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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    Current Starting 11 until July?

    -------------------------------Westberg----------------------------
    ---Auro----Salcedo(sounds like it's done?)---Mavinga--Lawrence--
    -----------Priso----------------------------Osorio-------------------
    ------------------------Pozuelo------------------------------------
    ---Achara------------------------------------Schaffelburg----------
    -------------------------Akinola (sounds like it's done?)-----------

    Bench: Bono, Bradley, O'Neill, Okello, Marshall-Rutty, Perruzza
    I suspect Michael Bradley will be a starting player under his father. I mean, I'm no fan of nepotism but the reality is he's one of our most talented players; he looked last year like his legs were gone in terms of closing guys down quickly in the defensive zone. But this early in the year, that isn't going to be obvious and his old man will have faith that he still has it to be a starter and captain.

    Just my expectation. Ayo is out for three or four months, so right now, we're almost certainly playing Peruzza alone up top OR Pozuelo up top as a false nine.

    Might be:
    ----------------------Westberg----------------
    --------O'Neill------Salcedo------Mavinga-------
    --Auro---------------------------------------Lawrence
    ----------------Osorio----Bradley--------------------
    --Achara/Rutty-----Pozuelo------Shaffelburg


    Or ---------------Westberg------------------
    Auro------Salcedo-----Mavinga-------Lawrence
    ---------Bradley------Priso-------Osorio
    ---------Pozuelo----Peruzza----Shaffelburg

    It's worth keeping in mind Pozuelo played as an inside-out wide player for years before moving to the hole.

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    Coaching staff announced. Is this staff smaller than normal. Think Armas was at least one more. Greg had a bigger staff too. Even after Javier Perez and Ewan Sharp were removed on the website Ian Russell was left up, maybe a bit of feeling out process was going on with him who knows.


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    they still need to bring in a bunch of players.

    2 strikers, 1 winger, 1 CM, 1 CB, 1 versatile fullback.

    ideally trade bono and bring in a new GK too.

    i think the starting lineup even for the first game of the season is going to look quite different than what is being posited today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    seems low to me, but still not bad.

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    I thought 500k would be fair and I guess I wasn't too far off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Coaching staff announced. Is this staff smaller than normal. Think Armas was at least one more. Greg had a bigger staff too. Even after Javier Perez and Ewan Sharp were removed on the website Ian Russell was left up, maybe a bit of feeling out process was going on with him who knows.

    Coaches come, coaches go, Jon Conway stays as goalkeeping coach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    Coaches come, coaches go, Jon Conway stays as goalkeeping coach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    Current Starting 11 until July?

    -------------------------------Westberg----------------------------
    ---Auro----Salcedo(sounds like it's done?)---Mavinga--Lawrence--
    -----------Priso----------------------------Osorio-------------------
    ------------------------Pozuelo------------------------------------
    ---Achara------------------------------------Schaffelburg----------
    -------------------------Akinola (sounds like it's done?)-----------

    Bench: Bono, Bradley, O'Neill, Okello, Marshall-Rutty, Perruzza
    Quote Originally Posted by portu View Post
    Akinola out until April/May
    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    I suspect Michael Bradley will be a starting player under his father. I mean, I'm no fan of nepotism but the reality is he's one of our most talented players; he looked last year like his legs were gone in terms of closing guys down quickly in the defensive zone. But this early in the year, that isn't going to be obvious and his old man will have faith that he still has it to be a starter and captain.

    Just my expectation. Ayo is out for three or four months, so right now, we're almost certainly playing Peruzza alone up top OR Pozuelo up top as a false nine.

