You make it sound like Tyler Adams was that hard to replace. The guy is Bundesliga level but Casseres and Rza should ideally be good enough in MLS to replace him. Neither are as good, but I don't think the level of our midfield should have gone down that much. With BWP, I agree, massive loss. Guy scored 20 goals last season, White scored 9 goals and Barlow got 3... neither are replacements for that level of production and that is why the blame isn't 100% on Armas but that doesn't mean he is exonerated.
Both Red Bull Global and Armas are to blame for what has been a pretty bad season.
Is BWP a Bundesliga level player? No, not even close. If we were to sign a young, highly regarded starter from a top Bundesliga team it would be seen as a massive upgrade. Losing one has to be seen as a massive downgrade. They clearly thought that Rza would adapt to that role better than he has, and that Casseres would have developed faster than he has.
A jockey can't win a race without the right horse..
Are you saying that Montreal had better talent on the field than us? I was very tolerant of his tinkering all season, trying to find the right players and formations, but that tolerance was premised on the team being ready to go when the playoffs came around. These last two games were hugely important, for a bunch of reasons, and he couldn't get the team to show up. I understand we had 3rd-string Barlow vs DC, and a very rusty BW no_P vs Montreal, but we could have and should have done better.
I never fully grasped why MLS cares whether team owners get into bidding wars over players in the post-DP era. These days you're only putting discovery rights on guys who are DP caliber and MLS isn't on the hook for that anyway. So what if one team wants to outbid another?
There are still only a small number of teams willing and able to spend big. They don't want to get run over (any more than they already are) by the ATLs and LAFCs.
Seemed to me the biggest difference in the past two games is having Duncan play at the level he showed he could last year, and having Sims as a real attacking threat (that burst of speed he has is a real difference maker).
When one guy in the backline is off, everything gets disorganized. We didn't see that last night. Its far better to have a defender defend and an attacker attack, rather than run the offense through Murillo and have Muyl do whatever it is Muyl does in front of him.
Royer had a bad game (by his standards, despite the goal) but we weren't so completely dependent on him, and it made a world of difference.
Portland made us look good, especially their shit finishing. That said, Davis had a very good game, Sims showed he has some serious pace (still hasn't shown he can shoot), and great to see Duncan back in the form we saw from him last year.