Episode 104: #YoungGaffersAndChill

Wherein Our Heroes provide tips on how the Gaffers aren’t just a footy pod, but can spice things up for couples when need be. The first 88.89% of Stranger Things 2 is discussed, Chelsea’s barber is banned from Cobham, and Patrice Evra channels his inner Bruce Lee. Slaven Bilić initiates a 360 review, Rémi Garde finds new life in Montreal, and the Whitecaps crash out of the MLS playoffs. Also, TFC and Red Bulls have a giant meeting of the minds at halftime of their second-leg tilt at BMO Field.

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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 67: Burning Down the House

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Wherein Our Heroes bask in the glory of having a Canadian MLS team guaranteed a spot in the MLS Cup Final. We preview both Conference Finals, are not having Giovinco’s snub for league MVP, and extol both Liverpool and Chelsea for their deserved spots at the top of the Premier League table. Long-time listeners Brendan and Luke weigh in on recent topics and we salute Philippe Coutinho’s well-groomed dome in Haircut of the Week. Also, we wish Wayne Bridge good luck in his latest foray in the jungles of Australia and, keeping with tradition, we spoil Westworld’s most popular fan theory.

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Episode 64: Juju On That Beat

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Wherein Our Heroes offer up their renditions of “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, all the while weighing in on hard-hitting and topical football news. Drogba refuses to be named to the Impact’s match day roster, two South African players engage in rampant Kasi Flava, and Mike Dean turns in a typical on-field performance. Enner Valencia’s Barton Award is pending further developments, Pep Guardiola doesn’t believe the Premier League is any more intense than La Liga, the Bundesliga, or Serie A, and we solicit your feedback on Wales’ spate of bizarre team photos. Also, Adam receives a Red Dwarf casting lesson.

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Episode 58: Marouane Fellaini is good for SOMETHING!

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Wherein Our Heroes dip into the Mailbag to discuss the Premier League’s TV deal as well as German last names. Jason recounts his experience at BC Place in Vancouver Whitecaps’ recent CONCACAF Champions League encounter with Sporting KC, Montreal Impact finally vanquish their BMO Field demons in a hotly contested 401 Derby, and the future looks bright for Team Canada heading beyond qualifying for Russia 2018. CD Leganés offer gourds to visiting clubs this La Liga season, while their shirts are part gimmick and part sensory wonder. Also, Marouane Fellaini becomes the first two-time Haircut of the Week winner for selflessness and chivalry during Manchester United’s clash with Hull City A.F.C.

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Episode 33: The Jesus Episode

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Wherein Our Heroes break bread over Newcastle’s act of faith with Benitez, Canada’s Algarve Cup win, and the talismanic difference at Leicester. Hazard’s shirt swap draws ire as two of England’s most high-and-mighty go crashing out of the FA Cup. Will Arsene Wenger be made to don sackcloth and ashes for Arsenal’s recent run of form? Canada’s MLS matches are reviewed and Haircut of The Week is resurrected with a celebration of Dom Dwyer’s locks (Jason gives the devil his ‘do’). Also, nowhere in creation could we have predicted the result in The Battle of Texas.

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Episode 32: The Gaffers’ and Adrian’s MLS Preview Spectacular

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Wherein Our Heroes are joined by MLS wizard and Calgarian-by-way-of-DC, Adrian. We make public our predictions on many MLS-related topics. We prognosticate DC United and LA Galaxy will not make the playoffs, Toronto’s backline will be much improved, Orlando City SC will fare better than their inaugural season, and the league should expand to Miami – pronto. Will Larin, Villa, or Giovinco (or none of the above) win The Golden Boot this season? Will FC Dallas capture The Supporters’ Shield? All this and more, in an MLS preview that’s as good going down as our Last Best beer!

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Episode 29: Sweet Yeezus

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Wherein Our Heroes claim their place as 50 percent more influential than all other podcasts for the next thousand years. Columbus deals with mean tweets after unveiling their new kit, Massimo Cellino enters the annals of Joey Barton glory, and we are both havin’ recent goings-on with two Canadian MLS clubs. Also, Spurs and Arsenal score decisive victories and the two Manchester clubs fall further off the pace. Hah!

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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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