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#1321416 BWP -- greatest player to have ever worn the shirt

Posted by thoward18 on 14 March 2018 - 05:16 PM

Theres a difference between greatest and most productive. BWP is clearly the most productive player we have ever had. You cant put a number on greatness though. In statistical terms, a goalazo is the same as a tap-in, but only one of those is a great play.

Can you make your mind up on what argument you actually want to stand behind instead of constantly moving the goalposts?

#1321388 BWP -- greatest player to have ever worn the shirt

Posted by thoward18 on 14 March 2018 - 01:58 PM

Sure, the stats say his production is basically the same, but they dont show any of the really great opportunities that BWP didnt finish in the postseason. The miss in Leg 1 against Montreal in 2016 and the one last year in Leg 2 against Toronto are the two that stick out.

And, no one is saying BWP isnt great. The question is, is he the best ever? Even after pointing out some big postseason misses above, I think the answer now is yes, BWP is the greatest Metro player ever.

This is called outcome bias. Chances are if you go back in time, you find some misses from Donovan, Keane, Carlos Ruiz, Miroslav Klose, etc in important moments.  Lionel Messi's PK miss in the Confederation's Cup is a defining moment in his career. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo's PK miss in the Champions League final is an afterthought thanks to John Terry slipping. BWP has had his fair share of key goals. Expecting a 100% success rate is impossible, and defining his play based on plays made by others around him is an awful way to evaluate a player.

#1321104 2018 CONCACAF Champions League

Posted by thoward18 on 12 March 2018 - 01:09 PM

I don't think Jesse is going to take the cynical approach that many here are advocating for, nor really should he. The more the ball is in their half, the better. If we can score an early goal then the game is basically over. Once it hits minute 60 or so then, yeah, I imagine they'll start taking fewer chances and start clogging up the middle of the field.

#1319734 Felipe for Tim Parker (NOT a rumor)

Posted by thoward18 on 01 March 2018 - 07:40 PM

Adams will be gone soon. Rapinoe is on loan. Either they know something I don't, or they think Ben Mines is the real deal. I don't know how else they can trade Felipe. Seems like there's potential for disaster at CM both short-term and long-term.

#1319454 Let's argue about Tyler Adams!

Posted by thoward18 on 24 February 2018 - 06:56 PM

Listen, Adams didn't have a bad game, and the stats do indicate that. The problem is that he is expected to be team MVP, being dangerous, creating chances, and this simply didn't happen last night. Was he top five on the team - absolutely. Was he team MVP - not even close. He basically put together a Dax like performance, while we need him to be  a Sacha two years ago. And we really need him to step up to that level to have a chance to be successful this year.

The only people who think any of this are the same clowns who insisted that a 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder could step into the #10 role and immediately deliver the same results as Kljestan. You came in with fucking ridiculous, impossible expectations. Now you are disappointed because he is not living up to them. That's not Tyler's problem, or Jesse's problem, or Hamlett's problem, or Red Bull's problem. That's your problem. 

#1319024 Felipe for Tim Parker (NOT a rumor)

Posted by thoward18 on 19 February 2018 - 07:26 PM

Goff updated his tweet to say it's Garber Bucks. No Felipe involved. That's a relief.

#1318984 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by thoward18 on 18 February 2018 - 03:43 PM

This is new york not dallas. So if the fans turn on him it's because he is playing like crap. Not because it took long for him to sign. Remember the fans gave TITI a hard time early on because he started off slow. This kid deserves no better.

Just play hard, get results and don't get beat out for minutes by Alex muyl. For now that's all we ask for.

Fans turned on Sacha after leading the league in assists. 

#1318897 Some people want Davis to learn to play CB

Posted by thoward18 on 16 February 2018 - 06:26 PM

I can't believe this is a fucking thread.

#1318419 Sacha to somewhere

Posted by thoward18 on 09 February 2018 - 09:39 AM

In this thread: People getting mad at Sacha for saying the things we've been saying for three years.

#1318030 Lineup for 2018

Posted by thoward18 on 02 February 2018 - 08:22 AM

Nothing against either one personally, but Etienne hasn't really produced much of anything in the minutes he's had, and Muyl should consider himself extremely fortunate to have gotten the many minutes he's been given.   With Cinci playing in '19 and Nashville and Miami in '20, there will be opportunity somewhere.   If Zizzo can land a spot...

I think it's also okay to say that not every academy product has to be an Adams/Miazga. Connor Lade has carved out a nice career as a backup. I know it's not the ideal, but there's nothing wrong with making $80K to play rotation minutes for your hometown club for 5-7 years

#1317979 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by thoward18 on 01 February 2018 - 02:42 PM

Putting Damari and Rost with Marquez is giving way, WAY to much credit to Marquez.

#1317802 Tyler will score goals

Posted by thoward18 on 31 January 2018 - 09:34 AM

Thierry Henry was a winger early on in his career and then turned into one of the most complete and lethal strikers in the world. Same for Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale played as a wingback for years. Already gave the Kljestan example who was a two-way/holding midfielder for Anderlecht/nats and was never the assist king he turned into here at 28+.


In a shocking turn of events, players aren't finished products at 18 or 19.

Great point. All Tyler Adams needs to do is become one of the greatest players in the history of soccer.

#1317778 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by thoward18 on 30 January 2018 - 09:49 PM

What are you even rambling about?

I'm "rambling" about the idea that it's unbelievably dumb to expect RBNY to base its transfer policy negotiations on, "does this Metrofanatic poster recognize the name?"

#1317752 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by thoward18 on 30 January 2018 - 04:50 PM

I know. If the club was spending money on a big player like Juan Mata or something I would keep holding out. But Kaku is a total no-name player and preseason has already started. Give the guy an ultimatum -- if it can't get done this week then the offer (if there even is one) is off the table. Enough is enough already.

Lol what a stupid take. What's the point of even bothering with a scouting network if the standard for signing players is that random soccer fans know the name due to playing FIFA and watching EPL once in a while?

#1317742 The Alejandro Romero Gamarra Saga

Posted by thoward18 on 30 January 2018 - 04:14 PM

Latest news is that Kaku is apparently coming to us.


Again, shows you why our team doesn't leak transfer stuff. Wait till everythings finalized. Who know if this has happened before/with other MLS teams.

I'm kind of surprised (not really) that nobody considered that RBNY were simply playing hardball instead of being incompetent. Kaku not coming to NY would really suck, but the transfer failing would be an unmitigated disaster for Huracan. They would lose out on a major transfer fee that they need, they would have an incredibly disgruntled player in their locker room, would have to deal with a PR mess, and would cause agents, players, and teams around the world to completely lose trust in their ability to conduct business. RBNY have every reason to call Hurucan's bluff and let it be a shitstorm for an extra 2-3 weeks.