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#1375486 What grade would you give Thelwell?

Posted by Borats on 26 November 2020 - 12:36 PM

B-/C+, most important judgement will be on the scouting/signings this offseason, underwhelmed but not worried yet. Better than Hamlett on that front but thats a low bar.

Meanwhile we will get hot takes about Strubers 1 match in charge for the next 3 months. Lets at least give him enough rope to hang himself with next season.

Thelwell is extremely eloquent, like Jesse was before, and you want to believe when he is saying something. But ultimately we need to judge him by the results. He called Struber "outstanding" candidate since the start of the search, and I want to believe that as well. As you could tell, I was very upset when season ended without using best players, but I get the point it is still early, and still believe Kevin.


This morning though I decided to check Barnsley, and gathered another data point I mentioned above, which gave further doubt. What do you make of Barnsley's remarkable and improbable turnaround literally starting the very next game Kevin's "outstanding candidate" left? Should we start to get a bit worried or nothing to it?

#1375391 Bleeding talent

Posted by Borats on 24 November 2020 - 10:51 PM

If a player is good enough to succeed at Anderlecht, they weren't staying here, period.     Taxi and Murillo knew that and forced everyone's hand.   Kaku tried that, but we fought it off.   DE7 has had a total of one goal in 21 appearances for Cowtown.     We did a favor letting Muyl go somewhere he would get minutes, and he has yet to score for Nashville.

Don't care about DE7 and Muyl, but Taxi was going to stay with a bit of a raise, and our coaches benched Murillo, Kaku, and Sims. Like I said, thanks Chris and Denis. Hopefully Struber will come to his senses though once he is with the team a bit more.

#1375307 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 07:42 PM

Thank you for responding for me. You stated things better than I could. To Borats, my low expectations were justified. We werent winning MLS Cup. Its really not debatable. Lol.

Not saying MLS Cup was likely (it never is), but I would have really liked a better shot at winning a play-off game than what Struber afforded us. White has scored now in 5 our of last 6 games, plus a dime to boot. Why was Barlow starting over him? Two play-offs in a row the team is up a goal when Kaku plays and down two when he doesn't. CCJ is better than Davis. These guys make a difference, and they actually did when he finally put them together. Team was unprepared to come out in either half. Yearwood and Davis were making reckless tackles to make up for their poor play, and had to be out at half (or not even start). I get starting Clark, but Yearwood, Davis, and Valot together with Kaku, CCJ, and Stroud available? 


Last year #6 Toronto went to MLS Cup. Just now San Jose took Sporting to PKs and Dallas bounced favored MLS is back champs. Yeah, I did think we had a chance against CBus, particularly with both teams producing similar results since October. The loss was not a foregone conclusion as you make it out to be.

#1375305 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 07:30 PM

The results of the past month? Getting blown out by NYFC or getting a few last second Hail Mary goals to pull ties out of our asses? This team was pretty mediocre the past month. I thought we looked spot on against CBus compared to every other game last month.

Since October CBus is 3W, 4L, 2D. We are 3W, 3L, 3D. These are just facts, both teams played similarly with similar results lately. With better coaching and 3 of our most talented players at their positions on the field more, I certainly think a better result was possible. I mean San Jose just took Sporting to PKs. You guys seem to be very contempt with poor results, even when Struber didn't put our best foot forward.

#1375288 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 02:57 PM

I do not think the result would have been any better if Kaku started. When you look at the numbers, the team usually does better without Kaku than with him.  I think it is just as likely that we would have done worse if Kaku started as it is that we would have done better.  At the end of the day, Columbus is a much better team from top to bottom whether Kaku plays or not.

Well, since you are looking at the numbers, in this game when Kaku was on the field we are 1:0, and when he was off we are 1:3, so the result could have been better with Kaku playing more. Do we give him 3 points then in this formula? But it is not just that and not just Kaku. Struber gave Barlow 90 mins when White scored 4 goals and had assist in last 5 games, and came late as a sub and (gasp) scored. CCJ played very well and was really dangerous lately for Metro and played well by all accounts for Venezuela too, but Struber only got him in after we were losing. When Davis and Yearwood were getting beat to the point where I was praying for half to end so we can get them out, he just comes back to them in the second half. And what about looking completely inept every time we came out?


