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We might just do it! Davies was incredible.
 

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That was fun. Davies dominated. Huge win after going 1 down. Well deserved
 

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Disappointed to read that the Canadians too call it soccer. I expected better of you, probably shouldn't have.

Even on this forum North American posters can't call the sport by its proper name, no need to wonder why you'll never be successful in it, really - you're not actually participating.
My brother is Canadian and he calls it football. That could be because we were raised in South America. Almost everyone in the US and Canada calls it soccer but I've continued to call it football. I usually say futbol for clarification and to avoid confusion. There's only one football and it's life.
 

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Disappointed to read that the Canadians too call it soccer. I expected better of you, probably shouldn't have.

Even on this forum North American posters can't call the sport by its proper name, no need to wonder why you'll never be successful in it, really - you're not actually participating.
It's actually a British term. If would be diffrent if we didn't have the NFL or CFL. It's not a big deal. Not sure why you would care.

"The word soccer comes from a slang abbreviation of the word association, which British players of the day adapted as “assoc,” “assoccer” and eventually soccer or soccer football. (The habit of adding –er to nicknames in British vernacular is frequently attributed to Oxford students of that period, and can be found in other sporting slang such as “rugger” for rugby.)

The parallel names soccer and football (or the combined soccer football) were used more or less interchangeably to refer to association football until well into the 20th century, at which point football emerged as the dominant name in most parts of the world. However, in countries where another football variety was already popular—such as America and Australia—the name soccer stuck around."
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/news/why-do-some-people-call-it-soccer
 

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That goal from Davies was brilliant! Also that was a nice header from Tajon Buchanan. And Jonathan David scoring was perfect to cap it off. David is now tied for 5th all time for goals for Canada. Also currently tied for first for goals in League 1.
 

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I didn't think we'd get a full house or something close to it on what was not only just a Wednesday but also a Toronto Maple Leafs home opener. That stadium may have had its quiet spells, but once Canada established themselves and really upped the ante, the crowd was just something else altogether.
 

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who was the dumbass that shoved davies into the group of teammates? Super dangerous play there considering the circumstances.
 

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I really wish United signed Alphonso Davies. Such a phenomenal talent.
This still pisses me off that no one at United saw his potential. I've been following him since his debut for the Whitecaps at age fifteen, and it was blatantly obvious to anyone who loves the sport that he would be head and shoulders above his teammates in MLS and go on to great things in Europe and for the national side. How is it no one at United could see this?

Loved the game last night, and my voice is messed up still.
 

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who was the dumbass that shoved davies into the group of teammates? Super dangerous play there considering the circumstances.
Jonathan David, I think. Heat of the moment. It was a pretty emotional night if you're Canadian. We've waited a long time to see the men's team look like contenders.
 

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This still pisses me off that no one at United saw his potential. I've been following him since his debut for the Whitecaps at age fifteen, and it was blatantly obvious to anyone who loves the sport that he would be head and shoulders above his teammates in MLS and go on to great things in Europe and for the national side. How is it no one at United could see this?

Loved the game last night, and my voice is messed up still.
United organized trials with him which the Whitecaps later cancelled so they obviously they did see it.

We don’t just get first dibs on every player in the world.
 

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Bayern has been good for his development and considering that Shaw has had that LB position locked down for a while now, it’s probably for the best that we didn’t get him.
 

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Bayern has been good for his development and considering that Shaw has had that LB position locked down for a while now, it’s probably for the best that we didn’t get him.
But when he was on the brink of moving to Europe, Shaw was nowhere, and Fonzie might well have made that position his. That said, he's far more effective as a wing back or an out-and-out attacking winger, and in that game last night he had more or less a free rein and was astonishingly good. He's done well at Bayern, but even there I feel he's only being tapped for a small part of his potential. And to be fair, I'm not sure United managers would have gotten any more out of him than Bayern. It's just that when we knew he would be leaving Vancouver, going to United would at least have taken the sting out of it for those of us who support both clubs (United first, the 'Caps second).
 

