About a minute after Etienne and Jorgensen came on they combined for a nice play up field that relieved pressure and almost created a scoring chance. For that minute I thought Armas might have been on to something.
That was pretty much the last serious involvement of either of them...
Thought Armas's game plan at the start was perfect, but he couldn't have thought it was sustainable for 90 minutes, right? Maybe still a little naivety from a young coach.
Davis was basically the only midfielder defending a 30 yard stretch of the field. He needed help, never got it after two very attack-minded substitutes, and the wheels fell off from there. There were a lot of tired looking legs not long into the second half.
Kaku and Valot had a nightmarish second half and were a huge reason why we couldn't get out of our own half.
I'm trying to get myself back on the Ivan hype train, but I can't shake the memory of Carlos Rivas scoring a brace during the season opener last year. Give me another two or three games like that and the guy's gotta be in the conversation for a regular starting spot.
Really nothing overall to complain about today, a draw away from home with a full B squad? You gotta be nuts not to take that results every day of the week.
A few thoughts on some of the new guys:
Duncan looked surprisingly comfortable on the left side today, looks just as good so far this season as he did before his injury
Epps looks like an MLS 1.0 player, based on today he'll probably end up towards the bottom of our thousand-winger depth chart
Tarek was just about perfect defensively, just about useless offensively. After booting the first 4-5 balls that came to him in space straight out of bounds I was wondering if he was ever gonna actually try to pass the ball, and the very next play he gives it away so poorly that Columbus almost scored.
Fernandez got beat the fuck up today, its a miracle he didn't come out with a concussion at some point. Did well for his first pro start in a very tough position though.
"So much of television is really not fit for children or Christians or the elderly, so what if there was a black bar on the lower half of your TV screen that kept you from seeing bad things? Like nudity. Or soccer."
That's why I'm so riled up about it, MLS dealt us a hand with 3 DP spots and a boatload of TAM and we're not playing all our cards!
Don't get me wrong I'm happy with the direction the team has taken too and think we're still good enough to win it all this year, but none of that stuff should be preventing us from also using all the roster resources available. At this point we'll just have to see how it rolls, I'm still very optimistic.
I had Ivan pegged for a breakout 2019 at the end of last year but with every report from preseason suggesting he's still struggling, I'm jumping off that train. Double digit starts would wildly surpass my expectations.
Can we split this to a 2019 bold predictions thread? I've got Rzatkowski with 15 combined goals and assists.
I don't think it's a crisis, but at the end of the day we're leaving a valuable roster resource sitting in the shelf and I'm surprised at how many people are totally OK with it.
Even if you're confident in the RW-by-committee approach, wouldn't it be nice if one of the guys on that committee was a serious baller instead of Epps or Ivan? Because there's nothing stopping us from doing that, and we had more than enough time to prepare a move for the winter.
I don't see confidence in the current group and a disappointment in the unused DP spot as mutually exclusive.
We're the third link in the Red Bull fussball chain, prepare for more of this.
Tyler has the potential to be a world class player, if not Leipzig he was going somewhere else. MLS fans as a whole need to prepare for this as we get better at creating young talent, this has 0% to do with our owners.
Koko's standards might be a tad bit high, but its kind of encouraging that the additional cap resources from MLS and more ambitious owners have pushed the league to the point that we're even having a conversation about keeping 4 starting quality fullbacks on the roster. I feel like it wasn't that long ago you were lucky to have a decent player past the 14th spot on the roster.