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#1334424 Kemar re-signed

Posted by McSoccer on 16 October 2018 - 09:24 PM

If thats his attitude now, what impact will that have come the playoffs. If he feels under appreciated, he might start tanking it.

Because tanking will help him make a move to Europe?

#1334389 Long, Parker, Adams called in for USMNT

Posted by McSoccer on 16 October 2018 - 09:39 AM

Davis deserves a shot at the usmnt. Only midfielder that has shown that has belong in the starting 11 is Adam's.

The other guys have raised questions. I am not even sure if mckinnie or acosta should even be on the squad. They might be talented but play as if they are afraid.

The fact Trapp has gotten multiple calls over Davis doesnt make any sense.

#1334368 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by McSoccer on 15 October 2018 - 11:41 AM

Muyl or DE getting longer sub appearances are not necessarily some major difference in philosophy as they are a matter of circumstance.  Armas has  done well in his short time in charge, but he hasn't shown anything special in that area, yet.    

The sub appearances might not be why some of the younger guys are playing better, but Armas does use subs a lot more, both in how many and how long, than Jesse did; Armas uses three subs almost every game and they are all usually for a decent amount of time.

#1334325 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by McSoccer on 12 October 2018 - 11:19 AM

Beware sample size. Muyl has had a run of 5 good games offensively. Etienne has scored 1 goal. Armas may well be bringing the best out of them, but it could also just be variance/luck/coincidence.


I often think managers' role is overrated or a result of a narrative based on outcomes and not process. Certainly some managers are better than others but you can count the ones that really have an outsized influence over a long period of time on one hand (in Europe, Fergie, Ancelotti, Pep in the last 3 decades), and many others just have a good year or a stretch of 2-3 years, maybe win a title or two, and then fade to obscurity (i'll keep my eyes open for the remainder of Mancini/Konte/Zidane's careers).

Of course.  And, we'll never know if Armas would have trained these guys as well as March did.  They may not be capable of being the players they are now without Marsch.  I'm just saying Armas has done a better job than Marsch of integrating these guys into actual matches, in a way that has taken some pressure off, and, in my shitty opinion, has allowed them to prosper.


Also, I'm not basing their performance solely on goals and assists, although Mull's numbers have been good the last few games, I'm basing it more on the eyeball test.  Muyl & Etienne both look to be playing with more confidence than they had prior.


Even if you forget Etienne & Muyl, look at the minutes Armas has given Ivan since he's signed.  Based on how Marsch played Veron, do you think Ivan would have seen anything close to time he's with Armas if Jesse stayed?  Ivan hasn't shown much, but Armas is still showing his belief in the player.

#1334278 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by McSoccer on 10 October 2018 - 10:14 AM

There are plenty of 22 year olds who get written off.  Hell, they are on the USL team.  You have to constantly make judgements and my judgement at the time (and for a long time) was that Muyl didn't have big league athleticism or skill, but he has big league effort.  But what I didn't realize is that a lot of his off the ball movements cause a lot of good things for the team.  
I don't think Armas vs Marsch has anything to do with it either.  Muyl is playing really well regardless of role.  I don't think he's playing better because of how he's being used, I think he's playing better because he's figured out things to improve. He's certainly young, so it does make sense although I can say I didn't think it would happen. As for the team being better overall, our PPG is right around the same mark.  
I hope like hell we are going to win the MLS Cup and everything, but next year is the year we are truly going to find out about Armas.  A full offseason and a full season where it's his team. 

So two young players in Etienne and Muyl, both start playing better under Armas, AFTER Armas gives them consistent minutes off the bench, in positions that match their skill sets, building their confidence, and you think the way Armas has handled them (the role he has given) has nothing to do with that improvement. Ok...

My biggest criticisms of Marsch were no Plan B and the way he handled the bench. Armas comes in and deals with both. He maybe went too far in moving away from the press, but hes handled the bench brilliantly.

Im not saying Chris is a better coach than Jesse. I dont know if Armas could have got this team to the level they are at with press the way Marsch did. But, with a squad that already knows the press inside and out like this one, Armas looks like a better in game manager and maybe a better man manager then Marsch. Armas is focused on the game at hand, but is also preparing for the playoffs. Get a Plan B now in for when you need it later. Get guys minutes now, in case you need them in playoffs.

Three years in a row, Marsch just threw Veron out there in the second leg of a playoff series, when the team was facing elimination. You dont think the team would have better set up to succeed if Marsch had given Veron the types of minutes Armas is giving Etienne and Muyl?

#1334197 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by McSoccer on 08 October 2018 - 09:41 AM

He mostly, and I think, fairly, was criticized for being garbage in front of goal.   

