Remember the days when you would have maybe a couple guys in the 250 -350 range, plus a DP or two, and the rest of the regular starters were barely over $100k? I remember thinking when Dax got like $350, "good for him, finely getting paid real money."
And now, we have 5 players making more than the max budget charge of $530,000.
That's tied for third-fewest in the league.
The salary growth in the last few years has been terrific.
Lade genuinely shouldn't see the field again unless every other player is hospitalized. That's 3 points lost and a knockout loss in the span of 4 days that fall directly on him. Completely inexcusable.
I hope never to see 3 CB formation. 4-2-3-1 has worked much better for us. With 5 defenders we just look inept in midfield, barely creating any scoring chances.
We scored 3 against LA, the first two of which came while using a back 5.
I think the issue is more the 4-man midfield with 1 forward. I prefer a two forward set with a back 5 - it allows for a little more positional fluidity. And that is not a setup that this team is built for at all.
If Martinez stopped playing and fell down when he was impeded by Parker instead of getting that shot off while falling, we'd be calling him a diver and a cheat
Right call for a foul by the last man, credit to both Martinez and the ref for playing and calling it correctly.
Direct your ire at Taxi and Parker, both of whom misplayed the ball in the build-up. Schoolboy defending.
Right, but the red card is given for DENIAL of a goalscoring opportunity. That's the literal language. If the chance isn't denied, then how is it a red card? It's not "impediment of an obvious goalscoring opportunity."
With 21 US clubs at this point, there should be a play-in round of 10 MLS clubs, to generate 16 MLS vs. 16 lower level clubs.
They already did MLS qualification rounds in years past, and it sucked shit.
The fun of a cup is to play teams in other leagues, and eliminating teams through intra-league matches totally douses that fun.
Enter with all of USLC or otherwise get the field to 41 before throwing MLS (23 US teams next year, allegedly) into a Round of 64. Interleague matches are the spice of this tournament; make sure there are a ton of them.
And while we're busy reforming this thing, give lower division teams right of first refusal to host against MLS teams.
I don't think it's tone deaf. Jesse March and Tyler Adams were always leaving the club. If RB Leipzig didn't exist, they would have just left for some other random European team. The fact that they are still associated with the team is pretty cool IMO.
Adams would have. A whole lot less certain about Marsch. The list of American-developed managers who have gone abroad* is what, three guys long now? Bradley, Berhalter, Marsch?
* - guys like Wagner, Caulfield were raised in Europe, so they don't count for this