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#1342699 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 13 March 2019 - 08:04 AM

Honestly I am happy they went for it instead of playing a conservative lineup.   We have work to do and by no means am I happy but I would rather lose swinging (playing a lineup to score goals) like this than the b.s. we pulled last year.  


Agree with most of the comments here about subs, especially the Valot sub.  In a way I don't think Armas even expected them to pull even so quickly based on the bench.  Would have been nice to have Casseres as option since he has more range than any of our midfielders, to then allow Armas to be more aggressive with attacking subs.  

Lastly not to make a big deal about a tap-in but Omir's run to get near post on his goal is something we have missed from the right mid spot for a while.  Just knowing what position you need to be in to score/finish a play.  Frankly he even got into the spot BWP needed to get to but for some reason was not there.  More importantly on second goal if Valot played that ball to Royer instead of BWP first (pause video at 22/23 secs) he got himself in position to score another tap-in. As he gets more comfortable should provide some goal scoring relief from out wide.

#1342422 Other MLS 2019

Posted by defendyourself on 10 March 2019 - 11:28 PM

I don't know why I enjoyed this as much as I did Atlanta United Fan TV

#1341895 Metro - Columbus Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 03 March 2019 - 05:31 PM

I wish people remembered that when you just committed such big bucks to your starting pair of CB's, there are practical limits to what you can have in reserve. We obviously did spend draft capital on the D line along with picking up Tarek, so the notion that we are blind to our depth there is ludicrous (not talking about you). Tarek was fine (not perfect, but what did one expect?) defensively, but lacked distribution skills, blasting it away too many times. Hardly a lost cause yet.


Fidel would have been fine to have kept, but we might have wanted that Intl slot for other uses. Building a roster in a cap and intl slot restricted league doesn't allow you to just keep anyone you want. 


If Mr. "I have been a fan since the inception" remembers Petke's 1st game he made a mistake that led to a goal. Long had a shaky period when we first moved him up. Most on here had written off Ivan. Tarek was a long way from being pathetic.

adding to part about Fidel - a national team starter isn't going to stay here to be a backup forever.  Once Parker re-signed he was gone. 

#1341727 Roster Compliance Day

Posted by defendyourself on 02 March 2019 - 07:50 AM



28/30 slots filled.

9/9 international slots filled.


Koffi counts as domestic.


No USL loans for anyone yet.

how haven't we got Royer a green card yet. 

#1341580 Metro - Columbus Game Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 28 February 2019 - 07:54 AM

I can see either long or parker starting this game on short rest.

i think long got subbed out early so he can play this game.  maybe tarek moves to left back so they can save Lade in case they don't think Taxi can go for 90.  

#1341400 Offseason FAIL

Posted by defendyourself on 26 February 2019 - 08:15 AM

I think you have that backwards.  TAM comes from the league; use it or lose it.   DP wages above the salary cap hit come out of the the teams pocket.

TAM once you spend above $1.2mm comes out of the teams pocket.  the $2.8mm of discretionary team is owner funded for their team.  we are spending somewhere between $1.8mm and $2.1mm above the $1.2mm allocation since we have 5 TAM players now. and gave some away in Tim Parker trade. 


"MLS clubs also will have the flexibility to spend up to an additional $2.8 million of TAM, on a discretionary basis funded by the team, per year in both 2018 and 2019, which will further enhance the quality of play across the league."

#1341391 Offseason FAIL

Posted by defendyourself on 26 February 2019 - 01:13 AM

Gotta think they had something lined up early on and quickly realized it wasn't gonna happen and then focused on making sure the current squad was all happy.

to me this makes the most sense because if they were being extremely cheap they would do what some others do and place a player that is eligible for TAM and call them a DP.  Having the slot open means they are willing to use it, but for some reason or another havent sealed the deal with someone they want to use it on yet.  Otherwise it would make no sense to burn TAM on someone like Jorgensen where calling him a DP would save you $600k of TAM that is coming out of RBNY's pocket.


Why it takes so long for them to find players they like is another story I would like answer to, but signing a DP at a level below a Kaku with no MLS experience is a waste of time.  

#1340861 Abang's loan terminated

Posted by defendyourself on 20 February 2019 - 02:29 AM

Saw 225k pounds. Thought it was more likely yuan.

i am happy with any transfer fee above the cost of a happy meal.  international slots are expensive especially when the guy filling has run his course with the team

#1340760 Offseason FAIL

Posted by defendyourself on 18 February 2019 - 08:40 PM

You only have to look at 2018's TFC to see what happened to the last BEST ALL TIME MLS TEAM that stood still and ran it back... and that was without losing a NT player of Tyler's caliber.

