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Dirty little secret no one wants to discuss : Clark was never that good.

He scored bangers, but wasnt all that fantastic in the run of play. even when we were all praising him to the skies

He's young and shows some promise. But he looked terrible last night - poor positioning, poor touch, poor passing, poor off ball runs. I tend to put how terrible he looked more on confusion regarding tactics and patterns, than his quality potential. 



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Norm Macdonald died today. Who cares about this stupid team.

This one blew me away and very Norm

 

 

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Upset that BWP didn't score that go ahead goal! He was calling for it and open! 

 

I could use some heel clicks. 



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Most of the talk is about Struber right now but I thought there were a few plays that really highlighted where, on an individual level, our players are not up for MLS-quality attacking play. Links to video in the min markers below
 
44th Min - Clark receives the ball with time in the middle of the field and has Klimala making a run into acres of space behind the Columbus defense. He plays it too close to the one remaining defender in a position to make a play, and the attack is dead. Once A Metro noted in their tactical preview that this is exactly the kind of run Klimala likes to make from this position. Clark should have ready and able to execute better here.
 
48th Min - Tolkin forces an excellent turnover in the middle of the field and has a 3v2 break the other way. With Omir wide open for a one touch finish, Tolkin makes the inexplicable decision to try and beat his defender 1v1 and doesn't even come close. Now I get it, I'm not sure I'd pass it to Omir if he was standing on the goal line for a tap in, but it still goes to show the immaturity in decision making from our young squad.
 
61st Min - Clark again finds himself with the ball, time, and space in the middle of the field. Klimala is making the exact same run that he did earlier and Clark sees him the entire way. He has about 35 yards of space to play the ball into, and somehow manages to overhit it over the end line. 
 
With the 2015-2018 team, I fully believe the Red Bulls have 2 or possibly 3 goals out of these chances, and the game is put away before Columbus has a chance to muster up a late-game resurgence. Clark is not a #10, never has been and any expectations for him to be the one to carry our midfield were unfounded.
 
All that said, I think we finally got a game out of Klimala that showed signs of hope. Scored a non-penalty goal, took an excellent volley to almost score a second, and moved much sharper off the ball.

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I'm not sure what Clark's best position is but it's certainly not a number 10. Maybe he'll develop into a good passer but he isn't one today. That he mis-hit a few passes doesn't concern me.

I think he'd develop better as a striker. He has a knack for goal anywhere near the 18 and a killer instinct to shoot (at least before his surgery). I'd rather he get minutes up top rather than as a supposed playmaker.

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Clark's best hope is to be an Aaron Ramsey style 8.  Doesnt have the passing precision to play final passes a 10 needs to play.  I think he sees them but he cant hit the pass at all.  Wiki honestly is more advanced as a 10 than Clark in terms of getting into the right places, etc. but i hope he's just really green after playing academy soccer 12 months ago. 

 

Until we actually solve the 10 problem this winter i'd rather take a chance and put one of our better passers (Davis, Yearwood or Amaya) and the 10 and pray.  The Chicago game in May is the best we've looked on the ball, which is sad since its so long ago



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Clark's best hope is to be an Aaron Ramsey style 8.  Doesnt have the passing precision to play final passes a 10 needs to play.  I think he sees them but he cant hit the pass at all.  Wiki honestly is more advanced as a 10 than Clark in terms of getting into the right places, etc. but i hope he's just really green after playing academy soccer 12 months ago. 
 
Until we actually solve the 10 problem this winter i'd rather take a chance and put one of our better passers (Davis, Yearwood or Amaya) and the 10 and pray.  The Chicago game in May is the best we've looked on the ball, which is sad since its so long ago


Id put the away win vs. Orlando up there as well. I dont know where that team has gone, but if you have a chance rewatch that game and compare it to some of the recent performances.

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I'm not sure what Clark's best position is but it's certainly not a number 10. Maybe he'll develop into a good passer but he isn't one today. That he mis-hit a few passes doesn't concern me.

I think he'd develop better as a striker. He has a knack for goal anywhere near the 18 and a killer instinct to shoot (at least before his surgery). I'd rather he get minutes up top rather than as a supposed playmaker.

Hard to argue, but his instinctive movement fits an 8 better.   He is good at hiding in a crowd and pouncing on a loose ball.  Not sure that translates when exposed up top and just trying to split defenders or  hide behind a defender's shoulder, and he's certainly not a back-to-the-goal hold up guy.


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Most of the talk is about Struber right now but I thought there were a few plays that really highlighted where, on an individual level, our players are not up for MLS-quality attacking play. Links to video in the min markers below
 
44th Min - Clark receives the ball with time in the middle of the field and has Klimala making a run into acres of space behind the Columbus defense. He plays it too close to the one remaining defender in a position to make a play, and the attack is dead. Once A Metro noted in their tactical preview that this is exactly the kind of run Klimala likes to make from this position. Clark should have ready and able to execute better here.
 
48th Min - Tolkin forces an excellent turnover in the middle of the field and has a 3v2 break the other way. With Omir wide open for a one touch finish, Tolkin makes the inexplicable decision to try and beat his defender 1v1 and doesn't even come close. Now I get it, I'm not sure I'd pass it to Omir if he was standing on the goal line for a tap in, but it still goes to show the immaturity in decision making from our young squad.
 
61st Min - Clark again finds himself with the ball, time, and space in the middle of the field. Klimala is making the exact same run that he did earlier and Clark sees him the entire way. He has about 35 yards of space to play the ball into, and somehow manages to overhit it over the end line. 
 
With the 2015-2018 team, I fully believe the Red Bulls have 2 or possibly 3 goals out of these chances, and the game is put away before Columbus has a chance to muster up a late-game resurgence. Clark is not a #10, never has been and any expectations for him to be the one to carry our midfield were unfounded.
 
All that said, I think we finally got a game out of Klimala that showed signs of hope. Scored a non-penalty goal, took an excellent volley to almost score a second, and moved much sharper off the ball.


i still watch the pass in the 44th minute and want to poke my eyes out.  at worse he hits it straight and Klimala has a good shot of running into the box though defender will be on him.  Play it with outside of right foot or left foot and its a clear 1v1.  But we couldnt even do the mediocre option right






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