    Might be:
    ----------------------Westberg----------------
    --------O'Neill------Salcedo------Mavinga-------
    --Auro---------------------------------------Lawrence
    ----------------Osorio----Bradley--------------------
    --Achara/Rutty-----Pozuelo------Shaffelburg


    Or ---------------Westberg------------------
    Auro------Salcedo-----Mavinga-------Lawrence
    ---------Bradley------Priso-------Osorio
    ---------Pozuelo----Peruzza----Shaffelburg

    It's worth keeping in mind Pozuelo played as an inside-out wide player for years before moving to the hole.
    This is not interim pretty... until Insigne et al. arrive. I am now resigned to the fact that what is happening this off season is a complete housecleaning…
    a gut and rebuild.
    I had hoped otherwise… a more modest hybrid… pervasive and accelerated tinkering to facilitate contention.
    Losing two of our three work horses is concerning for me.
    With Delgado gone, the right side is in a bit of shambles.
    Maybe a cap solution move for other issues, hopefully the spot is already addressed with an answer to be announced.
    I believe and trust in Bob The Builder; for now. I am expecting pragmatic decisions.
    To maintain and bridge the goodwill and apparent SSH results that the Insigne signing and others are generating.
    The E in MLSE is for entertainment, the on-field product at anytime. Hopefully BB has a few more surprise roster additions.

    Rough calculations... we likely need 35 to 45% of available game played points to be in playoff contention until reinforcements arrive...
    others welcome to comment...
    I believe BB wants to put an entertaining product on-field but... as is... and while I believe defense wins championships...
    It seems defensive ball'in is what will give us any chance to stay in contention this season until...

    Insert jloome formations...

    Whichever line-ups, Graeme or jloome... looking up or across field... I really feel for Pozuelo... for now.

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    https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/s...66094070685696

    was always unlikely, but can rule MAK coming out.

    signed a 4 year extension with Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/s...66094070685696

    was always unlikely, but can rule MAK coming out.

    signed a 4 year extension with Colorado.
    Queue ensco saying there's still a chance in 3... 2... 1...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    Coaches come, coaches go, Jon Conway stays as goalkeeping coach.
    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Always suspected there was some corporate courtesy/cover being extended...
    Given his relationship with Andi Petrillo; her own past with MLSE and the recent TSN/BELL connects.
    She seems to no longer be with TSN/BELL as of late last year.
    So maybe... soon...
    Last edited by Mr. Inbetween; 01-19-2022 at 02:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    Queue ensco saying there's still a chance in 3... 2... 1...
    he still thinks insigne gonna extend at napoli too, tbf.

    i admire the conviction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    Always suspected there was some corporate courtesy/cover being extended...
    Given his relationship with Andi Petrillo; her own past MLSE and the recent TSN/BELL connects.
    She seems to no longer be with TSN/BELL as of late last year.
    So maybe... soon...
    She left TSN earlier this year because she said she wasn't able to keep up with all her commitments between TSN, CBC and OneSoccer. theathletic.com/2826424/2021/09/14/andi-petrillo-leafs-lunch-tsn-1050/

    Maybe Jon Conway is actually just a really good coach and the players he's tasked with coaching just aren't good enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    Queue ensco saying there's still a chance in 3... 2... 1...
    Nah... but for one of JA and SG, if the Price Is Right...
    At the attack, given the current roster, somehow for the interim, the E in MLSE, as a marketing bridge... until...
    I will say there is a chance... slim.
    Last edited by Mr. Inbetween; 01-19-2022 at 03:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    Maybe Jon Conway is actually just a really good coach and the players he's tasked with coaching just aren't good enough?
    Maybe a nice guy but it's obvious that the 3 GKs who started here under his reign all regressed year to year and I point to Irwin as the main one. He was a solid MLS GK and after here he is just a back up and regressed a lot. Westberg's game is falling in all areas and the stuff Bono did well in year one was lost by year 3 and his weak spots have only gotten weaker. If one GK or even two then maybe but the chances of three of them steadily declining year after year means something. Could say the same as our medical staff; maybe they're great too and our players are just too soft. In each case I think the staff is the problem though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    She left TSN earlier this year because she said she wasn't able to keep up with all her commitments between TSN, CBC and OneSoccer. theathletic.com/2826424/2021/09/14/andi-petrillo-leafs-lunch-tsn-1050/

