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#1340247 Why did we lose to Atlanta?

Posted by Komba on 06 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

The gameplan is what lost us that game 100%. You don't give a team like that any space to operate especially with the knowledge that they do not do well against our style of high press. 



You just can't go with that gameplan.  Most of MLS goes with that gameplan against them and gets stomped regularly.  We are easily the best team in MLS of getting in player's faces and making things tough on them.  EXACTLY what you have to do to beat Atlanta.  And that's exactly why we had always beaten Atlanta.


It was just a stupid move.  I don't know that we would have won because they are the most talented team in MLS, but it would have given us a much better shot.

#1339990 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by Komba on 01 February 2019 - 09:52 AM

Wouldn't pass too much judgement on Ivan yet.  Early this season is the most important for him.   He has a ton of competition at some of those spots.


Royer is a lock to start for me but you have to figure that Valot, Muyl, Epps, and Mines are real options on the other side.  Hell, Etienne too.

#1339986 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by Komba on 01 February 2019 - 09:29 AM


That just can't be the only plan. We've been incredibly lucky, there's no way in hell having an academy/RB2 player launch straight into the upper echelons of MLS every year is sustainable. 


Why does Koffi's name keep coming up in the CM conversation? We've seen him play zero minutes, where's the hype coming from?

It is frustrating but I think that's it.  They clearly always want to keep opportunities available for kids so they have a chance to really elevate.  I remember a few years ago that people were freaking because we were going with a very unproven guy in Long at CB.  If we had signed a more established guy, there's no way Long would have become as good as he is now.  People freaked when we traded Dax although it was done entirely with Davis and Adams in mind.  We keep leaving that RM spot open, but you have to assume at this point that they are doing it with Mines in mind.   Hell, even at the 6 positions, they very much appear to be leaving a spot for Casseres.


Now my point with all of this is that players develop with good coaching and good evaluation.  If you evaluate wrong (like say Casseres is not going to be a good player) and you sink time and opportunities into a bad player, everything can go to shit quickly.  I'm still really wary about Armas as a coach because I've long been a believer that taking over midway through doesn't show a ton.  At that point it's still more of a continuation of the previous regime. Hoping for the best.




As some others have said, I'm also mostly excited that so many of these other teams have big changes.  Gio is gone and that's great because he hurt us.   Almiron was the best player in the league and he's gone.  Barco just isnt' very good so he's not going to pick up the slack there.  Martinez is extremely good but I'm hopeful he goes crazy because the guy seems like he's on the fringe of being a lunatic.


C-Bus will never out-talent us and we are just the better version of what they are.  The truly talented teams are the only ones that scare me so I'm hoping this is a year where none of those teams can really figure it out.

#1339546 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Komba on 24 January 2019 - 12:04 PM

IF true, always a big if, that does no reflect well on Kaku's professionalism.


He had a rat for an agent before, same guy or a new rat?

New rat...


It's hard to come away liking Kaku at all with this situation.  Last minute interest from another team during a window for an amount of money that is extremely close to what we paid for him?  And we're just supposed to be OK with that?

#1339544 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Komba on 24 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

I'm told Kaku will stop training for #RBNY until transfer to @ClubAmerica_EN is resolved. Yesterday, he stopped after a few minutes complaining of leg cramps.

#1339541 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Komba on 24 January 2019 - 11:33 AM

He very clearly wants to go. Really sucks too because he fits this league and even team very well.  His first look is always to go forward and that's what I love most about him.  He doesn't bother with the easy lateral passes and looks for the decisive pass constantly.  


I just don't know why he's so intent on making a move that's only a small jump up.  And will be a drop down in a matter of a few years.  MLS teams keep adding to the payroll big time and they will pass Liga MX.  I don't think anyone will disagree with that. 


Whatever, make every inquiry to get someone new in here.  America will clearly move up their bid a bit.  


I'm just not crazy about having a player on the team who plays a system that requires everyone to buy in at the highest level.  Can destroy a locker room that way.



They have mentioned salary as a legit issue so I am on board with upping his salary.

#1339410 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Komba on 21 January 2019 - 08:56 PM

This would be a huge loss...  If Kaku wants to go though, you have to work with him on helping that happen. Mexico is better than MLS but its not a ton better anymore.  And in a few more years, it won’t be better at all.  I always seen Kaku leaving for Europe.

#1338178 Parker signs new deal

Posted by Komba on 13 December 2018 - 10:28 AM

I'd keep Murillo and slot him at RM instead of Muyl

I'd actually posted about that idea a while back with Murillo too because the guy is just so damn good on the ball.  Clearly his passion is offense too.  Not sure he works hard enough for that spot, but I'd definitely be on board with it.


