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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I think these next two games will determine it.

    Full points - we are going to do it

    4 points - we are maybe going to do it

    Anything else - we are not going to get there, too many teams to catch with only 7 games left.
    Yeah, I agree. If Kaye is back - at latest right after the next two matches - and no more injuries to any of the eleven.
    With the exception of the four central defenders. Mavinga gives us something we need and the others donít offer but we could get by with any three of the four until the regular seasonís end.

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    He's extremly slow & unable to keep up - this isn't motivation - Martinez wouldn't be the first player to be unable to come back from an ACL tear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    A hard, hard no.

    He's taken on a "bigger than the club" persona. Absolute locker room trouble right now AND he's lost his speed which was a big part of his danger.

    He's coming off the bench in Atlanta for a reason.
    Yeah, weíre in a position of having the budget to spend money on sure things. Why put dollars down on a dicey consideration like Martinez?

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    The thing that's making me enjoy this stretch (even though we realistically won't make it) is not just that we've added some really good players, but the players who looked somewhat washed up are playing really good football again.

    It really is true that a great player makes the whole team better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    The thing that's making me enjoy this stretch (even though we realistically won't make it) is not just that we've added some really good players, but the players who looked somewhat washed up are playing really good football again.

    It really is true that a great player makes the whole team better.
    It's because they start to feel a sense of purpose again. There's no more ennui - everyone believes in the team's prospects again and they're going all out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    It's because they start to feel a sense of purpose again. There's no more ennui - everyone believes in the team's prospects again and they're going all out.
    Winning games... convincingly... changes everything.
    It's addictive.
    Sustenance. Affirming. Renewed life.
    Like water to a thirsty man lost in the desert.

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    Sam Jones was speculating in the latest MLS Power Rankings that TFC could probably make the playoffs if the pick up 16 points in the last 9 games. Thatís 5 wins and one tie, definitely sounds doable right now. Nelson has really benefitted from moving to CM, but MAK returning should turn it up another notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamp Berg View Post
    Sam Jones was speculating in the latest MLS Power Rankings that TFC could probably make the playoffs if the pick up 16 points in the last 9 games. That’s 5 wins and one tie, definitely sounds doable right now. Nelson has really benefitted from moving to CM, but MAK returning should turn it up another notch.
    likely will make it with 5 wins, 538 has the last playoff spot being less than that.

    4 home wins and 1 away very doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    The thing that's making me enjoy this stretch (even though we realistically won't make it) is not just that we've added some really good players, but the players who looked somewhat washed up are playing really good football again.

    It really is true that a great player makes the whole team better.
    is it unrealistic that the team that has picked up 10 points in 4 games won't pick up 16 points in 9 games?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    is it unrealistic that the team that has picked up 10 points in 4 games won't pick up 16 points in 9 games?

    We have 6 games in 21 days starting with last Saturday - that is very tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    We have 6 games in 21 days starting with last Saturday - that is very tough.
    Tough but after that 21 days they get to rest for a few months...or they don't.

    Either way a 21 day slog to make the playoffs or go home has a different feel than doing similar in like June. Plus the weather will be kinder.

    On the other hand our fitness and physio team is ...questionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    We have 6 games in 21 days starting with last Saturday - that is very tough.
    Also 6 games I'm 27 days given 6 days of rest before Saturday.

    And we have 2 sets of home games close together which is nice.

    I'm just saying it's not as unrealistic as people are making out, especially with how well we're playing even without MAK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    Also 6 games I'm 27 days given 6 days of rest before Saturday.

    And we have 2 sets of home games close together which is nice.

    I'm just saying it's not as unrealistic as people are making out, especially with how well we're playing even without MAK.
    Apparently bet365 or one of those sites has us at 13% probability but itís probably a stat-heavy analysis ignoring the recent changes and ensuing form.

    MLSsoccer dude picks us to make it with New England (and they assume Columbusí form makes them a shoo-in).

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/who-t...e-playoff-race

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    likely will make it with 5 wins, 538 has the last playoff spot being less than that.

    4 home wins and 1 away very doable.
    538 shows the odds of TFC being in the playoffs at 13%. Maybe historical bias, but still that's quite low.

    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    is it unrealistic that the team that has picked up 10 points in 4 games won't pick up 16 points in 9 games?
    We have very little depth. We're one significant injury away from it all going south.
    Last edited by Oldtimer; 08-16-2022 at 03:49 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    538 shows the odds of TFC being in the playoffs at 13%. Maybe historical bias, but still that's quite low.



    We have very little depth. We're one significant injury away from it all going south.
    Itís too bad we didnít take the first half of the season seriously, oh well Thank you Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 223 View Post
    It’s too bad we didn’t take the first half of the season seriously, oh well Thank you Bob
    Must've been tough waiting for a moment to shoot in some Bradley negativity in the midst of this current winning streak.

