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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    Tsubasa Endoh joins Melbourne City in Australia on a six month deal
    https://melbournecityfc.com.au/news/...-tsubasa-endoh
    I'm surprised that he didn't go to a J-League team. Maybe that will be in the works.

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    lol a comment under a salcedo arrival video

    Un jugador acabado, polémico, de muchas indisciplinas, engreído no saben en qué problema se metieron

    A finished player, controversial, of many indiscipline, engrossed they don't know what problem they got into

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amir. View Post
    lol a comment under a salcedo arrival video

    Un jugador acabado, polémico, de muchas indisciplinas, engreído no saben en qué problema se metieron

    A finished player, controversial, of many indiscipline, engrossed they don't know what problem they got into
    I kind of suspect both teams pawned their problem player off on each other...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sn0re View Post
    I'm surprised that he didn't go to a J-League team. Maybe that will be in the works.
    The Japanse league is on par with MLS, and better in some ways, he won't cut it there.

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    He joined the A-League champions, so he gets to play in the AFC Champions League. They made mention of him as an Asian player for Champions league in their press release. Looking it up, it appears that the AFC Champions League has a 3+1 foreigner rule (until 2023) which says every team can play a max of three foreign players + one player from another Asian country. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1964451/sport

    Looking at their roster, I think he's their only Asian player, so he should get the opportunity to play AFC CL minutes because he'd be the only one who can be that +1 spot

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    Ashtone Morgan signs with Forge FC of the Canadian Premier League. Gets to play in the CONCACAF Champions League

    I know a few of us were interested in getting him as a depth fullback

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    Ashtone Morgan signs with Forge FC of the Canadian Premier League. Gets to play in the CONCACAF Champions League

    I know a few of us were interested in getting him as a depth fullback
    I kind of wanted to see him back.
    I hope he does really well on Forge. Good guy, and deserves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    Ashtone Morgan signs with Forge FC of the Canadian Premier League. Gets to play in the CONCACAF Champions League

    I know a few of us were interested in getting him as a depth fullback
    Happy for him, lets him continue playing and as such close to home, where he also recently opened up a coffee shop. It always him to stay in the present while also keeping an eyes on the future.

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    That's a bit disappointing, there was no way we could have brought him in on minimum for depth? Well at least he will be guaranteed playing time, I hope he can play his way back to MLS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmancan View Post
    Ok.... lots of time.

    Someone should do a poll... odds of happening

    New Striker for TFC
    Jozy Buyout
    Lawrence leaves
    Keeper Change
    Osorio stays (hope so)
    Complete Surprise


    Anything else?

    And rank them
    Really like this prompt Bushmancan. Gonna cheat/modify a little.

    With my expectation and belief both eventually Destro @S and Jimenez@RW are coming; with an understanding Giovinco will also make the roster.

    New Striker: 0%
    Jozy Buyout: 100% gone...
    70% Buyout: is pushed to a mattresses deadline due to love/hate relationship by Manning in FU spite to delay any season start game day readiness.
    20% Buyout: with an MLS trade combo; with 'something' in return
    10% Buyout: with insurance combo and retirement.
    Lawrence Leaves: 75%; too quiet, plus with Luis Mata rumour, plus with Criscito, O'Neill and even Mavinga redundancies.
    Keeper Change: 100%; game day best option rotation between Bono, Ranjitsingh, Westberg and Buffon.
    Osorio: 100% for now; drank the kool-aid and will transition into Captaincy as Bradley transitions out within next couple of years.
    Complete Surprise: Belotti or Mertens as striker because Destro falls through.
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    https://www.torontofc.ca/video/salce...bruary-01-2022


    Lots of stuff in this interview but one thing stood out to me

    The roster build is not going to be finished by opening day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    That's a bit disappointing, there was no way we could have brought him in on minimum for depth? Well at least he will be guaranteed playing time, I hope he can play his way back to MLS.
    Yeah I am sad too. I guess BB is entitled to bring in his own depth guys, he probably has pretty specific ideas about that.

