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#1332797 Metro - Scum Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 03 September 2018 - 09:53 AM

Going to be interesting to see who gets playing time in the friendlies and how that impacts our 18.

Have to figure Meara and maybe Muyl play this week at Indy Eleven in the USL game with the week off. With developing Abang and Barlow, no need to get White back there after just getting MLS time for the first time the past few weeks.

Would be really good to get Muyl or Ivan some game time. Need keep everyone sharp for the final stretch.  

#1332358 Metro - DC Scum Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 26 August 2018 - 11:33 PM


Leaving a third DP spot open like we have is starting to become hard to swallow. It should be the bare minimum for ambition MLS clubs these days.

you get extra allocation money for leaving it open which can be worth it depending on how many good non DPs you have to pay.  That being said I get annoyed that we don't even have another TAM player. It's so weird.

#1332357 Metro - DC Scum Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 26 August 2018 - 11:29 PM

Game could have ended 4-2 or 4-3 if both teams had there finishing boots on but nice that we played well.  Rza was battered this game by DC players hacking him, he will for sure be sore tomorrow.  Kemar had another monster performance, the recovery tackles he can make are amazing.


Random but I thought when Muyl was subbed on, I've never seen him as clean on the ball as he was today.  If he did that more consistently it would be huge for us.

#1331653 Metro - Vancouver Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 12 August 2018 - 03:43 PM

We have a huge game @ NYC 4 days after this one.


.......Etienne.... Muyl


Lade.. Escobar..ndam.. Parker..murillo

I would rather not see Collin but we need to be 100% sharp for the game against Smurfs, so I'd consider throwing him out as a sub this game.

I don't trust lade or kutler matched up against Alphonso Davies on the right, so Murillo has to get the start.

Ivan should start to see what he can do in a non-rivalry game where he can get 90 mins in this league under his belt.  Whether Ivan plays with Etienne or Muyl I don't care

In terms of rotation, I would rather rest a player or two in select games than do a full or half team switch.  Prioritizing playing the first team against the smurfs.  For the more irreplaceable guys, this is how I would rotate it (van/nyc/dc/houston/montreal).  The Vancouver game coming first makes this tricky

BWP: stay home/play/play/sub on/play

Kaku: play/play/rest/play/play
Kemar: stay home/play/play/play
Tyler: play/play/play/rest/play

Royer: rest/play/play/play/sub on/play

#1331621 Metro - Fire Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 12 August 2018 - 07:18 AM

Feel like we never won games like this in the past

agreed, though we never had a back 4 and goalie like this in the past either.

#1331620 Metro - Vancouver Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 12 August 2018 - 07:18 AM

This is a game where we hopefully only need to trot out BWP for 60 mins so its full stream ahead for smurfs wednesday.  Cross country travel for midweek game back on the east coast is really tough, and couple that with turf.  

#1331619 Felipe for Tim Parker (NOT a rumor)

Posted by defendyourself on 12 August 2018 - 07:12 AM

What are people's thoughts on Parker becoming the 3rd DP next year?  I can't think of an upgrade to Parker without spending DP money anyway.

We have enough TAM to take care of him...when MLS decides not to block his contact.

#1331449 Prepared for the transfer window

Posted by defendyourself on 09 August 2018 - 08:20 AM

Looks like none of the other top teams strengthened.

Had Red Bull added a major piece, they would have been clear-cut favorites to come out of the East. Instead the DP slot remains unused, again. Ivan is a total question mark.

There is major pressure now on the serial whiffers (Etienne and Muyl), and Rza. One if them needs to be banging in goals for the team to make a deep run. Otherwise it's going to be the same garbage again with BWP getting shut down in the postseason and none of our other players stepping up.

Armas' biggest responsibility for the rest of season is figuring out between DE, Muyl, Rza, and Ivan who he will ride with come November.  Currently playing our best 11 players Rza has to be there, but against good times would be ideal to have someone who reduces Murillo's offensive burden.  He has to play so high up the field to compensate for our lack of player on right side who can take on an opponent.

#1330940 Attendance slipping

Posted by defendyourself on 01 August 2018 - 07:38 AM

There are a hundred reasons for our attendance numbers, but always thought it comes downs to three things, which affect the casual and diehard fans differently but make it hard for RBNY to appease either group completely


