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    Going by history, wait until end of the month for signings. We still need starting CB, RB and CM. So except some signings to happen before first game

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    You'd hope that signings will have be made in time for pre-season this year remember Vazquez was signed in Feb last year and took a few games to integrate fully. This year we don't have a few games to integrate new guys, so the sooner the better imo
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    As long as guys are in camp (not necessarily crossed T's and dotted I's) then we should be fine.

    There are still 2 weeks until everyone is 'officially' back
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    Quote Originally Posted by portu View Post
    You'd hope that signings will have be made in time for pre-season this year remember Vazquez was signed in Feb last year and took a few games to integrate fully. This year we don't have a few games to integrate new guys, so the sooner the better imo
    Exaclty , thats why i feel they already have the signings just havnt released news about it yet. Im sure they have a couple guys lined up

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    Quote Originally Posted by portu View Post
    This year we don't have a few games to integrate new guys, so the sooner the better imo
    I'm not exactly sure why you'd say that. With the possible exception of the Beitashour our starting 11 should all return meaning we can field an 11 with a wealth of experience playing and winning together. why you wanna fuck with that?

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    Found this:

    Diamanti heading to MLS

    Alessandro Diamanti will reportedly head to Major League Soccer after talks broke down with Livorno.
    The forward and free kick specialist is still only 34 years old, but has been out of contract since his deal with Palermo was terminated by mutual consent in August 2017.
    According to Sportitalia, he was in negotiations for a return to Livorno, but couldn’t agree terms with the club currently in Serie C, who he already played for from 2007 to 2009.
    In recent years, Diamanti has played for the likes of Fiorentina, Guangzhou Evergrande, Watford and Atalanta.
    It’s believed his next step will be in America for an MLS club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuku View Post
    Found this:

    Diamanti heading to MLS

    Alessandro Diamanti will reportedly head to Major League Soccer after talks broke down with Livorno.
    The forward and free kick specialist is still only 34 years old, but has been out of contract since his deal with Palermo was terminated by mutual consent in August 2017.
    According to Sportitalia, he was in negotiations for a return to Livorno, but couldn’t agree terms with the club currently in Serie C, who he already played for from 2007 to 2009.
    In recent years, Diamanti has played for the likes of Fiorentina, Guangzhou Evergrande, Watford and Atalanta.
    It’s believed his next step will be in America for an MLS club.
    I don't watch Italian soccer so I don't know this guy but 34 and coming to MLS is just more fuel to the fire of the MLS retirement league. MLS is not really doing that so much anymore. I guess European players are still thinking they can come here for a last paycheck once their playing days are done in Europe.

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    Found this via Goal.com

    https://sports.yahoo.com/mls-transfe...134305320.html

    It mentions half-way down the article that Efrain Juarez from Monterrey is set to join MLS (no club specifically mentioned).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efra%C3%ADn_Ju%C3%A1rez
    Can play right-back and defensive-midfield, only 29 years old.
    Hits all the right buttons for TFC, and can be signed with TAM (which arguably could make him cheaper on the cap than a re-signed Betia could be).

    Food for thought - obviously nothing confirmed until it is well ... confirmed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djking2 View Post
    I'm not exactly sure why you'd say that. With the possible exception of the Beitashour our starting 11 should all return meaning we can field an 11 with a wealth of experience playing and winning together. why you wanna fuck with that?
    If you wanna have the new guys out there for CCL you'd hope that they have ample time to integrate

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    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/...dji-linked-mls

    No specific clubs mentioned, the centre back fits our penchant for players from France but the striker prob is LAFC

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie View Post
    Yann M’Vila has struck a deal with St Étienne

    Former French international defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila has reached an agreement to join St Étienne on a free transfer, according to RMC.
    The 27-year-old has agreed to the move in large part because of his relationship with Jean-Louis Gasset, who he worked with during his France national team days, and has decided to make considerable financial sacrifices in order to enact the deal.
    M’Vila is, at the time of writing, still a Rubin Kazan player, but the club is on the verge of bankruptcy and has not paid any of its players for several months. Russian sources claim that a termination agreement is close between Kazan and the former Rennes and Sunderland man.
    St Étienne are hopeful of finalising a deal on the weekend.





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    dont think he is coming here.
    He arrived in France yesterday and has given St Etienne 48 hours to sign him. Looks like you were right.