    Really wish Ashtone every success in Hamilton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    https://www.torontofc.ca/video/salce...bruary-01-2022


    Lots of stuff in this interview but one thing stood out to me

    The roster build is not going to be finished by opening day
    He is very substantive. wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyDM View Post
    He is very substantive. wow
    I am continually being pleasantly surprised by how well he knows this team and club, and how open and honest he is with his answers. He knows what he wants or needs and I'm willing to be patient.

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    Bradley played it very coy on Giovinco, if I were to try and read between the lines - he hasn't looked great in camp, but they are still likely to sign him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo View Post
    Not much of an update, but Gornik Zabrze CEO says "nothing is certain" in regards to Jesus Jimenez's departure.

    https://sparkchronicles.com/gornik-z...rturn-my-life/
    Hey, anyone?

    I thought JJ transfer was happening. According to Bobo reference not so sure anymore. But then according to this Reddit reference more likely...

    https://www.reddit.com/r/tfc/comment..._stars_in_mls/

    Does anyone have any further better information/clarity?

    Did TFC pay the release clause?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    https://www.torontofc.ca/video/salce...bruary-01-2022


    Lots of stuff in this interview but one thing stood out to me

    The roster build is not going to be finished by opening day

    Thanks for posting this, really great stuff. So much in there, in particular I liked how he spoke so highly of Justin Morrow, building a great club culture and legacy is so key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    The Japanse league is on par with MLS, and better in some ways, he won't cut it there.
    [moderator edit] Why do you say that? The Japanese teams have like 5 foreigner rule. They sometimes make the semi finals of the Asian Cup. How are you serious about that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    Bradley played it very coy on Giovinco, if I were to try and read between the lines - he hasn't looked great in camp, but they are still likely to sign him.
    I am not sure signing him would be in the best interests of the club. Sure the nostalgia and getting more buts in seats is the upside, but at what cost? Who gets dropped to fit him in? Osorio, Bradley? Pozuelo? Do we not play with a striker and keep Akinola, Peruzza and Achara on the bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside16 View Post
    I am not sure signing him would be in the best interests of the club. Sure the nostalgia and getting more buts in seats is the upside, but at what cost? Who gets dropped to fit him in? Osorio, Bradley? Pozuelo? Do we not play with a striker and keep Akinola, Peruzza and Achara on the bench?
    Doesn't it really depend on how much they sign him for? Giovinco says it's not about money (this time). If he's signed to a low enough one year deal with a one year club option like DeRo was when DeRo came back (another nostalgia signing) there won't be that much down side. I don't think we'll need to drop someone like Pozuelo to get him.

    Now bringing back DeRo was a really important righting of wrongs that signalled to the players that the team was under new (more ethical) management but it's also possible that there are important psychological benefits to having an eager Giovinco in the locker room. The team kept Ashtone Morgan for years mainly for locker room psychology, he barely ever played. Maybe Giovinco will play a similar role beyond fan nostalgia.

    Now if they hurt the team by overpaying Giovinco or playing him when they shouldn't this won't apply, but Bradley is a seasoned manager who gets more decisions right than wrong. Listening to Bradley, I read it differently than MikeForbes, he didn't seem too quick to commit to signing Giovinco, it was more like wait and see how he is once he shakes off some of the rust and if they can work out the right deal.
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    That's a really good point, about Giovinco as a possible character signing as well as nostalgia signing. That's probably at least as difficult to get right as the money.

    The nostalgia/PR benefit to fans and club is pretty straightforward. But we don't really know what happens in the locker room. I feel like the DeRo re-upping was good for team morale, but it's hard to know how things will turn out when you add another Type-A personality to a room that already has a bunch of Type As. Especially an aging star that also needs to come to terms with his own limitations at the same time. Again mostly a guess, and it's been a while so my memory may be clouded, but I feel like DeRo handled that part well towards the end.

    I guess Giovinco could help light the fire under a bunch of guys that sometimes seemed flat and unmotivated last year. (Of course many of those guys will be gone in the new season.)

