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iced1776

Member Since 03 Sep 2010
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In Topic: Lineup for 2021

27 February 2021 - 07:20 PM

or the quality of other imports and mls teams is greatly inflated by the defeatist mindset of this board

It's been a long time since a team has won MLS Cup without significant help from quality attacking players that took some actual money to bring in. You have to go back to KC in 2013, and Colorado in 2010 before that. Yet Red Bulls continue to insist they can win it through youth and 'diamond in the rough' international signings.

Being skeptical of an approach that has not actually worked in some time is not "defeatist".

In Topic: Random Player Name Thread 2021

25 February 2021 - 11:29 AM

It makes sense if the new CB is better with the ball at his feet. Its not idiotic if you think theres a chance Parker could have a 2019 type season again.

At least a 30 year old CB replacement would be somewhat of a known quality. Unlike Parkers immediate replacement, Reyes.

 

I'm so over the 'next man up' approach when the next man up is always a kid. I'm ready to see some experienced players come in here and there.


In Topic: Hamlett is in so far over his head

25 February 2021 - 11:15 AM

https://www.onceamet...mlett-red-bulls

I don't agree, but an interesting counterpoint and argument for why he's still around and may continue to be.

 

Ben Cork put a whole lot of words into basically saying that we shouldn't blame Hamlett for anything because he was set up to fail and is a nice guy. Both of those two things are very likely true, but imo Sporting Director is too important of a position to forego accountability for any reason. This is very reminiscent of how defensive our local media was of Armas despite such glaring signs that he wasn't doing his job well enough.

 

You don't get a pass on a $2M bust because someone else made a misleading headline. Or for near total inactivity in the transfer market because you didn't have any experience in a similar role beforehand. There are no participation trophies here.


In Topic: Hamlett is in so far over his head

24 February 2021 - 07:13 PM

i would be shocked if Hamlet didnt get reassigned to scout after this fiasco. 

 

Scout? This man needs to be reassigned to fan.


In Topic: Shameful bid for Eric Kahl

19 February 2021 - 11:58 AM

You can argue about who's valuation is more accurate, but the disappointing piece is that it looks like we are still very much only looking for diamonds in the rough. I was really hoping with Thelwell and Struber on board, Red Bull would open the checkbook and just let them spend fair market price on the players they want. 

 

If you have $600k to spend on a leftback, at some point you have to just go get a leftback that's worth $600k. If you're holding out until a club is, for whatever reason, willing to sell you a player worth multiple times that, then odds are good you end the off-season without a new player altogether. That's what has been happening the last couple seasons.