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Voice of Reason II

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#1339287 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 19 January 2019 - 04:31 PM

Yeah, based on the comments he is making and gestures on social media, he doesn't want to be here. Truthfully, he appeared to check out half way through last year. Find his replacement and sell him to break even, if it's in the summer window, so be it.

It's funny, but I got my head handed to me a couple of months ago when I suggested that Kaku had faded in the 2nd half. People didn't want to believe. I am not here to dump on him, but perhaps his value has been overstated.


I can only hope they saw this coming because if he goes we have two critical holes to fill, not one, and three if we hope for a RW upgrade. The latter will have to wait for now.


If we didn't see it coming then the 1st half could be a bit bumpier than I expected. 

#1339242 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 18 January 2019 - 03:37 PM

I could see it. Lets sell all our good players. We are due for a sup-par season anyway, as we have been killing it 3 years straight.

Hell, no one would be let down by missing out on MLS cup afterall.

Also, this rumor does appear to be true. I found an actual news story from Bein Sports.


You can have interest but not the right amount of cash. That article says nothing of value. I am sure the Red Bulls have interest in lots of players they can't afford.


If the article said "Club America has put in bids for..." I would grant it as something to pay attention to.

#1339147 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 16 January 2019 - 03:10 PM


I always had the exact same impression of CCJ in USL. He never looked bad out there, but he hardly looked like he was running the game.


I know some of you guys watch every RB2 game, is it fair to say there is a big gap in how dominant Adams was in USL compared to CCJ?

What makes Tyler so special is he possesses that rare quality of great confidence without undue arrogance. Some guys just believe more than others and can play without over thinking. He will be very hard to replace. 

#1339133 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 16 January 2019 - 12:33 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.  

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.

#1339072 No media coverage

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 14 January 2019 - 03:35 PM

Ehh, it would be nice to know the actual thoughts/plans of the people in charge, but I question the actual value delivered by public statements, whether in a town hall or interviews. There are usually a lot of platitudes and aspirational statements, but rarely much substance. And on the rare occasions when they are earnest/honest (e.g. "this is an energy drink!"), it often backfires spectacularly. You also don't want to tip your hand to potential trade partners.
For example, I bet that the answers to the last 2 of your 3 questions would be "we believe in the guys we have here and that they can develop and be better with more training and experience under their belt, but we are also always looking to improve the roster with external moves, whether through the RB network (Royer/Rza) or other alternatives, both internationally and within the league (Sacha/Kaku/Parker)". Asked and answered, no real new information. :)

When there are enough reporters on the beat they develop "sources" that allow them to provide a backdrop that "frames" the answers. 


Part of the value of asking the questions is not the answer you get but the heat it puts under them, especially if they were over evasive.

#1339054 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 14 January 2019 - 01:40 PM

I'm just saying there is a month to go until CCL starts. I'm not gonna sit here all day and complain about no big signings yet since they can come late and out of nowhere. All I'm saying is time is running out and as it stands barring a big move the club hasn't strengthened up front. The off-season is very short. Getting concerned especially since there are few to no rumors.

They need to make a big splash up front. They can't keep kicking the can down the road like they have done in past years. Kaku is a welcome addition but more is needed. We as fans can't settle for the moneyball approach.

I share your concerns. I just wish someone was asking them these questions and putting them in the hot seat.

#1339051 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 14 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

Re-signing Tim was a good and important move, but we can't just run back last year's starters minus Tyler and expect a significantly better outcome in the playoffs. We might  get some natural improvement from guys like Kaku/Muyl/Etienne, but I doubt many, no matter how optimistic, would be realistically expecting those to get us an MLS Cup (especially with BWP getting older as well).

We were just reacting to Grelladinho's snarky comment. Why "judge" with still so much time to go? His post served no purpose but to be negative.


What we need is an in depth interview with Hamlett asking for answers to the issues you are raising. I.e., we fell short of our goals in 2018, what is the organization doing to change that in 2019? Why don't we use the 3rd DP? Many believe our RW to be our weakest link, how are you addressing that? Etc. etc, etc...


That would be helpful and productive from a fan's point of view. If they are satisfied with the roster except for a minor tweak or two, they should be asked to explain why.


I appreciate the posters on here who offer constructive criticism and well thought out points of view, no matter how harsh they may be. The trouble with G'dinho is he has been almost uniformly sour since his namesake was let go.  He posts with a vendetta.

#1339015 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 11 January 2019 - 11:57 PM

They are gonna try to convert Loebe to wingback:





He's left footed, so helps build depth behind Lawrence if the conversion works.


All we need one of these guys to develop into the real deal over time and it was a good day. Two would be fabulous. They obviously liked Boateng enough to move up to get him.

#1338970 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 11 January 2019 - 03:32 PM

He's left footed, maybe can back up Royer in a pinch haha

#1338960 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 11 January 2019 - 03:09 PM

wow.  yeah def seems like we overpaid.  isnt the value of all of philly's draft picks equal to like $250k in GAM?

Funny money.


Realistically only the top 10-15 (if even that anymore) have a shot at playing real minutes at some point. Worth moving up if you liked a guy because the rest of the picks are pretty much worthless.


Top defensive player in his league not one, but two years in a row, That says something, no flash in the pan.


That said...


Edit: Pick #16 LOL, time will tell, but at least they grabbed someone at our greatest need for restocking the depth cupboard.

#1338904 Abang's loan terminated

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 10 January 2019 - 01:49 PM

Has to be a last straw

Can't be an a last straw, only "the" last straw  :D

#1338891 Offers for Murillo

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 10 January 2019 - 10:13 AM


Unless Red Bull found a way to get their banks to accept General Allocation Money, they have no choice but to reinvest at least a sizable portion of any transfer fee back into the roster.


A player for player deal is the only reason I'd want an intra-league move. Other than Allesindrini are there any wingers on the market worth going for?

Of course the obvious, needn't be said, makes too much sense, no brainer move is to keep Murillo and find a really good winger to bring in. That combo would be killer. Hard to believe the brain trust can't see it, so I can only conclude that they have their hands tied, or should I say their purse strings.


EDIT: I am just venting of course, we all know this already, sorry for the  :deadhorse:

#1338879 Offers for Murillo

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 09 January 2019 - 03:17 PM

Realistically speaking, do you think that kind of trade would be possible? I'm skeptical. 

What teams would have to give up to get him? I agree I doubt a deal is out there. I just said it would be crazy not to consider good offers. In a salary cap league you always need to look after the whole. 

#1338862 Attendance again

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 09 January 2019 - 12:22 PM

If the only problem was the PATH, how hard would it have been for them to explore transit alternatives?
Even TH took the PATH to a game.

No one is saying it is the greatest issue or the only issue, but it is an issue like it or not.


One that hasn't been discussed is that while I have two season tickets (I used to have 4 for almost 20 seasons), getting friends to go with me has always been a spotty affair. There is only so much time i want to devote to finding someone to join me, so half the time my second seat goes empty.

#1338857 Attendance again

Posted by Voice of Reason II on 09 January 2019 - 10:44 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.

When i lived in Westchester driving was the only option. Now that I am back in Manhattan the PATH is the logical route and what I generally take, but sadly despite a much shorter distance the PATH can take longer and usually does. It is viable, but not a pleasant experience. As a dedicated RBNY junkie I put up with it, but can easily see how it would deter others.