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    Well, if there's any reason to hope, at least MLS analytics thinks we have a chance.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/who-t...e-playoff-race

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    Must've been tough waiting for a moment to shoot in some Bradley negativity in the midst of this current winning streak.
    When the plan is to bring in two DPs on crazy money the least you can do is try to put your team in a playoff position

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 223 View Post
    When the plan is to bring in two DPs on crazy money the least you can do is try to put your team in a playoff position
    Ohh right! He forgot to try. How silly of him. Glad you caught that.
    That's all I'll say about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redpunkfiddle View Post
    Ohh right! He forgot to try. How silly of him. Glad you caught that.
    I recall a game in early May when Bob started Chung, Thompson, Priso, Nelson, and Petrasso. Is that trying?or throwing away points?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    538 shows the odds of TFC being in the playoffs at 13%. Maybe historical bias, but still that's quite low.



    We have very little depth. We're one significant injury away from it all going south.
    538 will be taking into account our entire season, so yeah, if we were starting kerr petrasso and thompson every week i'd put our chances at 13% too.

    in reality, the bigger shock would be that this team didn't win at least 5 of it's remaining 9 games.

    the ways we get kept out are:

    1. injury to insigne or berna where they miss multiple games

    2. 2 teams currently ahead of us go on insane streaks
    Last edited by leedsandTFC; 08-16-2022 at 05:28 PM.

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    If we win the next two games, I bet they go get one more veteran for depth. As everyone knows, these two games are critical to the run. Both teams ahead of us and catchable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 223 View Post
    When the plan is to bring in two DPs on crazy money the least you can do is try to put your team in a playoff position
    sorry, i think we all agree that the giant rebuild is something we needed, what other players could we have used in the first half of the year that would have made us better?

    in the long run, the half a season of bad to mediocre performances will be more than worth it with the next few years we have infront of us of incredibly good, attacking football and results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    538 shows the odds of TFC being in the playoffs at 13%. Maybe historical bias, but still that's quite low.



    We have very little depth. We're one significant injury away from it all going south.
    This is the thing. If everyone can stay healthy, it's possible. That will probably mean only having the Italians play 65-ish minutes per game. We're going to have to get leads and then have the kids come on to protect them.

    That being said, LI did have about 2 months of not playing and recovering from his injury, and FB wasn't playing much at Juve, if I understand it (?)

    So maybe they're more rested than we think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    This is the thing. If everyone can stay healthy, it's possible. That will probably mean only having the Italians play 65-ish minutes per game. We're going to have to get leads and then have the kids come on to protect them.

    That being said, LI did have about 2 months of not playing and recovering from his injury, and FB wasn't playing much at Juve, if I understand it (?)

    So maybe they're more rested than we think.
    FB played about 2000 minutes for Juve last season. If either LI or FB were in Europe they'd be starting their season this past weekend or the one before that and would have been playing preseason games for a few weeks. Their time off was really only shortened by a few weeks. In comparison, JJ has basically gone non stop without anytime off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    FB played about 2000 minutes for Juve last season. If either LI or FB were in Europe they'd be starting their season this past weekend or the one before that and would have been playing preseason games for a few weeks. Their time off was really only shortened by a few weeks. In comparison, JJ has basically gone non stop without anytime off.
    it's true, i'd like to see ayo given a run of starts.

    we've looked more dangerous recently when ayo has come on, his running in behind is really effective and jesus seems gassed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 223 View Post
    I recall a game in early May when Bob started Chung, Thompson, Priso, Nelson, and Petrasso. Is that trying?or throwing away points?

    Good memory, that was the Cincinnati game. I'm sure your memory will also remember that our bench for that game was Akinola, Peruzza, Kerr, Franklin, Antonoglou, Yeates, and Rothrock. So with all that information could you give us your expertise on who should have started instead to give us a win that game?

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    Two wins this week against two teams weíre chasing would basically reset the whole season.

    This week is an opportunity to bring things within our control and erase the first half of the season +/- 1 point.

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    For what it’s worth Bet365 seriously diagrees with you
    https://www.on.bet365.ca/#/AC/B1/C17...013/F2!/AS/B1/

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevep View Post
    For what itís worth Bet365 seriously diagrees with you
    https://www.on.bet365.ca/#/AC/B1/C17...013/F2!/AS/B1/
    At this point it seems most of the online handicappers are improving our odds. I just read a New England fan page that was praising them for not being scored on all month, playing the best football New England has played in a while etc etcÖ and then he picked us to win 2-0 tonight.

 

 

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