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#1339421 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by defendyourself on Yesterday, 08:00 AM

GAM/Rza and Alessandrini with Kaku gone isn't going to guarantee a title though. Alessandrini is the guy you add last season -- the final piece to get the club over the hump. Not as a replacement.

Red Bull should be keeping Kaku AND making a multi-million DP splash this season if they want to win a championship.

i meant you use the GAM to bring back Rza OR trade for an Alessandrini type.  If Kaku is sold they need to put the money on the table a make an similar if not greater investment on a replacement DP.
would also prefer your muilt-million DP and keep Kaku scenario but I don't view that as realistic for a team that doesn't even use all their TAM.

#1339416 Omir Fernandez to sign homegrown?

Posted by defendyourself on Yesterday, 12:29 AM

Thought I had seen this kid so I went back through some old threads and it was 2 years ago in some preseason games. Remembered I was a big fan. He was really good in a game where nobody else was good up top. Curious to see whether he’s developed more physically because that will mean a lot towards handling opposing MLS players. He definitely had MLS ability though so I’m hoping he emerges.

Honestly from an accomplishments stand point probably our one of our best college signings we've made in a while (1st team all american, ACC offensive player of the year, #5 ranked player in country according to topdrawersoccer).  For context was significantly more dominant than Muyl and Etienne at the college level.

from my memory of watching him a little that preseason and other sporadic times (so anyone who has seen him more especially recently correct): 

  • He is quick and a very active runner.  Working "hard" enough won't be an issue for him in our system.  
  • I don't think his off the ball movement was as good as Mines at a comparable age, but its still solid/above average
  • Good and willing to take players on one v one.  He doesn't have silky technique when dribbling but is effective
  • Willing shooter (which we frankly need)

Pretty optimistic about his development.  Would be nice if we could develop one "very good" level attacking player from the academy.  RB2 will be fun next year if he plays on wing with Mines if one of them makes a big step

#1339171 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by defendyourself on 17 January 2019 - 08:43 AM

As naive as it sounds two positions I refuse to be worried about on this team until proven otherwise are CM and CB.  Our competitive advantage in the league is how effective we are in grooming them and picking them.  That's why no one should have an issue with the draft trade, and why we should pack the pitchforks until we have time to see what they see in our CMs.  Only CM concern I have is numbers if we don't sign a winger (because Valot would have to start there then). 


Winger and forward is another story.  We haven't groomed a "very good " starter there yet (maybe Mines, Toure or Omir can change that).  I'd prefer if more the front office's resources are diverted to positions we have a tougher time filling internally or with prospects.  CM can't be our biggest concern because of this

#1339114 No media coverage

Posted by defendyourself on 16 January 2019 - 01:03 AM

The Athletic seems to have been a big boon to sports journalism. I've been very happy with my subscription. I wonder how much their writers get paid. It must not be too awful given how many respected writers they've poached from major publications.

honestly i am surprised how good their MLS coverage is given how new they are.  Got my first year 50% off so its a no brainer at 2.50 per month.  Curious how coverage will be in their first full season.  Really happy Dyer is on a better platform for his work though, works hard for us.

#1338597 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 28 December 2018 - 09:32 AM

I miss the volume of transfer rumors about incoming players from last year.  Everything that has popped up since the season ended is about players potentially leaving the club. 

#1338531 Euro teams interested in Long

Posted by defendyourself on 24 December 2018 - 12:00 AM

Pay the man now, possibly with an agreement to let him leave in a season.

basically the second a respectable bid comes in they have to either pay him or risk unrest.  impossible to risk even delaying a move to a better league with at least a 10x pay increase.

#1338500 Formation change?

Posted by defendyourself on 22 December 2018 - 09:48 PM

People keep complaining about the right side but i still don't thin Royer was good enough this year. He scored a couple of goals but had a real habit of being nonexistent alot. 

is Royer perfect? no

But until the club shows the desire to improve our worst starting winger, I don't think we are going to improve our best starting winger.  So its almost a waste of time considering anything else occurring.  

#1338047 Parker signs new deal

Posted by defendyourself on 11 December 2018 - 10:43 PM

The deal, which was reached Tuesday afternoon, will see Parker paid in the neighborhood of $700,000 in the first year and up to around $800,000 at the end, a source said. The club paid part of the salary down with allocation money (from prosoccer)


Good deal for both sides link

#1338046 Amro Tarek

Posted by defendyourself on 11 December 2018 - 10:40 PM

We got out of their players traded to us even less than they did.

You really forgot the year before we took Collin from them?

#1336409 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 20 November 2018 - 12:43 AM


The article cuts off for me - is it really saying the league is considering single elimination playoffs?

I have the subscription (their soccer and especially MLS coverage is really good.  Dyer is new Red Bulls writer)


"The tentative plan would see the MLS Cup final played before the November international break."

"“Decision Day” in 2019 being held on October 6th. This would condense the league’s playoff schedule to about a month"


However bad news

"However, the league is also planning to expand the playoff field from six teams per conference to seven"

#1336050 Long, Parker, Adams called in for USMNT

Posted by defendyourself on 13 November 2018 - 08:15 AM

Since this is an official FIFA date, I believe clubs have to release any player called up by his country. I would hope that since we're looking at friendlies for the USMNT. they'd let our guys skip out, but not sure the Paraguay and Panama federations will have much sympathy.

i am really curious if the Venezuela national team will make Martinez go to Japan and then Doha for back to back matches.  That would be brutal for Atlanta.

#1335803 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 11 November 2018 - 09:18 AM

Does Royer start tmw? Ppl said he had a sub par game in OH. 

i dont think we have the roster where Royer even off form shouldn't start in a game where we need to win by two goals.   Unless we were playing 3 in the back and using kemar and amir as fullbacks

#1335571 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 05 November 2018 - 11:58 AM

He is good. Not great. We needed a great wing signing in the window to make this team truly indestructible. We were given...Ivan.

IMO Etienne lacks a little more experience to make the right decisions. He was of two minds on a lot of plays in this game. Couldnt decide immediately if he should take the defender 1 v 1, drive to the end line or circulate the ball. By the time he made his decision the defense had already set itself and any advantage that might have been gained was lost. Hes best when he makes quick decisions. Even if theyre the wrong ones sometimes. Only more experience will teach him how to make the right decisions quicker.

he drives us all crazy at times but he is one of the few people on this team who can take a player on 1 v 1 and cause some trouble.  Not really his fault that he's in such a prominent role right now.  He is a good fringe starter, who can still develop into a really good player.  


I keep going back and forth on who i want to start in the game.  Berhalter is a smart guy so i don't see us outsmarting him by a significant margin, we frankly just need guys to step up and play better.  Murillo needs to cross the ball in play, Royer needs to make an impact, etc. and we should be good.  We can beat anyone in this league at home by multiple goals when we are on. Columbus isn't an offensive juggernaut either.  

#1335452 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 04 November 2018 - 05:21 PM

I'll reserve on bashing the team this week until the potentially crap the bed at home next week.  Poor result but not the end of the world.  Up to these guys to show they are a different team and can get the job done.  I liked how Etienne was at least driving at these guys during the end of the game to try and create something.  We looked very timid.

#1334449 Metro - Worms Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 18 October 2018 - 01:16 AM

he'd be on 4 days rest with minimal travel. 

and he's a center back