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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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9 Responses to DeGuzman Signing Open Thread

  1. Kartik Mehta says:

    What a coup….If they had a stronger defense and even one good forward, they’d be unstoppable.

  2. Rex says:

    A holding midlfield like DeGuzman is a perfect match for DeRo. Boy and girls, MLS playoffs are shaping up to be the most exciting in recent memory.

  3. hendrix says:

    De Guzman won’t be a holding mid, Rex. They have Robinson and Cronin (and the rising young Gambian, Amadou Sanyang) in that role. De Guzman will be an attacking midfielder. Even though TFC’s midfield already looks good in that role (Guevara and Vitti), neither has done a particularly good job linking up with the strikers. There’s a bit of a disconnection there. De Ro may take on a complete striker role now, rather than midfield, as he’s a bit of a lone soul these days. He seems bent on doing everything himself going to goal — maybe he needs De Guzman to feed him.

  4. Bishopville Red says:

    Vitti is hopeless. JDG is miles ahead of Guevara. This is a massive upgrade.

  5. perico gallo y chiva says:

    Now if TFC can just get Kaká and Franck Ribéry they might be able to do something in CONCACAF.

  6. Kartik Mehta says:

    perico, all they need is a vidic and they’d be great in concacaf

  7. Chris Webb says:

    Too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Paying that much money for a player never known for scoring goals is right up there with Red Bull signing Reyna. I don’t think it will turn out that bad for TFC obviously, but 2.5 mil for a holding midfielder seems a bit steep.

  8. Lars says:

    I see this signing as clutch. While finishing will remain a problem, and our defense is lackluster at the best of times, we have a problem getting delivery to our forwards in the first place. I watched the TFC-Rapids game and all I saw was poor delivery followed by moments of half decent finishing. O’Brian White is shaping up to be quite the draft pick.

    De Guzman will improve the quality of delivery into the box and will probably make the game more watchable at the very least.

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