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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    So even the Whitecaps wouldn't take him. It's nice for him that he got a second chance at Montreal, many who get cut never get a second chance. It's the reality of professional sports.
    I’m glad as well, considering every interaction I ever had with him showed him to be a hard-working, likeable, personable, and humble guy.

    He just wasn’t good here and didn’t fit in; we probably only kept him because he was a cheap American who put in work, which is a pretty big upside in MLS.

    Then again, there’s a bit of a warning in the Lovitz situation for players like Chapman, etc. who are cheap and Canadian but demonstrate little progress and are advancing in age. CPL is great in that respect, because their other options would have been retiring and pursuing something else or ending up in the second tier of the Estonian league a few years short of 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    I did. I thought he was good for us, a good utility wide player. For what he cost it seemed stupid to drop him.

    At least with Raheem, Kaye and Hamilton they all reportedly had attitude issues in training, so there was some justification for writing off the obvious athletic ability. But Lovitz worked hard and deserved to stick; I thought the same about Tosaint. Yeah, he was limited, but he was dangerous late and had thirteen goals off the bench for us over a couple of seasons, not bad for a guy who'd never regularly had a chance to play as a striker before us.

    I felt the same about Telfer going down. Perhaps it's something major I'm not seeing like read of the play off the ball leading to defensive mixups; but he looked super solid and we were short of wide players.

    I dunno. I think there are a lot of decisions at this club that seemed to be based on politics or character and not skill. With young players, that seems shortsighted. It's not like they replaced any of them with someone better.
    TFC letting Raheem go killed his momentum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Ronaldo View Post
    TFC letting Raheem go killed his momentum.
    Ricketts had ball touch issues, as does Hamiliton, Morgan and Raheem. They have horrible first touches on the ball. It's like the Canadian National program doesn't know how to develop that skill. Sure these guys run fast, but their touch is dreadful, making them pretty useless in most situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbronies View Post
    Ricketts had ball touch issues, as does Hamiliton, Morgan and Raheem. They have horrible first touches on the ball. It's like the Canadian National program doesn't know how to develop that skill. Sure these guys run fast, but their touch is dreadful, making them pretty useless in most situations.
    FWIW, Ricketts was actually used fairly intelligently here most of the time. He’s a “post-touch” (perhaps “pre-touch” or “no-touch” are more applicable) player: he ran fast and was somehow in the right position to bungle in a goal, or somehow cause a goal or an own goal through confusion and chaos).

    Hamilton is actually pretty slow.

    Canada and the US have issues developing technical players for numerous reasons, so there’s not much of a point in complaining about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    FWIW, Ricketts was actually used fairly intelligently here most of the time. He’s a “post-touch” (perhaps “pre-touch” or “no-touch” are more applicable) player: he ran fast and was somehow in the right position to bungle in a goal, or somehow cause a goal or an own goal through confusion and chaos).

    Hamilton is actually pretty slow.

    Canada and the US have issues developing technical players for numerous reasons, so there’s not much of a point in complaining about it.

    I would have kept Ricketts for that reason. However with the Salary cap and roster restrictions of MLS - he was a player we couldn't afford to keep. We need guys coming off the bench who can do more than 1 specific thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbronies View Post
    I would have kept Ricketts for that reason. However with the Salary cap and roster restrictions of MLS - he was a player we couldn't afford to keep. We need guys coming off the bench who can do more than 1 specific thing.
    Right.

    That’s also why it was good to get away from Ricketts as well — we just failed to bring in someone who could actually fill in. Ricketts (especially after his post-injury slowdown) would have been useless starting in a lone striker formation anyway.

    Then again, you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Ronaldo View Post
    TFC letting Raheem go killed his momentum.
    He was heavily misused in Montreal. Chicago has gone slightly better but he’s fighting the injury bug.

    His pay packet is outsized but I suspect we could pick him up, have Chicago eat half in the name of freeing an international spot. IMO fits well as a fullback or as the winger in a 3-5-2. Wide forward not so much.

    Still “only” 24. I think he’d be a good reclamation project with minimal risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    Right.

    That’s also why it was good to get away from Ricketts as well — we just failed to bring in someone who could actually fill in. Ricketts (especially after his post-injury slowdown) would have been useless starting in a lone striker formation anyway.

    Then again, you never know.
    Boyd was to replace Ricketts - but that has clearly failed. I expect to see him gone as soon as they can do it. Perhaps Patrick Mullins is the temporary Boyd replacement for this year then they both come off the books next year?

    I see Ayo Akinola as the main young striker TFC will be putting time and energy into developing as the Hamilton trails have run their course.

 

 

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