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Gian-Luca last won the day on May 13 2018

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  1. Gian-Luca

    Noble Okello

    Unless I have missed something, the respective stories for Chapman and Bekker are quite different thus far and Okello doesn’t really strike me as similar to either player. I do agree with you that a CPL loan might make sense though. Anyway, congrats to the lad!
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    And we just caught a brief glimpse of Rachel Bonnnetta before the commercial - so that is where she got to! Too bad she was the only Canadian we saw on the broadcast.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    About 68min in the British commentators talk for a minute about how awesome Davies is based on the MLS play they have seen. That is the highlight of the broadcast from a Davies point of view, though I didn't see the first half.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    Kovac disagrees and puts on Boateng instead. That's that for this game.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    3-1 now - 87min. Perfect time to bring him on and blood him in.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    2nd sub used to bring James Rodriquez on, 10 min left
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    They took Coman off after a poor 2nd half but didn't replace him with Davies unfortunately. 2 subs left 2-1 with 14 to go
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    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    Glad that the rumours of Cyrus's signing didn't turn out to be a load of rollocks!
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    Derek Cornelius

    Lol, Maybe so - and it's about the 3rd time I've used that on this board I think, but until someone comes up with a better idea for a Cornelius-based chant I am sticking to it. Mind you, none of the TFC supporter groups have ever taken up my suggestion to do a "TFC" chant to "TNT" by AC/DC (instead we get them singing along to frickin' Depeche Mode songs) so what do I know.....
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    Derek Cornelius

    I guess we have Alphonso Davies to thank for the German media becoming the first media sources to now provide us with updates on non-German based Canadian players. An ideal location from a national team perspective as he could forge and foster a good partnership with Doneil Henry for club and country. For Vancouver, this truly is the dawning of the age of Cornelius.
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    Dejan Jaković

    Re-signs with LAFC: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/01/16/official-lafc-re-sign-defenders-danilo-silva-and-dejan-jakovic I think we can now safely put the theory (put forth last year in this thread) that he was only signed as part of a pre-emptive bidding war to ensure he didn't play in the CPL to bed, if we hadn't already.
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    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    Endoh's performance seemed to go up dramatically in USL play in 2018 vs. 2017. In 2017 he wasn't really scoring all that much, whereas in 2018 the numbers rose sharply in quantity and more importantly IMO, quality. It was tough to ignore those laser beam-strikes from distance and he and Hamilton (who got the same number of goals albeit in even fewer games) seemed to form a good rapport in the handful of games they did play together. So if he's a late-blooming improved player, then fair enough. That might not be enough for him to make a significant impact against MLS opposition of course. Just as long as they don't bring Ben Spencer back........
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    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    Both signed to first team contracts, by the way (since Endoh was TFC II only last year). https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/01/16/toronto-fc-sign-tsubasa-endoh-jordan-hamilton I think a number 10 and another striker (an experienced one) are more the needs rather than a winger - they have Morrow, Telfer & Morgan on the left, De Leon, Auro and even VDW on the right and they even played Chapman there a couple of times (although IMO that's not his ideal spot). Re: Hamilton, last week I had started to think that he wasn't coming back because of this article - from the TFC official website - which listed him as one of the "departures": https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/01/10/roster-takes-shape-vanney-lays-out-clear-vision-2019-season Silly me for believing what I read from TFC's own website. As for Endoh, I wonder if that lessens Laryea's chances of being signed - maybe not since they must have been planning his signing for some time and have brought Laryea in anyway, it just strikes me that if TFC sign a new #10 with the VV tam/gam/spam money they would get (whatever it is called), it's not going to be used on Laryea.
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    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    TFC doesn't have enough Canadians at the present time (even with Jordan Hamilton back in camp, though not yet signed), especially if they want to win the V Cup (even with the ridiculous bye into the semi-final round, they still need enough Canadians who are good enough to start & compete against other teams, possibly this year more than ever depending on who makes it through to the semis). Laryea strikes me as the sort of player they will need in a hurry with Vazquez leaving and CCL starting up soon so I'm hoping this pans out.
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    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    Currently it leaves Osorio & Chapman as the top creative midfielders on the team. I don't think that will be enough to win CCL and on top of that they are still about 2 strikers short up top as they haven't replaced Ricketts or re-signed Hamilton yet. For all the grumbling about both players, they are both more proven strikers at the MLS level than Bakero or Akinola who don't have a goal to their names at the MLS level yet (Akinola's only goal for the senior team was against Ottawa). Both young players of course (but then so is Hamilton still). So the team now needs a lot of improvement attacking-wise. It does make me thing 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 is the way they are going - losing Vazquez presumably means Osorio-Delgado-Bradley as a midfield three with Chapman and erm.....Fraser as subs? Can't remember who else we have in midfield now (not counting the guys they drafted who we have no idea are good enough yet, nor am I counting Ryan Telfer who is really a winger). I wonder if they will be re-interested in Endoh, who did play well for TFC2 when he came back last year and scored some impressive strikes from midfield and could be a cheap option to go along with a major TAM signing.
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