    But will Giovinco be fine with a significantly reduced role? To be utilized only as it benefits team strategy, while still leaving room for youth development? I guess he always wanted to play when he was here last, and was frustrated when anything (including field condition) held him back. I think he also played a reduced role in Saudi Arabia, so perhaps he's fine with transitioning in that way. But I don't know how it will play out at TFC, the site of Giovinco's former glory. And how will it hold up if some of the younger players screw up occasionally as they hone their talent?

    In any case, you can bet there will be strong opinions about it here on this board!
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    I think the character/locker room thing for Giovinco, if that is a driver, would be part of making Insigne (and other Italian Serie A players) more comfortable.

    I would definitely interpret Gio's potential signing as a kind of sign that more Italians are coming.

    I like to think he can be a senior statesman. But it's hard to know for sure. He is a lifelong alpha dog. His instinct is to stand over every free kick, that'd be hard for him.

    I vividly remember Super Pippa in his late 30s, as Milan's super sub on those championship teams, glaring back at the Milan bench every time he scored as a sub. He never stopped thinking he should have been starting, even at age 38 or whatever.
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    I think it is also important to remember that Bradley is our sporting director as well. He knows bragging about how amazing Giovinco is in training entices him to go for that extra few bucks in a contract. He is being prudent from a sporting director perspective of being positive enough that Giovinco is happy with what he hears Bradley saying, but not happy enough to push for more money. I like Bradley more every time I hear him talk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyDM View Post
    He is very substantive. wow
    Good to have a coach that can actually speak in front of the press.

    Edit: autocorrect sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrillos View Post
    I think it is also important to remember that Bradley is our sporting director as well. He knows bragging about how amazing Giovinco is in training entices him to go for that extra few bucks in a contract. He is being prudent from a sporting director perspective of being positive enough that Giovinco is happy with what he hears Bradley saying, but not happy enough to push for more money. I like Bradley more every time I hear him talk!
    I've enjoy listening to his pressers. Just hearing him speak about what they working on in training gives us such a clear picture on how they plan on playing this year. The fundamentals seem sound, let's see if it translates onto the pitch.

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    We now have the #2 spot in the allocation order for those of you on Seba Watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I think the character/locker room thing for Giovinco, if that is a driver, would be part of making Insigne (and other Italian Serie A players) more comfortable.

    I would definitely interpret Gio's potential signing as a kind of sign that more Italians are coming.

    I like to think he can be a senior statesman. But it's hard to know for sure. He is a lifelong alpha dog. His instinct is to stand over every free kick, that'd be hard for him.

    I vividly remember Super Pippa in his late 30s, as Milan's super sub on those championship teams, glaring back at the Milan bench every time he scored as a sub. He never stopped thinking he should have been starting, even at age 38 or whatever.
    I think if there was even the smallest hint of any character issue- past with Giovinco that could not be tolerated or managed he would not have even made it to the pitch as a trialist by the Firm of Bradley & Bradley.

    Apart from any cosmetics, for me Giovinco is a transitional on-pitch solution; depth and redundancy until reinforcements arrive.
    As it stands, for now, Poz is the on-goal deadball specialist. I am hoping Giovinco could also help in those situations; in the interim.

    I am guessing Super Pippa may be referencing Inzaghi... or Rivera or other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    I think if there was even the smallest hint of any character issue- past with Giovinco that could not be tolerated or managed he would have not even made it to the pitch as a trialist by the Firm of Bradley & Bradley.

    Apart from any cosmetics, for me Giovinco is a transitional on-pitch solution; depth and redundancy until reinforcements arrive.
    As it stands, for now, Poz is the on-goal deadball specialist. I am hoping Giovinco could also help in those situations; in the interim.

    I am guessing Super Pippa may be referencing Inzaghi... or Rivera or other?
    Suspect Insigne will be the dead ball taker, the instant he arrives.

    Inzaghi. I was a big fan of those Milan teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    We now have the #2 spot in the allocation order for those of you on Seba Watch.
    Is that because of the Yedlin / Miami deal?

    (NM found my answer - yes it is. I forget he was with the sounders way back when)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbronies View Post
    Is that because of the Yedlin / Miami deal?
    Yeah. Miami used their slot on Yedlin. Swapping spots with Cincinnati should be pretty cheap. Probably like $50k in GAM

 

 

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