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#1337252 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 30 November 2018 - 08:21 AM

Disappointing end to the season, I thought this might have been the best Metro/Red Bull team ever.  Last night was better than Sunday, but it was too big a hole and Atlanta had the luxury of being able to sit back and just crowd the final third.  Give them credit, RBNY may have been a better team, at least in the regular season, but Atlanta was better in these two games.
Almiron is very good, but I can't stand the flopping.  If he goes to the Premier League, he's going to get chewed up if keeps it up.  Not defending the fools who throw things from the stands, but Almiron was absolutely acting when he went down grabbing his face.  And there were one or two other instances where he went down easily and than faked being hurt.  I know people say it's part of the game and he's only getting an advantage for his team, but it's embarrassing.

Fans in England are also more intense. I think Almiron will struggle mightily if he goes to Newcastle.

Could you imagine him taking a tackle from someone like Milner? He would fucking crush Almiron and then get in his face for flopping.

#1336920 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 27 November 2018 - 02:59 PM

I never read too much into these percentages and 'based on past history' things. Anything can happen in sports. Number geeks can try as hard as they want but it's impossible to determine everything that can happen in the course of a game or over a season.

Like currently Fivethirtyeight has Atlanta winning MLS Cup at 66 percent, however they came to that number.

What happens though if Almiron tears his ACL in practice tomorrow? Do their metrics take into account for that? What about Martinez getting the flu before Thursday's game? Gonzalez Pirez getting a straight red for a handball in the box? You can't predict this stuff and never will be able to. So who cares what has happened before.

#1336903 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 27 November 2018 - 06:01 AM

The only way the club can advance Thursday is for everyone to pack the stadium and get behind the team from the opening whistle.

It's a hard sell considering the lackluster effort in Atlanta, the ghosts of playoffs' past and the "anything can happen!" messaging the club has been putting out in the wake of Sunday's loss (which rings hollow). But everyone needs to just push that aside over the next few days and save the whining for after the season ends, whenever it does and however it does.

If they somehow advance then all the anxiety was for nought, just like in the Columbus series where many (myself included) thought they were doomed heading into the home leg. If they get eliminated then they get eliminated and there is nothing we can do about that as fans. We are only making our lives more miserable until Thursday by obsessing about it now. Might as well make the most out of the situation while there is still a chance, which there is.

#1336841 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 26 November 2018 - 10:31 AM

The last home game against Atlanta, the 2-0 win, BWP and Adams were out and they still pressed.

#1336821 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 26 November 2018 - 08:40 AM

The crowd didn't come across as loud on tv

#1336668 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 25 November 2018 - 06:39 PM

After watching the replay it looks like the right call.

Armas needs to go to the bench. Etienne on for Muyl. Get Kaku off too. Need to try for a goal.

#1336633 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 25 November 2018 - 05:52 PM

Wow Murillo just standing there.

Robles could have done more too.

#1336203 Long, Parker, Adams called in for USMNT

Posted by Grelladinho on 15 November 2018 - 01:48 PM

How about they play neither game? These friendlies are stupid.

#1336004 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 12 November 2018 - 02:40 PM

Even the SportsBooks have Atlanta favored to go through.  I know that we were successful against them in the regular season but I'm damn scared of them.  Almiron and Martinez are better than anyone we have offensively.

But in pressure situations Martinez is highly immature and gets rattled easily. He's the kind of player that will throw a temper tantrum when things don't go his way, rather than play his way out of it.

Tata Martino is also thin-skinned. He's a pushover.

Also not convinced Almiron is completely fit or in peak form. He'll be entering the series having played only one and a half games in about the past two months.

On paper Atlanta is talented but they lack a fighting spirit and the mental toughness to put them over the edge.

#1335925 Metro - Atlanta Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 12 November 2018 - 05:54 AM

Leg 1 should be this upcoming Sunday afternoon, and leg 2 the following one after Thanksgiving.

There is no desire amongst any of the remaining teams for their players to head off to these international dates and potentially pick up injuries. They should be ignored (what's the point of these friendlies anyway? To figure out who to send with the B-squad to the Gold Cup next summer, or the World Cup 4 years from now?). Garber is a bad commissioner for not recognizing this.

#1335907 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 11 November 2018 - 10:50 PM

Incredible result. Adams was the best player on both sides. I thought Royer (who was clutching his back) would be taken off but to bury those two goals....huge.

They finally snapped the recent home playoff suckage. Now go score a goal or two in Atlanta.

#1335581 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 05 November 2018 - 02:00 PM

Have Marsch or Armas ever explained why after the past few years of playoff chokes the club never went out and got a second starting striker to play alongside BWP, a DP winger or someone who has offers the team a different look going forward?

The one consistency in the recent post-season suckage is that Red Bull have been trying the same failed formation/approach for years now, the 4-2-3-1, which never seems to generate enough goals when they are needed. The only change is that the names on the back of the uniform have been different over those years.

If Red Bull lose once again over not being able to score goals, this year will be the latest continuation of that 4-2-3-1 playoff choke trend. How many times are they going to stick with this formation if they go out again this year to a clearly inferior team in Columbus?

#1335544 Metro - Columbus Playoff Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 05 November 2018 - 08:17 AM

It's not more advantageous. But it shouldn't be less.
In fact, were were recently involved in 4 straight series, CCL and playoffs, where the team that hosted the second leg advanced. (VAN, TOR, OLI, TIJ) We broke the trend against Chivas, and now... this.

Do you like the away goals tiebreaker though? To me I just think it's a definite advantage.

Lets say the game next weekend ends 2-1 Red Bulls, with Columbus scoring on a PK. Do you think if the overall score after 180 minutes is 2-2, Columbus is more deserving of advancing because it was 'harder' for them to score that PK goal on the road? That doesn't make any sense. Never has, never will in my view.

Make it single game elimination at the highest seed.

#1333754 Metro - Atlanta Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 30 September 2018 - 09:34 AM

I think Red Bull will win. Not convinced with Atlanta's defense on the road and the lack of BWP is a big unknown for them as well. There are a bunch of different lineups Red Bull could use because of this. Atlanta is going to have to go into the game and just wing it on defense and hope that works.

Also this is a big game and Atlanta's players mentally haven't seemed up for those. They, particularly Martinez, are very prone to throwing hissy fits.

#1331415 Abang's loan terminated

Posted by Grelladinho on 08 August 2018 - 04:56 PM

He's a late game sub in the Mullins / Gordon / Bruin role that is capable of scoring loans. Now there isn't a need for a forward.

Abang is pretty capable at scoring loans, I agree.