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  1. I had previously put Pacific on top, but with De Jong gone that is a substantial hit for their roster. So I have Forge on top now. I also had Cavalry on the bottom previously, but with the additions of some quality forwards which they didn’t have before I think they will be much better. 1. Forge FC - 15W 7D 6L - 51 points 7. HFX - 5W 11D 12L - 26 points Forge will have great home form which will help them. Ultimately I think HFX will draw a lot of low scoring games at home that they should win, which puts them on the bottom. They will also struggle on the road due to the travel.
  2. Do people actually believe that Amir was let go because he had a couple bad games? He was let go because he wanted to come to Edmonton. He was one of their top center backs for a couple years now, you don't just let someone go because they had a couple bad games.
  3. Move over Trafford, Thomas, and Gasparotto, there’s a new number 1 center back in the league.
  4. I’m thinking it is probably Straith or even Diakete, someone with prior experience in Edmonton. If the player Is going to move Soria or Moses out of CB he has to be pretty darn good. I think Moses and Soria are both top 5 CBs in the league so Edmonton with a solid back line.
  5. I think it’s true that miller could have stopped both goals. But I don’t think you can really blame him for either. He maybe could have done better, but I don’t think many CBs would have done any better than he did.
  6. 1-1 draw today with Tucson. TFC controlled the play all game but couldn’t find the right finish. Hamilton with the goal today but other than that he honestly seemed like one of the worst players on the pitch. He had a terrible first touch whenever the ball was played to him, and really didn’t get involved in many plays at all other than the goal. The team attacked much better with a more active forward getting involved in the play last week. Dorsey looked quite good this game. Shaffelburg didn’t have the best night, but still had one of TFC’s best chances that was saved.
  7. Osorio has never played well on the wing. He isn’t a winger. There are plenty of problems way bigger than Osorio right now.
  8. I believe Dukuly is only 18 or 19 right now. He was signed quite young previously. This last year he played at NAIT along side David Doe. Nait won the ACAC and finished 4th at nationals. Still an extremely talented player, but with only so many attacking positions open I think he just lost out to a couple of younger talents in Tsegaye and Amanda. I know Paulus really values speed, strength, and Technicality in his wingers. Amanda and Tsegaye really fit that system. I personally see Dukuly more as an AM even though he hasn’t played there often. He is very technical and a very good dribbler, but smaller and not as athletic. Probably the most “tricky” in a one on one situation, but could really struggle to beat out a strong pro fullback. Needs to work on his passing, and his work ethic and determination aren’t as high as Doe, Tsegaye, and Amanda. I would compare Dukuly more to Tabla as a player, very similar mentally and in style. On the other hand, Amanda is more like Millar, and Tsegaye is similar to Akindele. I think Dukuly is a little unlucky to miss out, but I don’t think his chance is gone. I think we will see more of him in the next couple years at least. I am not sure what the league’s position is on bringing academy players up for a couple games, but if it allowed I am sure we will see Dukuly on the bench this year. i’m not an insider by any means, but judging by what Paulus has said about the other players, it seems they surprised his in the last year and kinda pushed Dukuly a bit down in the pecking order. He will be back soon I’m sure.
  9. Also, it looks as though the Eddies have brought 3-4 academy playera to the Dominican. Winger Abraham Dukuly, defender Luke Withers, and I believe the last is defender Mckail Braithwaite. It is hard to identify the last player though.
  10. I have to say that Liam Millar and Talba really should get the call up. I don't think we need a backup for left back because both Davies and Kaye can play there. I also don't think we need 6 players at center mid. Multiple players can play each position in the midfield including David and Tabla being able to drop into a more offensive mid role. So for me we only need 7 defenders and 5 midfield, which allows us to bring both Tabla and Millar.
  11. They look like they need a bit of work on their finishing. But otherwise they look like quite the fun team to watch.
  12. I think we need to trust a couple of our "backup" players to get a result in one of the group stage games. In my opinion it should be against Martinique. I know they aren't a bad team, but our MLS players should be able to beat them. Assuming our starting midfield is Arfield, Hutch, and Oso, a trio of Piette, Kaye, and Oso or Arfield should be able to beat them. We have enough depth in every position that we could honestly have our top 18 players play 2 games each in the group stage. We should be able to secure second spot with that rotation. We need players fresh for the knockouts. I know that we may not get there, but if we want to be a top team then we need to play like one.
  13. I’ve seen it being called a Dominican all star team by some CPL people. I think Larson called it that. Not sure if it is just the Inter RD team or if they brought more players in. I am pretty sure they played York and Cavalry in the same day, so they definitely need more than just one set of players... not to mention they play every CPL team this week.
  14. It’s very North American to love loud and egotistical players. I think it mostly stems from the American sports like Basketball, Football, Baseball. Those sports usually make 1 specific player the “star” because those sports allow one single player to completely win a game by themselves. So naturally confidence, even to the point of being narcissistic, trumps being a team player. I think Canadians typically value the team as a whole more than Americans, but unfortunately when it comes to soccer, we are still quite American in thinking. Everyone wants to see the “star” do something. As I talk about this I realize that I am sounding like some egotistical fan now, which is kinda ironic. As people get more used to soccer, they will start to get more “sophisticated” in their knowledge and start to notice more in the game. I think we have a long time until that happens though if it ever does.
  15. Just watched the game today. Jayden Nelson is a real talent, what impressed me even more than his pace a dribbling was his delivery on the cross and his shot on target. Both were near perfect, his shot was going top corner if not for a good save, and his cross should have been a goal as it was inch perfect. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up in a Canadian Championship game later in the season for TFC. Jacob Shaffelburg the real driver of the TFC 2 offence this game. I find it isn’t often you see a wide player make such an impact everywhere on the pitch. He really plays with a crazy amount of freedom but it works. He needs a bit of polishing up but he will be on the first team sometime soon. Like Nelson, also unlucky not to have an assist or two in the game. The team as a whole looks a lot more comfortable playing at this level, which is a good sign. It will be a much better level to develop the young kids at. Maybe the top level guys will get loans to higher leagues later in the season if they show they are ready.
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