I get that people didn't appreciate Kljestan's attitude as a captain, I didn't either, but I don't understand the uproar over his comments at all. Have we not been saying the same shit for years now? We've been asleep at the wheel every transfer window since 2015. Our attempts at impact signings include a DP bust and a few cast-offs from Papa Red Bull. Maybe Royer counts?
Imagine we signed Kaku to play next to Kljestan instead of having to play Muyl for 60 games over the last two seasons...
Partially agree, but the Club for better or for worse made a commitment to build at least the domestic portion of our squad principally from our academy pipeline. That was a huge strategic shift as we had previously cast most of them off on a regular basis to make room for the next international "hired hand".
That meant that for a year or two instead of integrating 1-3 Academy players into the senior roster we were taking on 4-6 per year to kickstart that change of strategy. To get that payoff meant actually giving enough minutes to players like Muyl, Adams, Davis, etc. for them to become solid contributors. Naturally there would be a 1-3 year window where there was some dip in performance while so many newbies came up to speed at the same time. I don't know how many minutes or starts Muyl will get this year, but I expect that the time he does get on the field will likely show an improved player who will contribute more in his given time.
Now that the better ones are emerging and the weaker ones are being winnowed out we can move to a more normal ingestion of 1-3 of the best and integrate them at a measured pace with less disruption. Thanks to that commitment we now have a stronger core of domestic talent to build upon.
Before all we did was bring in a constant stream of international "rentals", most who we would never have long enough to make a real cohesive "team" rather than a collection of 11 individuals. No team in MLS has had the turnover we have historically and it hurt. Some were great (Henry, JPA, BWP), but others were busts or not here long enough to build a sustainable franchise upon.
With an intelligent pipeline of domestic talent now rightsized, we can now concentrate on adding the pieces to hopefully get us over the top. Not every year of course, that is unrealistic, but rather than grabbing who is available (Henry, Sacha, etc.) and retooling each time to try to mold a team around our "savior", we can now identify players (Kaku) who we think will fit our style of play and improve our team performance.
The proof will be in the pudding, of course. We will need to see that the Kaku addition is just the 1st of a series of well thought out senior additions (doesn't have to be foreign players, just top flight players). I certainly acknowledge that we went through a big acquisition drought and that we will need to see that the commitment to spend competitively is returning.