I really feel that it is not even a debatable argument that Struber's debut was anything but absolutely pathetic Armas like display of incompetence in the most important game of the season that could have been won. The only question is whether he gets a full pass for this utter failure.  Not sure about you, but I am a bit less optimistic about him than I was before this game, and quite upset the season ended without putting best talent we had available on display to really know if we had even a small chance this year.

#1375284 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 01:51 PM

Would have gotten stomped out with Armas.. At least they just needed one goal at the end but there aren't any goal scorers on this roster..

This season was a disaster.. Credit the guys playing above their talent vs Cbus.. Nagbe showed up at the right time and Porter always coaches up...

The future looks good cuz no way is it possible to have a worse season than this.. Thelwell looks like he'll make moves and sure better talent can do more than this.. There was no creative build up and no goal scoring threats all year long

Well, Armas led us to pretty similar result last year to play-off first round loss by one goal with I think the same exact seeding, so I don't know who would have done better, looks very similar to me. If anything Armas made it to OT before losing in full stadium cheering for Philly. As far as not having goal scorers, actually we had a guy who scored 4 goals in 5 previous games. And guess what, he scored as well as sub in this game, just didn't get enough minutes because our brilliant tactician coach went with ... Barlow. Kaku, though not a goal scorer, just had a goal too for a Paraguayan NT, which is way better than Metro.


As far as playing above their talent level, I would have to disagree. Duncan, Yearwood, Davis all played poorly. You know who played above his talent level in Kaku's absence? Stroud. Yet like Armas preferring Valot to Sims, Struber preferred Valot to Kaku (and Stroud too). Also, was it lack of talent that whenever we came out to start game or half, we look inept and concede great chances almost immediately each time? Was it really a hard decision to get Davis/Yearwood out of there at the half (with Kaku and CCJ on the bench after great showings for their NTs) after Valarayan and others beat them basically at will all first half and we were lucky not to concede more? When he finally got best talent we had in, we scored to make it 3:2 and almost tied. 


Struber cost us this season, like Armas did last year with his Buckmuster stunt in play-offs. Guess a lot of people were resigned to losing, but I thought this year in play-offs without fans anyone has a shot. Orlando-NYC went to PKs earlier. Who knows who will win this thing. Can't really complain about not having talent when three best players at their positions (Kaku, CCJ, White) didn't play for most of the game due to coach's decision.

#1375274 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 10:33 AM


This piqued my interest so I ran the PPG with Kaku and you're not only right but its pretty significant.


Kaku starts - 1.58 PPG

Kaku subs on - 1.66 PPG

Kaku doesn't play - 1.89 PPG

I do see that Kaku's ppg is low. Looked at some other to spot check: Duncan, Barlow, White are about the same, in spite of Duncan being voted a near unanimous MVP and Barlow not belonging in MLS. Looks like Kaku had 2.03 in 2018: https://www.transfer.../spieler/355817


Don't know what this all means, but I doubt Barlow would be getting a call up to Paraguayan NT if he were eligible.

#1375270 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 23 November 2020 - 09:01 AM

How Struber did as a coach with only 3 practices is meaningless. The value of him coaching yesterday was to see what meager gruel we have on our plate. We will only get better team if there are serious talent additions. ... 

For starters I would have liked to use talent we already have. Paraguay national team just did and benefitted from it greatly. Kaku and CCJ had to play more than they did, at least at halftime, when we barely got to the break without conceding more goals, with Davis/Yearwood getting beat practically at will. Brian White scored in 4 out of last 5 games, and had an assist in that span. Barlow did get a goal against Torono, but before that scored in Sept in one game two months ago, and has no assists this year. I know I was White's big critic, but he was hot last 5 games and had to start over Barlow probably in the minds of everyone, except Struber.


So, yeah, I do want more talent (more line Sims who was also benched by Armas, and less like Pendant and Tetteh), but coach needs to also use the talent we already have in the most important game of the season. If he did, we may be talking about Toronto right now instead of whether the fact Struber clearly was off to pathetic and atrocious start is meaningless or not.

