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#1336517 Long, Parker, Adams called in for USMNT

Posted by McSoccer on 21 November 2018 - 09:36 AM

I get why Long went, his place in the Nats isnt as solidified as Adams; the next USMNT may not have been on sidelines, but Im sure he watched both matches, so it was still a chance for Aaron to show what he can do wearing the Stars & Stripes.

Tyler probably could caller in sick and he still would have started the next important match.

#1336386 Advance MLS Cup tickets

Posted by McSoccer on 19 November 2018 - 03:28 PM

If what the club is saying is true, then STH's who had early access bought every available seat in the stadium and are not listing their tickets since they all plan on going. Yet that seems unlikely since the Atlanta game is nowhere close to selling out and RBA never has sellouts, even in big rivalry games and playoff games on weekend nights..

None of the examples you gave are even close to the level of MLS Cup.  And, the ATL game is not MLS Cup and it's on a Thursday night.  

#1336258 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 16 November 2018 - 02:16 PM

How many times do we bunker? Not often because it doesn't our approach. Have you considered that Atlanta may not be a natural bunkering team either? They will be at home and they are an attacking team. Our aggressive press has risks  and bunkering has risks.

I have considered ATL won't bunker and I wouldn't surprised at all if they don't.  But they played a bunker last week at home and it was very successful.  I know, different circumstances - they had an away goal, they were winning 1-0 an aggregate, and City is not anywhere near as good as us.  They've been unsuccessful against us playing their normal, attacking style, so should it surprise anyone if they try something different, something they just worked on in their last match?  That's all I'm saying.


We can agree to disagree on away goals.  I said they weren't as important as wins, but these are the two teams with two of the top three point totals in MLS history, it's not a wild scenario to see us trade wins, be tied on aggregate, and have away goals be the tiebreaker.

#1336220 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 15 November 2018 - 05:32 PM

"It's not as if we haven't learned things too."


We won the most games because everyone was able to beat us with the bunker... :blink:


In the regular season where a single loss or a tie won't sink your season, that might be a viable strategy, but if your conservatism leads to you falling behind us by an early goal you put yourself at real risk. Then Atlanta would be forced to open it up and that is when they would be most vulnerable to us going Postal on them.


I am not saying the bunker isn't a viable strategy, but in our last 22 games since our US Open loss to Philly we have recorded 12 shutouts. We aren't exactly a sieve.

I never said we couldn't or shouldn't beat the bunker.  I was only arguing the bunker is a good strategy against us.  Yes, we had the best regular season in MLS history, partly because we've been able to beat the bunker... sometimes.  We did have losses this season and those losses typically came against teams that bunkered.


You know who didn't bunker against us?  ATLANTA!  How did they do in their two matches against us this year?  Not so good.  They tied for the second best season in MLS history and we destroyed them twice.  They know they can't go toe-to-toe with us playing their game.  So maybe they they take a page out of Chicago's book (who did beat us at home, albeit early in the season, by bunkering) and bunker.  Will they? I don't know.  I would not have expected them to, except we saw it from them this weekend.


And, your logic about home in the playoffs versus the regular season is backward.  In the regular season you can win a game 3-2 at home and you get the same three points and the same goal differential as if you won 1-0. In the playoffs, a 3-2 home win is significantly worse than a 1-0 home win because of Away Goals.  Clean sheets at home aren't as important as wins, but they are pretty important.


We should beat ATL no matter their strategy.  But, I'm more concerned if they bunker and counter because I'm guessing Almiron and Martinez will be better at countering than the teams that have beat us this year.

#1336177 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 14 November 2018 - 11:50 PM

Because you know if you are Atlanta that NYRB has a very strong record at home. They would be at a disadvantage playing too conservative at home and risking a tie in the 1st leg. Tactics for a 2 game elimination series are different than for regular season games.

Tactos ARE different in two-legged series, especially when the Away Goals rule is used. Keeping a clean sheet at home is a huge benefit. I dont see how playing a style, bunker and counter, that has almost always given Red Bull problems would be bad. ATL may not go that route. Even if they do, Red Bull may have the team to finally beat that strategy.  My point is, for the first time, ATL has showed they can play that way and we shouldnt be surprised if they do.

#1336123 Youtube video about Red Bull ownership

Posted by McSoccer on 14 November 2018 - 11:55 AM

Dave has bosses too.  He wasn't lazy at all with this, put in a lot of work with it and I think it's mostly fair...especially on the off field stuff.  The soda can crew will gnash their teeth as usual because it isn't positive.  

