Posted by thoward18
on 08 February 2019 - 09:00 AM
I think the reality in mls whatever.0 were at is you need a million+ guy playing ST.
Or if youre not doing that have a mtl - Portland model where you have a dominant attaching mid. I think for this team to continue to function at this level when we do replace BWP it cant be white unless he has two levels I havent seen.
After watching RBNY inexplicably turn Aaron Long into Piqué who the fuck knows what White can become, but I think the hope for White is that he turns into a good bench option who can spot start and gets subbed on in the 75th minute when seeking a goal.
Posted by thoward18
on 05 February 2019 - 10:22 PM
Though that was in an MLS with a decidedly lower average player quality.
Well yeah. Now we have Tyler Adams, Alphonso Davies, Gianluca Busio, etc. As the caliber of the league goes up, so will the caliber of teenagers who are able to get on the field. I'm not expecting a prodigy here, but I find it incredibly difficult to believe RBNY pay a transfer fee and assign an international slot to a guy they see as no more promising than Brian White.
Posted by thoward18
on 04 February 2019 - 08:54 PM
This website is what separates this club from any other in MLS. What an incredible archive of the team's history from its inception. Thanks for all of the thankless work that is required to make this so special!
I'm not going to go full on "fuck this guy" like some people are, but I'll admit now that I'm pretty annoyed. We could have easily moved on last winter while dealing with all of his agent's bullshit but instead they stuck with him and made a transfer happen. The team bent over backward to fit him into the group. If it's a family issue or even soccer ambitions then so be it, and I get the gamesmanship of transfer sagas, but at least show our club some semblance of respect and appreciation.
This social media crap is going to backfire on him big time. Now that Red Bull Global is involved, Kaku is likely gone, but not to Club America. I expect a few other teams to get involved now and drive up the transfer fee. I hope they sell him to a club in a place he hates to prove a point too these agents and clubs encouraging this behavior.
When your boss' boss gets involved, the player's feelings aren't going to be a factor.
You know he has to actually accept any transfer himself, right?
A move to China wouldn't exactly put him closer to his family. LOL
Suddenly we are shopping him and have no interest in retaining him? Doesn't make sense.
I'm not sure what to believe about any of this.
MLS Transfers' unreliability aside, RBNY will want to create as much leverage as they possibly can. Even if Kaku has zero desire to go to China, being able to say that another club is willing to pay X Amount helps their cause.
Becoming a selling league (and team) doesn't mean selling at first and every opportunity. They've held their ground on Lawrence, Davis, and Murillo, and people seem to forget that the club offered Miazga a massive raise to stay with the team instead of departing for Chelsea. Even with the most cynical view, it makes zero sense for RBNY to sell Kaku now unless the offer is impossible to turn down. They trust their system and have to know that a full season where he's acclimated plus CCL and international appearances will only boost his value. Selling now makes no sense.
I don't see how CM can be the biggest issue when the club went into the postseason last year with the league best defense on an incredible run of form and having an all-star CM in Adams -- AND they still couldn't get it done.
It shows you that no matter how good the defense and your defensive-minded midfielders are, you need to score goals to win titles. Offense is by far the #1 need again and it's not even close.
Unless you can bring in a CM that will score 10+ goals next season, getting a big splash winger or forward to play next to BWP is required and in my opinion more important.
I just want to point out how stupid this is by extending this logic. Based on your thought process, if RBNY had lost every single player this offseason except for BWP and Royer, your argument would assert that acquiring an attacking player is the team's biggest need. After all, we had a great GK, great defense, and great midfield and that still wasn't enough. The problem was offense. So therefore offense is the biggest concern.
I still don't understand what people are whining about here. The back-four is solidified and then Amro Tarek and Duncan (if healthy) are more than capable backups. You wanted Red Bull to open the wallet for... what exactly? A very expensive 4th CB? 100K to fill in the gaps and overhaul defense for NYRBII, which was horrible last season, makes perfect sense, and then in 2 years you hope one or two are capable of taking over if/when one of the mainstay defenders goes to Europe/gets hurt/is trade bait/etc. I can't think of a better plan than this one for the defense. If you want to bitch about spending, save it for discussions regarding Adams' replacement or a winger opposite Royer.