#1375212 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 22 November 2020 - 08:50 AM

Also to add to it.  While I would have subbed Kaku on a little bit earlier I think biggest difference yesterday was that this game was the worst game Yearwood and Davis have played as a pair.  I am putting a lot of that blame on switching the system for a playoff game though.

I agree, and also add Duncan to that list. But all of this was evident in the first half were I was praying to go to half time level, and then make major changes. Instead we came out in the second half as flat as in the first, and just like at the start of the first conceded major chances due to being in complete disarray. Also, Stroud played really well as a distributor in Kaku's absence. If he left Kaku off for whatever reason, would be good to have him there. White scored a lot in last few games too and was a clear choice over Barlow. Overall, just too many mistakes from coaching standpoint on a winnable game. Sure, we can give a pass as this was a debut, but there is no debate the guy utterly failed in his first game with Metro, and that happened to be the most important game of the year.

#1375211 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 22 November 2020 - 08:41 AM

Great players dont fit every system, its not an indictment on the player. Kaku was always intended to be sold on and that hasnt materialized. His resale value playing for this team is only going to continue to drop.

Kaku was doing fine after Armas left and fit well. There is really no excuse for not leveraging him, there just isn't. I am afraid Struber failed in play-offs in Armas like fashion. No I am not starting fire Struber thread here, but he did ask to be accountable, his decisions did make a difference in the game, and he failed miserably to make a first impression in the most important game of the season.

#1375202 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 22 November 2020 - 12:41 AM

Kaku is gone, hes barely started over the last 2 months due to intl duty, etc.

Is he the most creative player on the roster? Yes. Is he the most talented player on the roster? Probably. Does he fit this team anymore? Probably not

Well, we certainly didnt do too well without him in play-offs. not last year when he went out with injury, and not this year when the coach just decided not to play him . If Struber gets rid of him because hes good enough to make Paraguay national team and have international duty, we might be missing Armas after all...

#1375200 Struber didn't start Kaku

Posted by Borats on 22 November 2020 - 12:01 AM

I got the feeling his roster selection today was based as much on evaluation as it was on winning the game.  He wanted to get a look at Clark, he wanted to see what Royer has left, he knew Tetteh wasn't coming back.   Not sure why Barlow got the nod ahead of White, or why he waited so long to bring in Kaku, but it did seem that winning the game was secondary.

Kayden Clark played extremely well, so I would not call him a genius for starting him. However, if you were to poll everybody on this board before the game, how many would choose Barlow over White for this game? How many would say that Kaku should get 15 minutes? Probably no one. And those are not tough decisions, its just basic common sense. Struber to put it quite simply miserably failed to make a first impression and looked like a total fool.

#1374290 Metro - Blue Poseurs Game Thread

Posted by Borats on 02 November 2020 - 11:18 AM

Soft call, fuck outta here.

Terrible call, I mean soccer is a contact sport. Just because the guy is small doesn't mean you can't touch him. I have a feeling though that he would not call it had the game been close at that point.


Also, how stupid does the decision look like now to let Taxi go and replace him with Pendant and Seagrist instead of just giving the guy a raise he asked for and quite frankly deserved?

#1373920 MUYL TRADED

Posted by Borats on 28 October 2020 - 12:00 PM

One thing I think we can all agree on is that with Clark, Stroud, Valot, Mines, Omir, Rza all vying to get some minutes in the same position as Muyl, we have not missed Alex at all this year.

#1373815 Some people like listening to Shep

Posted by Borats on 25 October 2020 - 08:22 PM

I wasnt being completely serious. It is funny to listen to Shep gush about Barlow and Stroud, 2 guys who wouldnt start on a lot of teams in this league.

I think Shep appreciates hard working guys. Barlow works like a dog, but unfortunately just not skilled enough. Stroud, on the other hand, has really given this team much needed distribution ability in Kaku's absence. I think he is a decent back-up for Kaku. Even on Sat, had an assist to Duncan and should have had one more when he laid out the ball to Tetteh in front of the empty net. Steve said he was somewhat of a discovery this year, and I agree.