The Denis Hamlett Offseason Clock is now live on the front of MF, counting up from the end of the playoff game.
How high will it get?
A week before new signings come, the social media manager will tweet 📰🔜. Stroud and Lema will be announced, Sims will come back and Hamlett will say that the team is waiting for summer for an impact signing. The team will sign a couple of guys like Epps after training camp. And well all complain some more about the sad state of the team.
I think people are pissed about the lack of moves. It seems like ever since 2018 off-season, the team has made no significant moves. The only moves the team seems to value is signing RBII guys, Buckmaster didn't work out last year but they stuck behind that move like he was the answer to our problems.
I'm not trying to toot my own horn but I've mentioned guys like Andrés Ibargüen, Marlos Moreno, Luis Diaz and Jorge Carrascal and anyone with YouTube and internet access could plainly see these guys are prospects... And what happens... They get signed by teams.... Andrés Ibargüen scored 5 goals in less than a quarter of a season in Argentina then goes to America in Liga MX and helps down TFC in CCL and scores a handful of goals and assists... Luis Diaz helps get Junior to Copa Sudaméricana Finals where his teammates choke in penalties after extra time but then helps Junior win the local league... Jorge Carrascal and Marlos were two guys underrated but yet teams in Argentina and Mexico snatched them up...
My point is if a football fanatic like myself notices this lugs why can't scouts for Metro that are getting paid for finding talent and nothing else find these guys?!?!?!!?!??!
I'm telling you... Nani would be a plus for anyone... Yimmi Chara is in form in a more competitive league and has always played at higher level leagues than MLS and done extremely well so much so that he's helped push his side to be competitive for league titles and winning some in some occasions...
Orlando Berrío is a physical freak of nature and used sparingly.. Meaning not for USOC and not in weekday matches before or after weeknd matches and sometimes being sub out before 90 or used on occasion between starts as a super sub,Orlando Berrío is league MVP material in any league in the western hemisphere...
Nathan Nandez is available for the right price and he would also easily be an upgrade for Metro and that's considering that he plays the same role, position and style as Tyler Adams...
If NYRB open the check book and pay down their current DPs to TAM level and get Nani, Chara, Berrío and Nandez... NYRB can easily win a treble this year and next and then sell them to Europe
Maybe the problem is the players themselves. While we can all sit here and scout like this, I'm sure a team with professional scouting networks can do the same. The players may not want to come to play in MLS. Club America just bought Benedetti for a lower transfer than what Minnesota United had previously offered for him. It seems to me like some players avoid MLS when they could be playing in Argentina and Mexico. Look at how Kaku's agent started acting when America became a possibility.
FWIW Dyer asked Armas specifically about the CM position and Armas confirmed that was the area where they were looking at closing a deal shortly, most likely from outside of MLS. Probably the same move Hamlett alluded to the other day.
I'm surprised how quickly Rzatskowski faded into the sunset. Was there no attempt whatsoever to bring him back?
I think it was his salary that stopped him from coming back. He was earning almost $1 million