on the backburner, at least for this match, it'll be a good sign in my opinion. It would demonstrate that he can identify when something doesn't work and correct it. Last year, when he stubbornly kept playing Bradley at CB, I started to see that flaw of Vanney. That unwillingness to abandon an idea that should work in theory, but doesn't work in practice. So, I hope he does put the 4-3-3 project on hold. If he does, and reverts back to a diamond, it may look like this: -------------------Bono----------------- Auro-----Ciman--Mavinga---Morrow ------------------Bradley------------------- ---------Chapman--Osorio------------- ----------------*Delgado------------------ ------------Endoh---Akinola/Hamilton/Boyd *note that Delgado has played at the top of the Diamond a few times with success last year. It could be Oso or Chapman, but either way, it would be 1 of those 3. Either way though, I would be shocked if Bradley wasn't playing ar CDM by himself, as he should in my opinion.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Very strongly disagree. Bradley is still one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, even if he's not worth a DP spot anymore, and even if he had the worst game I ever saw him play against Independente, where everyone was either average or awful. There is nothing to suggest that Bradley needs help and needs to play with a partner in defensive midfield. Until I see evidence that he does, I won't change my mind on that.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Now that's a hot take! I don't think Mavinga is one of the top CBs in the league, like some MLS pundits. I would confidently put him in the next echelon after that, however. As for Ciman, one of his main defensive strengths is stepping up from the backline to make interceptions. He anticipates very well. Thing is, this is Bradley's strength also, albeit from a defensive midfield position. Bradley and Ciman both potentially gambling in this way makes me nervous, and although Mavinga has the speed for that excellent recovery defending he is known for, I would rather have a pairing who doesn't get stretched out of shape.
  9. I believe you are absolutely correct.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Bradley was isolated, but the issue is not that he can't play as a loan defensive midfielder (if that's what you mean), the issue was that Osorio and Delgado were playing far too high as twin no. 10's, and surely were instructed to do so by Vanney. Again, this is forcing square pegs in a round hole. Osorio is not a no.10, he is an 8 and so is Delgado. Playing those 3 together works when you have Seba and Jozy to play the ball into, but not with a front 3 of Dorsey-Boyd-Morrow. Nobody to create anything. Osorio would be brilliant alongside Pozuelo. I said it once and I'll say it again: Osorio thrives when he has creative players to combine with. When/if Pozuelo comes, I expect Oso to be the no. 8, Bradley to be the sole defensive mid, and Pozuelo to be the attacking centre midfielder. Delgado will return to the bench as a substitute for Oso, Chapman for Pozuelo and Fraser for Bradley.
  11. Listing to the KJ and Caldwell podcast right now. I am absolutely fuming because they are so spot on. Both men are in agreement here. Firstly, Vanney walked into this game with tactical arrogance, or tactical stubburnece. Whatever you want to call it, doesn't matter, but the point is he put square pegs in round holes. If you insist on playing 4-3-3, you need elite wingers, but Dorsey isn't elite and Morrow isn't a winger. Vanney went to Man City 3 times to watch the team. He wants the team to play in that image, but Sane and Sterling are elite. That's the difference. And it's clear Vanney approached the game with the attitude that this is how 2019 TFC will play, so this is the formation tonight, even if we don't have the players yet, because we must learn this style. But as we know, you need results and you need to be difficult to beat and TFC were none of that. Anyways, absolutely shambolic.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Terrible first half. Hopefully they pull one back. This team is a shell of the 2018 team......which didn't even make the playoffs.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    I wouldn't be shocked to see Shaffelburg make the bench in one of these two legs with Independiete.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    Good call on Ciman if true. And yes, I would actually prefer Telfer to play in Morrow's spot, and Morrow to relegate Morgan to the bench. I think it'll depend on how much Vanney trusts Telfer, amongst other things such as fitness, etc. I'd start him though, all things considered.
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    TFC CCL 2019

    We could see this: --------------------Bono------------------ Auro----Ciman---Mavinga---Morgan -------------------Bradley------------------ -------------Delgado--Osorio---------- DeLeon---------Boyd-------Morrow Could be worse, right? Really, there are only 3 new players in that 11. One of them (Ciman) should theoretically be an upgrade and has CCL experience. Another one is (and has been) an MLS starter for years, and the third is a big question mark, but looking at the positives he's earned 14 USA caps, but roll of the dice nonetheless. Not bad though, at least for this round. Jozy and (hopefully) Pozuelo probably make it a starting 11 with a fighting chance in this tournament. Can't wait to see how they look tonight!