Renewing contracts, signing draft picks and not getting an impact TAM player at least is a really low bar for "a pretty amazing offseason".

if our age profile wasn't so much younger than Toronto's I would agree with you.  We have much better depth than they did though, and have a much younger team.  Besides a BWP injury we would be able to withstand a month injury to any starter without the team collapsing.  B/B+ grade is fair, amazing maybe not the right word.     

#1340740 2019 Depth Chart

Posted by defendyourself on 18 February 2019 - 12:07 PM

It's a shame to hear that - any more details you care to share? I was really hoping he'd contribute this year after a full preseason and more time with the team.

When you look at our other winger options its very clear 1) what they bring to the table and 2) they play to those strength.  Muyl has his work rate/pressing, Derrick is good 1 v 1 and Epps is very quick with the ball.  Ivan is a balanced version of these guys but for a guy with his salary he doesn't get involved enough in positive attacking moments.  He had one good run down the line that led to a ball that a defender cleared before Epps had a tap-in.  Beyond that I don't remember anything else he did really well.  He doesn't appear to play "fast enough" to be dangerous in transition, and thats a lot of our offense.  And with a bunch of younger cheap guys that are as good as you in the system, no point of having you here.  I dont think he is a bad player, but it doesnt look like its working out with how we play

#1340483 Offseason FAIL

Posted by defendyourself on 12 February 2019 - 08:18 AM

I understand there's a reason Tyler is in Europe and Rza is not. Also, he's fragile, and Casseres behind him hasn't proven anything. But Rza maybe a Dax level #6, and may be better than Dax or Tyler connecting to the attack. I'm also the eternal optimist that thinks we are keeping our powder dry , and can pull the trigger on someone in the summer if it all goes to hell and we know better exactly what we need most.

rza connecting attack better is where my hope is.  we can put a little more of the defensive burden on the back four now that its their second year together.  hopefully that and improved RM play can get us where we want to go.

#1340408 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by defendyourself on 11 February 2019 - 08:33 AM

But forget Joe Corona and not gonna lie little jelly hearing Marco Fabian going to another place in MLS, Nani possibly going to swamplands... And Nagbe going to cow country... Yet nothing...nothing from the NYRB FO...

I mean Sean Davis and Muyl have been great all things considering they're from the academy and the college system... But they aren't even mls all star calibre...

If NY are finally get over the hump they will need the 5 midfielders to play all star level especially in the playoffs and resting your hopes on people that haven't done that yet and don't have the pedigree doesn't make sense...

They have got to acquire a CM and Winger or better yet a CM and a Winger that can also play CAM if needed that can create their own shot and score and that is clutch and has proven can win something...

while i think we need to add one more elite piece, i think in general a lot of our fans underrate some of the attacking players we have.  maybe part of it is the system but on an xG+A basis per 96 mins Royer is #24, Etienne #25, and Muyl is #28 in all of MLS.  Our biggest area for growth in attack will be if Kaku can maintain his early season form for a whole season.  Kaku finished ranked #48 and he is capable of doing a lot more than that.  with our defense we don't need a midfield full of all stars (and its impossible with a salary cap), but we do need a second player who can get to BWP's level of offensive contribution.  When Royer is hot he gets there and the team looks amazing but he is streaky.  Frankly I dont think we would be so worried about adding another "significant" attacker if May Kaku was Kaku all season.



#1340186 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 06 February 2019 - 08:44 AM

The team must have a bunch of unused cap space just sitting around. 

I know Parker was probably expensive but still

last year 99% sure we were over the cap (without account for transfer fees).  We had allocation money to knock some salaries down either from that year or previous year, but they did spend stuff last year.  Unfortunately a lot of those pricey guys weren't good enough.


This year i still think we may get at least 2 signings between now and the end of year though our roster is pretty full atm.  We currently have 3 TAM players which is the most we ever had. We don't spend like Atlanta but we do spend more than half of the league I would imagine on first team, without considering that we spend more on USL/youth than most teams in the league.


Hopefully though they bring in one more TAM level guy to top off the squad.

#1339980 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by defendyourself on 01 February 2019 - 01:09 AM

as part of the build from within approach they usually sign what they need a year or two before they need the player so they are ready when necessary.  at this point thats who we are.  Honestly I'm cool with Rza and Casseres replacing Tyler.  Biggest question is if they made a mistake with Andy Ivan. They are paying him a lot of money to be the 4th string right winger if he stays on the roster.

#1339421 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by defendyourself on 22 January 2019 - 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.