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In Topic: Metro - Crew Game Thread

Yesterday, 09:56 PM

If we regularly play with three CBs, you need at least 4 solid ones. 

Corollary: if you're down to 2 solid CBs on the pitch, you don't have to play with 3 at the back. Hopefully no more DNealis as CB (or RB, really) this season at least.

In Topic: Metro - Crew Game Thread

02 October 2022 - 06:06 PM

No, Etienne didn't perform under tactical-motivational genius Chris Armas after getting inconsistent minutes and having the value / potential of his skillset downplayed for years by former defensive mid head coaches. He clearly sucks and we've been better off without him. Homegrown playmaking wings with good size, athleticism, and a nose for goal aren't rare and worth investment.

This is his best season for Columbus by far, with 8 goals in 32 games (9 as a sub). He had 3 goals in 50+ games before 2022.

Let's not pretend that his first decent season in 5 means he was (or is) a sure thing that NYRB missed out on. Hindsight is always 20/20. I don't think Etienne has been the missing piece in our quest for finding a decent striker that can finish with the b̶e̶s̶t̶ average of them.

In Topic: Metro - Crew Game Thread

02 October 2022 - 05:57 PM

They got rid of Muyl for basically nothing also.

I love Muyl but "basically nothing" is the appropriate market value for his skillset.

After last night losing Etienne seems a bad move bit a lot of that's recency bias (and the fact we haven't been able to get even a replacement level striker since BWP). Etienne has hardly set the league alight since moving on.

In Topic: Metro - Crew Game Thread

01 October 2022 - 09:12 PM

This is not at all lack of heart. This group plays their asses off. It's just lack of talent. In multiple spots. Struber gets the most out of them but this roster is full of guys that other teams wouldn't even want, save a few.

Come on, collapsing in stoppage time or on either side of the half time break (Orlando) can certainly be blamed on players and poor execution. There are many things that the FO should take the blame for, and Struber deserves credit for what he's done with the roster but not being able to sit in a low block and keep a clean sheet a few more minutes is not due to a lack of talent necessarily.

Long vs DNealis at CB would likely have helped today but we've collapsed with Long playing as well, so not a guarantee.

In Topic: Metro - Crew Game Thread

01 October 2022 - 08:38 PM

D. Nealis: "what do you mean, track a runner?"

Ball watching on Etienne's game winner but the forward will always have an advantage there, tough position to be in. 


That said, he also covered the offside on the through pass for the first goal. Proves yet again he's not a CB and should never be playing there; I'd  much rather have 2 at the back than depend on a line of 3 with him there. I guess good to learn that lesson definitively before the playoffs?