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#1331646 Metro - Vancouver Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 12 August 2018 - 11:50 AM

So, if BWP is just a spot sub, why even bring him?
Spare him the 5,000 mile round trip.

I wouldnt mind that at all. If we have any chance at MLS Cup, we need BWP healthy and rested.

#1331469 Abang's loan terminated

Posted by McSoccer on 09 August 2018 - 01:18 PM

Gulbrandsen for sure, like Damari he was a good player but a victim of playing the same role as the best lone striker in MLS history.

We never got to see Gulbrandsen on the wing. I know he is a central player, but he had the speed to play wide. But, like Veron and Etienne, Marsch would only play him in a two forward set up or as BWPs backup.  On Seeing Red this week, RZA said one of the reasons he came was because of how good Gulbrandsen said it was here. If thats true, then he really only left for playing time. Shame Marsch never gave him a chance to play wide.

#1331465 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by McSoccer on 09 August 2018 - 12:59 PM

Might not be a popular opinion but I think Valot is overrated. He had a super hot start to the season, as did other highly criticized players like Rivas or Etienne, before his production fell off a cliff. Valot had a goal or assist every 78 minutes through the NYCFC game on May 5th, after that he had an assist every 340 minutes until his injury (no goals). 
Watching the way Kaku can ping balls left and right behind the defense, I keep thinking game after game how great it'd be to have a legitimate attacking threat on the right side to run on to them. There's no reason we can't have that player other than Red Bull's inability or unwillingness to scout and pay for such a player. Maybe Ivan gets the job done, but a more bona fide signing would have been nice to see.

Yea, I wouldnt say that Valot was racking up the production or that we should not have upgraded his spot this window, but the offense did flow nicely when he was playing, even after the goals and assists slowed down.

#1331446 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by McSoccer on 09 August 2018 - 07:32 AM

I would say Atlanta could stomach a Martinez loss better than we can stomach a BWP loss.  Without BWP we're left with...Abang(?) as our lone striker.  They still have Almiron and Nagbe providing service to Villalba in their attack.  They probably won't be dropping 4 to 5 a game, but they'd still score a bunch.

Meh, ATL has struggled against the better MLS teams with Martinez, Nagbe is still out with a long term injury, and their big signing this year hasnt been great and isnt gelling with the team.

Alluring is probably the best player in the league, but a loss of the leagues top goa scorer is going to hurt them, at least close to what BWPs loss would hurt us.

Thats not an excuse for Red Bull to leave the 3rd DP slot open. Once Valot went down, they needed to make a sizable move to replace him.  Andreas Ivan doesnt seem like thats the move, but well see.

#1331348 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by McSoccer on 07 August 2018 - 08:36 AM

That's the real issue. A Mullins / Bruin level player off the bench would be something I'd be ok with. We don't have to go crazy here.

Yea, Ramirez wasn't happy at Min U because he wasn't getting minutes, he'd have the same problem here.  Playing time wouldn't be an issue with a Mullins, Bruin, or Gordon type player.

#1330848 Metro - Columbus Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 30 July 2018 - 02:39 PM

I also didnt understand the way Armas played the three in the back.  Long was playing in the middle and was the deepest of the CBs. You would think in the spot, as the most mobile of the three, he would be playing a little advanced, almost as a D-Mid. If Armas wanted the central CB to be playing deeper, who should have played Parker in that role and Escobar and Long on either side, since those two are better equipped to get up and down the pitch.

#1330767 Metro - Columbus Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 29 July 2018 - 11:58 AM

Also thinking about it more, not a horrible idea that Armas had them play the 3-3-3-1 this game because you don't know if in the playoffs you need to be able to play another formation.  Have to get some game work in both of them to keep it effective.  The problem was unlike what Jesse did early in CCL Armas should have considered playing a lineup where he can swap formations during the game.  Berhalter is one of the best coaches in the league so you know he's going to make adjusts and such, but we couldn't without burning a sub.

Agree. Given that he was resting his two beat attackers, the 3-3-3-1 made sense. The issue was with his personnel selection (Adams at winger, Collin over Escobar & Ndam).

#1330633 Benfica vs Juventus @ RBA, Sat 7/28

Posted by McSoccer on 28 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

This would make too much sense.
RB should be giving free food & beer to anyone willing to eat & drink there between games.

Wouldnt people just drink the beer and eat the food and then leave before the Red Bull game?

#1330514 Metro - Scum Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 26 July 2018 - 12:21 PM

The passively offside teammate also drew my attention, and when I saw Arriola he was well past the defense.

Arriola was definitely off, but even if he wasnt, I still think the play is offsides because of the other attacker in the offside position. If youre Robles, that guy has to be taking some of your attention and, in my mind, that makes the play offsides, regardless of Arriola.

#1330297 Metro - Scum Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 25 July 2018 - 08:40 AM

away game and against rival is not the time for a full team switch.  Especially given the race for a top 2 seed in east.

Not a full team switch, but we need to rest some of the older guys during these midweek matches if we want them fresh come playoff time.  We cant be giving away home points, so any rotation this week should be done away at DC.  Its unfortunate this game is against DC, but the schedule is what it is and Armas has to think about setting this squad up to win games in the fall.  

#1330291 Metro - Scum Game Thread

Posted by McSoccer on 25 July 2018 - 07:38 AM

DC is the second worst team in the overall standings right now, we should be able to beat them with a B lineup anyway.

Sure, but they did just add a pretty talented, although very old, piece.

#1330248 Formation options

Posted by McSoccer on 24 July 2018 - 12:59 PM

Moreno definitely deserves to see some minutes on the wing soon.

#1330238 Random Player Name Thread 2018

Posted by McSoccer on 24 July 2018 - 10:22 AM

Over 30, TAM money, forced himself out of a Columbus, now unhappy and playing poorly in Orlando. Pass on Meram.

#1329962 Moreno should get promoted

Posted by McSoccer on 19 July 2018 - 08:19 PM

Moreno looked GREAT last nite. that's the intensity needed, in addition to displaying competent skills, etc in attack. Moreno has that. Not sure if he can pull it off in an actual MLS match. Would love to see him get signed to the 1st team, and loaned back down if need be. 

Maybe its time to give Moreno some of Etiennes MLS minutes.

#1329942 2018 US Open Cup

Posted by McSoccer on 19 July 2018 - 01:43 PM

I agree since that's the rule but this is so easily preventable by everyone, the front office, coaches and the people that run the tournament... How hard is it to print out a sheet saying who is eligible and ineligible? It renders the game pointless for all the fans who paid to be there for absolutely no reason.

Are you asking US Soccer to tell LAFC what specific players are and aren't eligible?  I don't know why it would be US Soccer's responsibility to know LAFC's roster.  I'm sure the rules of who is eligible was made available to LAFC at some point, if not right before last night's game, then when the tournament started.


LAFC wears big boy pants, they played too many internationals, this is 100% on their front office and coaches.