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    Quote Originally Posted by backbeat View Post
    The Leafs and the Blue Jays are going to be playing in their respective stadiums - not sure why TFC couldn't.
    The Leafs will be playing in a bubble situation here in Toronto.

    The Jays are not cleared to play home games here yet - there is serious talk they will be playing home games in Buffalo.

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    On another note:

    Atlanta imploding playing Cinci and losing after down to 10 within 26 minutes and then another straight red in extra time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    On another note:

    Atlanta imploding playing Cinci and losing after down to 10 within 26 minutes and then another straight red in extra time.


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    Cinci had trouble playing against Atlanta's 10 men and generated no offensive chances. They were lucky that the Atlanta PK was overturned by VAR.

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    So if playing in the 9AM games is so brutal on teams and pretty much every team is reporting that it is, is it fair that TFC has to play 9AM games twice in the group stage especially with the cramping and heat related issues we just had essentially causing us to tie the game versus win? New England and DC United only need to play one 9AM game and both are against TFC. Montreal doesn't have to play any 9AM games. It just makes TFC's group stage that much harder. Looking at the schedule only Chicago and NYCFC have two 9AM games like TFC. All other teams are let off easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kool View Post
    So if playing in the 9AM games is so brutal on teams and pretty much every team is reporting that it is, is it fair that TFC has to play 9AM games twice in the group stage especially with the cramping and heat related issues we just had essentially causing us to tie the game versus win? New England and DC United only need to play one 9AM game and both are against TFC. Montreal doesn't have to play any 9AM games. It just makes TFC's group stage that much harder. Looking at the schedule only Chicago and NYCFC have two 9AM games like TFC. All other teams are let off easier.
    The Reds originally only had one 9 am game, the last one vs New England. The DC match became a 9 am Sunday morning affair after it was had to be moved from the Friday night due to their late arrival in Florida.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    On another note:

    Atlanta imploding playing Cinci and losing after down to 10 within 26 minutes and then another straight red in extra time.


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    The momentum swings in some of these games is wild. TFC blowing a two goal lead looks like nothing in retrospect. At least we held on for a point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    The Reds originally only had one 9 am game, the last one vs New England. The DC match became a 9 am Sunday morning affair after it was had to be moved from the Friday night due to their late arrival in Florida.
    Yeah for sure. I know rescheduling is a pain but maybe they should be looking into moving the next TFC morning game and switching in some teams that haven't had one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    The Leafs will be playing in a bubble situation here in Toronto.

    The Jays are not cleared to play home games here yet - there is serious talk they will be playing home games in Buffalo.

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    Provincial approval but not city or federal yet
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    I am really hoping they let limited fans in, it can be done with distancing measures in place. Sell say 5,000 tickets , raise money for the charity. Indiana has let fans attend Indy 11 games and they have far more cases than even Canada as a whole.

    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
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    Provincial approval but not city or federal yet

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    Its not the Ontario people I'm worried about its all the people coming up from Florida & other US parts

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    the Jays going in and out of various cities including Florida.


    Jays can isolate at the Dome - that might actually work.


    TFC going to isolate incoming teams where? Hotel X?
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    You can keep the border closed, and highly control things. It all comes down to using your best judgement and common sense. The Jays will have been in the Rogers Centre for three weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Its not the Ontario people I'm worried about its all the people coming up from Florida & other US parts

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    the Jays going in and out of various cities including Florida.


    Jays can isolate at the Dome - that might actually work.


    TFC going to isolate incoming teams where? Hotel X?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    I am really hoping they let limited fans in, it can be done with distancing measures in place. Sell say 5,000 tickets , raise money for the charity. Indiana has let fans attend Indy 11 games and they have far more cases than even Canada as a whole.
    Regardless of the merit of this proposal -- I certainly won't be taking Indiana (or most US states) as an example for anything we should do here. And I'm saying that as a US citizen.

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    Since the 3rd group stage games will not be simultaneous and it's a fixed bracket, I wonder if we will get any blatant gamesmanship happening assuming there is value of finishing 2nd vs 1st in a group. Could you imagine if guys start deliberately scoring on themselves like in that infamous match fixing case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magmadragon View Post
    Since the 3rd group stage games will not be simultaneous and it's a fixed bracket, I wonder if we will get any blatant gamesmanship happening assuming there is value of finishing 2nd vs 1st in a group. Could you imagine if guys start deliberately scoring on themselves like in that infamous match fixing case?
    Got to look at the big picture too, its 3 regular season points. Not going to throw those away.

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    Watching Houston vs Portland & Houston looking more & more like the team we might face in the round of 16.

    Not as pace packed a team as they used to be but still faster then Gonzalez or Ciman or Zavs. Midfield is a bit of a mess. Another "we don't need no stinking defence" sort of game if we get there.

    Revenge for the game against the kids back in 2018.

