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Prediction: We slip into the playoffs, advance to the conference finals while never looking good, Jesse rambles about being unlucky and being one game from MLS Cup, no improvements are made in the off-season so we can keep this battle hardened squad together.

I think we get smoked by Atlanta in front of 70k people first round.


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Prediction: We slip into the playoffs, advance to the conference finals while never looking good, Jesse rambles about being unlucky and being one game from MLS Cup, no improvements are made in the off-season so we can keep this battle hardened squad together.


Either way you slice it we are fucked. Miss it by one point and we were unlucky we just need to re tool and bring the same people. Make it and washout "you see we are good just got unlucky....again"


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I think we get smoked by Atlanta in front of 70k people first round.


This 100% will happen if they finish 3rd. I think they catch NYCFC for 2nd.

Frankly, since I am merely a fan and a not a fancy American soccer writer, I'm going to congratulate Wright-Phillips on a well hit goal. If I was an American soccer writer, I'd claim that the recently retired Henry was wearing an invisibility cloak and carried the ball into the net for the obviously unskilled Wright-Phillips.


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Prediction: We slip into the playoffs, advance to the conference finals while never looking good, Jesse rambles about being unlucky and being one game from MLS Cup, no improvements are made in the off-season so we can keep this battle hardened squad together.

This assumes we beat either HCFC or Atlanta away, then Toronto over two games. At this point in time, I think a lot of us would be happy with winning 2 playoff series.



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This assumes we beat either HCFC or Atlanta away, then Toronto over two games. At this point in time, I think a lot of us would be happy with winning 2 playoff series.

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This assumes we beat either HCFC or Atlanta away, then Toronto over two games. At this point in time, I think a lot of us would be happy with winning 2 playoff series.

Nonsense.   This little "slump" is all part of Jesse's master plan.  He's got a hyper-sophisticated rotation algorithm running, and will have everyone in peak form at the exact right time, while simultaneously lulling the competition into complacency and overconfidence.   The Cup is in the bag.


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We're better off not making the playoffs. We could use the You Suck Allocation on getting a defender since RB won't use their own money. Maybe miss the next 3-4 seasons and save that money ala Chicago.

I'd like our younger players to have as much experience in big games as possible.



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Guys this is MLS.  There isn't a lot of difference in terms of quality between say 1st and 6th place in the playoffs.  This team is good enough to catch lightening in a bottle and go on a run and win it.



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If Marsch can get the shitheads on our backline to play (mainly if Collin can somehow come back healthy), I really think we can play with anyone in the East. We've been slightly unlucky this year, underperforming both xGF and xGA. I also think the quartet of BWP, Sacha, Royer, and Veron is one that will make a difference against any team.  



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the shitheads on our backline


A bit harsh.

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 


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Guys this is MLS.  There isn't a lot of difference in terms of quality between say 1st and 6th place in the playoffs.  This team is good enough to catch lightening in a bottle and go on a run and win it.

It's not old school MLS man.  Gulf in quality between us and a full strength Toronto is pretty massive.  They dropped 4 on us with more than a few backups in their squad.


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It's not old school MLS man.  Gulf in quality between us and a full strength Toronto is pretty massive.  They dropped 4 on us with more than a few backups in their squad.


We had quite a few backups start too, veeon, Etienne, zizzo, lade and while they scored 4 they didn't dominate us as you suggest they did. The gulf in quality is there but that's on paper, on the field no team is dominating so much that they're a lock to win it all as is the case in most leagues. This is still mls, anyone can and does win. Think anyone had Minnesota beating Atlanta in Atlanta this weekend? No, but they did and on paper Atlanta would beat the Minnesota squad 9 out of 10.

We're not that fucking bad to be afraid of another mls team, we're just incompetent from ownership to the fo to the coaching. Our players can hang with Toronto if prepared well tactically and mentally, which they rarely are.

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We're not that fucking bad to be afraid of another mls team, we're just incompetent from ownership to the fo to the coaching. Our players can hang with Toronto if prepared well tactically and mentally, which they rarely are.

When we had sigs here, mine was roughly
we are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst.

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 





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