Every striker sucks under Berhalter. You're not going to get good output from that position regardless of who you put there.
You can say that about more than just forwards. Saw this on twitter, seems reasonable: https://twitter.com/...VDfigCN0SChVzA. Aligns with the double pivot point from Doyle but also places the blame more on Berhalter assigning the central midfield guys wrong roles/tasks rather than execution/intensity/pitch quality, which GGG and others used as excuses.
I was going to say the biggest contributor is just fatigue but a lingering injury makes just as much sense. I'd much rather rest him the next two games and have him fresh for the playoffs, we're at very little risk of losing a home game seed.
3rd seed vs 4th is important but not like he's helping us make it happen. If he's hurt, definitely rest him for one or both games.
Then he'll be like a new signing in the playoffs or in 2023.
Thats kind of my point. Very few people on this board give a pass for summer signings not working, but if its Bob Bradley, suddenly there wasnt enough time for them to make a difference.
To nitpick, nobody on this board is surprised when (very late and usually cheap) summer signings don't work, hence why we clamour for those signings to at least be made as early as possible. And/or in the winter (not spring) following a similar logic.
Haven't watched much of Toronto so don't know what the issue there is and can't comment on Bob's job so far. Usually spending helps but is not always an immediate cure to all problems. I will say it's easier to drop one missing piece into a roster doing well than bring multiple guys and change everything, especially mid-season.
And to be clear, I agree that Struber certainly deserves a lot of credit for dragging a forwardless roster to its current position.
They are playing very soft. Getting run over. Not pressing at all. Chapman has shown he is not blowing the whistle for physical play when Red Bulls are on the ground. Clark, Morgan, Luquinhas are all invisible. Get Clark out and put Barlow up top with Manoel. Freakin go for it! Already down 2-0, who cares if you lose 4-0?!
Oof the reality of Barlow being our "go for it" option makes my head hurt
Like him, there are hundreds of stories like this.Not everything in europe is as great as advertised. The development of American players is not prioritized since they count as foreigners
For an American, your better off developing in the states
High risk/high reward. Of course not everyone is Pulisic/Reyna/McKennie, but if the player thinks their ceiling is sky high, going to Europe is the obvious choice. Yes, the failure rate will be higher, just the nature of the beast. If it's about just making it a professional player, sure, MLS is the easy and safe route, but that's a very low floor, and the kids going to Borussia etc are hoping to become world class, not "just" pros.
Pulisic/Reyna/McKennie going through MLS would've been a waste of a year or two at best, and it could've even stunted their career or development. Counter-example: would Jordan Morris be a better player if he had made the leap to Europe in 2016 rather than signing for Seattle? I would think so, though the ACL injuries obviously haven't helped.
A deadly finisher like Martinez is THE missing piece for us at the moment and as a fan with no money at stake, I'd jump at the opportunity.
Sure, at no discount, we'd like a better younger option with more upside and no injury history, but I don't trust this team to find a striker to bring us over the top on the evidence of the last 10 years, other than BWP who was a once in a lifetime find. Also, those players are not cheap at all either (e.g. Klimala at 5M).
Now, is Josef to NYRB actually happening? No way in hell, but I find it strange that people are basically saying no to him even in hypotheticals. The alternatives for 2023 at the moment are Klimala, Manoel and Barlow. Yeah, I'd take expensive injury risk on RB's tab, thank you.
Long, tolkin, CCJ and morgan have drawn up transfer interest because they're having good seasons which is normal for every team in the world to have player rumors. BUT what makes us the fans nervous is that the organization has shown they are not capable of replacing these talented players.
They have actually generally done a good job!
With one major glaring exception up top, ever since BWP declined and then moved on.
OKay. So now my second member service rep just emailed that she is leaving. The rats are jumping off the ship. Cant be too many people re upping this year. Theyve got work to do to fill it with casual fans who want bobble heads instead of talent.
In fairness, a customer service rep isn't a forever job and the turnover is pretty high at all times. I had 4 different reps in 7 or 8 years as a season ticket holder pre-2020.