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    When complaining about Zavs and Ciman just take a look at LAGs Steres on the 2nd LAFC goal tonight. It could be worse....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokecell View Post
    When complaining about Zavs and Ciman just take a look at LAGs Steres on the 2nd LAFC goal tonight. It could be worse....
    It's probably a good thing it's a short season for Galaxy. They look terrible

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    So things settled down a bit after last night as to whom we are likely to play but the opponents for the next round are still unclear

    We can fiinish

    3rd
    a loss & DCU win

    or 2nd

    a draw & DCU wins by more then 2 goals
    or
    a loss & a draw between DCU & Impact
    or
    a loss & Impact win

    or 1st

    A draw & an Impact win
    A win

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    Lets look at the 3 scenarios

    Finishing 3rd

    First of all, we are not completely guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 but its darn close. In essence, even if other things don't go our way, we just have to not lose by more then 3 goals.


    If we finish 3rd in the group, we would then be up against the 3rd place teams in the other groups. We have to finish better then 2 other teams finishing 3rd.

    Group A - can't catch us as the bottom 2 both have 0 points.

    So that means we only need 1 other Group 3rd place team to be less then us on points or with goal difference

    Group B - two games left for Chicago & Vancouver complicates this - too many scenarios but we will know a bit more tonight after Seattle & San Jose play their 3rd gams

    Group D - very likely one of those teams goes through as 3rd place as 2 teams are on 4 and 1 on 3. What would be nice is if Colorado wins & RSL wins

    Group E - NYRB & Cinci play each other to see who goes through - only way they both get 4 points is if they draw, we would have to lose by more then 4 goals for Cinci to beat us.

    Group F - If Houston wins by 1 more goal then we lose, they would beat us. The only other unlikely scenario for us to finish above the 3rd place team here is for Portland to thrash LAFC by more then 4+ in Goal difference then we lose to NER.


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    So, now the possible opponents


    If we finish 3rd, our opponents would be either the winner of Group A (Orlando or Philly) or the winner of Group B (San Jose or Chicago or Seattle )


    If we finish second , we would play the second placed team in group A (Orlando or Philly)


    If we finish 1st, we would play the 3rd placed team in A, B or F (Inter or NYC or any team in B or Houston or LAG or (unlikely) LAFC )


    By Tuesday morning kickoff, we will know a lot more about what will happen if/when we go through.
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    Diego Rossi scored 4 goals last night, tying him with Ayo for the Golden boot lead

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    Diego Rossi scored 4 goals last night, tying him with Ayo for the Golden boot lead
    Rossi is one goal ahead of Ayo now with six.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/stats

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    Just tried to watch SJE v Chicago

    I lasted 4 minutes

    Some of the games are vaguely interesting for about 20 minutes but nothing is sustained. The quality is so lacking due to the time off and teams not really getting into form yet before Covid. I've seen indications that the ratings are up so ESPN must be happy. But this is an exercise in watching individual qualities more then decent team play. Apart from us & LAFC, nobody has been any good.

    Hopefully, once the chaff gets seperated, the final 16 will provide better football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Just tried to watch SJE v Chicago

    I lasted 4 minutes

    Some of the games are vaguely interesting for about 20 minutes but nothing is sustained. The quality is so lacking due to the time off and teams not really getting into form yet before Covid. I've seen indications that the ratings are up so ESPN must be happy. But this is an exercise in watching individual qualities more then decent team play. Apart from us & LAFC, nobody has been any good.

    Hopefully, once the chaff gets seperated, the final 16 will provide better football.
    I think it will get better. That match actually got a bit interesting by the end when the teams were actually trying to mix it up. It will get better by default once the Cincys and Vancouvers are out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Rossi is one goal ahead of Ayo now with six.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/stats
    I meant for the MLS is back tournament. Rossi had one goal in the pre covid games. They both have five in the tournament. I was hoping maybe Ayo could win the tournament golden boot. I doubt he'll win the league golden boot.

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    Hmm...Seattle's win sets up that if we win this group, we are likely to play them in the next round (assuming Chicago beats the Fire)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Hmm...Seattle's win sets up that if we win this group, we are likely to play them in the next round (assuming Chicago beats the Fire)
    Guessing you mean Chicago beats the Whitecaps?
    Would that be for sure? The best third place team randomness always confuses me in the predicting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    The Reds originally only had one 9 am game, the last one vs New England. The DC match became a 9 am Sunday morning affair after it was had to be moved from the Friday night due to their late arrival in Florida.
    Yes, but the other night showed that the resources are set up to have two games at once. No reason not to have had the Toronto match pushed to tomorrow night, other than tv perhaps. The only advantage I see is that NE has yet to play in the morning. I expect Toronto to have a fast start.

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    So Miami has crashed out, now when is their next game MLS??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    Guessing you mean Chicago beats the Whitecaps?
    Would that be for sure? The best third place team randomness always confuses me in the predicting.
    Yeah, me bad on the Fire thing

    The MLS website indicates the 3rd place teams picked for certain games have to come from certain groups.

    C1 is playing ABF - A to me is unlikely as NYC is sitting at -2 GD. F might be possible but to me the more likely is B

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    We have a question and apologize if answered on another post.
    Teams have another sponsor on the kit sleeve.
    For TFC it is "G E Appliances".
    Is this just for this MLS is Back Tournament?
    Thanks,
    J&M

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayMolly View Post
    We have a question and apologize if answered on another post.
    Teams have another sponsor on the kit sleeve.
    For TFC it is "G E Appliances".
    Is this just for this MLS is Back Tournament?
    Thanks,
    J&M
    No for the season. This is the first for additional sponsor logos on the jersey.

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