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Paul Nasta

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#1359666 Random Player Name Thread 2020

Posted by Paul Nasta on Today, 03:18 PM

11 goals in 22 appearances last year, he's still productive.  But he's injury prone, past his prime and pricey.  Burned bridges aside, I'd pass.

#1359364 Random Player Name Thread 2020

Posted by Paul Nasta on 17 January 2020 - 03:23 PM

Pass like him as a player thought he could have been good for USMNT more
we dont need a 31 yr old player when we have a USu23 player at RB

From what I've seen, Lichaj would be an upgrade over Duncan, at least for the next year or two.  Long term Duncan might be better.


Having said that, I'm not a fan of spending big money on outside backs in a salary capped league.  I'd rather spend the money on the center of the field or on wingers.  So even if there's a drop off from Duncan to Lichaj, I'd probably still go with Duncan.  Of course, that's assuming the club is going to spend the money on other positions, which with this club can't be assumed.

#1359346 2020 Offseason Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 17 January 2020 - 12:38 PM

Lets bring all the stars back! What are Nielsen, Digao, Stolz and Ballouchy up to?

Well, Ballouchy's still local:  https://www.nycfc.co...assistant-coach

#1359342 Random Player Name Thread 2020

Posted by Paul Nasta on 17 January 2020 - 11:22 AM

Cmon, Gabigol is a $30 million transfer. Not happening for any MLS team.

A couple of years ago, Milo on these boards was going on about how RBNY should get Cristian Pavon from Boca.  A lot of people, myself included, shouted him down, saying how it could never happen because the big Euro clubs were looking at Pavon and it would be a $30 million transfer.  Too rich for MLS.


A year or so later, Pavon goes to LA Galaxy on loan.


So, never say never.

#1359108 Mathias Jorgensen incoming

Posted by Paul Nasta on 13 January 2020 - 05:29 PM

I know most of the comments about Jorgensen on here are pretty damning, and I've never seen him play except for the couple of times he came on for the first team.  But last year he was 18 when he moved to a new country, on a new continent, and scored roughly one goal every two games (1 goal every 164 minutes, or something like that).  Those numbers aren't terrible.  Given his age and considering the circumstances, one can at least hope that he's going to be much improved this year.   The team's not exactly stacked at striker, so unless they sign a higher profile guy, he'll get a chance to get minutes.  Barlow's not a lock as the backup, White's not a lock as the # 1, and maybe Armas will use 2 strikers more often this year.


Forget about the transfer fee, that's water under the bridge.  Let's see what he can do on the field this year.

#1356628 New logo, if anyone cares

Posted by Paul Nasta on 11 November 2019 - 09:27 AM

new logo shit, as if anyone cares https://www.reddit.c..._red_bull_gmbh/

Looks pretty good, except for the two bulls thing above the NY.

#1355862 What would it take for Red Bull to sell?

Posted by Paul Nasta on 22 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

I don't see Red Bull pulling out unless and until the bottom falls out of the energy drink market.


To some extent, how well or poorly RBNY does matters very little to the people in Austria.  Any financial losses that RBNY sustain are MLS-level losses, meaning they are a grain of sand on the beach that is Red Bull's global profits.  And although I'm sure the Austrians would prefer packed stands and MLS Cup championships, even a half filled stadium and a mid-table team provides some marketing benefit and the occasional Tyler Adams and Jesse Marsch to bolster Leipzig and Salzburg.

#1351513 Petke coached RSL

Posted by Paul Nasta on 12 August 2019 - 07:27 PM

Outrage culture claims another victim:
1982: https://m.youtube.co...h?v=Q81NnURns6w

Petke's only got himself to blame.

#1349214 Metro - Blue Poseurs Game Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 15 July 2019 - 10:21 AM

Not really the point. They should not be given a platform to bitch and moan about the call on the field for 5 minutes. That falls on the referees. This isnt injury/foul stoppages. Its a controllable situation. If theyre going to cry like that, cards need to be handed out and they need to put a stop to it.

I think people are maybe confusing a couple of different issues.  Players shouldn't be allowed to delay the game by whining, bitching and moaning, and the ref shouldn't allow it happen.  But what if it does happen, like it did last night?  The time absolutely has to be added on.  


If NYCFC had been up by a goal in the 90th minute, there's not a soul on here who would argue that the time shouldn't have been added on.

#1348358 2019 Gold Cup

Posted by Paul Nasta on 02 July 2019 - 09:27 AM

Well, the weather in Philly was nice and the US came away with the win, so that's the good.


The bad - the team, to me at least, seemed to play with a lack of urgency, particularly in the second half.  It looked like they were satisfied with a one goal lead, and this was pretty much confirmed by Berhalter, who said more or less that they were sitting back and defending in the second half.  Playing at home against Curacao, you shouldn't be satisfied until you're 3 or 4 up.  Sure, they've got players who are in decent leagues, but if we're happy with a one goal lead against Curacao, what do we do when we play Mexico, or pretty much any team in the World Cup?  I thought we were a team that aimed to dominate in Concacaf and, at some point, challenge in the later rounds of the World Cup.  Going one goal up and then sitting back and defending against Curacao seems a long way off from that.


