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999duo

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#1349414 Metro - Toronto Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 17 July 2019 - 08:41 PM

Ugh kindergarten goal


#1349084 Metro - Blue Poseurs Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 14 July 2019 - 06:55 PM

3 thoughts:
Thank goodness we have Royer for PKs
I hate Tinnerholn, Ive said before hes my least favorite man lite player ever.
2nd half needs to be significantly better.


#1348126 Metro - Fire Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 25 June 2019 - 11:57 AM

BWP status = ???


FTFY


#1347007 15 different players have already scored

Posted by 999duo on 01 June 2019 - 08:05 PM

17 in all comps, 16 in MLS.

That's a new team record for MLS play!




#1346925 2019 USOC

Posted by 999duo on 31 May 2019 - 08:18 AM

- MLS diehards have this romantic view of Open Cup/CCL, treating it like the FA Cup/UEFA Champions League with all this history and prestige. The masses don't care about it at all though and the titles themselves mean little to them. The formats are similar, but unlike in Europe, the domestic league title (MLS Cup) is the most sought after.

The irony is that of all the domestic cup competitions in the world, only the FA Cup is older than the USOC.

 

I get that US Soccer wants to maximize income, but they are doing it the wrong way. This competition could be really popular especially with the growth of USLC and even the incoming NAPSL pro. But the format that gives more MLS teams hosting right, necessitates MLS v MLS matches, and weeds out way too many lower teams too early kills any potential growth in enthusiasm. I wish they would understand that a round 3 with 20+ MLS teams at lower divisions sides is going to be very well attended, where as the gates for 11 USLC v 11 USLC teams midweek won't do well. 

 

Think whatever you want about NASL, but a lot of the NASL v MLS matches in past years were a lot of fun. I loved beating the Cosmos. Even went to see Reading United at RBA one year and it wasn't horribly attended. Even the roadtrip in 2012 to Harrisburg was memorable even if the result sucked. You'd give shit to the players and they would give you shit (honestly really profane shit) right back to you. That was fun. Even the Cincy semi-final was a lot of fun to watch. Hosting NE in the opening game on a weekday sucks. 

 

So yeah I want my old school 'romanticized' version of the cup back!




#1346850 Metro - RSL Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 30 May 2019 - 11:40 AM

Per Kristian Dyer, sounds like Long and Beze will be ready to go this weekend, BWP less likely:

https://www.msgnetwo...ter-slow-start/




#1346801 2019 USOC

Posted by 999duo on 29 May 2019 - 02:10 PM



10 USL League 1 clubs
+ Penn FC, Rochester Rhinos and Omaha, -TFC2, Orlando City B, North Texas

 

9 USL1 teams. FC Tuscon is owned by Phoniex Rising and serves as their B team, so they are ineligible. 

 

Edit: You also forgot Miami for MLS, so your total is still correct.

 

 

NISA just seems like a horrible idea. Most of their teams are based in markets with an MLS team already. I just don't see the point.




#1346793 2019 USOC

Posted by 999duo on 29 May 2019 - 09:25 AM

With 23 MLS clubs next season, I could see a round of 64 with each team facing lower-tier opposition, preferably away. However, MLS may not want an additional round of non-league matches, even if played at home.
The top 9 non-Canadian USL clubs would not face MLS opponents in this round.

Rd of 64 seems like the best solution. It adds one extra game for MLS teams which doesn't seem like a huge deal. Eligible USLC teams (28) and MLS teams (23) enter this round. That leaves 13 spots for D3 and below. There were 38 teams that entered in this category this years. Seems within the realm of possibility that they could whittle that number down to 13 within two rounds. 

 

It would mean some USLC v USLC matches in that round (which already happens), and that some MLS teams would be guaranteed to play 2 lower division opponents. However, neither of those things bother me. I'd rather see more matches hosted by small markets excited to see an MLS team than another MLS v MLS game at Harvard attended by 500 people. I'm also totally on board with lower-division teams getting right of first refusal to host up to round 4 or so, but I feel that's probably less likely to happen.

 

Anyway, I have little faith in US soccer to get it right. 




#1346780 2019 USOC

Posted by 999duo on 28 May 2019 - 03:59 PM

i'd like more lower div teams to be more involved, but i don't mind the regional groupings. lower div teams get the shaft when it comes to x-country traveling duee to USOC. 

I really hope the format is altered next year. 11 lower division teams is too few, especially with two more MLS teams next year. 

The benefit of the regional grouping as they currently stand is that it provides every MLS team a chance to play a lower division sides even in geographic regions that are not well represented in the 4th round. Doesn't necessarily help out too much with travel--sure Hartford won't be going to California, but Nashville might end up travelling to Boston depending on how things shake out. Considering their are only 11 non-MLS teams left and 10 of them are pro sides I'm not too concerned about travel (this year). 




#1346761 2019 USOC

Posted by 999duo on 28 May 2019 - 03:39 AM

3rd round games played tonight and tomorrow. Round 4 draw will be on Thursday. Teams will be divided into 8 regional groups of 4 teams each. Each group will have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 lower division teams. Lower division teams must be drawn against an MLS team this round. So we will have either a 33% or a 100% chance of playing a lower division team.

 

Teams will be redivided into regional groups for the 5th round draw after which the tournament will have a fixed bracket going forward.




#1346668 Metro - Cincinnati Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 25 May 2019 - 07:45 PM

This game is screaming for Kaku




#1346409 Zizzo retires

Posted by 999duo on 22 May 2019 - 08:48 AM

The Zizzo trade has to rank among the best in RBNY/metro history. Boy city gave us Zizzo in exchange for Ryan Meara on loan for 1 year. (They really fucked up during that inaugural season between that and passing on Mike Grella).




#1346373 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 20 May 2019 - 08:53 PM

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#1346336 Promote Tom Barlow

Posted by 999duo on 20 May 2019 - 08:57 AM

Best #74 in MLS!




#1346261 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by 999duo on 19 May 2019 - 07:07 PM

 I CAN NOT WAIT for the rematch on Super Sunday (Women's World Cup final, Copa America final, Gold Cup final, Red Bulls @ Atlanta) on July 7th! 

Oooo boy, that's gonna be a day.