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The thing with Phonzie is that he was only playing as an attacking winger for Vancouver. No one would have thought that he'd make a solid left back at any point. Even Bayern Munich brought him in as a left winger first and foremost. It was only because of their defensive injuries that Davies was tried out at left back, and the rest is history.

There's no guarantee that he'd have become a left back for us. He could have become another winger coming through our academy.
 

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The thing with Phonzie is that he was only playing as an attacking winger for Vancouver. No one would have thought that he'd make a solid left back at any point. Even Bayern Munich brought him in as a left winger first and foremost. It was only because of their defensive injuries that Davies was tried out at left back, and the rest is history.

There's no guarantee that he'd have become a left back for us. He could have become another winger coming through our academy.
He did play some games as a wing back for the Caps, but he was more effective as an out-and-out winger. Not that he's poor as a left back, of course; he's incredibly adaptable. But yeah, who knows how it would have gone at United had he joined? I tend to think you're right and he would have been yet more competition in that left-side forward position. My reaction to him going to Bayern at the time was emotional, to be honest; if he'd gone to United, it would have been easier on my Whitecaps-supporting side to let him go. I'm United first and foremost, but I've followed the Caps since the NASL days, and he's by far the best thing that ever happened to the club (I know the NASL Whitecaps weren't exactly the same organization, but still).
 

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Bayern has been good for his development and considering that Shaw has had that LB position locked down for a while now, it’s probably for the best that we didn’t get him.
He's basically Bale, I think he would have just won a wing position with his pace and hunger, even while being a bit raw still. If we'd bought him instead of Dan James the next year....
 

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My brother is Canadian and he calls it football. That could be because we were raised in South America. Almost everyone in the US and Canada calls it soccer but I've continued to call it football. I usually say futbol for clarification and to avoid confusion. There's only one football and it's life.
You're Guyanese heritage aren't you?
 

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The thing with Phonzie is that he was only playing as an attacking winger for Vancouver. No one would have thought that he'd make a solid left back at any point. Even Bayern Munich brought him in as a left winger first and foremost. It was only because of their defensive injuries that Davies was tried out at left back, and the rest is history.

There's no guarantee that he'd have become a left back for us. He could have become another winger coming through our academy.
That's exactly right.
 

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Mostly right. He didn't only play as an attacking winger for Vancouver; he did play left back there occasionally too.
Ah ok - I just meant from the Bayern side, he was signed as an attacker, and only was intalled as full back after Süle ruptured his ACL on top of Lucas' lingering injuries, and Alaba had to move to CB.
 

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He did play some games as a wing back for the Caps, but he was more effective as an out-and-out winger. Not that he's poor as a left back, of course; he's incredibly adaptable. But yeah, who knows how it would have gone at United had he joined? I tend to think you're right and he would have been yet more competition in that left-side forward position. My reaction to him going to Bayern at the time was emotional, to be honest; if he'd gone to United, it would have been easier on my Whitecaps-supporting side to let him go. I'm United first and foremost, but I've followed the Caps since the NASL days, and he's by far the best thing that ever happened to the club (I know the NASL Whitecaps weren't exactly the same organization, but still).
Thanks for the heads up. I don't remember him playing as a left back/left wing back, but I'm not too surprised by that. He always had the athleticism to function in that role.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I don't remember him playing as a left back/left wing back, but I'm not too surprised by that. He always had the athleticism to function in that role.
I don't think it was too often, but I do remember a few games when he played there. And yes, exactly. I've rarely felt such certainty about a player becoming something very special.

Oh, wait, I found an article about it at last!
 

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They are from Georgetown and Enterprise, the last time I went to Guyana was 1986.
The one thing I recall about that visit was how often power would go out, everyone had a generator.
'86 I was still a baby :)
I went to school in Georgetown.
The power outage is still happening and it's only the rich that had generators.