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    #LAFC is close to a deal with Iranian-American defender Steven Beitashour, 30, a free agent who played last year with Toronto. He also played for Iran in the 2014 World Cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by wynne View Post
    #LAFC is close to a deal with Iranian-American defender Steven Beitashour, 30, a free agent who played last year with Toronto. He also played for Iran in the 2014 World Cup
    Source: https://twitter.com/kbaxter11/status/951293015254970369

    TAM RB incoming then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wynne View Post
    #LAFC is close to a deal with Iranian-American defender Steven Beitashour, 30, a free agent who played last year with Toronto. He also played for Iran in the 2014 World Cup
    Yeah saw that, just don't think the Reds could pull it off, giving him what he wanted considering their cap room. Don't think TAM was ever in the cards for him. Just did not make any sense.

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    all of a sudden we kinda lack depth on the wingback pos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie View Post
    all of a sudden we kinda lack depth on the wingback pos.
    Yeah, I think the FO will have to go into the market and find someone.
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    Just a reminder: we started last season with no depth at RB/RWB.

    I think the brain trust gamed out this potential move a long time ago. Thus the younger Hasler. I suspect they have a group of players in mind for a second guy.

    This is a test of Bez. The next few seasons will see a lot of replacement of that championship squad. Bez did great to gather that squad. Now he has the equally tough job of keeping a consistent good team.

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    Is Cooper coming back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wynne View Post
    #LAFC is close to a deal with Iranian-American defender Steven Beitashour, 30, a free agent who played last year with Toronto. He also played for Iran in the 2014 World Cup
    Just watched a series of highlights from last year and, even though people seem to think he's sub-par here for some reason, Beitashour is key in many of the attacks, including several in our MLS Cup championship game. This worries me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shway View Post
    Is Cooper coming back?
    That was answered earlier in the thread...


    Quote Originally Posted by T.O TILL I DIE View Post
    Dont wanna make it one of these threads but ive been saying cooper out since last season. Wikapedia says cooper is a "Free Agent" are we letting cooper go?
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    Will be too bad if Beita leaves. I liked having him and Hasler as interchangeable options on RB/RWB. He has good chemistry with our team and seems like a good locker room guy. Will have to trust Bez though. He got us this far.

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    Larson has a piece on Beita going. Mentions this

    the Sun understands the Reds are chasing a pure winger to provide more offensive output from wide positions in coach Greg Vanney’s 3-5-2 formation.
    If that's the case i'd be trying to get in on this action



    Can play both wings and scored 14 goals in the last Paraguayan season. His transfer fee should be TAM-able.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Areathrasher View Post
    Larson has a piece on Beita going. Mentions this



    If that's the case i'd be trying to get in on this action



    Can play both wings and scored 14 goals in the last Paraguayan season. His transfer fee should be TAM-able.
    This guy looks good from the MoJo scouting I did

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    I think our strength is European scouting and agent relationships. Hasler, Cheyrou, Vazquez. You can manage risk in Europe, we were able to move Perquis and Kantari out easily.

    I'd stay with what got you here, and look to Europe again.

    South America is such a complex, different world. Massive upfront payments to agents etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I think our strength is European scouting and agent relationships. Hasler, Cheyrou, Vazquez. You can manage risk in Europe, we were able to move Perquis and Kantari out easily.

    I'd stay with what got you here, and look to Europe again.

    South America is such a complex, different world. Massive upfront payments to agents etc.

    Question to ask yourself....

    Who performs better, or is more comfortable, with it all on the line in a hot night in Monterrey in front of 50,000 insane fans? A European or Latin American player?

    (Yes, i'm pulling a cold night in Stoke analogy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Areathrasher View Post
    Question to ask yourself....

    Who performs better, or is more comfortable, with it all on the line in a hot night in Monterrey in front of 50,000 insane fans? A European or Latin American player?

    (Yes, i'm pulling a cold night in Stoke analogy)

    Depends on the player and where they've played. Turkey? Belgrade? Napoli? Milan? Feyenoord?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbronies View Post
    Depends on the player and where they've played. Turkey? Belgrade? Napoli? Milan? Feyenoord?
    Good point, especially related the Istanbul clubs. Look at their home records in Continental competition, they often knock off big Anglo/Northern European teams at home. Turkey has some big scalps at home in qualifiers too. They aren't used to that type of atmosphere so get overwhelemed/dont perform or as Herc has said "they get the rabbits in the headlights look"

    That's the type of thing im talking about with regards to CCL.

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