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    Will be interesting to see if Clint is kept around or does Bez move him to open up cap space. I always expected the third GK to be on a USL deal with TFC2. I mean last year Mark Pais would have never been signed to a first team contract if Clint had not gotten hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    Five players on TAM and three DP's seems inconceivable. We've also traded away TAM both the last two seasons. Then You add in Bono, Osorio, Delgado, Morrow, Zavaleta, Hagglund, Hasler, Ricketts are all on somewhere between 200-250k. Some may be even higher. I just don't see it. Atlanta seems tame and understandable compared to us from a cap comparison at this point.
    Bono is GA. Osorio, Morrow, Zavaleta, Hagglund, Hasler & Rickets may have been bought down with GAM but none of them were TAM players last year.

    (Is Bono still GA?)
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    Don't forget teams that qualify for CCL play also get additional allocation which I like to refer to as CLAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain View Post
    Bono is GA. Osorio, Morrow, Zavaleta, Hagglund, Hasler & Rickets may have been bought down with GAM but none of them were TAM players last year.

    (Is Bono still GA?)
    As of right now I believe he is still GA, have not seen anything regarding GA program graduates in 2018.

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    We also acquired 50k of TAM in the draft day trade where we got Kubel (traded our first for an early second - Kubel, and 50k in TAM). Not too much, but not insignificant

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    Current team status. 6 of (7 if Ager Aketxe is finalized) 8 International Slots used with 6 (5 if Aketxe signs) remaining. Therefore only one of Kubel/Endoh can be signed assuming a trade for a new slot is not completed.
    Likely sign Jason Hernandez as depth/

    Goalkeepers
    1) Alex Bono (GA)
    2) Clint Irwin
    23) Caleb Patterson-Sewell

    Left Back
    3) Justin Morrow
    4) Ashtone Morgan (CDN,HG)
    28)

    Centre Backs
    5) Drew Moor
    6) Nick Hagglund
    7) Chris Mavinga (INTL)
    19) Erik Zavaleta
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    29)

    Right Back
    8) Nicholas Hasler (INTL), likely to be shifted to midfield
    20) Gregory van der Wiel (INTL, TAM)
    24) Auro (INTL)

    Midfielders
    9) Michael Bradley (DP)
    10) Victor Vasquez (INTL,TAM)
    11) Marky Delgado
    12) Jonathan Osorio (CDN)
    13) Jay Chapman (CDN, HG)
    22) Liam Fraser (CDN, HG)
    25) Ager Aketxe (INTL, TAM) **unconfirmed
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    Strikers
    14) Sebastian Giovinco (INTL, DP)
    15) Jozy Altidore (DP)
    16) Tosaint Ricketts (CDN)
    17)Jordan Hamilton (CDN, HG)
    18) Ayo Akinola (HG)
    21) Ben Spencer


    Potencial Returns: Jason Hernandez, Tsubasa Endoh
    Out of Contract: Mark Pais, Sergio Carmargo (CDN)
    Draft Picks: Tim Kubel (INTL), Drew Sheppherd, Andre Morrison (INTL), Ben White

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    So imagine they sign Aketxe.

    Free kick outside of the box.

    Giovinco lines up to shoot with his right foot.

    Aketxe lines up at the same time to shoot with his left.

    Right then I'm having a nervous breakdown as the opposing keeper.

    Then Vazquez runs up the middle to the free kick and shoots it under the wall.
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    ^Lol....you see, all that is unnecessary when Giovinco is automatic at FK. The only way Aketxe is taking free kicks, is if God forbid Giovinco is injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shway View Post
    ^Lol....you see, all that is unnecessary when Giovinco is automatic at FK. The only way Aketxe is taking free kicks, is if God forbid Giovinco is injured.
    I think you'd still wanna have Aketxe standing there too, and taking 1 out of every 5-6 just to keep opponents on their toes

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    I always wondered why we don't see more of this generally. Europe is so full of guys that just got lost in the depth charts of these very good teams in the top leagues.

    We did try this once - Stefanovic. We had the star power to recruit a guy like that (Winter, Klinsman) but didn't have the setup back then to support a guy like that (we had Frings in 2011, but i think the next best player was maybe Soolsma or something!)

    Hope this one goes better. I think we do have the setup now to make this work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I always wondered why we don't see more of this generally. Europe is so full of guys that just got lost in the depth charts of these very good teams in the top leagues.

    We did try this once - Stefanovic. We had the star power to recruit a guy like that (Winter, Klinsman) but didn't have the setup back then to support a guy like that (we had Frings in 2011, but i think the next best player was maybe Soolsma or something!)

    Hope this one goes better. I think we do have the setup now to make this work.

