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#1345787 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by Komba on 09 May 2019 - 09:37 AM

It's amazing how many games we won with some of those lineups that Marsch had to trot out there.  We played so many games with a joke back line.   Then over the course of a few years he's able to build a good roster.... And now we can't win.  Some people point to Tyler but those are probably the same people who thought losing Dax would be cripping, or Lloyd, or Sacha.  The coaching and the system is what made this team win.   The roster was never actually good until last year and this year. Before that it was squeezing water from a rock.


A couple of our better players in Murillo and Kaku are turning into locker room cancers where that stuff never happened under Marsch. Now we see guys used and look good, but then they are stapled to the bench for whatever reason like Duncan, Jorgensen, Casseres, and Ivan.



We play moneyball.  The only way to make that work is to have good coaching and we don't have good coaching.  So yeah, we have two problems.  Not spending big money on the roster and a coach who's not getting the most out of his players.

#1345557 Metro - Montreal Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 06 May 2019 - 02:12 PM

We'd be fine with Taxi playing that LCB spot in my opinion.  We only struggled back then because we didn't have 2 other great centerbacks. 


I just hope we don't lose any games soon because I'm scared that Armas will spin the wheel of formations after a loss.  

#1345250 Tarps

Posted by Komba on 01 May 2019 - 12:20 PM

Some bars right outside the stadium would help too IMO. Would love to have the option to get to the game early, get some food/drinks, watch some other games, ect. Or to hangout after the game until traffic dies down. Right now, it feels like most everyone gets to the game right at kickoff, and then leaves as soon as the games ends (or even before). Hopefully this could happen with all the new buildings being constructed.

Agree... This is huge.  Adds to the experience.

#1344879 Denis Hamlett

Posted by Komba on 22 April 2019 - 02:28 PM

Let's be honest... Henry coming here makes no sense going by how Red Bull has been doing things.  He's not a system guy and this has been all about the system since Rangnick has been in charge.


I'd be absolutely shocked if there's any legitimacy to it at all.

#1344854 Metro - Cincy Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 22 April 2019 - 08:09 AM

Omir earned a start, Murillo earned himself a game off.


No more Bezecourt please for awhile, I'm honestly not convinced the guy is really MLS level.

Have no clue why Bezecourt finds himself on the field.  


Also Murillo has earned a game off several games in a row now.  At least the huge chance he gave up last game didn't turn into a goal.  



I just find very little reason to be excited nowadays.... Team went from a great coach who basically could squeeze water from a rock (despite the talent not being great) to a coach who doesn't seem to be able to get anyone to play their best.

#1344512 Thierry Henry linked to RB coaching role

Posted by Komba on 17 April 2019 - 09:20 AM

Don't see this being realistic. 


I love Henry, but a lot of the great players in sports history have not translated well to coaching.  


Plus, the biggest reason is that this whole red bull thing is built off the system, and I don't see Henry coming in to be a student of the system.

#1344417 Metro - KC Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 15 April 2019 - 12:11 PM

I don't get focusing on outside back... At all.   It's also not good cap management to pay a backup significant money when you have a guy like Taxi making big money.  Plus two other CB's on the back line.  


You aren't going to do much better than Murillo and Duncan at RB.  I don't think there are any other RB tandems I'd take in the league and I'm not even a big fan of Murillo defensively.



If the issue is that you think MLS has passed Lade by, then fine.  Maybe that's the case but having Lade as a backup LB isn't the worst thing in the world.


The team has far bigger issues and LB isn't one.  BWP is a huge issue.  Kaku is a huge issue. And Armas is a huge issue.

#1344320 Kaku benched, his feelings hurt

Posted by Komba on 14 April 2019 - 08:22 PM

Once he made it clear that he wanted out, we should have sold him.  Otherwise you get this...he at least played hard but he acting childish constantly.

#1344113 Metro - KC Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 09 April 2019 - 02:11 PM

I'd be on board with a switch back to that.


Was a fan of that formation and now we really have the horses to do better with it.  









