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Paul Nasta

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#1319004 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by Paul Nasta on 19 February 2018 - 11:29 AM


I miss Henry.

#1317143 "At least two, maybe three of four big splashes"

Posted by Paul Nasta on 19 January 2018 - 06:44 PM

It's all going to happen ... in 60 to 90 days.

#1316631 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by Paul Nasta on 09 January 2018 - 08:52 PM

They really have to get this deal done... They thought Verón eas going to be that speedy winger that wins 1v1 and scores, now they are assuming Kaku can...

Well if they don't want to pay 15-17 Million for Cristian Pavón which is the type of player they want...
And don't want pay more or less for his cheaper imitation in Ezequiel Cerruti.. Than get this deal done...

But remember you get what you pay for not what you want...

Cristian Pavon has a 27 million pound release clause, I guess that's around 35 million dollars.  ESPN is reporting that Arsenal, Liverpool, M. City, PSG and Inter are all interested.  Even if RBNY was willing to break the bank, they wouldn't be in the running for Pavon.

#1315334 Nigerian 18-year-old signed?

Posted by Paul Nasta on 20 December 2017 - 02:44 PM

Cornell Glen?

#1314332 If Kljestan sits, who starts?

Posted by Paul Nasta on 27 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

Just in terms of Adams v. Bradley, I'd take Tyler right now.  Covers more ground and is a better tackler.  About the same as a passer.  Maybe Bradley has a better shot, but goalscoring is not a big part of either player's game (yet).  And Adams is getting better while Bradley is not.


20/20 hindsight, but I sure would have preferred Adams over Bradley against T&T.

#1312537 Metro - Chicago Playoff Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 26 October 2017 - 10:53 AM

I thought it was a dumb move by Robles, although he got away with it.  Could have easily been a red.


Having said that, it looked like the Chicago guy fouled him as he was catching the ball. 

#1306791 Metro - Blue Team Game Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 07 August 2017 - 09:36 AM

Can't stand watching a game from Yankee Stadium.  Field is too small, too crowded.  Makes for some ugly soccer, particularly when both teams are fouling a lot, like yesterday.


Anyway, Villa is really good, you've got to give him credit.  Finished the first and third goals very solidly, like a professional.  The second goal was impressive.  Going at a couple of defenders at full speed, he didn't have a bad touch and basically made our defenders look foolish, and then he absolutely hammered the shot past Robles.  Yeah, maybe Robles could have played it better, but there aren't too many keepers in MLS that stop that shot.


I thought that, overall, RBNY looked a little better than the blue team, final score notwithstanding.  Had the better of possession and just moved the ball better.  But defensive errors killed them.  Perrinelle passing into the chest of a blue guy?  C'mon, that's not bad luck, that's bad passing.  The guy was maybe 10-15 yards from Perrinelle when the pass was made, not 40 yards down the field.  And when a defender makes a bad pass, sometimes it turns into a breakaway for the other team, as it did here.  Zizzo looked like a 12 year old on the second goal, getting sucked up into no mans land so that the ball bounced over his head, to the guy he was supposed be covering.  Not too much to say about the third goal, except it was a bad play by Zizzo,  From the TV feed, it was hard to see if Zizzo really connected with Villa or if Villa was acting a bit.  The ref could have let it go or even awarded an indirect kick for a dangerous play (I know, that never happens, but still).  But when you put your foot up near a guy's head, and you're in the box, sometimes a penalty is going to be given.


I don't like VAR.  In many/most cases, even the video is inconclusive, so I don't really see the point.  There's no reliable way to know how much of a guy going down is because he was tripped/bumped and how much is simulation.  And if VAR means we have to listen to Lalas drone on endlessly about whether he's OK or not OK with a call being reviewed, not reviewed, maintained or overturned, please end it now.  As an aside, how would VAR work if there's a possible foul in the box that the ref does not call a penalty on, play goes on but the play gets reviewed.  Say a minute or two or three later, the VAR ref decides it should have been a penalty.   Is the game stopped and the penalty awarded?  And if so, what about  whatever happened while the play was bieing  reviewed.  Say the other team scores, or card is given to someone.  Is that wiped out?  I'm sure the powers that be have thought about this, but I just don't know how it would work.


