*whispers* I think the team is quitting on Strubers hyper press system and hes not a good enough coach to overcome that
That might be a bit too far, but a team with this little depth was never going to be able to play that way so frequently in the middle of the summer. It's not a huge surprise that there have been three consecutive second half collapses.
Not sure what should give. I'd say that Struber needs to dial back the intensity a little bit if there's congestion at this time of year, but really, he just needs more players.
We can talk about strikers (and we should) all we want, but the fact that we're relying on Tolkien and D Nealis to play every minute is crazy. If Stoke really wants Edwards back, the back line is screwed
It's clear that there is an upside to letting a young, potentially error prone player acclimatize and get up to speed with a system in USL before throwing them onto the field in a high pressure MLS situation that could destroy their confidence.
I think that it also makes more sense to do this with young defenders like Reyes and Murillo than a guy like Kaku, who clearly could have contributed right off the bat without any huge downsides for his future.
A guy like Edwards, with lots of first team experience in high pressure situations at Stoke, no language issues, etc. is kind of a different situation. I think that the only reason he didn't debut earlier was that Duncan put together a couple solid performances in a row.