  • Team Optics (Casual Fan): Until the last couple of years we were also one of the "big fish" in MLS spending money, getting famous players.  You can't go from that to 1) losing arguably your biggest players 3 of the next 4 offseasons (Henry, Dax, and Sacha), while not obviously spending money to replace them until Kaku.  While the team is still very good, you can't be viewed as cheap in NYC, especially when your intercity rival outspends you on salaries.  It's odd that the homegrown angle doesn't carry more weight, but I think its because RB changed their value proposition so suddenly that casuals don't realize what's happening here. Even when they do, it still needs to be supplemented with bigger signings.
  • RB (diehard): personally I view them as a sporting positive but a lot of diehard supporters do not, and its an understandable viewpoint.  RB has invested a lot in the team imo, but when your coach is leaving midseason to sister club, various failed loans of RB Global outcasts and non-existent owner in NY marketplace RB can be viewed as not caring.  And that's without factoring how RB ripped up the club identity when they took over the club.  While they now are trying to undo that and respect the early days, what was done was cannot be unseen.  Lastly, when your team has not won MLS Cup yet and you leave a DP spot open you are doing no favors to yourself.
  • Out of stadium experience (Both): RBA is great for watch games but the out of stadium stuff is pretty frustrating.  Some of it out of their control, but it's still their problem. The last couple of years the weekend PATH has gotten worse, especially for well-attended games.  Even to go to WTC you end up taking a JSQ train, then having to sit there until a WTC train comes in god knows how long. Parking and driving out of the stadium is not even worth talking about.  In the arena the concourses are too small, so during sellouts it makes using the bathroom or grabbing food really uncomfortable.  PATH may get better once upgrades finally finish but other areas I have limited hope.  

#1330107 Is Armas a good successor to Marsch?

Posted by defendyourself on 22 July 2018 - 09:19 AM

Possession will also help our already decent goals against avg. They can't score if the other team doesn't have the ball, and as long as we defend better as a team on set pieces. We are by far the best defense in the league, irrespective of who's coach. 

also having the ball is less physically demanding than always chasing it.  Which in some games should allow us to crank up the press at the end of games when the other team is more tired, and more prone to mistakes.  Will see if it works, but happy he is trying something.

#1329906 Metro - Revs Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 18 July 2018 - 11:47 PM

 Chris Armas on the right back situation: "[Connor's] been around, he knows the philosophy, and he's a guy who brings the highest level of committing to the team. We just see it, the way he, his energy is contagious, he's on top of the details, he's alert, and in the last few months, he's looked more like his best form as a Red Bull, in my opinion. So, he keeps growing in the time that Amir was gone. Now, I think it's no secret we value Amir, I mean, he's a starter for us, he's a guy that we've relied on in all ways. So, he's back with us, he's training really well. He's a talent, so, I thought he had a good week last week and he already had a - he was probably the best player in training today. So, he's a...he looks like he's in a good way, and I think we're going to rely on both guys


saw this on Twitter, these may be the Armas comments on Lade that RandomHero referred to (not sure).  Also hoping this is punishment for bad training/or speaking to press about wanting a transfer and he gets his spot in lineup soon.  We are not winning MLS Cup with Lade and Muyl as our right side.  

#1329496 Andreas Ivan

Posted by defendyourself on 11 July 2018 - 05:59 AM

If we lose Adams, he takes over, and at $900K+, ought to be able to do that well.  His problem has been injuries and competition from Adams keeping him on the bench.

for every Rza we have a Long who is underpaid, one of the benefits of having a team that relies on youth development.  I don't really care as long as the commitment to overpaid players isn't long.  Just make the deepest and best squad you can each year.  Because Rza (at least when healthy) is good, its cool

#1325787 Leipzig poaching Adams

Posted by defendyourself on 20 May 2018 - 07:37 AM

Better for who? If Tyler wants to move on that's fine, but he has a contract and any organization worth a shit would shop him to the highest bidder. We dont get that standard right of business here.

We have no leverage in negotiations because our owner doesnt give a fuck about us absent mining talent for his German club. I mean seriously, the coubter party is owned by Dieter. This an atrocious precedent to set for this club and is going to be flat-out embarrassing to see when the transfer fee is way under market value.

It depends.  Miazga went to Chelsea after all and not RBL.  This is where the MLS single entity thing works in our favor because as a none DP RBNY doesn't even own the contract.  Similar to what happened with Jack Harrison going to City I think that if another offer exists RB has to look to reasonably match it.  If the offer is more than they want to pay or player doesn't want to go there they let him go like Miazga.  I could see Tyler preferring to go over there, knowing the RB folk are familiar with him and more likely to give him a shot at cutting it. I don't think MLS as a co-investor is trying to get screwed

#1325744 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 19 May 2018 - 09:18 AM

Luis Robles dealing with a knock that might keep him out of the game Sunday? https://www.mlssocce...r-ending-sunday

he is now officially not playing in the game.  At this point of the season no point of risking it when we have Meara available.  

#1325706 Ignacio Pussetto is expensive

Posted by defendyourself on 18 May 2018 - 07:32 AM

So it's certainly possible for a team to break even by "investing" in young DPs, but turning a big profit is more difficult

this is why I think many claims that RB wants to buy young guys as a way to make money is misleading.  Best way to make money is to sign older stars on a free transfer and sell jerseys etc.  Best way to sustainably win is to fork up the transfer fee upfront for good younger player and hope you get it back later.  The main advantage of signing young DPs is the salary cap hit differential.  The low cap hit allows you to supplement your squad in other areas with the savings.