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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    I've known Neil professionally for about twenty-five years. He is hinting because they're optimistic. He wouldn't include it otherwise. But he'll never confirm something he doesn't actually have, so until he's signed....

    Also, it's important not to be put off too much by the 15% salary hike limit. If they offer him a one-and-one and he accepts, they can renegotiate the second year once six months have passed and offer him substantially more in a guaranteed second year. So there are ways around it, if the player has faith they want him enough to follow through.
    Thanks for the professional perspective.

    That story looks like an attempt to get ahead of the narrative before pressers tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    ÖAlso, it's important not to be put off too much by the 15% salary hike limit. If they offer him a one-and-one and he accepts, they can renegotiate the second year once six months have passed and offer him substantially more in a guaranteed second year. So there are ways around it, if the player has faith they want him enough to follow through.
    I suspected so, yet was not sure enough to mention this myself.
    I have been waiting for someone else to suggest that such a scenario/workaround is plausible.
    Didnít Aaron Long or another player with FA status just sign with a 1+1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuushalinsky View Post
    This may be a big if, but IF Johnson signs, are we OK going into pre-season with MacNaughton/Hedges as our starting CBs? I'm hesitant but honestly, my dumb brain's starting to think it's more and more viable with a better GK in Johnson.
    I'd still prefer to have another CB. Julio Cesar's time here proved that if the defense is terrible, it doesn't matter how good the keeper is because, if the defensive allows so many quality opportunities, the ball will still go in because it's unstoppable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    I suspected so, yet was not sure enough to mention this myself.
    I have been waiting for someone else to suggest that such a scenario/workaround is plausible.
    Didn’t Aaron Long or another player with FA status just sign with a 1+1?
    He got a two-year-deal but I haven't seen the breakdown anywhere. I wouldn't be surprised. They have cap space issues to deal with and are basically banking on moving a player or two still to be compliant. (I believe that was why Blessing came out of the blue, despite him re-signing with them just a few weeks ago).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydermike View Post
    I'd still prefer to have another CB. Julio Cesar's time here proved that if the defense is terrible, it doesn't matter how good the keeper is because, if the defensive allows so many quality opportunities, the ball will still go in because it's unstoppable.
    Agreed... Loved having Cesar here for that time but if you recall more specifically, even for Brazil when Thiago Silva went down Brazil's defence went porous to the Germans in that 7-1 drubbing. The keeper can make some unbelievable saves but the net still is 8M wide and without competent CBs, I dont care how good you are... it will have an impact. Need another fast, competent CB and that midfield destroyer if we want to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    Let's fucking go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    I figure Salcedo, Mavinga and Bono combined cost us at least 21 points last season via individual blunders.

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    Johnson and hedges combined wages will be very likely a couple hundred k under what we were paying Bono and mavinga.

    Lololol what a ridiculous upgrade

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    https://twitter.com/Beezersun/status...Qbuq9C_Iw&s=19

    Ok this is moving fast.

    Expect it to be announced tomorrow imo.

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    Sweet! I was really hoping our keeper situation would be decided this week.

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    Doyle pointed this out in his one piece on the Eastern Conference

    Which is to say Alejandro Pozuelo is out of contract and I don’t expect he’ll be coming back
    Surprised nobody on here has been calling for Poz to be our 3rd DP....guess its not the same as Seba.

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    Bono who played for Morocco born in Montreal would have been nice.


    Hopefully Johnsons passing alone will improve possession and reduce turn over.


    Someone mentioned not the best positioning- hopefully he still has solid reflexes.


    I do get uncomfortable having most of impact players on the wrong side of 30- contract could easily turn.


    Thankful for a rumor

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Doyle pointed this out in his one piece on the Eastern Conference



    Surprised nobody on here has been calling for Poz to be our 3rd DP....guess its not the same as Seba.
    I'd be happy to put in back in our team with solid players surrounding him and him not requiring to play defensive mid- his passing could open up a lot him and VV would be too dangerous if TFC needed goals .

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    Quote Originally Posted by FootBallAZ View Post
    Bono who played for Morocco born in Montreal would have been nice.


