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Everything posted by Grizzly

  1. If that was the reason O'Neil certainly did not justify the decision and it was his terrible back pass to the keeper that caused the second goal.
  2. The reffing was terrible and very biased towards Rangers. I saw the tackle watching the game and they showed one replay and I was thinking that could be straight red but now seeing the replay has convinced me that that is a straight red even if he wasn't the last man back.
  3. A bit of a strange decision from the quote below. Orlando's defense especially the CBs were very poor today so in some way that was a good result for him as I expect he will be back in the starting lineup next game: Kamal Miller was dropped from the 18 as the coaching staff would like to manage the rookie’s minutes. https://www.themaneland.com/2019/3/16/18268852/orlando-city-vs-montreal-impact-final-score-3-1-as-early-mistakes-doom-lions
  4. I saw the first game. Hardly noticed him in the first half but he was good in the second half. Will watch him today against Montreal but I hope he has a terrible game and that Miller is not at fault for any of the five goals we will score! :-)
  5. Nice 18 minute plus 5 minutes extra time appearance for Millar. Kept the Rangers defenders honest by posing an offensive threat and drew a yellow on a nice run in which he beat a defender who had no other option but to body check him to stop him. Great experience to play at Ibrox under pressure.
  6. Bayern is bringing along Davies slowly. They are thinking about what is best for him long term not about rolling the dice in a game they are likely going to lose anyway when they are down by two goals. As someone else mentioned, what if he screws up and then gets massacred in the press. Or even alternatively what if he scores and it goes to his head and he doesn't do the work required to establish himself as a steady Bundesliga player. Even just being on the bench for a game like that is an amazing learning experience for Davies. They will bring him along slowly and if at some point they can't give him the playing time he needs in his development they will loan him out.
  7. I find this quote worrying though it depends on the degree it is applied. If players are playing several positions and have recent experience playing them then it is fine but if he is removing players from their best position or playing them in positions they are not playing regularly just because he thinks they are better football players than our best player in that position then it is worrisome. One of our midfielders may indeed be a better overall football player than lets say our best left back but that does not mean he is a better left back. The problem I have is that everytime Herdman speaks he makes me more worried about him. I can't shake the feeling that we have by far our best talent available since I have been following the team but they are being led by a high school coach.
  8. It is possible but the new CB is a 27 year old who has played one season in the Allsvenskan and was previously a 2nd tier player. He seemed to have a breakout year last year becoming a starting CB for the best Swedish club. He may or may not end up being a good player but it is not like they have signed a Bundesliga veteran CB. It looks more like they are taking a chance on a guy who was probably not that expensive and hoping he is a MLS level player. This deal was likely mostly done before they knew Miller would be a possible starter since even most 1st round draft picks do not pan out as well as Miller seems to be. While AIK is Sweden's best team, to put in perspective in Europa League qualifying last year they scraped by Shamrock Rovers in extra time before losing both games to Danish side Nordsjaelland in the second round. That is not to say he is a bad player but if you want to be a starter in MLS you need to be able to compete against players of this calibre. If Orlando was bringing in a DP CB veteran Bundesliga player or something similar then we would be right to worry about him not being able to compete.
  9. As someone who lived in Florida for 3 years I completely agree. Florida is not an attractive place at all once when gets out of the beach resorts and gated communities. Even with the unstable political situation in Turkey and Syria I think Florida is a lot more dangerous place to live than Turkey. I highly doubt he regrets his move. He has probably earned more and developed more as a player even if he has not played as much as he would like. I would say at worst he took a high risk gamble and broke even. He is still young and could still get another chance in the near future and have success at Besiktas. If another striker gets injured he could easily get some starts and if he gets hot could still end up being a success there. And if that doesn't work out he will still at least get a loan or transfer to another club.
  10. We haven't really had head scratcher selections from any coaches since Yallop. Like in this lineup there is always debate about a few of the marginal selections but whatever flaws our coaches have had for the last decade making bad selections was not one of them. 90% of this lineup was no-brainer. Herdman got the no-brainers right so he gets some credit for that but I don't think a whole lot. Most people here would have selected the exact same no-brainer players. I am not as sure he got the other 10% right which may or may not have consequences. As we get better players hopefully the lineups will have more competition and less no-brainer decisions and whether he gets those right could be very important in the future.
  11. I suspect Edgar was called over Straith or Hainault because neither has been called for the national team for a couple of years and never under Herdman. I think that is understandable in the situation but the problem I have with it is it is again yet another negative thing coming from us not playing very many games since Herdman has taken over (which may or may not be something he has much influence over but he does not seem overly concerned by it). As to them not being known for leadership, both are captains of their teams in Germany. In fact, I think it probably takes some exceptional leadership skills to be captain of a team in a foreign country not using your mother tongue and to boot in a country like Germany known for discipline and demanding play. Hainault's team is also one of Germany's biggest clubs even if they have fallen on tough times being in the 3rd division.
  12. Tabla has close to 1000 minutes of playing time this season even if most of it has been at 3rd division level and he hasn't played much since his switch to 2nd division. Not to mention that he is in the system of arguably the top team in the world. Akindele scored a nice goal in his first game with Orlando but otherwise had a fairly quiet game and is coming off a poor season and has only played 98 minutes so far in the season although that is also due to the MLS season just starting. Plus his main position is centre forward even if he can also play on the wings and it seems like that is where Orlando intends to play him. I hope he gets his career back on track and starts challenging for selection as a centre forward where his competition will be Cavallini, Larin, hopefully a resurgent AJH and possibly David though he looks like he will be a number 10. I don't see any reason to consider Akindele an obvious selection though that should definitely be chosen over Tabla. At 19 playing in the second division in Spain (apparently the strongest second division in the world according to some Voyageurs LOL) and in the Barcelona system I still see him as a much more attractive prospect and deserving of selection than a guy turning 27 in a couple of weeks even if he is able to get his career back on track (although in a weird coincidence they actually share a birthday so Tabla will turn 20 on the same day - March 31st).