Puts Royer in a better spot, doesn't put as much defensive pressure on Murillo which is a good thing because he doesn't seem particularly interested in defense sometimes.  Can rotate between CCJ, Rza, and Davis for that middle spot.   Kaku has more freedom to roam. 

#1344069 Jorgensen

Posted by Komba on 08 April 2019 - 03:22 PM

Hard to have an opinion on players when so many guys look bad.


Good speed, works hard, seems pretty athletic.  Not quite ready for prime time though.


Overall I see a number 9 similar to BWP.  Focused on goal, not great vision with the ball but then again, most kids don't have great vision yet.

#1344046 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by Komba on 08 April 2019 - 11:43 AM


The window as in for this team to go all the way. BWP, Robles and the defense probably aren't going to be around much longer.

There is something to be said about that window but really, it only applies to BWP.


The defense (the important 3 pieces anyway) should be in their prime for a few more years.


The window with BWP is very likely closing after this season.  You have to figure that's why they brought in the kid.  


As for coach, I don't like the things I've seen from Armas at all but they have to give him until the summer.  Outside of the team losing every game anyway.

#1343978 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by Komba on 06 April 2019 - 08:47 PM

MF and Koko hit the nail on the head... Marsch had some not so great moments but the team didn’t consistently look bad, especially at home.  And when those bad moments happened, it always seemed like the ball just wasn’t finding the net.  Nowadays we don’t create chances.  Armas doesn’t seem to understand the premise that the system is what creates the chances. When this many players are underperforming, it’s always coaching.  Unfortunately I’m a fan of a lot of bad teams and bad coaching sticks out way too much.  Biggest reason I fought so hard when people would try to slight Marsch.  Wish he decided that he hated Germany and came back.  Guaranteed that we’d be back to being one of the best teams in the league.

#1343866 Metro - Minnesota Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 05 April 2019 - 08:21 AM

I'm willing to try anything as far as formations go.  I don't think a lot of formations will work for us because Kaku and Royer don't exactly cover a lot of ground but we're at a point where things are concerning.  We've had slow starts in other seasons but we still looked pretty good, just some unfortunate issues.  Right now we don't look good.  We generate no chances during a game.


I'm also curious why BWP is so often out of his usual areas.  He's always been so good at playing between the centerbacks but lately he's drifting everywhere.  It doesn't suit his game. His one superior trait is finishing and being able to get on the end of those final balls and he's not in those areas nearly as much as usual.  Outside of last year with the assists, he's never been a great passer so I think it's important that he's mainly doing what he does best.


I'd really like to see Jorgenson get a start up top with him, but I just don't know if Kaku and Royer can operate in so much space.  Those two outside mid spots are the most important in that formation and I'm not sure they are the type of players for it.  I think it will suit Kaku offensively but I think it's the worst spot for Royer.  THe more I watch Royer the more I actually wonder about him playing more centrally.  Not necessarily in Kaku's spot, but Royer has proven to be a good finisher and he has a bomb of a shot that he's willing to take.

#1343829 Metro - Minnesota Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 04 April 2019 - 08:03 AM

This idea that people have figured out the system is a joke in my opinion.  Everyone knew what we were doing for years.  

I think we just stink right now.  There are bigger problems and I'm a believer that we are being too deliberate when we get the ball.  We don't have the talent to play a half-court game, It's gotta be on the break or we are dead.

#1343780 Metro - Minnesota Game Thread

Posted by Komba on 02 April 2019 - 04:15 PM

Between Rza and Davis, I would take Davis off the field.  From what I've seen of CCJ, he's more of a Dax type in that he's very stay at home and a good ball winner.   Rza (even though he tries those incredibly stupid lofty passes constantly) is better on the ball than Davis so I'd rather him out there.  Just not crazy at all with how Davis has been playing.


Issue is still that we generate NO chances.  We've had enough possession where we should be doing that and we're not.  Kaku has been bad and BWP not great.  Those two have to be our best players and they haven't been.


And I love Adams but people pointing towards him leaving as the reason this is happening is just something I disagree with.  He was a very good player for us but he was not irreplaceable.  Some people tried to describe many players we lost over the last few years as irreplaceable and they were far from it as well.