Kit Nerd Corner : The 2016 Kittie Awards!
Jan25

Kit Nerd Corner : The 2016 Kittie Awards!

Disclaimer : I care and because I want to. I love awards. In fact, my favourite type of awards are about niche topics from unofficial sources written by someone who has a horse so high, it’s a struggle to get on it at all, so I’m doing this for me, and you can choose to ignore it. That being said… 2016 Best Jersey Criteria : it’s a nice looking shirt. You could wear it to non-footy related events and it is not an eyesore....

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VMP 2016 Final Countdown #1: Jozy Altidore
Jan24

VMP 2016 Final Countdown #1: Jozy Altidore

Mark: 1 – Quite the tale of two halves and I’m a sucker for a redemption story. On May 15th, a game against Vancouver, the version of Jozy Altidore, the one that was brutal and had the “press” coming to his defense, hit a new low.  Perhaps even a bottom.  Goal drought, down by two, gets a penalty saved then pulls up lame and while he was off the pitch and Babouli waiting to be announced as his substitute, Toronto pulls one...

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VMP 2016 Final Countdown #2: Sebastian Giovinco
Jan23

VMP 2016 Final Countdown #2: Sebastian Giovinco

Duncan: 2 – Didn’t really get a lot of support for various tactical reasons through the long away trip and the mid summer patch where everyone else was injured but generally still kept playing well, scoring goals and doing his Seba things. Eventually seemed to wear him down and towards the end of the season and after his injury into the playoffs seemed to get frustrated a lot easier than usual. Whether he wasn’t...

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VMP 2016 Final Countdown #3: Michael Bradley
Jan22

VMP 2016 Final Countdown #3: Michael Bradley

Kristin: 4 – So weird; I actually liked Michael Bradley this year.  Vanney found/he agreed to a new position on the pitch, he didn’t try to do everything himself every game, defensively worlds better, huge towards the end of the season. But please stop taking free kicks. K, thanks. Michael Bradley has been with Toronto FC for three years and I disliked him for the first two – I never saw anything that made it seem...

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VMP 2016 Final Countdown #4: Drew Moor
Jan21

VMP 2016 Final Countdown #4: Drew Moor

Duncan: 1 – This is a bit of a hypothetical number one ranking really as it’s based on what probably would have happened if he got injured. Bradley, Altidore, Giovinco, Irwin, all missed time at various points in the season, and we got by fine enough, and I don’t think that’d be the case if Moor went missing. The difference between last year’s defence and this years was huge, for many reasons but Moor was...

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VMP 2016 Final Countdown #5: Clint Irwin
Jan20

VMP 2016 Final Countdown #5: Clint Irwin

Kristin: 7 – Lost places for lack of playing time and only a so-so return post-injury.  However, started the season pretty great, he’s young and is great bang for the buck – hoping for really good things in 2017. Clint Irwin has had an interesting career arc – to say the least – from playing in Ottawa for Capitol City in the now defunct Canadian Soccer League, t0 back-up for the Charlotte Eagles in the...

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