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#1346287 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 19 May 2019 - 08:10 PM

Schedule too jammed to attend a game until today. Glad I went. 100 pct worth it. This team has guts. What else can be said about Taxi....Love him. SW was great all game I salute you, and yes the tarps look as bad in person as on TV. 3 pts vs the Canucks on Wed and were on our way.

The SW always sounds really good on TV, like better than stadiums that seem a lot more full.  (And no exception today)

#1346250 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 19 May 2019 - 06:21 PM

great win, triumph over adversity.


spectacular goal, and great defending. 


Smart play from Barlow to take the ball to the corner, horrible job by the linesman for not giving us a corner.


And Villalba should probably get a game off for that chest bump bullshit, nice job by Lawrence not taking the bait.

#1345396 Traitor(?) Rossi training

Posted by ianuaditis on 04 May 2019 - 12:07 AM

In this season where the offense has been putrid, it's hard to say he could've been worse than what we've done so far.  For a reasonable outlay, he would have been worth a look, and still could be.


I could literally not care any less about all the 'traitor' nonsense. 


'Hey 16-18 year old soccer playing kid who plays for a top 4 team in one of the best leagues in the world:  Do you want to join the World Cup holders in the national team of the soccer-mad country you've been living in for the past 5 years, or move back to the country of your birth to toil in relatively obscurity for a national team who considers it a great success to survive the group stage in a place where it's at best the 5th most popular sport?'


I would have made the same call as him in that situation. 

#1344896 Kaku benched, his feelings hurt

Posted by ianuaditis on 23 April 2019 - 09:08 AM


Has a sports fan ever actually sued for getting hit with a stray ball?


They usually release this stuff midweek, I'd be we hear something tomorrow or Thursday

Yes, quite a few baseball fans have sued, based on injuries far more serious than anything the KC fan has.


Usually courts rule that the ticket is a contract that puts the liability on the holder for any injuries due to balls entering the stands (because it says that on the back,) but sometimes they let a jury decide. 

#1344004 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 07 April 2019 - 08:51 AM

I agree it's way to early to fire the manager.  The team looked pretty good in CCL, though even then they had some stretches with really bad passing. 


Someone else posted it in another thread, their passing percentage is worst in the league, this sounds to me like poor execution and on the spot decision making, I'm sure coaching can be a factor in that, but it's largely on the players.


Then there's this:




In both victory and defeat, the manager’s role is overestimated. (Hiddink himself doesn’t make that mistake. He doesn’t take himself too seriously.) Managers simply don’t matter that much. Players do. By far the best predictor of where a team will finish in the table is its wage bill: the team with the highest wages generally finishes top, and the team with the lowest wages bottom.

On the long term, under a new manager a team returns to its usual average performance.






While Ter Weel's research focused on Dutch football, he argues that this finding is not specific to the Netherlands. Major football leagues in Europe, including England, Germany, Italy and Spain also bore out the same conclusion - teams suffering an uncharacteristic slump in form will bounce back and return to their normal long-term position in the league, regardless of whether they replace their manager or not.

#1343163 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by ianuaditis on 19 March 2019 - 02:09 PM

Muyl scores 20 goals, we should all be wearing Depends!

It is a bottom line game. Goals & wins! No style points.

Not 'style points' but one of the things that critics of soccer stats often point to is that a player can have an impact on the game that's not reflected on the stat sheet.


Muyl has often seemed to be one of those players, even in an attacking role, things do seem to happen when he's on the field, even if he's not the first player I'd like to see with the ball at his feet in front of goal. 

#1343162 MetroFanatic Survivor

Posted by ianuaditis on 19 March 2019 - 01:52 PM

I voted for bezecourt, because of all the eligible players I have the hardest time figuring out how to say his name (which is at least as valid a reason as anyone who voted for kaku has.)

#1341986 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 05 March 2019 - 09:44 AM

It's never too late to learn a second language.


Studies suggest it might help protect your brain from age-related degeneration:



#1339144 No media coverage

Posted by ianuaditis on 16 January 2019 - 03:01 PM

Not in the Pacific northwest.



