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#1338084 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 12 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

At this point I am not sure it is even good RB II signing. The guy is not a spring chicken - he is 26 years old, already in his prime, and so far failed in Columbus two years ago and was a back-up for one of the shittiest defenses in the MLS history this year. Now sure how anyone can get excited over this. There is a reason why Orlando traded him for peanuts in spite of low salary not taking international slot. We basically panicked after just losing Escobar, Collin, and Ndam, and got a warm body in. Not a terrible move as we didn't spend much, but there is a very low likelihood of being productive here either. Certainly not "godsend" as some here have grossly overreacted.

Yeah yeah and DC United cut Kemar Lawrence.


Possible reasons why Orlando moved him for peanuts:


1. They suck at player evaluation and integrating talent

2. They decided to go scorched earth after such an awful season.

3. He did not match the tactics they plan on embracing going forward.

4. There was some sort of mismatch in his personality and that of the locker room/coaching staff.

5. He is bad at soccer.



We'll see. I've watched Barcelona and Bayern superstars absolutely fail here and I've watched English third-tier players succeed. I'm not expecting anything special from him, but you're going to have to come up with something better than "he played on a bad team and therefore he is bad."

#1338082 Marcus Epps taken in Waiver Draft

Posted by thoward18 on 12 December 2018 - 11:25 AM

Can't wait to find out if we bother to call in this year. 

#1338029 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 11 December 2018 - 05:06 PM

Let's not get crazy over the signing of this prospect. He was behind Redding on Orlando depth chart last year, wasn't full time starter this year on the worse defensive team in MLS. The guy as of now is a scrub with some potential who is yet to prove he is better than someone like Ndam.

Because if we can agree on anything it's that Orlando is the pinnacle of player evaluation and getting the most out of players.

#1338021 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 11 December 2018 - 04:33 PM

Add Egypt to the all-time nationalities roster.

#1337112 New contract for Armas incoming

Posted by thoward18 on 29 November 2018 - 10:05 PM

I predict a bunch of rational responses in this thread...

#1337099 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 29 November 2018 - 09:47 PM

Well fuck.

#1333798 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by thoward18 on 30 September 2018 - 02:08 PM

Muyl is Bizarro Roy Miller.

#1333155 Cahill leaves for Asian $$$$$

Posted by thoward18 on 15 September 2018 - 11:40 AM

A bunch of old players cash the Indian Super League checks. I don't blame Cahill for doing it, too.

He previously signed with Millwall. I don't think it's about the money, though I'm sure that doesn't hurt. The guy clearly just loves soccer. If he's happy then good for him. 

#1332437 Jean-Christophe Koffi

Posted by thoward18 on 28 August 2018 - 03:59 PM

I just wonder how someone with much potential can't make the first team on a shitstorm like the Scum.

Allow me to introduce you to Kemar Lawrence.

#1332215 What is Andreas Ivan good at?

Posted by thoward18 on 23 August 2018 - 03:25 PM

Erm, that's precisely the point. Rza was here in preseason and was playing in competitive games in February. He didn't become an automatic starter until June/July (admittedly, the injury didn't help). Ivan does not have 6 months ahead of him before the playoffs, so he needs to show something quickly. I'm not writing him off, just agreeing that midseason signing history isn't on his side (someone pointed out that Henry and BWP didn't contribute immediately upon arriving in the summer).


Also, I am strictly talking about contribution in our quest for MLS Cup this season, not about overall ability or future performances in 2019 and beyond.

Why does he need to "show something quickly"? Firstly, it's not as if he's taken away meaningful minutes from someone who has proven to contribute. Secondly, there is a ton of time left until the playoffs begin. It's ridiculously to watch him play 15 minutes as a sub and conclude that he therefore can't possibly become a useful option off the bench three months from now.

#1332196 What is Andreas Ivan good at?

Posted by thoward18 on 23 August 2018 - 12:16 PM

Oh good we're doing the thing where we judge Europeans halfway through the season based on fringe sub minutes in a couple of appearances. Someone pull up the Rzatkowski comments from May. 

#1331403 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by thoward18 on 08 August 2018 - 03:00 PM

Not exactly thrilled that they didn't add a meaningful player or at least a depth fullback. That being said, if you had told me in early June that RBNY would exit the transfer window without losing any of Adams, Lawrence, Murillo and with a depth winger added, I would have signed up for it. 

#1331390 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by thoward18 on 08 August 2018 - 09:39 AM


Even if the alternative is nothing?

I don't think the alternative is nothing. The alternative is increased minutes for someone else, whether that be Ivan, Etienne Jr, White, Mines, etc. And while that's not sexy, I'd prefer that and its long-term impact as compared to some shitty band-aid just for the sake of saying they signed someone. 

#1331302 Metro - LAFC Game Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 06 August 2018 - 06:57 PM

No no no no no. Not what I meant. Taxi and Murillo werent getting beat. They were great. What Bob was doing was stretching the field so his boys could operate in that pocket of space between Parker long and Davis Adams.

We didnt deal well with that at all and we are going to see it again in the playoffs. Probably with better execution. Guaranteed.

Do you not see the fundamental difference between "we would benefit from tightening up in this one specific area" and "Bob's tactics worked well against us"?

#1331286 Metro - LAFC Game Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 06 August 2018 - 01:50 PM

Yup. Thats why I was furious over what on paper is a good result last night. Bobs tactics were working well against us. If he gets another shot at us that result could go the other way and if thats a playoff game LAFC leaves here feeling pretty okay w that road goal.

Loose defensive positioning/pressure and missed chances last night. Thats not gonna win MLS Cup. We need to post clean sheets at home and start converting a few more chances. Plain and simple.

As to Davis...hes been tasked as more of a stay at home 6 this season. Whoever is partnered w him always get free reign to galavant into attack. So Im okay w his goal production. Another year of this role for him and I think youll see him try to add a few attempts from distance.

Expected goals in the game were 2.55 for us and 1.14 for them. Some of you guys are insatiable.