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« on: Yesterday at 04:22:01 AM »
Leiweke can be given a modicum of credit for having planted the seeds of the (future) successes of Toronto's three franchises -- the Leafs, the Raptors, and the Toronto FC:
For the Raptors, (after firing GM Colangelo who was responsible for having drafted the team's starting five), Leiweke brought in Ujiri, as replacement. Ujiri hired coach Casey, and began piecing a good foundation for the team, with Leiweke's support, of course. Leiweke also got Drake to be the team's ambassador.
For the Leafs, Leiweke extended Nonis' contract, who in turn gave extended long terms to Kessel, Phaneuf, Clarkson...no need to rehash that. Leiweke did hire Shanahan, who took the reins to revamp the organization from the ground up.
As for the Toronto FC, Leiweke spent heavily on acquiring international players, but this did little to bring the team out if it's sorry state. Not until MLSE 'rebuilt' the team with better management at all levels did the franchise show any semblance of improving their on-field record. It has taken quite some time, but now having Altidore, Bradley, Giovinco, a mix of veterans and skilled young talent, has led the TFC to the delightful reality of making it to the MLS Cup Championship next Saturday against the Seattle Saunders! A welcome relief for the team's long-suffering fans.
More on the Leiweke legacy: (old article but a worthy read)http://www.ichill.ca/articles/leiweke-s-legacy
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:22:10 PM »
Neat graphic showing the locations of the goals scored by the leagues top-2 goal scorers right now:
What an interesting mix. Both Laine and Crosby have a roughly equal number of wrist shots, with Laine owning more slap shots to Crosby's none.
Crosby's seem to include deflections and backhanded shots (which Laine has nil).
The slap shot and backhanders are practically art forms and require accuracy more than even wrist shots, deflections, or whatever.
Observations indicate that Laine's goals are from further out whereas Crosby's seem further in in the offensive zone (nearer the net).
Could this make Laine the better sharpshooter from those angles?
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:11:45 PM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 8:
« on: December 04, 2016, 02:43:19 AM »
Hm: Van Riemsdyk
Mentions to Bozak, Marner, Marincin, Hyman, Zaltsev, Gardiner, Brown, Reilly, Andersen.
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:36:25 AM »
3 Ottawa - Florida @ Ottawa
6 St.Louis - Winnipeg @ St.Louis
5 Tampa Bay - Washington @ Tampa Bay
1 Toronto - Toronto @ Vancouver
4 Colorado - Dallas @ Colorado
2 Edmonton - Anaheim @ Edmonton
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:28:58 AM »
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:27:08 AM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 7:
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:04:40 AM »
« on: December 01, 2016, 12:15:20 AM »
Before a crowd of 38,000+ screaming fanatics at BMO Field, right here in Toronto, the Toronto FC scored twice in extra time and put the game well out of reach, in defeating the Montreal Impact 5-2, thus winning the Eastern Conference Final (aggregate) 7-5.
Whoa!! What a way to go, TFC!! Having lost Game 1 (First Leg) of this series 3-2, the TFC's only hope was to win Game 2 (Second Leg) by scores of 2-0 or even 3-1 and hope the Impact fall flat. Well, didn't they ever, that is, after the Impact took a first half lead....that was going to be the last lead for Montreal, as the TFC came roaring back to take it all.
Not even the pouring rain nor a soggy field could stop Toronto, as the TFC got goals from Ricketts and Cheyrou in the extra time. Cheyrou came on as a substitute for the injured Sebastian Giovinco in the second half. Speaking of Giovinco, his two corner kicks led to goals and that includes Jozey Altidore who played another astounding game in these playoffs.
Altidore becomes the first player in MLS playoff history to score in five straight games. Fantastic!
An incredible win not just for the TFC, their long-suffering fans, the city, but also for Canadian soccer in general. This series between two high-flying teams -- the impact, who, by the way, continue to be one of the premiere teams in the league, and the TFC, who, with an impressive cast of players, had one of the most successful seasons in team history -- showcased soccer at it's very best.
So now, the TFC, Eastern Conference Champions, march to the MLS Cup against the Seattle Sounders, Western Conference Champions, next Saturday here in Toronto at BMO Field.