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#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 Andreas Ivan

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 Andreas Ivan

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. 

#1330011 Andreas Ivan

Posted by thoward18 on 21 July 2018 - 07:04 AM

German fourth division player...ew

The player who is LITERALLY the inspiration for your username was a total failure in the English third tier. Are you a troll or are you just lacking self awareness?

#1329825 Marsch goes

Posted by thoward18 on 16 July 2018 - 02:44 PM

Again, unless you're saying Nagelsmann has no control over his staff, I don't see how that's a guarantee.

I don't really understand what you're going for here. Are we to believe a plausible situation is that Leipzig hired Nagelsmann, then signed Marsch to a two-year contract, all without a single person involved giving thought to what might happen in July 2019? Please explain further how you imagine this might have went down.

#1329761 Marsch goes

Posted by thoward18 on 15 July 2018 - 11:45 AM

Jesse is only unemployed next season if he does a poor job at Leipzig. The Salzburg coach isnt going to be there forever. Or, hell be an assistant at Leipzig, just maybe not the #2 guy.

Or maybe he gets hired to manage a different team. Time will tell if it works out but I'm pretty sure Jesse didn't just spontaneously quit RBNY and book a flight to Germany. I'm sure there a handful of potential five-year plans mapped out and carefully considered.

#1328676 Metro - Toronto Game Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 01 July 2018 - 06:42 PM

On one hand, Robles had his 5000th MotM performance with RBNY. On the other hand, he looked like a fool on that one goal like a year ago. So I don't know.

#1327892 Robles looked like a fool

Posted by thoward18 on 17 June 2018 - 10:43 AM

Don't know why you're shitting on the OP. Snarky replies won't hide the fact that Robles hasn't looked automatic anymore as he did a few years ago. The gap between him and Meara has slowly but obviously been shrinking over time.

Imagine for a second if I wrote a post titled,"Global Warming???" and then wrote about how I think we need to do something about the environment because my ice cream melted in my car faster than I expected.


Yeah, there is merit to a discussion about global warming. But my reasoning is fucking laughable.

#1327859 2018 US Open Cup

Posted by thoward18 on 16 June 2018 - 09:15 PM

Ndam looked very good in his tackles. Still needs to work on his positioning within an organized backline but he's young and new to the first team, so mistakes are understandable.


Colin is done, I'm sorry to say. He was very good for two years but age and injuries are doing their thing to him. He just isn't quick enough anymore. I'm hoping he gets phased out, with Ndam getting the 3rd-string CB job.

#1327858 Robles looked like a fool

Posted by thoward18 on 16 June 2018 - 09:13 PM

I agree. Goalkeepers should be perfect. Any mistake is grounds for immediate extermination.