Episode 102: Gettin’ Giggy Wit It

Wherein Our Heroes dissect the dismissals of both Roger Koeman at Everton and Montreal Impact’s Mauro Biello. Megan Rapinoe speaks out against FIFA after the Women’s Best Player Award shortlist is released, our Barton Award is doled out to an unnamed Everton supporter involved in the fracas against Lyon, and Vancouver Whitecaps hope to see off the San Jose Earthquakes in the first round of the MLS playoffs. Also, Adam finds out he isn’t Ukrainian after all…thank you Ancestry.com.

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Canadian MLS Clubs Still Have Holes to Fill – Part 3: Montreal Impact

The final instalment of our look at Canadian MLS clubs takes a look at goings on in Montreal…

There is one single name sure to be casting a shadow over the Impact this year, and that is Didier Drogba.

The Ivorian proved to be a boon for the club with his reputation and pedigree both on and off the pitch.

That said, a refusal to be named to the subs list late last season, coupled with a decline in productivity, saw things sour slightly before Drogba decided to leave La Belle Province after the Impact were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite numerous departures (Harry Shipp to Seattle, Johan Venegas to Minnesota, Donny Toia to Orlando), it will be the absence of Drogba that is likely felt the most from a supporter’s standpoint.

Most interestingly, LAD (Life After Didier) should bring more consistency to the Impact’s style of play, with coach Mauro Biello tending to employ a direct approach with Drogba on the pitch, to mixed results.

Montreal will again lean heavily on 2016 MLS All-Star Ignacio Patti to lead the attack, having staved off Boca Juniors’ attempt to pry the Argentinian away. Patti proved worth his weight in gold last season, notching 17 league goals (up from 9 in 2015), and frequently sporting the captain’s armband.

Bolstering the midfield is the arrival of Swiss International, Blerim Dzemaili, from FC Bologna (a club also owned by Joey Saputo). Dzemaili, a starter in each of Switzerland’s Euro 2016 matches and a regular in Bologna’s starting eleven, is set to complete his move to Canada in early July.

While it is easy to understand why club owner Saputo sought a DP in the offseason to replace Drogba, what is most surprising is the Impact’s failure to address a lack of depth on the backline.

Montreal’s -4 goal differential in 2016 was the worst of any club that qualified for the MLS playoffs, and things get very thin on the depth chart once one gets past regulars Laurent Ciman, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera, and Ambroise Oyongo (who recently became the first-ever active MLS player to hoist the AFCON).

Donny Toia, who saw bushels of playing time at left back, could prove to be a mammoth loss.

The only addition to the corps is Chris Duvall, who never figured in as a regular with New York Red Bulls through the last 3 seasons.

If all remains status quo in camp, the Impact might very well be participants in many a high scoring match in 2017.

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Episode 39: Fair Thraiped (or, Excuse Me…I Clarted)

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Wherein Our Heroes dissect recent comments by wonder-scout Piet de Visser and his assessment of José Mourinho’s man management, Alan Pardew unveils the subject of his FA Cup motivational tactics – namely him, and Infantino promises FIFA will ensure Qatar’s employment standards are on the up-and-up. Meanwhile, Sakho faces a potentially lengthy ban and Benitez leads the Magpies to their first points away from St. James’. Also, Montreal can’t handle The Atomic Ant in Drogba’s first start of the season. We’re not nobbling!

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Episode 15: Gentle Jason and The Silent Assassin

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Wherein Our Heroes adjudge themselves to be desolate after the last round of the MLS playoffs. Jamie Vardy is the slyest of Foxes (not to be Ruud), Brendan Rodgers hops The Tube, and Rooney’s slaps are better than his finishing. Also, Stoic Loic Remy receives a huzzah for not going to ground, Jeb Brovsky rocks a modern-day Errol Flynn look, and a Costa Rican referee gets the heave-ho from CONCACAF. Jason recounts his recent experience in Vancouver, and The Gaffers weigh in on MLS and BPL before the international break.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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Episode 14: A Falling Hazard and a Sinking Sub-Mourinho

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Wherein Our Heroes get in touch with their inner Liza Minnelli, belt out Aaron Neville’s greatest hits in Spanish and dip into the mail bag to answer your burning questions. Chelsea’s woes are innumerable, Barcelona’s players are left with huevos on their face, and Rémi is the new Garde. Also, Sasha brings the stasha, sacking Kreis ain’t nice, and the Impact drive all the girls crazy.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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Episode 13: Adam and Jason’s Spooktacular Halloween MLS Playoff Preview

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The clock hath struck midnight on the MLS regular season and only 12 clubs have survived the bloodbath. Our Heroes provide their ghoulish predictions on who will come out alive and who will be dragged to the fiery depths of hell. Will Sporting Kansas City transform when the moon is full? Will Mauro Biello’s unnatural creation come to life at Saputo? Will Carl Robinson’s children of the night feast on the souls of the living? The Young Gaffers answer all of these questions and more on this most devilish 13th episode. Also, we answer fan mail from Amy.

Music by: Iron Maiden, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bobby “Boris” Pickett

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Episode 12: Are you an Emre Can or an Emre Can’t?

WebWherein Our Heroes discuss topics including (but not limited to): rule changes, Bond villains, the Ballon D’Or not-so-shortlist, Junior Hoilett’s patriotism, pressing tactics, getting shown pink, Jurgen Klopp’s debut, Mourinho losing the plot, Wijnaldum’s quad trick, a trifecta of Canadian awesomeness in MLS, and Liam’s calendar miscue. Also, we bring you the full gamut of regular segments. Strap in and hold on, ‘cause this ride is gonna get bumpy.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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