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#1339307 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by iced1776 on Yesterday, 10:21 AM

Didnt he play half a season before he got here? He was probably gassed by the time summer came around. I have high hopes for him in year two after a proper offseason. Id hate to see him go.


There's a few things to consider, this is a big one. Another is that Armas intentionally moved Kaku further from goal and the middle of the field where he was more likely to get on the scoresheet. Franco Panizo did a write-up on it for SBI back in September. Kaku himself also said that opponents started to focus him more individually as the year went on, something that will happen to every #10 we sign until we get more dangerous guys around him.


And most importantly, something I don't see anyone talking about - even though Kaku's personal numbers went down under Armas the team's attack as a whole got better. I think its unfair to say that Kaku suddenly had nothing to do with that. Playing from deeper and wider spots, he wasn't often the one playing the final pass but I think his distribution was still a huge part of the successful Supporter's Shield run.

#1339264 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by iced1776 on 19 January 2019 - 08:45 AM

I am not sure if moving to Mexican league would be considered a move up. Rbny can always match club Americas salary demands and MLS is just as good or even better in getting players to europe.


CCL results say otherwise, and you could see why a native Spanish speaker would find the lifestyle more comfortable in Mexico as well. Either way, Kaku is constantly posting quotes like that, I don't think this one means any more than the others.


We'd preferably have him for more than one season but fans do need to understand that Kaku will be sold at some point. I don't think Red Bull invests $6M in a player they didn't fully intend to flip.

#1339217 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by iced1776 on 18 January 2019 - 09:47 AM

For those worried about Kaku being sold - here's an interesting Twitter thread from Tutul Rahman on it. Long story short, Club America would have to set their transfer fee record in order for NY to make a profit and NY is in no rush to sell.



#1339176 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by iced1776 on 17 January 2019 - 10:02 AM

Article in the Athletic about RBNY possibly looking for midfield reinforcements this transfer window. Armas mentions that CCJ is better offensively that Adams but does not cover the same ground, and Kofi is not ready yet but would be an option in the future


Not saying either of those things are wrong but those were Kristian Dyer's comments on the players, not Armas's. Armas confirmed that they're looking abroad for a CM, but no real hint as to what level of experience they're looking for.

#1339165 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 07:16 PM

Parker and Murillo did way more ball watching than Lade in that 3-0 game. So that argument doesn't make sense.


Armas bottled it with the game plan, didn't matter who we had out there.

#1339156 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 04:13 PM

Lol, then how abt Joao plata. Seems like petke wants to move him.


Now we're talkin, I'd take Plata in a heartbeat

#1339148 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 03:24 PM

FWIW Dyer asked Armas specifically about the CM position and Armas confirmed that was the area where they were looking at closing a deal shortly, most likely from outside of MLS. Probably the same move Hamlett alluded to the other day.

I'm surprised how quickly Rzatskowski faded into the sunset. Was there no attempt whatsoever to bring him back?

#1339136 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 12:59 PM

I'd say its still out biggest issue.  We are relying on a kid, who's never played at the top level, to replace our best player, in a key formational role.   That's a bigger issue than upgrading LM.  Having him potentially miss the first couple weeks of pre-season is a big deal.  


I still can't help but feel like our fans have gotten a little spoiled with how many academy/USL guys have stepped up over the last few years. People are assuming that every year we'll have a guy not only make the jump to the first team, but straight into the upper echelon of MLS. Its been great to see that come to fruition with guys like Miazga, Long, and Adams, but I'm not convinced how sustainable that pace is.


Yes, there are always issues. It would be nice to have your whole roster for the full preseason. But I have to admit I care less about whether or not we chase the supports shield and more about whether we are in peak form come playoff time. There doesn't seem to be any advantage finishing first.


This year is a little different with the new playoff format though, seeding is way more important to ensure as many home games as possible. 

#1339135 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 12:49 PM

These are the caliber of players we should be hoping for.   $6M is Kaku money, so realistic for us.   But Gaibor plays central, so don't know where he would fit, unless we would be telling Casseres its not his time.   Merlini is a right footed but plays on the left... don't see us replacing Royer before we fill the hole on the other side.   


I'd actually prefer to have Casseres as the 3rd CM with a more experienced player next to Davis. It'd allow him to still get a ton of minutes this year without the immense pressure of filling Adams' shoes.

#1339120 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by iced1776 on 16 January 2019 - 10:05 AM

At the least....

I really think they ought to add at least 3 attacking players.. For sure have one or two of them be big splashes


For me its just one starting winger and one backup striker. I think we've got enough depth on the wings.

#1339088 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 15 January 2019 - 09:36 AM

Perhaps some insight as to why:



Imagine being such an asshat that someone literally writes a 3,000 word article on how much of an asshat you are.




The last time we had an offseason so quiet, Pants Boy decided to fire Petke...


I dunno, the one where Pants Boy and Marsch started catfighting was pretty quiet. Tough to sign players when your FO is too busy negotiating your GM's severance.

#1339079 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 14 January 2019 - 05:25 PM

Still wondering why we don't get more young loan players from RB Leipzig who aren't ready for their first team yet. So far we've only got old castoffs like Sekagya and Damari. Gulbrandsen was the exception. 


You're forgetting the best one of all!



#1338855 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 09 January 2019 - 10:28 AM

Supposedly a fake Sam account. Red Bull picture was just referencing upcoming season.


I'm struggling to wrap my head around the guy who took the time to create a fake account for an MLSsoccer.com editor

#1338854 Attendance again

Posted by iced1776 on 09 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

I see plenty taking the PATH to and from games. If some do not like it, Newark Penn is a shuttle bus ride away, or a one-mile walk. Others drive.


The point is more that you have to consider these options at all. You and the people you know are likely die-hard fans, you don't mind the extra leg on an oft-broken rail system. Casual fans or people just looking for something to do might. I have friends who made their first trip to RBA their last because of how bad the PATH was getting back to the city.


The development of the Harrison PATH station and the surrounding area will go a long way in the future, but for now you can't just dismiss this stuff.

#1338802 Attendance again

Posted by iced1776 on 07 January 2019 - 10:57 PM


To your point, one of the chief reasons that folks prefer stadiums that are conveniently located downtown, rather than out in the suburbs is the "things to do" factor before and after the game. The more bars and restaurants you have to visit and hang out at, the better the experience will be. 


Oddly enough one of the reasons I loved leaving the city to go to games was to hang out on the porch at El Pastor, especially in the early days of the arena when drinks were dirt cheap and the food was good. But yeah its exciting to see a little more pop up right around the stadium these days.