    Hopefully Johnsons passing alone will improve possession and reduce turn over.


    Someone mentioned not the best positioning- hopefully he still has solid reflexes.


    I do get uncomfortable having most of impact players on the wrong side of 30- contract could easily turn.


    Thankful for a rumor
    gks are a bit different tbh.

    a 33 year old GK is still in his prime (as are defenders in early 30s, mostly).

    we do need some younger signings for sure tho, hopefully can add some youth in CM and LB

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    Maybe.
    You know he also stated this...
    Even though he then qualified the statement...



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    Quote Originally Posted by FootBallAZ View Post
    when i found my new family doctor 5 years ago it was amazing- as it got busier and good reviews it takes now close to an hour

    i also go on days to see my family physician and book early in the am- last time was 4pm and i was out by 4.45pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    Maybe.
    You know he also stated this...
    Even though he then qualified the statement...


    that was yesterday, clearly was misinformed as he's mainly a nycfc guy so probably not great tfc connects

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Doyle pointed this out in his one piece on the Eastern Conference



    Surprised nobody on here has been calling for Poz to be our 3rd DP....guess its not the same as Seba.
    I am calling for it, if he will accept a 2 year deal. He is a perfect 10 for the Italians.

    Oso, Poz, MB, in a MF trio, in a 4-5-1. Oso and MB play box to box. You just need the right striker there, and boom
    "There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring." - Johan Cruyff

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    that was yesterday, clearly was misinformed as he's mainly a nycfc guy so probably not great tfc connects
    That Davidson article said specifically Bob didnít bring Romero here to start. Lol.

    Buffery has been tweeting about Johnson too. TFC saying they are looking for a number one keeper and Johnson fits the bill. Sounds to me like itís happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am calling for it, if he will accept a 2 year deal. He is a perfect 10 for the Italians.

    Oso, Poz, MB, in a MF trio, in a 4-5-1. Oso and MB play box to box. You just need the right striker there, and

    boom
    poz still has the tire markings on him from BB bus

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    Well with preseason starting tomorrow, hopefully they release a preseason roster list like they did last year (I remember the whole speculation because they forgot to put the star next to Giovinco and everyone thought they secretly signed him for an hour). This way we can see the list of trialists at least.

    Maybe Johnson gets announced tomorrow, just before they (if they do) release the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canary10 View Post
    That Davidson article said specifically Bob didn’t bring Romero here to start. Lol.

    Buffery has been tweeting about Johnson too. TFC saying they are looking for a number one keeper and Johnson fits the bill. Sounds to me like it’s happening.
    100%

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    Sean Johnson (if it happens) is definitely because of Bob Bradley. His pull with American players can't be understated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie View Post
    poz still has the tire markings on him from BB bus
    Not sure. It was hard to say. But you could be right.
    "There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring." - Johan Cruyff

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    Sean Johnson (if it happens) is definitely because of Bob Bradley. His pull with American players can't be understated.
    Combination of him snd top end dp talent needed to compete you'd imagine

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am calling for it, if he will accept a 2 year deal. He is a perfect 10 for the Italians.

    Oso, Poz, MB, in a MF trio, in a 4-5-1. Oso and MB play box to box. You just need the right striker there, and boom
    Not sure it fits BB’s expressed play style or formation intentions.
    Still, if it is a question of adapt or die?
    A viable ‘win now’ pitch path to MLS playoffs with the addition of ‘a Giroud’ at the one.
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    Pozo is going to have some of the same issues Oso had in terms of going to Europe now, so that won’t be straightforward for him (although I am sure he can get a decent 6 month gig).

    2 years at 1.5M a year might be enough to get it done.
    "There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring." - Johan Cruyff

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    That would be a VERY slow midfield & we would be punished by counters.

    That and I don't think MB can play box-to box.


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    Which reminds me.....we need speed in our midfield and probably some speed from our #2 CB.

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    Good interview with insigne.

    Sounds like he is very very happy here.

    Lots of great things to say about the fans, the city and his life here.

    https://twitter.com/Total_TFC/status...wYaphjj8A&s=19

 

 

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