And this is the stuff that annoys me more than anything and why I'm happy I didn't go. Have to meet up at 4pm, 3 hours before the game even starts and then get held 30+ mins after the game, on a Sunday night no less and still have to travel home from the shitty Bronx. No thanks.
You don't have to meet up at the time they tell you. People were still streaming into the road supporters area a half hour before the game started.
One thing that seems to be getting worse with our traveling support through is the negativity. It seems like the majority of our road fans are now obnoxious yelling assholes who do nothing but scream their heads off the entire match and want to fight each other. By screaming I don't mean chanting or singing. I mean like total freakout, spit flying out of their mouths...
I guess the macho shtick is coming from the top of all the SGs, as all the groups are jockeying to see who is the most hardcore.
I'm all for letting teams get their chances to play in the World Cup, but with the way it is now, every year there are garbage teams that make it to the competition at the expense of mainstays who get punished too severely for a run of bad form.
I don't think anyone can make a valid argument that teams like Panama, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Australia and Egypt deserve to be there ahead of Italy, Netherlands, Chile, and the USA. The current structure focuses too much on regional allocation of spots which repeatedly allows these low-quality Middle Eastern and Asia/Oceania sides to get in. They can't play or just park the bus and are boring to watch.
What they should do is start giving out dozens of automatic entries instead of just the host country. Have a 48 team expanded event, but give the 40 truly best teams automatic spots (which would enable teams like Italy to be there every year) and let all the other countries play some kind of open cup style event for the remaining 8 slots. Historically better soccer countries would enter that competition in the later round.
Yes that is kinda like qualifying now, but the world cup will never been a closed entry event. So to make it the best possible competition, get the big soccer countries in there first every year then think about the lesser developed ones.
These are the kinds of games that make me wish that Marsch was sacked in the off-season.
Single elimination, on the road against a team in an environment that the club has historically struggled in. You have Kaku back, who has had a decent season linking up with BWP, who has been in great all year and played a key role in the Open Cup run the last time around.
Factor all of this in, and Jesse, who supposedly is going to the Bundesliga, identifies Rivas as the forward who will give the Red Bulls the best chance to win this game.
What the fuck is Jesse's problem? To me that is a sackable offense. For the coach to have such a lapse in judgement where he actually believes Rivas is the better choice here than BWP, who did fine in the limited minutes he had.
I don't see how anyone can trust Jesse going forward. Forget the Bundesliga, this guy won't last a season there. How do we know he won't pull this crap again if the team makes the playoffs?
Getting bounced from the Open Cup to me isn't a huge deal since it will help the team avoid fixture congestion, and the Open Cup is meaningless to most fans anyway. Even if the Red Bulls managed to win it, it's still not the MLS Cup.
The bigger issue is the coach. I don't see how even the biggest Jesse fans can back his tactics tonight. This guy doesn't have a clue and that's alarming.
NYCFC are just a pitiful franchise. They have no skill, grit or depth. Had Villa not have done so well at the small Yankee Stadium pitch over these years they would basically be a newer version of the Union.
BWP is 100 percent starting. Why would Marsch bench him for a scrub? Nobody has scored more goals in this matchup than BWP. Sitting him is like the Cavs sitting LeBron James tonight. Not gonna happen.
Regardless of what happens in this game though the weekend game should be expected to be a throwaway. Columbus defense is still strong and the club will be tired from tonight's game and the Revs one. Expecting anything tonight and a loss/draw on Saturday.