I guess my biggest beef is with Marsch.  It's easy to say in retrospect, but Murrillo should have started.  I don't know why you bring in a young guy who starts for a decent national team and then start either Zizzo or Perrinelle over him.  Especially after he's been here for a few months and has looked pretty good.  I guess Collin is stil hurt, and I can understand not throwing Escobar into the fire right away, but I was surprised to see both Zizzo and Perrinelle starting and Murrillo on the bench.

#1300732 RBA to host US World Cup Qualifier on Sept 1

Posted by Paul Nasta on 03 May 2017 - 01:57 PM

I joined the US Soccer's Supporter's Club last year to get tickets to see the Mexico game in Columbus.  It gave me some kind of priority over the general public to buy tickets.  I think there are different levels that you can join at which entitle you to different perks.  I want to say the lowest level was about $50 and it went up from there.

#1293228 Random Player Name Thread 2017

Posted by Paul Nasta on 17 January 2017 - 11:14 AM

Jonathan Spector for right back.


SBI says he has offers from MLS and Birmingham will let him leave.


He's maybe a little old, and too expensive for an MLS fullback.  But RBNY could maybe use an upgrade in that position, and they did just come into some allocation money or whatever it is that they can use to pay down an expensive contract.

#1291843 End of the NASL?

Posted by Paul Nasta on 14 December 2016 - 03:06 PM

According to SBI, citing Empire of Soccer, the Jacksonville Armada have terminated player contracts. 


Not even sure at this point what is left of the NASL.  I'm guessing that the USL, NASL and USSF are all talking about what the second division will look like next year, meaning what NASL teams the USL will take on.  I heard that the USL did not want Miami FC, because of Beckham's Miami MLS team.  The Cosmos and now the Armada seem to be finished, Rayo OKC reportedly had serious management issues.  I think I heard that FC Edmonton wasn't interested in the USL.  Will the USL take whatever other NASL teams are out there?  Also, what's up with the SF Deltas, thrown into turmoil before they even play a game.  I would think the USL would want a team in SF, assuming the ownership was solid.


To me, the most obvious outcome here is that  the NASL folds, the USL absorbs the remaining NASL teams, USSF grants the USL second division status, and the USL splits into 2 leagues, one being the second division and the other being the third.  MLS reserve teams would be in the third division, along with any other team that didn't want to be in the second division.


Hopefully, all parties involved can get it right and the outcome of the demise of the NASL is a stable, long term pro soccer structure.

#1285463 Olympic soccer

Posted by Paul Nasta on 13 August 2016 - 10:29 AM

The call that disallowed what would have been the second US goal may or may not have been a good call.  I'm pretty sure the call was for a foul, not offsides.  It was not clear what happened, except that the Sweden defender fell or was pushed/pulled to the ground, leaving the American with a free header.


But the call that disallowed what would have been the second Swedish goal was clearly wrong.  No way was the Swedish attacker offsides.  So a good argument can be made that Sweden should have won 2-1.


Hope Solo can get away with bad/dumb behavior as long as she's performing on the field, something she didn't do during this tournament.  The next major competition for the USWNT is in 3 years; maybe we'll see someone else in net for the US by then.  Calling the Swedes cowards is beyond dumb and classless.

#1283174 Random Player Name Thread 2016

Posted by Paul Nasta on 12 July 2016 - 09:28 AM

Juan Mata is supposedly for sale.  There's no indication that he'd be interested in coming here, but if you offer him enough money you never know.  Not sure where he stands with the Spanish national team, but if he thinks he's got a shot to be on the Spanish roster for Russia, then he's not coming here now.  Not  a perfect fit since the midfield is already pretty crowded, but he'd improve the team offensively.  He'd be a true attacking midfielder; getting him would  force Kljestan out wide (relegating either Grella or Veron/Muyl to the bench) or back to defensive midfield (forcing Dax/Felipe to the bench).


