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  1. Kicker has Hainault out for Kaiserslautern's upcoming game this weekend with a broken nose. Eish, hope he heals quickly, he's had such a rough time with injuries the past couple of seasons.
  2. I've always liked De Jong but he was mostly a squad player in the Bundesliga. His last season and a half at Augsburg he only made a handful of appearances, mostly as a sub, though he did have some injury issues which contributed to that. His first season with them in the 1. Bundesliga he was a regular starter but that's now 5 years ago.
  3. Straith has signed a new contract with Lotte which sees him at the club for next season. Contract expires the end of June, 2019.
  4. Adam Straith has signed with Lotte in the German 3. Liga for another season (contract to the end of June 2019).
  5. When I saw "Cavanni Neymar Mbappe" I thought that maybe Cannigia Elva just had a son.
  6. Anyone know when the Norwegian season generally starts?
  7. I'm not really sure what Gladbach's immediate intentions for Larin might be (should they sign him). They're having a successful season (currently top 4 in the BL) and I'm not sure they would immediately want to move away from using Stindl and Raffael together up top. My thought is that Larin gives them a different kind of player to use up front than what they currently have and a different kind of option. I would guess that they would slowly bleed him in. Like I said, Bobadilla has been a pretty successful BL striker; he's just been injured this season. I would see him as initially above Larin in the striker pecking order, provided he's healthy. But again, he's a different kind of striker. He's more of a tank, with the same kind of build as, say, Lucas Cavallini. Maybe Gladbach simply see Larin as a young, athletic striker with potential whom they can develop. I really don't know as I haven't yet seen anything in the German media on a potential move.
  8. Yeah, Gladbach don't really have a striker in the mould of a true center forward, like Larin. Raffael and Lars Stindl generally lead the line but they are smaller, more technical kind of attackers. Kind of like dual false 9's, if that makes any sense. Thorgan Hazard generally plays on the right side of midfield. He's been the most consistent scorer of the three, but 4 of his 6 goals in the first half of the season came from the penalty spot. He has 5 assists and when I've seen him play, he's more of a dribbler/passer/crosser/creator type of player. Raffael has 6 goals as well, but they've come through 3 different braces (2 goal games). He holds the dubious distinction of receiving some of Kicker magazine's best AND worst-rated performances of the season (I've felt the rollercoaster ride as I have him on my Kicker Managerspiel team). Stindl has 4 goals, which is off pace from the 11 he scored last season. They also have Raul Bobadilla, the Paraguayan striker, who had a pretty good track record at Augsburg but he has spent most of the first half of the season injured. As someone noted earlier, I can see the appeal of Larin to Gladbach. He's a young, relatively cheap striker in the mould of which they don't really have at the moment (tall, fast and can play as a target man). I'd love to see this move happen.
  9. Yes, he also came up through Calgary Foothills before moving to Montreal.
  10. I really enjoyed the game. It was far more open than I expected and, though Costa Rica certainly had their chances, so did we. We have attacking players who are both athletic AND technical, and the game really suited them tonight. On paper, I think this Costa Rica side is definitely one of the top 3 and we went mano a mano with them. Friday will be another excellent test for this group against a Honduras side that is really going to be under pressure, regardless of what their result vs FG ends up being.
  11. For me, this gong show is all on CONCACAF. The fact that Malouda was eligible for the Caribbean Cup, a qualifying tournament for the Gold Cup, and now isn't eligible for the Gold Cup is the starting point of all of this. It makes no sense. Either CONCACAF enforces FIFA cap-tie rules or they don't. To allow him to play in one tournament and then not another makes no sense. It's like they're just making it up as they go along and now they're in the shit as this situation has seriously messed with the integrity of the tournament.
  12. My thoughts: The attacking mindset Canada started with was definitely noticeable and welcome. When I saw Petrasso pencilled in at RB, I thought that was a statement in and of itself. It told me that Octavio wanted to attack and that's what happened. Arfield makes a huge difference because of the kind of engine he has and his quality to boss a game like he did tonight. Cavallini, Hoilett, Davies and Arfield were as dynamic an attacking 4 for Canada as I've seen in recent memory. Lots of pace and ability to go 1v1. I'm really interested to see how they do on Tuesday. Cavallini up front is very helpful because he doesn't require a lot of space to be effective, which I feel Larin does need. He's strong on the ball and has a welcome guile to his game. He's crafty and combines well. Lots of debate on this thread about how good/bad French Guiana are. Whatever the truth may be, I'm just glad we clearly rose above them tonight. We were definitely the better side and that hasn't often been the case when playing lower-level opposition.
  13. He's had a chronic injury problem that was apparently finally diagnosed this year. I think it's way too soon to predict Sam's career path until it's clear that he can stay consistently healthy.
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