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Honestly impossible to say whats going to happen until they get a coach but Schneider is clearly calling shots with Mario backing
Still thinking Hausenhautl or someone with RB style experience

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I will be very surprised if Tolkin is here through the winter.

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You cannot win in MLS with Luquinhas as your driving force.

 

He is fine off the bench, but not if he is a DP. Of course, that only matters if we use all our DP slots.


doubling down on this.  We cant complain about wanting a title contender but then be unwilling to get rid of "useful" players that are not leading players in any way.  on paper signing made some sense but it hasnt worked, time to move on so we can improve with another senior DP, or a young DP and 2 U22 guys.



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doubling down on this.  We cant complain about wanting a title contender but then be unwilling to get rid of "useful" players that are not leading players in any way.  on paper signing made some sense but it hasnt worked, time to move on so we can improve with another senior DP, or a young DP and 2 U22 guys.


I think luq is fine. We know he can get to his spots. Instead of forcing contact, he should try to pass more or shoot. I dont think he trusted many of his teammates and sometimes tried to do more than what was necessary.

We could be a very dangerous team if we improve our set piece offense. Luq can create a foul at will.

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Ultimately it comes down to results and Luq has horrible results. He doesn't have a good shot and he has no vision. And even when he sees something, he'll usually miss the pass. He's good at dribbling and he's an active player. Those are his two positives and that's not good enough.

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He went a calendar year with 1 goal, 1 assist. For a DP. Stats are not everything, but that's just trash.


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I think luq is fine. We know he can get to his spots. Instead of forcing contact, he should try to pass more or shoot. I dont think he trusted many of his teammates and sometimes tried to do more than what was necessary.

We could be a very dangerous team if we improve our set piece offense. Luq can create a foul at will.


Even if his decisions got better from a technical perspective Luquinhas has one of the worst shots Ive seen. He cant even shoot with his laces. If he was a young dp with smaller cap hit fine, but a senior dp has to be better

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Ultimately it comes down to results and Luq has horrible results. He doesn't have a good shot and he has no vision. And even when he sees something, he'll usually miss the pass. He's good at dribbling and he's an active player. Those are his two positives and that's not good enough.

Good summary
In this league you really need to hit on your DPs
Although multiple playoff teams like Nashville Ake Lobe whiffed margins narrow a lot

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Ultimately it comes down to results and Luq has horrible results. He doesn't have a good shot and he has no vision. And even when he sees something, he'll usually miss the pass. He's good at dribbling and he's an active player. Those are his two positives and that's not good enough.

 

Messing around with fbref stats on a slow work day today... Luquinhas was 3rd in the league in fouls drawn and 108th in combined expected goals and assists. 

 

I think he still provides value, even if he doesn't live up to the DP tag. I have him in the bucket of guys that I want to keep until their roster spot is holding back a better signing. If that's this window, yeah go ahead and move him. My hope is still that he can be bought down to a TAM contract and open up the 3rd DP spot.



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Luquinhas shouldn't be asked to be the "driving force". His production this year wasn't great because he was surrounded by shit. No Morgan, an inconsistent/injured Vanzeir, Manoel/Burke underperforming, and Barlow playing every game. The bottom line is, is he good enough to be in the starting 11 of a cup contender? I think that the answer is yes. If the team is actually going to use all three DP slots, I am fine with him being jettisoned, but I'd prefer they try to make it work by buying him down. A lineup like this could be exciting:

 

DP9-Vanzeir

Forseberg-Luquinhas

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.... If the team is actually going to use all three DP slots, 

Wasnt there talk of a 4th DP slot with InterMiami reassemble Barthelona?



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With Forsberg coming in Luquinhas should be bought down or sold/traded so that the team can use the 3rd DP spot on a young DP and open up being able to use all the u22 roster spots.

If we keep 3 overage senior DPs I think we only get 1 or zero u22 spots.

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He went a calendar year with 1 goal, 1 assist. For a DP. Stats are not everything, but that's just trash.

He directly created at least 2 SP goals by Tolkin in the last month, including the PK that got us into the playoffs. Those should count as assists really.

I know that 3 assists, 1 goal doesn't materially change the argument but removing the main skill he has displayed (beating players and winning dangerous fouls) is harsh.

Completely agree that having Luqi as a DP is not optimal, but the important question to me is if we get rid of him or spend him down to a roster charge, are we getting someone better with the freed up resources? If the answer is not an equivocal yes, might as well keep him and hope that with better teammates (Vanzeir/Morgan/Forsberg vs Barlow/Manoel/Omir), his performance will also be lifted.

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He directly created at least 2 SP goals by Tolkin in the last month, including the PK that got us into the playoffs. Those should count as assists really.

I know that 3 assists, 1 goal doesn't materially change the argument but removing the main skill he has displayed (beating players and winning dangerous fouls) is harsh.

There's a stat on American Soccer Analysis called Goals Added that basically takes every action a player makes on the ball and assesses how it impacts a team's chances of either scoring or conceding.

 

Luquinhas ranked 99th in the league in that stat, 38th among wingers/midfielders.  On a per 90 basis, he's hanging out in the 130s.  There's a lot of room to upgrade from him.






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