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General Robles

Member Since 28 Aug 2014
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#1362398 Stadium updates

Posted by General Robles on Yesterday, 03:11 PM

IMO, if you live in those buildings - going to a game is 100% on you. The stadium is literally right there.


I find it fascinating that one could be a soccer fan, or even a sports fan in general, live literally next door to a venue, and never attend a single game. 


It absolutely blows my mind, especially considering how affordable it is. 

#1362261 Some people are good with miserable mediocrity

Posted by General Robles on 25 February 2020 - 09:40 PM

If the Red Bulls represent miserable mediocrity, I shudder to think what the Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, Isles, Rangers, Devils, and Mets are.

RBNY is in the conversation for the best local club of the past decade. Which, I think, is more a commentary on the state of NY sports.

#1362202 Hamlett is in so far over his head

Posted by General Robles on 25 February 2020 - 01:16 PM

Nope, that's not what I said. Swing and a miss for you.

I said Red Bull probably doesn't care about winning MLS Cup, so Thelwell's job is safe. Yet the fans here, despite there being fewer of them, are likely going to be louder in their complaining if the team sucks. In the fans view, he has to start delivering.

Wolves are a stable club now and because of that he didn't face the criticism he might start facing here if things keep going south.



"Swing and a miss", says the guy grilling someone about their performance in a role they haven't even started yet. 


You suggested Thelwell's role here will be more challenging in terms of the scrutiny he will receive from fans. Here, where there's maybe 5,000 diehards who will even know his name, in a market where the club can't even get coverage in local papers. Versus being in the most prominent, most scrutinized league in world football, in a city where the club was the heartbeat of the city itself. It's a bogus claim, no matter how you try and frame it after the fact. 

#1361868 NYCFC is owned by slavers

Posted by General Robles on 20 February 2020 - 10:15 AM

These guys are a bunch of tools! What would they do if NYCFC never get a stadium of their own "within the 5 boroughs" and end up sharing RBA with us? Will they abandon the team and stop supporting it? 


They ignored MLS for 20 years. They'll have no problem ignoring it again. 

#1361693 Red Bulls need more diversity?

Posted by General Robles on 18 February 2020 - 04:01 PM

Just a hunch, but despite all their flaws, I highly doubt our minority head coach and minority former sporting director were actively trying to decrease diversity on the squad. Not the finest article Ive read.

#1361634 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by General Robles on 17 February 2020 - 11:08 PM

Do you really think the club should get a free pass for this offseason just because they brought this guy onboard?

What...no one is allowed to complain until the summer because this guy was brought here at this moment in time?


Did I say anything even close to resembling that? No, I did not.

Get a grip, dude. Every single one of your posts talks only in absolutes. Not everything is black or white, great or awful. It is possible to bash the club and the front office, while simultaneously realizing its absolutely moronic to criticize the new SD, because hes been here for about 2 friggin minutes.

#1361600 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by General Robles on 17 February 2020 - 11:18 AM

It feels like they are done signing players.

Thelwell has gone MIA, Hamlett is siting around doing nothing and Armas has started his rah-rah routine with the current group.

Its definitely rational to criticize the new Sporting Director at this point.

#1360749 Hamlett gets a new boss: Kevin Thelwell, Head of Sport

Posted by General Robles on 04 February 2020 - 11:13 AM

Typical Red Bull. Day late. Dollar short.


They identified their guy. Said guy wanted to see through the transfer window at his current club, before making the move. Seems reasonable. This is a promising move and I don't see why one party needs to be assigned blame for the timing. 

#1360660 Hamlett gets a new boss: Kevin Thelwell, Head of Sport

Posted by General Robles on 03 February 2020 - 09:58 AM

I just don't understand why they would keep Hamlett around if they are bringing this guy on board.

You guys also are acting like understanding GAM/TAM is like studying years to get a medical degree.


I'm stunned that you're taking a cynical approach to the news. 

#1360546 Kemar sold

Posted by General Robles on 31 January 2020 - 05:31 PM

It wasnt the magic of RBNY that developed these guys, it was Marsh.

Marsh is gone.


BWP scored 31 goals in 2014. Marsch arrived in 2015. If we're going to credit others with his success, Henry is the reason BWP's illustrious MLS career blossomed. 

#1360408 Kemar sold

Posted by General Robles on 30 January 2020 - 06:50 PM

No. Probably Tarek.

Until Long is sold and Tarek is needed centrally

#1360245 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by General Robles on 29 January 2020 - 03:45 PM

Which is why I am continuously confused by the adage that "You need to win to be relevant in the New York market" or that "You need star power to get attention here."  During my life time, there has been little correlation between either winning or having stars compared to the amount of attention various New York sports teams get.

The Knicks and Rangers have the advantage of their longevity, as well as playing in the most convenient, centrally located venue in the area. I agree, it has little to do with winning or stars. Both teams historically suck and they still draw. 

#1360076 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by General Robles on 28 January 2020 - 10:39 AM

I'm looking out for the club first, and keeping Long is doing just that.

If teams operated like how you think they should, they would be constantly selling their superstars the second they get a sniff from a bigger club and unable to sustain any success.

Successful clubs don't just capitulate to every player's demands and feelings.


He's 27 years old, meaning this is likely his one and only chance to go to England, and this saga has been going on for what? 8 months? This is hardly a case of selling a superstar the second they got a sniff from a bigger club.


I'm not suggesting they should "capitulate to every player's demands and feelings". Your arguments are like a straight line, going from one extreme to the other. There is no nuance. 

#1360056 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by General Robles on 27 January 2020 - 09:59 PM

An opinion that the Red Bulls front office should operate by a different set of principles and have more competent people running the show is not an argument for how selling Aaron Long will improve the team. 
Even if selling Long will help give the team a reputation as a good place for talent to develop, such a reputation is absolutely worthless if the team is not going to actually spend to bring in talent to replace the players sold. The argument is essentially, sell good players to make yourself attractive to good players in the future.  If the team has no interest in spending to bring in good players, you are essentially selling good players for no benefit (except possibly Red Bull's corporate balance sheet). 
Once again, selling Long only makes sense if you believe that Denis Hamlett and the powers that be will use the money to at least bring in talent that will keep the team at the same level.  There is absolutely no reason to believe the team will do that. 
The team already needs to bring in a starting striker and a starting defensive midfielder.  Adding a starting centerback to that list just makes the task of improving the team even more difficult for a front office who's abilities instill very little confidence. 

I understand your point and its a fair one, but I still think the two points are intertwined in the same discussion. At face value, no, of course the team isnt better by selling Long and backfilling him with existing roster players. But, what is really the long term gain of keeping Long, who may now become frustrated/disappointed in his EPL aspirations being roadblocked, on a team that does not have the look of a legitimate contender anyway? You make the point that the team wont reinvest the transfer fee anyway, which is a very legitimate concern, but there is a broader scope to that discussion. The philosophy is not only to attract higher price tag, ready to contribute players, but also youth to build up our pipeline and develop in house.

#1360012 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by General Robles on 27 January 2020 - 01:02 PM

Keep Long until his contract expires, even if he bitches and moans and makes the club look undesirable for other players to come to.

If they sell at any price, Hamlett 100 percent will never fill the gap Long would leave.

Pushing for him to be sold is like asking the club to let him walk for free. You know Red Bull will simply pocket the cash like they did for Adams and Murillo.


That type of shortsighted, stubborn attitude makes me very grateful that you're not our Sporting Director. And our Sporting Director is Denis Hamlett, so that says a lot.