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#1340514 Offseason FAIL

Posted by thoward18 on 12 February 2019 - 12:24 PM

There are approximately 22 other MLS clubs who wish they had our outside back "problems." 

#1340340 Traitor(?) Rossi training

Posted by thoward18 on 08 February 2019 - 01:06 PM

I can't think of a better fit for this team's style of play than a 32 year old with a million leg injuries. Just really screams "gegenpress."

#1340324 Mathias Jorgensen incoming

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. 

#1340180 Mathias Jorgensen incoming

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. 

#1340179 Mathias Jorgensen incoming

Posted by thoward18 on 05 February 2019 - 10:13 PM

Adams - yes. Eddie - yes. Jozy - yes.


Not sure I agree with that one.

He scored six goals in just 392 minutes. If Jorgensen can provide that this upcoming season I'll consider it a massive win. 

#1340134 Mathias Jorgensen incoming

Posted by thoward18 on 05 February 2019 - 11:36 AM

Without knowing anything about him, this seems exciting. Given how careful this team is with its spending I don't think they spend actual transfer funds on an 18-year-old if he was just RBII depth. 

#1340103 Happy 18th MF!

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!

#1339643 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on 24 January 2019 - 11:35 PM

Congrats to Gustavo Casasola on being the first person in Metrofanatic history to clinch the Bum of the Year Award before the season even began.

#1339563 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on 24 January 2019 - 01:32 PM

ESPN Kaku quotes,





looking likes hes gone

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. 

#1339538 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on 24 January 2019 - 09:43 AM

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?

#1339394 Club America wants Kaku

Posted by thoward18 on 21 January 2019 - 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.