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#1336409 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by defendyourself on Yesterday, 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

#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.