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#1422282 USA World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 03 December 2022 - 02:33 PM

Donovan summed it up
2026 keep most of team who hopefully grow
1. #9
2. Figure out how crate chances
3. Depth that can step in almost at level of starters

Also applies to 2023 NYRB

#1422189 Non-USA World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 02 December 2022 - 04:54 PM


For curiosity, I checked how many "Red Bull GmbH" affiliated players are in the World Cup. 


Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls) United States
Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig) Senegal
Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig) Germany
David Raum (RB Leipzig) Germany
Luka Sucic (RB Salzburg) Croatia
Noah Okafor (RB Salzburg) Switzerland
And there are former ones like Adams and Ream, but I don't know anything about former players from the other teams.


Missing at least few from RBL - Dani Olmo (Spain), Gvardiol (Cro), Andre Silva (Portugal), Poulsen (Denmark). Also Konate (France), formerly of RBL. 

#1422153 RBNY's new $112M Training Center Approved

Posted by ivo on 01 December 2022 - 03:18 PM

Can we build this for $102M and buy one 10M striker...? 

#1422151 Non-USA World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 01 December 2022 - 03:16 PM

Yeah, I'm assuming/expecting a multi-goal German win over CR and Spain not losing to Japan. Obviously not guaranteed, but oddsmakers seem to agree. Vegasinsider.com has Germany at -400 to progress, Japan at +400, and CR at +800.

Hilariously wrong so far at least

#1422117 Still need a starting right back

Posted by ivo on 01 December 2022 - 11:09 AM

He plays a little bit like Morgan imo. He's a hammer in your toolbox. Not gonna do anything too fancy, he's gonna face the opposition goal and run really hard at it.

I like the metaphor of Struber having hammers (and only hammers) in his offensive toolbox.

#1422058 USA World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 29 November 2022 - 06:49 PM

Yet, here he is, undefeated & advancing to R16.
CAN already out, CR & MEX need Ws & luck.

I think the players should be getting the bulk of the credit for getting out of the group stage, hardly a managerial masterclass so far.

#1421973 Still need a starting right back

Posted by ivo on 28 November 2022 - 06:07 PM

The good news is that we dont have to. Not going to bank on a converted winger who cant stay healthy. Let Harper scrap for reserve minutes.

Someone better would be great, I just would like Harper to be ahead of DNealis in the RB pecking order.

#1421971 Still need a starting right back

Posted by ivo on 28 November 2022 - 05:27 PM

harper is great going forward. i get nervous when he has to defend. some of those yellow cards could have been red cards. he makes some bad tackles. 

Agreed but that's easier to learn/coach than speed (obviously) and offensive acumen. I'm fine with leaning into the Harper experiment.

#1421945 Non-USA World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 27 November 2022 - 08:55 PM

Germany came back to tie France Spain. Almost eliminated in the first round again. Still in last place in their group.

Germany should qualify easily with a win over CR, which is of course the same thing Japan thought before today.

#1421822 Elias Manoel on loan

Posted by ivo on 25 November 2022 - 09:59 AM

Low key I think our creativity problem is almost as bad as our striker problem was last year. If you take out Luqui our best playmaker was CCJ. Only time our attacker look sustainably good was when Amaya was cooking to start the year.

Was that because of lack of creativity (ex-Luqui) or because the strategy was to dump it long and chase, or both? Tune in 2023 to find out. 

#1421216 Long will be a free agent

Posted by ivo on 10 November 2022 - 07:20 PM

Bale barely plays in MLS

Enough to score a game tying goal in the final by physically overhelming another CB who's pretty good for MLS.

Look, I hope I'm extremely wrong and Long dominates all opposing forwards at the World Cup before getting a massive deal in free agency for his efforts. I just don't think it's very likely that happens. We'll see very soon.

#1421145 Pre-World Cup Thread

Posted by ivo on 10 November 2022 - 12:07 AM

No one is.  Our strikers scored 4 goals in 14 qualifiers.  Our goals come from set pieces and wingers.

Has anyone ever seen Struber and Berhalter in the same room?

#1421046 Is Struber's system too defensive?

Posted by ivo on 07 November 2022 - 03:11 PM

xG 17 in 34 games? Not offensive.

Half a goal a game is offensive to me, personally.

#1420926 Ernst Tanner

Posted by ivo on 03 November 2022 - 11:39 PM

I don't ask RBFO for the Real Madrid Galacticos, just put a squad out there with a legitimate shot to win each year. Luis Robles said that even when we were really good, we needed that one extra piece. So, get us good again, then add that one extra piece. It's not impossible.

If the 5M spent on Klimala got us a striker actually performing like someone worth 5M, we would have had a legitimate shot this season.

#1420898 2023 Roster Movement

Posted by ivo on 03 November 2022 - 02:18 PM

 Plus, d.nealis is being molded as a hybrid cb/wingback. 


Good luck to the guy doing the molding. I'm hoping Dylan Nealis plays <10 games next year, preferably off the bench. If he plays as much as he did this year (1800 minutes, 28 games, 20 starts :)+ ), the offseason acquisitions will have been a failure.