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#1339394 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on Yesterday, 05:26 PM

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.

#1339224 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on 18 January 2019 - 11:35 AM

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. 

#1339189 CM is our biggest issue

Posted by thoward18 on 17 January 2019 - 12:56 PM

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.

#1339066 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by thoward18 on 14 January 2019 - 03:12 PM

Not really that weird, especially for a team like LAG with solid academies.

LA II finished 14th out of 17 in the West last year and 13th out of 15 the year before.

#1339030 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by thoward18 on 13 January 2019 - 12:17 PM

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. 

#1339023 2019 "Super"Draft

Posted by thoward18 on 12 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

Making the moves we did to get 4 young guys shows me we are going to try and be more of a profit making feeder team than ever before

There's like no correlation. At all. 

#1338305 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 17 December 2018 - 08:20 AM

Trialists come and go all the time. There always seems to be room for them. Do you have any source to support your contention?

There's a major difference between hosting a couple of trialists in June and bringing in trialists during preseason when there are already a billion players from USL/draft/academy in camp. You're asking me to source... what? Basic math? There are a limited number of coaches and a limited number of people participating in a drill/scrimmage/game at one time. The more players you have, the more you have to spread around opportunity and the more players coaches have to pay attention to. There's a reason teams in all sports cut players as preseason goes on. It's because the coaching staff wants to narrow their focus to a limited group of players, and it's a lot easier for 5 coaches to analyze 24 than 40 players.

#1338281 No homegrown deal for Borges

Posted by thoward18 on 15 December 2018 - 10:33 PM

Who are the "high profile" players that RB passed on a homegrown deal? Metzger and Lema came back via USL, so those were the right calls. Adam Najem played 5 games in 2 years for Philly.


Mason Toye? Noah Powder?


There was a brouhaha about them missing on Allen, and he didn't break through.

We traded Gallego to Portland and everyone lost their shit. Good times. 




Included is a CLASSIC onionsack comment:




REd Bull is eternally hopeless. They sit on perhaps the greatest hotbed for prmosing young talent and they piss it way at such regularity and ease that I can't ever imagine this club actually building a solid core.


#1338084 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 12 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

At this point I am not sure it is even good RB II signing. The guy is not a spring chicken - he is 26 years old, already in his prime, and so far failed in Columbus two years ago and was a back-up for one of the shittiest defenses in the MLS history this year. Now sure how anyone can get excited over this. There is a reason why Orlando traded him for peanuts in spite of low salary not taking international slot. We basically panicked after just losing Escobar, Collin, and Ndam, and got a warm body in. Not a terrible move as we didn't spend much, but there is a very low likelihood of being productive here either. Certainly not "godsend" as some here have grossly overreacted.

Yeah yeah and DC United cut Kemar Lawrence.


Possible reasons why Orlando moved him for peanuts:


1. They suck at player evaluation and integrating talent

2. They decided to go scorched earth after such an awful season.

3. He did not match the tactics they plan on embracing going forward.

4. There was some sort of mismatch in his personality and that of the locker room/coaching staff.

5. He is bad at soccer.



We'll see. I've watched Barcelona and Bayern superstars absolutely fail here and I've watched English third-tier players succeed. I'm not expecting anything special from him, but you're going to have to come up with something better than "he played on a bad team and therefore he is bad."

#1338082 Marcus Epps taken in Waiver Draft

Posted by thoward18 on 12 December 2018 - 11:25 AM

Can't wait to find out if we bother to call in this year. 

#1338029 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 11 December 2018 - 05:06 PM

Let's not get crazy over the signing of this prospect. He was behind Redding on Orlando depth chart last year, wasn't full time starter this year on the worse defensive team in MLS. The guy as of now is a scrub with some potential who is yet to prove he is better than someone like Ndam.

Because if we can agree on anything it's that Orlando is the pinnacle of player evaluation and getting the most out of players.

#1338021 Amro Tarek

Posted by thoward18 on 11 December 2018 - 04:33 PM

Add Egypt to the all-time nationalities roster.

#1337112 New contract for Armas incoming

Posted by thoward18 on 29 November 2018 - 10:05 PM

I predict a bunch of rational responses in this thread...

#1337099 2018-2019 Offseason Thread

Posted by thoward18 on 29 November 2018 - 09:47 PM

Well fuck.

#1333798 What is Muyl good at?

Posted by thoward18 on 30 September 2018 - 02:08 PM

Muyl is Bizarro Roy Miller.