Wasn't criticizing anyone in particular, just commenting that, based on what you've said here, someone edited a lot your comments out.  Overall I'd say the piece is accurate, but I don't know if I'd call it fair.  It talks about the lack of investment in the club after the Leipzig purchase, yet doesn't mention the dollars put into the Academy and the USL team.  No mention how the team has won three Shields in the last five years, two of them coming after the "decrease" in investment.  They also refer to NY and Salzburg as farms teams for Leipzig, when we have yet to send a player there (I know Tyler is on his way) and Salzburg isn't hurting from having theirs go to Germany (they went further in the Europa League than Leipzig last season).  So while I think almost everything in the video is true, it ignores almost anything positive (RBA excluded), making it hard to call it fair.  


Personally, I have an embattled history with Red Bull.  I stopped supporting the team when the club was rebranded, came back when they signed Henry (my favorite player from his days at Arsenal), and have now grown to really appreciate the way they currently run the sporting side (youth development, young foreign signings, USL team, etc.).  However, the business and fan engagement side of the team is a shitstorm.  The Portlands, SKCs, Seattles, and Atlantas of the league make what's happening here seem like a joke.  Branding matters when it comes to support, look at how much better SKC drew after they dropped the "Wiz" moniker.  I think it's weird for a lot of people to root for a team named after a product; I almost never wear team gear outside of match day, because I don't want to walk around looking like a fan of soda.


On the sporting side they are more "local" than any other club in MLS.  On the business, fan engagement side, the are probably the least "local".

#1335749 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 09 November 2018 - 11:59 AM

You joke, but if you remember 2013 against Houston - after the 2nd leg we were tied on Aggregate but up on away goals. There was no away goals rule at the time, and we lost in extra time. The next season they implemented the away goals rule. Lol.

I remember well, unfortunately...

#1335742 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 09 November 2018 - 09:50 AM

It's just insane, the away goals rule. An inferior team in Columbus scores one goal, and all of the sudden they get this incredible advantage for the second leg.

Fans need to start putting pressure on Garber and the league to drop this bullshit.

Watch us lose by away goals and the league switch it so that the higher seed wins in tie...

#1335741 Results Watch 2018

Posted by McSoccer on 09 November 2018 - 09:45 AM

It seems like it is, I was looking on wikipedia, other than in MLS and the Asian Champions League, away goals scored in extra time count for the away goal tiebreaker, and Portland's 2-1 Away Goals advantage would have won the tie.
Certainly it's possible Wiki has it wrong, I thought I remembered UEFA doing the same thing, but I haven't paid that much attention.

It is obscure then!  Wow, having the second leg at home is a huge disadvantage when away goals count in ET.

#1335643 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 06 November 2018 - 12:01 PM

Sure, and a 3-1/2-0 loss would be way worse than 1-0.

Not all that much worse.

#1335479 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 04 November 2018 - 07:19 PM

Been on record for a while. Armas is not a good coach.

He outcoached Tata a few weeks ago.

#1335365 Cup vs Shield, for the 1000000th time

Posted by McSoccer on 04 November 2018 - 02:01 PM

Ffs can we stop with this nonsense, especially on game day. FUCKING WIN EVERYTHING.

Right. It doesnt matter who thinks what is more important or why. We won the Shield. Now win the next thing.

#1335355 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 03 November 2018 - 05:43 PM

Rza over Muyl
Muyl over Rza
Wonder who Armas goes with to start at RW...

Inthink its got to be Muyl. The team has definitely looked better with a real winger.

#1335279 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 02 November 2018 - 10:21 AM

Parker's better than Kumar but I'm not too comfortable with his skill in the air.  I can't remember the game but there was one this year where the other team's forward completely owned him on the high crosses.


Thankfully we don't have to worry about this time around with Kamara out of town.

Against Vancouver?  Watson got the better of Parker that day, but it could have also been as much about the zonal marking.  I think Tim has Zardes covered.

#1335278 Results Watch 2018

Posted by McSoccer on 02 November 2018 - 10:17 AM

Tinnerholm quote from this MLSSoccer.com article:


“We’re feeling we are in a good shape, especially at home,” Anton Tinnerholm said. “No opponent wants to come here and play against us. I think it’s a nightmare for the opponents to come here. We’re going to use that for our advantage.”




What a delusional asshole.  It's only a "nightmare" because it's the worst natural grass pitch in MLS, worse than many of the artificial surfaces.  No one wants to go there because they don't want to get injured when the sod placed over infield comes up or because the dimensions are better suited for 7v7.  I hope ATL drops six on them on Sunday.