    Maybe Jon Conway is actually just a really good coach and the players he's tasked with coaching just aren't good enough?
    Absolutely... one of several scenarios. Any suggestion on my part is pure speculation.
    Really, in the end, if one believes there is a problem...
    It's either he can't give instruction/motivate or the goalkeeper/s' can't take instruction/be motivated; are not good enough.
    I honestly do not know if we need a new goalkeeper coach. Three strikes?
    BB will make that decision, as he just has. And will continue to assess.
    Hopefully Borjan is still in play. If my Serbian is any good... it is being recently suggested...
    That he may have Omicron, didn't travel with Red Star Team to Turkey for their spring season preparations...
    Although it's mentioned he also has upcoming CMNT commitments.
    I did notice Westberg a couple of times this past season, when on the bench, on the side lines, try to interact with the yutes...
    For instance, with M-R I believe, as they were soon to enter play... seemed to be trying to motivate them.
    However, I think we can all agree last season was exceptional; any opportunity for confidence building was right to give and be taken.
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    One thing I like about Bob Bradley is that he's serious and no-nonsense. Think Vanney but even more of a hard-ass. I don't think he'll be happy with himself if the squad isn't filled out for Opening Day, he knows it's all on him and I'm sure he's getting compensated handsomely for it. Old-school + sense of pride + full backing of his bosses + working with his son = a guy that is definitely motivated. I wouldn't take what the roster looks like today as gospel for anything, they've got moves in the pipeline and we've seen from the names linked to us that the ambition is there.

    Personally I see them building the roster out to a mid-level MLS squad for Opening Day and betting on a few big summer signings to let us get hot for the playoffs a la Seattle. From there it's all about tweaking the pieces.

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    That is a pretty good haul.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    Queue ensco saying there's still a chance in 3... 2... 1...
    Nah. I surrender.

    I have moved on to hoping the Eustaquio to Porto thing isn't true. Feels like something MLSE could throw money at.
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Nah. I surrender.

    I have moved on to hoping the Eustaquio to Porto thing isn't true. Feels like something MLSE could throw money at.
    Would much rather have him in Europe, he can be a bonafide CMNT star (even more than now) if he plays with other top level players. We've got plenty of serviceable or above average MF targets to aim for in the league that wouldn't take nearly the amount of resources that he would. Let the man chase the European dream so few Canadians (especially midfielders in a position that requires high soccer IQ) get to chase!

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    Stalteri once offered me his condolences for being a TFC fan. He must be down bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Nah. I surrender.
    I have moved on to hoping the Eustaquio to Porto thing isn't true. Feels like something MLSE could throw money at.
    Ensco, you’re our true writer of fiction (and I did follow your immortal serial on the hapless Ansemi). But this is a good story also in its own way. Porto’s tweet with a photo of Eustaquio wrapped in a Canadian flag.

    https://twitter.com/fcporlo/status/1...71524%3Fs%3D20

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    Quote Originally Posted by los sonadores View Post
    Ensco, you’re our true writer of fiction (and I did follow your immortal serial on the hapless Ansemi). But this is a good story also in its own way. Porto’s tweet with a photo of Eustaquio wrapped in a Canadian flag.

    https://twitter.com/fcporlo/status/1...71524%3Fs%3D20
    FYI that’s actually a fake account

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    priso back in training, per bob bradley.

    very good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    priso back in training, per bob bradley.

    very good news.
    Plus some unnamed players trialing. And no surprise, Jozy isn’t there.
    Last edited by Kamp Berg; 01-19-2022 at 04:49 PM.

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    You think, Bob?

    Also said he wouldn't comment on any specific player in reference to Jozy and Yefe and immediately commented on Okello, Priso and Delgado.

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    Watching everything unfold, we have to much cap space now for something big not to be happening, but i think again things will need to take time to gel. Sneak into the playoffs this year and try to go for a long run, additionally make sure we win Canadian Entry to CCL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmancan View Post
    Watching everything unfold, we have to much cap space now for something big not to be happening, but i think again things will need to take time to gel. Sneak into the playoffs this year and try to go for a long run, additionally make sure we win Canadian Entry to CCL.
    multiple big things

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    Gallardo officially announced his departure from the club on Instagram today. Even though we knew his contract had expired and we 99% knew he was gone, it's now 100% that they won't make him a late depth signing.

 

 

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