Or Atlanta.  We needed the win more for attendance, I think, but its not horrible they won MLS cup.  That's a good way to build a strong and long-lasting fanbase, which will be good for the league.


On the other hand fuck Atlanta. 

#1338462 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 21 December 2018 - 03:18 AM

You are the Masters Champion.  That is a champion in golf.  It's not THE champion in golf, but it is universally identified as A champion in golf.

Of course, but a similar principle applies in soccer in general.  Multiple championships are at play in each season.  (initially less so in the US, to the point that there was movement among fans, commentators, league officials and USSF to make the Shield an official trophy and give it significance in line with international norms.  We are talking about a league starting its 23rd year in a sport whose most prestigious competitions have followed that pattern for more than a century. (and in a country where even in baseball the playoffs have not even been around for half of the pro league's lifetime.)


I don't think it has to go as far as 'the Shield Winner is the real champion of MLS' or whatever, but this 'regular season means nothing' fetish in US sports sticks in my craw enough, and this is soccer for chrissakes. 


The point was there are US sports where multiple championships are awarded in a year, including this one, and each have their own prestige.  Next time I'll just ignore a troll.

#1338461 Copa Libertadores

Posted by ianuaditis on 21 December 2018 - 02:46 AM

CARP dumped out of CWC by local club:

That's what they get for their ill-gotten championship.  They should've forfeited the final.

#1337716 Adams to Leipzig official

Posted by ianuaditis on 07 December 2018 - 12:31 PM

So if the max to spend on players is 750K, and we hit it with the 3M sale, doesn't it make sense to sell twice -- and get 750K twice?


I understand that the $ over 750K could be spent on infrastructure, but you're essentially betting that you will get that down the line when he is re-sold.


(Of course, MLS rules change every year*, so who knows.)


*To help Seattle and Atlanta.

*Don't forget LA...

#1337656 Josef Martinez wins 2018 MLS MVP

Posted by ianuaditis on 06 December 2018 - 02:34 AM

:)+ :)+ :)+ :)+ :)+ :)+ 


Almiron 2nd, Ibrahimovic 3rd.


If I had voted, it'd have been for Zlatan, LA's defense was bad, they lost/drew a bunch of games where they scored 3 or more goals.


2 years ago the award went to Villa even though BWP had a better season at the striker position, and voters rationalized it as 'can't vote for BWP because Sacha was also a finalist.'


So what happened this year when Almiron came in second?  And then there's the fact that BWP wasn't even a finalist the year he tied the goal-scoring record that Martinez broke this year.

Big picture, it doesn't matter much, (though I'm sure it would have mattered to BWP if he'd won in either of those years.)


I would think BWP would be the consensus choice for Metro MVP in 2018, but Kemar and Adams should probably be in the conversation.

#1337343 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 30 November 2018 - 04:07 PM

Not soccer and diving doesn't happen anywhere near as often but the NHL hands out stiffer fines which they started doing a few years ago when some guys were diving more and it cleared it up really quickly. Embellishment is also already a penalty in hockey though and does get called when it's clearly acting but it's still rarely an issue.

They could allow VAR to buzz the ref for obvious play-acting.  A couple of in-game cards for that might make a difference. 


I've only seen Atlanta play maybe a dozen games and it seems like Martinez is good for at least 3-4 superman dives per game coming out of challenges, and Almiron is maybe worse. 


There's no way the ref whose only job is to sit there and watch the video for infringement of the rules doesn't see that stuff is going on.

#1337198 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by ianuaditis on 30 November 2018 - 12:29 AM

Am I the only one who thinks we need to upgrade Royer? Dude disappeared ALOT this year. I think you need to keep Rza especially with Tyler leaving. Def cut Ivan and Colin, maybe getting Colin as a coach somewhere with us. 

I like Royer on the team, what we need for next year and needed all along this year was a viable option for offense on the wing.


It sucks to think how this team could have been if they'd spent money like a top team in the areas where they weren't getting enough production from the academy.