Episode 98: Wayne Rooney, Husband of The Year

Wherein Our Heroes reconvene with a vengeance after a month-long hiatus. We respond to our listeners’ requests to weigh in on both the Red Green Show and the summer transfer market. Toronto FC sits on the edge of glory, Lukaku asks Manchester United supporters to stop singing about his member, and Rio Ferdinand continues to take steps to become the world’s next pugilism specialist. Also, Neymar and Cavani seem to have worked it out, for now. Our Nickname For Areola Contest is now officially open!

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Canadian MLS Clubs Still Have Holes to Fill – Part 1: TFC

With MLS camps in full swing and a new season just around the corner, things have been relatively quiet with each of the three Canadian MLS clubs, leaving fans waiting with bated breath for a signing or two to address some pressing needs.

The Gaffers take a look and assess, as only we do.

Today, in our first installment, we look at MLS Cup Runners Up, Toronto FC…

The most notable, and newsworthy exit in The Big Smoke was Will Johnson, who chose to depart for Orlando, but not before firing away some parting shots. Johnson struggled to find a place in the squad in the latter weeks of the regular season, and made known his disdain with not being guaranteed a starting role.

He’s since expressed regret over the comments, with Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney responding in kind in mid-January.

“It’s a deep midfield so in the end I can’t promise anyone any specific amount of minutes or any specific role in the grand scheme of things,” Vanney told The Toronto Star. “I fully understand Will’s position and interest in wanting to be a bigger part of an organization and having a better sense of what his role is going to be day in and day out. I would be no different if I was at the time period he’s at in his career.”

The midfield is indeed deep in Toronto, but do they have the player to plug in behind Seba, Altidore, and Tosaint Ricketts? 

Jozy Altidore may not believe so, as quoted by John Molinaro in a Tweet from December 13, 2016, “To be completely honest, I think we could use a little bit more of a creative player [in midfield or on wing].”

Recent signings include returning midfielder Benoit Cheyrou, who will surely continue to bring his experience and big-game performances this season (any Montreal Impact fan will remember the dagger from extra time in last season’s Eastern Conference Final).

TFC have also added Congolese International defender Chris Mavinga from Russia’s Rubin Kazan. Left-footed Mavinga can play as either a left back or in the centre of the backline, and looks to be versatile if Vanney chooses to stick with his favoured 3-5-2 formation. While unable to break into Liverpool’s first team a few years ago, Mavinga’s experience in several top-flight leagues should definitely be an asset.

But back to that creative player. No addition to the roster would seem to fit the bill.

Enter Jay Chapman, 23-year old Homegrown Academy product from Brampton, Ontario. Chapman made his first team debut in 2015, and appeared in 18 games last season (9 as a starter).

Several pundits and sportswriters around the club feel Chapman may be the answer. As does he, himself, telling Sportsnet earlier this month, “In college, I played as a box-to-box playmaker. I view myself as a creative midfielder. Last year when I got the opportunity to play as an attacking midfielder, I think it benefitted the team a lot. I was able to get a run of games and really make the position my own, so I think I could fill that role full-time.”

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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 41: Ermahgerd, Erpterhn Perhk!

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Wherein Our Heroes lament Joe Cole’s move from Coventry City to Tampa Bay, share our favourite Elton John tunes, and dole out the first on-pitch Joey Barton Award to Romeo Parkes. Jamie Vardy throws the mother of all parties and sits through a 7-hour tattoo session. Will Frank Lampard ever play again in MLS? Was Columbus right to suspend Kei Kamara? Also, BMO Field gets a sexy makeover in “Let’s Talk Aboot It” and the final match at Upton Park is one of legend.

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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 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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Episode 6: Our Harry Shipp’s come in

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Wherein Our Heroes read fan mail, provide a geometry lesson, and promise to discuss things later (but in true Gaffers fashion, don’t). Also, Robert Huth and Saido Berahino are declared co-recipients in a weekly segment.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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