Fair, but, for me, that was still more about Marsch continually putting him out there when he just didnt have it. We still dont know if hes better in front of goal, this last goal didnt really give us an idea, but hes playing with a confidence I dont think he ever had under Marsch and Id expect his finishing to be better now. And, its not just Alex, Etienne looks better under Armas too.

imagine if Veron had Armas as a coach, rather than Jesse. 

Considering how much playing time he has given Ivan, I would bet Veron would have come along faster and better under Armas.

#1333996 Metro - San Jose Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 02 October 2018 - 02:09 PM

Royer Kaku Rza
Davis Tyler
Taxi Parker Long Murillo
Muyl Derrick Ivan off the bench.

Muyl probably has earned a start here. If hes not performing, bring on RZA before the 60.  If Muyl is having a game, RZA can come in to spell Davis or Adams.

#1333994 Metro - San Jose Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 02 October 2018 - 02:06 PM

Fuck the national team, absolutely meaningless fucking games. I don't want him going, period.

Agree. Tyler has already proven he deserves to be a part of the USMNT going forward, he doesnt need these friendliest under an interim coach.  If hes not 100%, he needs to stay home. For his sake too, sure he doesnt want to be carrying a nagging injury going into his Leipzig career.

I know you werent referring to him, but Long is different, hes still earning his spot and probably needs to go.

#1333913 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 01 October 2018 - 11:29 AM

surprised there is not more commentary about this



I think Armas ate it up, and put a big smile on his face, that he didn't shake his hand. 


I know Armas was waving his arms to get the crowd into it.  What was the beef between Almiron and Armas?  

He coached Barcelona and the Argentina National Team.  His club broke the MLS transfer fee record.  He's being courted to coach Mexico and Argentina (again).  He's been talked about as maybe the best coach to ever coach in MLS.  But, on this particular day, his ass was handed to him by a guy from Long Island that, just a few years ago, was coaching women's college soccer while Tata was coaching Messi.


He lost and then acted like a petulant child.

#1333896 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 01 October 2018 - 08:50 AM

Great gameplay from Armas - we came out flying, we pressed, we played well with the ball.  This was the hybrid of what we were doing under Marsch and what we've seen from Armas first games, that I think a lot of people wanted to see.


Armas has done a lot of other little things well, too.  With the exception of his first City match, he's done an excellent job with his substitutions.  Guys like Muyl, Etienne, and Ivan have been getting a solid amount of minutes off the bench.  Now when he calls on Muyl to start, Alex has had some real game minutes and the team doesn't miss a beat.


I love how difficult it is to pick a MotM for this game because of well the entire squad played.

#1333679 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 26 September 2018 - 09:39 PM

I was just thinking the same thing, but then I also remembered that we weren't a particularly good team last year...

It took us awhile to figure out life post-Dax and how best cover for underwhelming CB core, but we were a good by the end. RBNY pushed TFC to the brink and they had what was arguably the best MLS season ever.

#1333643 Kemar re-signed

Posted by McSoccer on 26 September 2018 - 09:44 AM

Think Marsch woulda let him walk.

The big players that left under Marsch were Miazga, Dax, Sacha, & Felipe. Miazga really wanted Europe and was sold for $5 million (iirc), Dax and Sacha were old, and Felipe brought back Parker.  Marsch never let any real impactful player just walk.

#1333623 Metro - Toronto Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 25 September 2018 - 03:03 PM

It seems to me, glass half full, that it is a deliberate change to A) rest legs and B) practice a style that can be more effective in the playoffs, against teams who will likely play more conservatively and in games that will more likely be decided with lower scores.    Wide open, 3-1 or 4-2 games get less and less typical the closer you get to the Cup final.

The concern here would be, if we need it, can we just flip the switch and high press like we did to start the year?

#1333609 Metro - Toronto Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 25 September 2018 - 12:31 PM


I'm not sure lulling the rest of the league into a false sense of security is a thing.


For three years we've been complaining that Marsch's direct play is too easily beaten by a well-prepared team sitting deep. I've tried to read up on how you actually adjust to that, and the one and only common answer I've seen is that you need to use possession in the attacking third to pull the other team out and create a little bit of space.


If we're asking to go back to Marsch's style now, it means that we either don't trust Armas to execute the new game plan or we've been complaining about the wrong thing this whole time.

The complaints with Marsch was that if the press was failing to generate offense, he had no other answers.  I don't think there were many people wanting to abandon the high press, just have some additional ideas against bunkering teams.  Under Armas, we seem to focusing more on possession, even when we don't need to.


We should be a high press, high "energy" team that comes out flying from the first whistle.  And, then go to the possession style of play that Armas has introduced, if the opponent is bunkering.

#1333578 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 24 September 2018 - 09:46 PM

He works his ass off, knows the system inside and out and has a knack for showing up at the right place right time. Put him up top and have Etienne feed him.

Its a no brainer.

100%. If Etienne can play at striker, so can Royer.