Yeah, curious what they do at the outside back spots. They clearly pulled Duncan for a reason. Is Taxi just not ready yet where Duncan will have to start?
I actually trust Lade. That loss against Atlanta last year had more to do with not pressing than anything else. And we didn't switch because Taxi wasn't healthy... Taxi missed plenty of games and we never had switched before.
Very odd game, some guys were really good and some guys were really bad.
Epps was straight trash. Almost every ball felt like a turnover and his mind is slow. He doesn't fit in at all right now. Even when he gets the ball in situations, he's slow to decide and that doesn't fit the system at all.
I wasn't crazy about Tarek either. Awful with the ball. Nealis looks like a better player.
Bezecourt wasn't very good either...
Murillo not good and very erratic. Have said many times that his attitude isn't the best. He's tough to keep on task. Armas will really have to keep on him to keep him focused. Or get rid of him before it's a bigger issue.
Now the great players:
Ivan - Just great in almost all cases. He's not a great defensive player even though he works hard though. But he put in several balls that were just great. And is so good on the ball that he made some good defenders look bad.
Casseres. Awesome breaking up plays. Does something better than everyone on the team since Dax in terms of being a destroyer.
Duncan - Dude is just a great player.
Some decent performances from Valot and Fernandez. Excited to see Fernandez on the wing. Still think Valot looks a bit sluggish out there. Excited to see Valot later in the season. Outside of that, hes' our top option behind Kaku if Kaku ever gets banged up.
I'm no fan of Shep as it is, but why the hell was he wearing Columbus colors today? I know they were close to being moved and everything but damn, you're an announcer for Metro. Lets ditch the yellow and black.
Murillo is awesome with the ball.. Like maybe shouldn't be a defender good with the ball. But I'm not crazy about his defending or the attitude. In big games, I like Murillo though. I feel like he gets up for competition. Against Santos, he'll be great (in that second game). I just worry about someone like Murillo if the team started struggling. He's one of the first that would really show frustration and lower his level.
Assuming Duncan stays healthy, not scared one bit in him replacing Murillo. That quickness and speed is rare. Outside of Tyler, he's the fastest, most athletic player I've seen with this team.
That Nealis certainly looks the part too. Big, hearty kid. Showed really good long speed late in that game too. When he had to open it up on a sprint, he showed a lot there. Dunno if his quickness is on par with someone like Parker, so I really want to see him more.
Rza is just a really good player. Some of our better moments last season came when Rza and Davis were being played as the 6's because they balance eachother so well. Davis is just so smart and allows Rza to fly forward and either contribute offensively or blow up plays defensively. Big fan of Rza. Tremendous player if he stays healthy.
The gameplan is what lost us that game 100%. You don't give a team like that any space to operate especially with the knowledge that they do not do well against our style of high press.
You just can't go with that gameplan. Most of MLS goes with that gameplan against them and gets stomped regularly. We are easily the best team in MLS of getting in player's faces and making things tough on them. EXACTLY what you have to do to beat Atlanta. And that's exactly why we had always beaten Atlanta.
It was just a stupid move. I don't know that we would have won because they are the most talented team in MLS, but it would have given us a much better shot.
That just can't be the only plan. We've been incredibly lucky, there's no way in hell having an academy/RB2 player launch straight into the upper echelons of MLS every year is sustainable.
Why does Koffi's name keep coming up in the CM conversation? We've seen him play zero minutes, where's the hype coming from?
It is frustrating but I think that's it. They clearly always want to keep opportunities available for kids so they have a chance to really elevate. I remember a few years ago that people were freaking because we were going with a very unproven guy in Long at CB. If we had signed a more established guy, there's no way Long would have become as good as he is now. People freaked when we traded Dax although it was done entirely with Davis and Adams in mind. We keep leaving that RM spot open, but you have to assume at this point that they are doing it with Mines in mind. Hell, even at the 6 positions, they very much appear to be leaving a spot for Casseres.
Now my point with all of this is that players develop with good coaching and good evaluation. If you evaluate wrong (like say Casseres is not going to be a good player) and you sink time and opportunities into a bad player, everything can go to shit quickly. I'm still really wary about Armas as a coach because I've long been a believer that taking over midway through doesn't show a ton. At that point it's still more of a continuation of the previous regime. Hoping for the best.
As some others have said, I'm also mostly excited that so many of these other teams have big changes. Gio is gone and that's great because he hurt us. Almiron was the best player in the league and he's gone. Barco just isnt' very good so he's not going to pick up the slack there. Martinez is extremely good but I'm hopeful he goes crazy because the guy seems like he's on the fringe of being a lunatic.
C-Bus will never out-talent us and we are just the better version of what they are. The truly talented teams are the only ones that scare me so I'm hoping this is a year where none of those teams can really figure it out.
IF true, always a big if, that does no reflect well on Kaku's professionalism.
He had a rat for an agent before, same guy or a new rat?
It's hard to come away liking Kaku at all with this situation. Last minute interest from another team during a window for an amount of money that is extremely close to what we paid for him? And we're just supposed to be OK with that?
He very clearly wants to go. Really sucks too because he fits this league and even team very well. His first look is always to go forward and that's what I love most about him. He doesn't bother with the easy lateral passes and looks for the decisive pass constantly.
I just don't know why he's so intent on making a move that's only a small jump up. And will be a drop down in a matter of a few years. MLS teams keep adding to the payroll big time and they will pass Liga MX. I don't think anyone will disagree with that.
Whatever, make every inquiry to get someone new in here. America will clearly move up their bid a bit.
I'm just not crazy about having a player on the team who plays a system that requires everyone to buy in at the highest level. Can destroy a locker room that way.
They have mentioned salary as a legit issue so I am on board with upping his salary.