I can't understand using only one sub.  It's a tournament where we'll play up to six games in 3 weeks, there's no excuse for not using all 3 subs.  Jozy for Zardes was the obvious sub that should have been made, but Trapp could have been brought on for Bradley.


On Zardes.  Some people criticize what they think is an American mentality of preferring athletic, hard-working players but who have limited skill and flair.  Zardes kind of feeds into this mindset.  Everyone who praises him points out how hard he works, how he makes runs to stretch the defense, and how he defends well for a striker.  The problem is that Zardes is rarely a serious threat to score, at least at the international level, and for me, this is a deal breaker for a striker.  For the first 80 minutes against Curacao, he was a total non-factor.  He ended up with two shots in the last 10 minutes, neither one on goal, and one of them a  shot that a more competent striker would have put in the net (the ball from Arriola that he flicked over the bar).  Looking at the big picture, we're going to need a striker who's better than Zardes or Jozy, and hopefully that will be Sargent, Weah, Soto or someone else.  But for now, give me Jozy over Zardes (assuming Jozy is fit).


Took about an hour to get out of the parking lot at the Linc after the game, for a crowd that was about the same as a sold out Red Bull Arena.  So those traffic issues aren't limited to Harrison.

#1348138 2019 Gold Cup

Posted by Paul Nasta on 26 June 2019 - 09:22 AM

What an odd format! No crossover in the semis.
If Pan & USA win their 1/4 final matches, they will meet in the semis.
Meanwhile, CR & MEX meet in the 1/4s.

That format guarantees that Mexico and the US won't meet until the final, which is probably the purpose of it.


CR has been underwhelming, Honduras moreso.  We'll see if they're just having a bad 10 days or if both countries are entering a down cycle.  It would be nice to see Haiti or Canada in the Hex in two years.

#1346392 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by Paul Nasta on 21 May 2019 - 12:48 PM

There is no argument you could make for a yellow.  Any penalty in that situation - last defender, close to goal, offensive player with the ball in reach, heading towards the goal - has to be a red.    It's a very specific situation clearly defined in the rules.

The argument for a yellow in that situation is that regardless of what the rules say, I'm (the ref) going to give a yellow because giving a red is too harsh for what the foul was.  Simple as that.


Like when you see contact in the box that the ref lets go, whereas if the same contact happened out in midfield it gets called 11 out of 10 times.  Sometimes refs use a little discretion when deciding how strictly to apply the rules.


Getting back to Lawrence, I love the guy and think he had a great game, but he went a little overboard when he screamed in Villalba's face.  Lawrence is generally a pretty cool character on the field, but he let his emotions get the best of him there.  If the game wasn't basically over, he maybe gets a stupid yellow, for the antics after the tackle rather than for the tackle itself.

#1345814 Wondering if FC Cincinnati Will Interview Woly

Posted by Paul Nasta on 09 May 2019 - 12:24 PM

Koch had a similar resume to Woly's - good coach in USL, but no top level head coaching experience.  My guess is that Cincy, having been burned with Koch, will go in a different direction with the next coach.  Instead of a young guy with potential, they'll get someone with more of a proven track record.  So I'd be surprised if they hired Woly.  


Which is not to say that Woly doesn't deserve a shot, I just don't think that Cincy at this time would be interested in him.

#1345586 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by Paul Nasta on 07 May 2019 - 09:34 AM

I'd rather go for Juan Mata than Sanchez.  Mata is a free transfer and seems like a better guy.  

#1344823 Thierry Henry linked to RB coaching role

Posted by Paul Nasta on 21 April 2019 - 06:14 PM

This team literally set the points record last season. There's talent. There are weaknesses, sure, but to say that there's a lack of talent that's causing all of the problems is crazy.

That was last year.  Since then, Adams went to Germany, BWP aged a year and Kaku has found his level (which is a lot lower than we were all hoping it was, and lower than what it looked like it would be the first half of last year).


What's left are a few standouts on defense and a bunch of peripheral guys.  No stars, no difference makers.  Not a single player that could get us a goal against a typically bad NE team.  No Piatti, Valeri, Rooney, Pozuelo, Almiron or Vela.


The team added an 18 year old project who apparently isn't even the best striker on the USL team, a Philly castoff who's no better than the other 6 guys we have that play his position, and an academy/college kid who may turn into something in a few years.


So in a league where other teams add significant pieces to improve, RBNY loses pieces and gets older and adds nothing that will help this year.  Change the coach?  Sure, might as well.  Armas hasn't exactly covered himself in glory this season.  But it won't be a magic fix, not with the same group of players.