And as VoR said, I don't necessarily disagree with that.  1 on 1 defending you can tell he cares more and is interested in that.  But positioning to deny passes and and fight level isn't always very good at all.  Don't know if it's mentality with him or just that it's not natural to him.  



Also should say that the news of Parker being re-signed is great...  Dude is a beast.  Hopefully now that he has his deal, he'll maintain that effort level.  I think he's actually more important than Long but Long is also great.  They compliment eachother very well.  As long as we keep Parker, Long, and Taxi together we'll be in a great spot.  Then it's all about finding enough goals.

#1338174 Amro Tarek

Posted by Komba on 13 December 2018 - 09:42 AM

This is an interesting pickup.  The cost was zero and he's cheaper.  Our new assistant coach CJ Brown basically picked him up for Orlando and now had to have a voice in bringing him here.  There's a lot to like athletically from what I see in videos.  Have to see more of him throughout games to figure out if he can make the right reads.  Most important quality of a centerback in my opinion is reading plays and being able to shut them down before they start.  Athletiism and speed mean more in our system because they will be caught out on an island at times but Tarek has that.  I hated Redding from the first game I seen him, he wasn't very athletic AND he couldn't read play.  Hopefully this dude is better than that.  3rd defnder means a lot.  He's going to get minutes for us.  Hopefully not too many.

#1337546 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by Komba on 04 December 2018 - 02:11 PM

Biggest thing about that Right attacking mid spot is that we get some real speed and athleticism.  Royer isn't particularly fast.  BWP isn't either.  We need speed higher up the field. 


Someone like Etienne is fast, but he's one of the slowest fast guys out there.  Almost reminds me of Carmelo Anthony sometimes.  Ball gets to him and the play stops or slows down big time.  The decision on what to do is rarely immediate and it gives defensive players a ton of time to get into position.

#1337480 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by Komba on 03 December 2018 - 02:15 PM

Big fan of Allesandrini but we need a soldier over there.  An extremely mobile, tireless player.  Those two wing spots are the toughest to play in this formation physically so we basically need a Muyl with more skill. 

#1337311 Playoff format changes next year

Posted by Komba on 30 November 2018 - 12:33 PM

they were clearly outcoached. after owning ATL for 2 yrs in the reg season, they got us when it mattered most. and they celebrated on our field. ugh. 


the rolling around after a light foul is basic dark arts. the stuff that made me love Felipe. i think we lacked that this yr.

I'd rather not have that stuff.  I don't mind agitators but I do hate diving.  

#1336912 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Komba on 27 November 2018 - 12:39 PM

We've never (in recent history) been heading into a game like this. Every time we go into a playoff game at home, the pressure is on. Everyone is nervous. And we can never get it done. This is different. WE are the ones with nothing to lose. No Pressure at all, just go out and play. IF we can get 2 goals, then we have ALL the momentum, at home, and the pressure is 100% on Atlanta. 

Always feel like the first goal is the toughest to get.  Once that happens, then things become very possible with the way momentum works. Just really hoping we could pull it off.

#1336840 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Komba on 26 November 2018 - 10:29 AM

Why? I don't understand. This team talks so much about having an identity, playing  a certain way. Being the best version of themselves. (remember - even a healthy Kaku didn't start CCL b/c he "didn't know the system well enough") Our tactics have worked all year, ESPECIALLY against this Atlanta side. Why completely change tactics in the biggest game of the season? 

Exactly... And again, I love Taxi but even he's not enough to change everything we do.  It was just stupid.  You're asking guys to to play a style that they've never played.


The whole point of this team is that pressing, aggressive identity.  To go against it entirely makes no sense.  Now, if we were decimated by injuries then I can buy into it.  But Lade has played before and he's done a good job.  He's not Taxi but he's capable of putting in a good game.    Just a really crazy decision.  Live and die by what you do best.  


Something else, if Taxi didn't play that game but is able to play 4 days later then I have a problem with what the coaching staff and med staff decided as well.  This stage in the year, all freaking hands on deck save a limb falling off.  THere is no long term concern anymore.   With no Taxi in such a monster game, I automatically assumed that he wouldn't be able to play Thursday.  Now I read Armas saying him playing is a possibility.  


Bleh... Either way we it has to be 1-0 for us by halftime.  It's going to take a miracle but it's not impossible if the momentum gets started going the right way.

#1336062 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by Komba on 13 November 2018 - 11:52 AM

To be honest, I'm OK with Kaku.  He's still getting in good positions and I absolutely LOVE his first intention to get the ball forward in the best spot possible.  I just happen to think he's been missing his passes more often than he will in the future.  There were a couple of positions where he tried a difficult pass and barely missed it, but he won't miss them forever.