I don't get the sentiment about Armas and seeing what he could do with reinforcements. How is the 2019 team so different than 2018?
GK: Robles, was also our starter in 2018
D: Murillo (starter in 2018), Duncan (was here in 2018 and was good under Marsch before injury), Parker (starter 2018), Long (starter 2018), Lawrence (starter 2018), Lade (backup 2018), Tarek (new signing)
D/CM: Casseres (new signing but with us in 2018), Davis (starter 2018), Rza (starter 2018)
M: Muyl (starter 2018), Etienne (backup 2018), Kaku (starter 2018), Royer (starter 2018), Sims (new loanee)
F: BWP (starter 2018 but injury hit 2019), White (used a little post-Marsch in 2018), Barlow (new signing).
I mean, besides a few signings, this is almost the same exact team as 2018, minus Adams and BWP and add in Casseres and White/Barlow and Sims. This team went from Supporters Shield, most points in MLS history, and playing beautiful soccer to this season, getting 6th in the Eastern Conference, 6 points from not even making it, 23 points less than 2018, and bad performances against Orlando City twice, Chicago Fire, New England pre-Arena, FC Cincinnati, Vancouver at home, losing 4-0 away to Houston, and then defeats to Colorado and Montreal.
The team could have done better with the offseason last year but it wasn't like we were bad in 2018, we were good but needed more to well the playoffs. We still should have been better in the regular season and Armas has had a season and a half to figure that out.