    I still remember the exact moment when Stefanovic was like "fuck it, i'm done trying"... I don't recall the opponent, but him and Maicon Santos were in 2 on 1, easiest pass ever to the extremely open Stefanovic was available but Santos took it himself instead... and missed the net entirely.

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    The interesting thing I find about Aketxe is his willingness to shoot from distance, frequently.

    We need to draw teams out more and a few crackers from distance will do just that.

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    Tim Leiweke has created a MONSTER. Tim Leiweke must be somewhere smiling right now.

    Bez is the real deal. MLSE is the real deal.

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    The job this management regime has done recruiting talent is nothing short of astounding.

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    Potential FIFA 18 Ratings

    Giovinco - 82
    Altidore - 78
    Axetke - 74
    Vasquez - 76
    Auro - 71
    Bradley - 78
    Morrow - 74
    Mavinga - 70
    Moor - 70
    Van Der Weil - 76

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defoe View Post
    Potential FIFA 18 Ratings

    Giovinco - 82
    Altidore - 78
    Axetke - 74
    Vasquez - 76
    Auro - 71
    Bradley - 78
    Morrow - 74
    Mavinga - 70
    Moor - 70
    Van Der Weil - 76
    That starting lineup is potentially All Star calibre throughout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 19Barrett19 View Post
    http://www.futhead.com/18/players/18...en-beitashour/

    Bieta has no skill please find me a clip that he pulls it off. Even EA who is retarded when it comes to judging players attributes recognised this. Probably because he played in Vancouver. He is not even half the player Morrow is and is completely overrated. He played on a great team who was exciting to watch all year. When he had the ball I was watching MLS 1.0. He's horrible and I'm glad he is gone. Let's all find out at the end of the season when LA is probably going to cut him loose. 100k salary player at best. Here is is EA card I know it don't prove my point but what the heck.
    On a side note everyone I ever took to a game or watched with on TV said he was the worst player on the pitch for TFC I guess we are all crazy and ludicrous.
    I’ll just leave this here...

    http://www.futhead.com/18/players/11305/chad-barrett/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas87 View Post
    I have a feeling that most of these moves are designed specifically for the ability to have 2 maybe 3 different formations to send out in all competitions.

    Between the second CCL leg on the 27th and the Home Opener on March 3rd we may see 2 different starting 11s.
    we have a core to almost two starting 11’s. Not quite, but almost, if we treat those who started in the final for the best team in mls history as starters we have about 17- 18 starters. Just missing strikers on the starting second team. And it’s cinceivable that the first t3am plays champions league and the second starting 11 the league for much of the first couple of months. Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djking2 View Post
    Don't forget teams that qualify for CCL play also get additional allocation which I like to refer to as CLAM
    Ha Ha Ha Ha. Perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defoe View Post
    Tim Leiweke has created a MONSTER. Tim Leiweke must be somewhere smiling right now.

    Bez is the real deal. MLSE is the real deal.
    True this. True.

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    Vanney’s man management will be put to the test this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by 19Barrett19 View Post
    don’t you know it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    As of right now I believe he is still GA, have not seen anything regarding GA program graduates in 2018.
    MLS named the GAs who will remain in the program when they announced the 2018 group. Bono wasn't named, so he's out.

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    In a way signing Aketxe could be depth for Altidore/Giovinco because rather than play Ricketts you can throw Aketxe or Vazquez in at a more withdrawn role
    Something like this:
    --------------Giovinco-------------
    -------------Aketxe---------------
    Morrow-Vazquez-Delgado-VDW
    ---------------Bradley-------------
    ---Mavinga---Moor--Zavaleta----
    ----------------Bono--------------

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carter View Post
    EA mixed up his shot skill and defence skill, what were they thinking

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    It was not that long ago that we wanted a "cap-ologist" to manage the arcane rules of the MLS salary cap.

    Perhaps the best signing that TFC has ever made is not Bradley, Altidore, Seba or Vazquez, but rather Tim Bezbatchenko.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huyton View Post
    It was not that long ago that we wanted a "cap-ologist" to manage the arcane rules of the MLS salary cap.

    Perhaps the best signing that TFC has ever made is not Bradley, Altidore, Seba or Vazquez, but rather Tim Bezbatchenko.
    I almost feel like the league planted him with us to end the seemingly endless embarrassment.

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    Cart before horse. You guys are selling Bez short.
    Capology doesn’t work if you cannot identify talent.
    You need both, but talent ID is the bigger skill
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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    I almost feel like the league planted him with us to end the seemingly endless embarrassment.
    Planted ? No. Bez didn't come I to the role with all the skills he has now. He had the numbers but he's grown to become a very good recruiter as well. He likely absorbed a lot from Tim L and is now just running with it.

    He is the absolutely among the most important hires in club history. It's funny, no one seems to call him Harry Potter anymore.

    Can't wait to see what's next.

 

 

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