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    Default MLS Cup -Round 1 Nasvhille "@" TFC Tue Nov 24 6pm - Just when you think



    Here it Goes Again

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    Have at It People

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post


    Here it Goes Again

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    isn't this a tad premature ??

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    I'm Ok with being proven wrong on this one but nothing in that Miami team indicates they have any hope in this...beyond a slew of red cards to Nashville.


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    Edit: 3-0 now - its Nashville
    Last edited by OgtheDim; 11-20-2020 at 10:34 PM.

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    Og knows. I am excited for this matchup. A bit worried about our ability to break them down though. Let's see those predicted starting line-ups.

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    Gonna say the lineup is...

    Westberg
    Auro-Gonzalez-Mavinga-Laryea
    Piatti-Delgado-Bradley-Osorio
    Pozuelo
    Akinola

    Altidore, Endoh, DeLeon, Ciman, Priso, Zavaleta and Silva as the subs. (Depends on the health of Morrow and Bono)

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    Remember The Man, The Legend, The Goal 5-12-07 and All That #9 Left On The Pitch, Thanks For The Memories !!!

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    Given the opponent I really wish this game could be played at BMO. That feeling could have had an effect.

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    Officially official.

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    Nashville on four days rest. The Reds will need to find their attacking mojo back which should be easier to achieve with the return of Pablo Piati. Having Ritchie back will also be huge.

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    This team has been unpredictable all year so I won't make any predictions other than it will be a low scoring game. 1 nil either way wouldn't surprise me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NK Toronto View Post
    This team has been unpredictable all year so I won't make any predictions other than it will be a low scoring game. 1 nil either way wouldn't surprise me.
    Jaap Stam knows a thing or two about defending.
    Nashville is one of the stingiest defence in the league. I wish TFC got Walker Zimmermann instead of Omar Gonzalez.

    But Nashville doesn't score much either.

    Probably a game of Nashville high pressure bunkering and TFC pinging the ball around but can't breakdown Nashville defence. Then a lucky bounce creates a chance for 1-0 win for either team

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    I wish we'd heard more from the Toronto training this week.

    I'm going to guess:

    Westberg
    Auro-Gonzalez-Mavinga-Laryea
    Piatti-Delgado-Poxuelo-Osorio
    Altidore--Akinola

    But there are a lot of legs on that line up that haven't seen a full match in a while, so it's probably unlikely. I do think Bradley starting on the bench is a possibility, but only if Delgado and Piatti are ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    I wish we'd heard more from the Toronto training this week.

    I'm going to guess:

    Westberg
    Auro-Gonzalez-Mavinga-Laryea
    Piatti-Delgado-Poxuelo-Osorio
    Altidore--Akinola

    But there are a lot of legs on that line up that haven't seen a full match in a while, so it's probably unlikely. I do think Bradley starting on the bench is a possibility, but only if Delgado and Piatti are ready.
    The bright side of not hearing much from training is our opponents don't know either.

    I disagree with Bradley being a bench possibility. Vanney isn't benching Bradley, even though he should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    The bright side of not hearing much from training is our opponents don't know either.

    I disagree with Bradley being a bench possibility. Vanney isn't benching Bradley, even though he should.
    Our Captain needs to be out there. is that even a question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    Jaap Stam knows a thing or two about defending.
    ...
    Which is funny, because he coaches Cinci

    Gary Smith knows a lot about defensive midfielders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Our Captain needs to be out there. is that even a question?

    Osorio or Poz were this team's captain this year & more effective when playing.

    Bradley creates a vulnerability, especially when with any slow CB's near him. He warps play around him, asking to start every play. He reduces Poz' effectiveness by denying quick ball movement. He forces Osorio or Delgado to be played out of position.

    Great player in his time - might still have a great game in him against the right team. Nashville isn't that team as we need quick ball movement & Bradley isn't that anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Which is funny, because he coaches Cinci

    Gary Smith knows a lot about defensive midfielders.
    uggggggh massive brain fart.

    Gary Smith has also won an MLS Cup

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    Vanney presser going on right now

    Might be video later

    This worth being aware of after Wheeler tweet a few days ago


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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Vanney presser going on right now

    Might be video later

    This worth being aware of after Wheeler tweet a few days ago

    With the way everything was locked down during training in the meantime, this could mean everything or nothing. I'm certain they don't want Nashville to have any idea who will be playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Osorio or Poz were this team's captain this year & more effective when playing.

    Bradley creates a vulnerability, especially when with any slow CB's near him. He warps play around him, asking to start every play. He reduces Poz' effectiveness by denying quick ball movement. He forces Osorio or Delgado to be played out of position.

    Great player in his time - might still have a great game in him against the right team. Nashville isn't that team as we need quick ball movement & Bradley isn't that anymore.
    Tell this to Vanney my friend!

    IMO if Vanney is the coach of TFC, Bradley will not miss even a second of starting for TFC until he's 36, unless he's injured, or he is the one asking to not start.
    Unfortunatelly it is what it is...

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    I love Bradley, he is an absolute legend for this club. That extension is already looking like a big mistake though.

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    Winner of this match will play Columbus (they do not reseed playoffs after round 1).

    Do not overlook Nashville - they are not going to be a push over at all. Of the 3 teams we could have played, I thought our team is likely set up the worst against them. They don't press high, so Bradley will get the ball & slow it down. They have excellent DM's, so Poz & Oso & Piatti will have difficulty getting past. Zimmerman is good in the air & can't be bullied so Jozy/Ayo might struggle. Meanwhile, they are great on set pieces (a weakness of ours).

    Where we would beat these guys is with width & pace. But...alas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    I love Bradley, he is an absolute legend for this club. That extension is already looking like a big mistake though.
    Hard to call it a mistake. At the time I don’t think
    any of us saw such a massive regression on the cards.

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    I still think he can recover his form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    I love Bradley, he is an absolute legend for this club. That extension is already looking like a big mistake though.
    At the price of his current salary is no mistake at all, but the big mistake is Vanney always playing him, no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaEatingYeti View Post
    At the price of his current salary is no mistake at all, but the big mistake is Vanney always playing him, no matter what.
    A max TAM player should have the ability to play every game effectively, in my opinion. If this was a non-salary cap league I would have no issue with Bradley's extension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    I still think he can recover his form.
    His broken foot and knee injury were both serious and likely to slow him down. He will be more mobile and more up to game speed after the last ten days of training. I wouldn’t write him off yet.

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    Team flew down tonight


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    Nashville flying up to Hartford today


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