  13. Sometimes teams do not have the money to promote and can risk bankruptcy if the added revenues of playing in the 1st division do not match the added expenditures especially if the team already has some debt. I don't know the specifics of Albacete but it could be the case that the team does not really want to promote. They aren't necessarily throwing games but they may also not be giving 100% to win promotion.
  14. He is talking about Cornelius not Miller. Cornelius played out of position at LB for the first Caps game. Miller played the CB/LB combo position on the left side of a 3 man backline.
  15. Cabrera in my opinion is neither an MLS nor a national team quality player. He has the talent to become one but we keep waiting to see that actually happen. Most Impact fans were surprised he was not let go during the offseason. It was also a surprise he started last night and he was the weak point in the backline. If he can realize his talent this year he might be someone to go after if he is interested in the national team but right now I do not think he is better than what we have.
  16. The season started well with 3 points on the road. San Jose will likely not be a very strong team this year but a road win is a road win. Montreal looked strong in the attack and controlled the ball well though we lack a true striker. Our defending was a bit shaky and Cabrera was not very convincing. Piatti was in old form and having Urruti gives him someone he can combine with and forces teams to give him some space because they can not allow Urruti to go free. Piette was strong as usual and Azira continues to show that he was a solid acquisition last year. Sagna was very strong and it is unfortunate we could not sign Fanni again this year because a solid CB beside Diallo would make a huge difference. Nice to see Choiniere get some time and Brault-Guillard get a cameo.
  17. Agree with your comments on the lack of support for Cornelius. In regards to Henry though the problem is not that he is taking risks ala Ciman and getting punished when the risk fails but that he is making boneheaded plays. To compare with what I commented on with Miller he made two plays that were fantastic and really impressed me but at the same time I thought that was super risky and dangerous if he had not pulled it off and unless he can be really successful and consistent with plays like that in the future it might be better to play it safe. However, with Henry's two plays that I commented on they were just stupid errors like in the first half he just passed the ball to a Minnesota player leading to an attack (I would assume he did not look before he made the pass). One would hope that he can stay injury free for a while and with steady playing time and good coaching he can get rid of that habit because other than those two passes he was one of the best players on the pitch last night.
  18. Yes it definitely can't be easy making your debut with a new team in a new league playing in a position you have never played before.
  19. Davies got more hype because he dominated in a professional men's league which while not Bundesliga level still has a good level of play while Jeong transferred as a youth player of Incheon United to Bayern's second team without ever having played in let alone dominated K League. Last year Davies dominated in MLS while Jeong dominated in the German 4th tier. That does not mean Jeong is not as talented or does not have as much potential as Davies but his path so far has been less impressive because he has played at a much lower level and thus understandably gets much less hype. Since they play different positions, if Davies does well and Jeong ends up being as good as Davies that is only positive for Davies since having good players around him will help him succeed. We only have to worry if they bring in other players at Davies position but at the same time they will undoubtedly have other good players at Davies position, both veterans and youth players with potential. Part of being at a bit club like Bayern is proving yourself week in and week out while a lot of guys as good as or almost as good as you are trying to take your spot.
  20. I think I saw a movie about this called The Boys from Brampton!
  21. I was a bit disappointed in Cornelius' performance but at the same time I can't recall him ever playing left back before in Serbia or elsewhere. I don't know who was penciled in to be the Caps starting LB with the departure of DeJong but it is a bit strange that Cornelius makes his MLS/Caps debut in a position he has never played before. Reminded me a bit of the Petrasso/Edwards experiment in Montreal last season in which two guys who have some skill as players were being tried out in a position they did not really understand nor know how to play. Henry on the other hand was a beast and dominant defender except that he made 1 boneheaded play in each half. If he can somehow get trained not to make those boneheaded plays he would be an amazing CG for Canada
  22. I think I need to bond with Macksam and Herdman taking some very hallucinogenic red pills and listening to hours of Jordan Peterson lectures that don't make sense but nevertheless make a lot more sense than this while we are all living in a van down by the river!
  23. After 1st half, Crepeau has been good so far, no chance on the penalty. Henry has also been very good though with one terrible pass that led to an unnecessary scoring opportunity for Minnesota, ie. the one bad play he is known for. Disappointed so far in Cornelius, too casual, letting players get behind him, positioning not great. To be fair he is playing out of position at left back though. Miller was more impressive at left back earlier in the day though.
  24. In my experience the term prodigy is tagged onto a lot of kids who I never hear about again when they reach the age of a professional footballer. How many Canadian Messis/Canadian Football Jesuses have we had? Often the terms are promotions used by parents or agents or just hopeful and desperate football fans. I hope this kid ends up being as good as promised and then commits to Canada and the CSA should be doing their due diligence on him but the amount of importance we give to young guys we have never seen play on this forum after someone calles them talented or a prodigy is very disproportionate.
  25. I hope people do realize he is on an Arsenal youth team not the Premiership Club because from the posts in this thread it does not really sound like it. The percentage of U16 players on a Premiership side that even have a professional career at all let alone play for a club like Arsenal is in the low single digits. I do hope the CSA is in contact with and scouting players like him but at the same time lets not assume he is better than the guys we are inviting to the camp or is even available or willing to go. Yes we have been hurt by defections before but lets at least wait until his career is more advanced before playing the dumped too many times to ask a girl out paranoid dude worried that the only girl interested in him is going to dump him for the rich good looking guy!
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