Schweinstieger (sp?) is also supposedly for sale.  He'd maybe be more willing to come here, since his days with Germany are most likely coming to an end.  He is maybe a little too old for RBNY, but he'd sell some shirts and generate some buzz for a while.


RBNY's got talent and we know they can be among the best in the league, but they've been  flat this season.  This may be a situation where they need a jolt to start moving up the table and make a run for MLS cup.  Bringing in a guy like Mata or Schweinsteiger might accomplish that.  Some DPs that come over in the summer don't have an immediate impact, but some do.  Jones, Drogba and Keane all hit the ground running when they came to MLS mid-season.

#1281747 Copa America Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 22 June 2016 - 07:59 AM

I hope CONMEBOL or whatever it is doesn't merge with CONCACAF any time soon. We're not ready yet. Argentina dominated us more than we dominate little T&T lol

Argentina has pretty much dominated everyone this tournament.  2-1, 5-0, 3-0, 4-1, 4-0.


Pretty dramatic overreaction to last night's game.  Although any team has a chance to win against any opponent, we were always a big underdog.  My hope before the game was that we could keep it tied at least until halftime, and if we couldn't pull out the miracle upset at least we could keep it close and make them sweat a little.  That didn't happen.  It was not a good game for us, by any measure.  We did look panicky and gave the ball away cheaply.  Brooks was not good, Dempsey was invisible, Bradley turned it over too much, you could go down the list because I don't know if there was one player who had a good game last night.


As for it being a horrible tournament for us, have we forgotten about Costa Rica already?  I would also say that the Paraguay game was a good one for us, playing a man down and Paraguay never really threatened us too much.  We played 5 games, 2 good ones, 2 bad ones, and one (Ecuador) which was not real pretty but where we got the win in a knock out game against a good opponent.  So maybe in the end it wasn't a great tournament for us, but it's a little much to say that the whole tournament was terrible.  We still did better than Mexico and Brazil.

#1281459 2016 US Open Cup

Posted by Paul Nasta on 17 June 2016 - 07:16 AM

Sounds like if it is Cosmos v. RBNY in the next round, it won't be at Belson.  Stover is suggesting that the Cosmos may give up the right to host the game.  Article is at BigApple Soccer.



#1281106 Copa America Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 08 June 2016 - 07:52 AM

There are upper level sets in Philly for $60 for USA-PAR.  What do people want? 

I know TicketBastard adds $10+ in fees, but it's still cheaper than flying to Brazil or South Africa!

As for those claiming that rich Americans are being gouged, I note the COL-PAR drew more than USA-CR.

Perhaps the argument should be that organizers are gouging ex-pats.

Got tickets to Saturday's game a while ago.  They were pricey, but how often does the national team play a meaningful game near NY?


I'm happy that a) Saturday's match means something and b) with the right results, the USA will be playing the quarterfinal at Met Life on 6/17.


As for last night, I had that sense of dread in the first few minutes, as CR took it to us.  All I heard was that CR would pack it in and play defense, and it looked like our guys were surprised early on as CR attacked and pressed.  Holden pointed out Joel Campbell rushing to retrieve a ball that was out of play, to get it back into play ASAP.   This was in the first 10 minutes of the game and highlighted the sense of urgency that CR was attempting to play with.  But to quote Mike Tyson via RedBullScouse, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face", and the USA landed 3 good ones in the first half.


Great finishes on all 4 goals.  I was kind of thinking that Wood was having a poor game, right up until he created a goal out of virtually nothing.  I'm guessing Klinsmann keeps the same starting lineup on Saturday.