  16. Me too, but on the bright side, he has finally had bone fragments removed from his foot after playing on it for two years. So, that should improve his durability in the short and (hopefully) medium term. However, in the long term, he's probably going to always have issues. He's a big boy and his muscular issues occur because of his weight. Just comes with the terrirory. The body seeks readjustments to deal with the stress. First it's the knee, then the hamstring, then the ankle, then the bone fragments in the foot. It's all related. When he's healthy, he's fantastic though. Obviously we don't have a crystal ball, but I can see him having a healthy 2019. After that, it's anyone's guess though. I say we get the most out of hin while we can. He's probably got a good season or two left in him. After that, it may be downhill quickly. That's when I would move on (or resign him on GAM).
  17. Kinda holding out hope vdw and vanney can squash that beef. He's a valuable player. People make mistakes. Yeah, I wouldn't want alessandrini if I had to give up jozy, no way. I'd take him on a tam though. Yes, meeting tomorrow with the MLS brass and the Genk TD. I think the deal gets done. You don't fly across the Atlantic if there is no chance of a deal. You can do that from home. Both parties are in NY to do business. I'm thinking TFC will either pay a premium to get him right away, or he comes in May for less money, or something in between. Either way though, I think there's still hope it gets done.
  18. The problem is the Alessandrini is a DP and we only have one spot, so that would mean no Pozuelo, but it could work if TFC buy down his contract using all the TAM they have.
  19. Orlando close to landing Nani. I don't believe there is a transfer fee. He scored 7 goals in 18 games for Sporting this season and has a ton of assists. He is still just 32 years old. This as a missed opportunity for Toronto. There is no guarantee he'd even be interesting, but it's hard to imagine Orlando was a more desirable club to play for. Especially with the Toronto Portuguese community... I can't help but question the strategy of Toronto in this transfer window. I appreciate and understand the need for long term vision, but as a fan it is hard to have faith when everyone else is making moves and we are standing still. Furthermore, I get the need to get younger and spend wiser, and I really like what I see from Pozuelo, but I don't know, is a $10M transfer fee + $3M/yr for 4 yrs (example) for him better than Nani on a free for $5M/yr for 4 years? He's 32 already, but it's still freaking Nani! He is still putting up numbers for a big club. He's always been very athletic (unlike giovinco), but technically is very good, so even though his slow down will likely be minor, he has the technical ability to adjust. Anyways, just some thoughts from a frustrated fan. All of that said, I actually feel decent about CCL. I have completely lowered my expectations mind you, but on the bright side, Bradley, Delgado, Osorio, Chapman, Morrow, Auro, Mavinga and Moor, Bono and Zavaleta are still around. We are not exactly starting from scratch. The group has experience. Jozy will be back shortly, maybe even for the second leg. Ciman has experience in the tournament, DeLeon and Boyd are decent recruits. I think it'll be alright and the team could make a run. Hardly favrouites, but with the experience, I wouldn't be afraid of Toluca or KC in the QF, if we get past Independente. It's probably a coin flip against those teams right now. And, maybe the underdog role is what this team needs?
  20. Maybe he'll be the first CanPL player to earn his first NT cap. He's been in a few camps before and CB is not a spot we are deep in.
  21. Rather than boycott, why not a Tifo! Something like: CSA, we deserve transparency! (with a big concacaf league logo, and perhaps smaller forge, fce and valour logos) And/Or "Fair play, not paperwork" (again, same logos - or you can switch it up and insert a voyagers cup logo instead of concacaf league, if we want to bring attention to the first round buys. Come to think of it, the latter would be good for teams during their round 1 games in the cup......
  22. If you're not too tired, tune into the Genk / Slavia Prague Europa league game. Skip to the 55th minute if you have DAZN, he comes on as a substitute. Only watched a few minutes, just to see what he's all about. Took him less than 1 minute to unlock the defense. I can see why Toronto are fighting for this player. He has quality, for sure.
  23. When I said "just be honest", that was for the CSA, not you. I have moved on from the geography discussion. Water under the bridge! What I mean is, like, if some clubs couldn't participate due to travel (which is valid imo), the clubs should just say that. The CSA doesn't have to make up a silly format to indirectly protect these clubs, if that's even what's going on! None of what I said could be the case, perhaps the CSA just thinks this is a suitable format for 2019! Again, I must stress that I hate having to play this guessing game to explain why they chose this format!
  24. Yeah, I don't think he's played much for Braga since that big injury he had. I expected him to move home to Toronto. TFC could use the depth. He could use the fresh start (probably). I hadn't heard anything about Eustaquio getting injured.
  25. If any one of Eusaquio,Tomori, Gutierrez and Ferreira commit I would be happy. All would help. My money is on Ferreira. He is already 26, going on 27. His window for international. Probably second most likely is Eusaquio. Younger than Ferreira, but he plays with Cruz Azul now, so I'm hopeful that orients him toward Canada.
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