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colinh9

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#1361394 Bob Galerstein

Posted by colinh9 on 13 February 2020 - 12:10 PM

Yes, he's also the one doing the Guardians. 

 

I'd imagine it's a cost saving move - there is truthfully no other explanation. I just know the explanation he got which is obviously nonsense....I'm sure you can save plenty by replacing a veteran.

 

No clue if there is a way to voice displeasure or if it matters to them or not. It just never ends with this organization. 

 

I know he appreciates all the kind words on here. If nothing else, I'm glad he knows that people enjoyed what he brought to the experience for all these years. He deserves that at the very least! 




#1361342 Bob Galerstein

Posted by colinh9 on 12 February 2020 - 05:30 PM


MF Fam,

 
As some of you have heard by now, RBNY have decided to let go of long time public address announcer Bob Galerstein after 23 years with the team. This decision was made by marketing (because of course it was) due to declining attendance. It's a decision that is particularly shameful in the context of what he has given to this franchise, and though perhaps I'm miscalculating, I find it pretty far-fetched that the attendance issues have anything to do with Bob at all (this is a guy that called the Stanley Cup for the Rangers ffs).
 
In full transparency, this is a personal issue for me - Bob is a friend of mine. My father was involved with the Metro organization in the early days and Bob and him got along famously. When my father passed in 2001, Bob not only stayed in touch but he made it a point to be a friend of mine. The amount of times we've discussed this team over the last decade+ is incalculable. He lived & breathed Metro and knew just as much about this organization as any of us (in fact, more than most and he's a long time reader of MF). The amount of conversations we've had about RB2 alone could fill a book. 
 
I'm not sure what can be done at this point, but I'd like them to hear about it from all of us. It's a shame that Red Bull marketing made the decision to fire someone as dedicated and long-serving as Bob, especially given their own inadequacies over the year supporting this team. They should know that culture matters to us, it does matter... and it's more than just slapping some red & black on some things to sell some shit, they should honor the people that have promoted this team from the onset.
 
-Colin



#1360535 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 31 January 2020 - 03:15 PM

C+  :wacko:




#1360534 Kemar sold

Posted by colinh9 on 31 January 2020 - 02:56 PM

 

2. I don't have as much sympathy with his contract because the guy got a new contract almost every year he was here.  At some point you have to honor the deal you agreed to.  Yes, as a year goes by, other guys get paid more.  Welcome to sports and the market.  The highest paid players in every sport are always the good players who've signed recent deals.

 

 

Nah, no you don't. You have a very short career as an athlete and you need to maximize that window. If you continue to outperform your contact, you deserve to get a raise.  

 

And if RB didn't want to give it to him, good for him getting it elsewhere.

 

The organization doesn't want to spend money, period. Pretty hard to dispute that at this point. 

 




#1355880 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 22 October 2019 - 12:55 PM

That's the best case scenario - that results dictated their policy and will do so moving forward. 




#1355875 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 22 October 2019 - 12:08 PM

The acquisition of Jorgensen in and of itself was not a bad thing - in fact, I'd argue it's a great thing. It's just him being the only acquisition that's the problem. 

 

This is what I've been getting at elsewhere. If we are going to be a feeder club, we should at least be enjoying the benefits of being such. All we are doing is getting fucked whenever a miracle happens and we produce an Adams. 

 

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There has been a lot of sadness and desperation over the years with this team- but I think year/off-season matches any of those times for me. In the past, at least I saw a path towards us being relevant in the league. For Metro - that was always tied to this league being whacky and having near complete parity. For RBNY - that was always a part of it too. But part of that had to do with investment. And some of it had to do with the academy being miles ahead.

 

None of those things are true anymore.  

 

Something has to change. In fact, a lot has to change. My only hope is that it's noticed (surely it has to be?) and that they'll make fundamental changes to how this team is run. It could be the approach above, or perhaps they could see the success ATL is having both in the league and financially and copy that (doubtful). 

 

I'm not holding my breath and I sadly see a long, long season ahead in 2020. 

"The Window Closes" - thanks MF - I suppose I don't ever have to try to find a way to express my thoughts on this topic again, because you just posted a masterclass. 




#1355788 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 21 October 2019 - 11:41 AM

Is Kaku the answer? Maybe it's best to sell and try another route... just no more wasted money on Danish wunderkinds.

The acquisition of Jorgensen in and of itself was not a bad thing - in fact, I'd argue it's a great thing. It's just him being the only acquisition that's the problem. 

 

If Red Bull is still the owner (spoiler alert: they will be), I say we go all in on the Red Bull system. The average age for this years starters at Salzburg and Leipzig is about 23. The age of our starting lineup last night was about 26. The entire second half and AET was played in our half because we can no longer keep up the press for 90 minutes.

 

Let Red Bull's great international scouting staff find us some young talent that aren't ready to feed to the big club and give them to us to get some quality minutes.

 

For coach, I say hire Robert Klauss. He is a 34 y/o assistant manager for RB Leipzig and has already managed at their youth, U-17 and U-19 levels.

 

Maybe it will work, maybe it won't, but at least it should be entertaining.

This is what I've been getting at elsewhere. If we are going to be a feeder club, we should at least be enjoying the benefits of being such. All we are doing is getting fucked whenever a miracle happens and we produce an Adams. 

 

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There has been a lot of sadness and desperation over the years with this team- but I think year/off-season matches any of those times for me. In the past, at least I saw a path towards us being relevant in the league. For Metro - that was always tied to this league being whacky and having near complete parity. For RBNY - that was always a part of it too. But part of that had to do with investment. And some of it had to do with the academy being miles ahead.

 

None of those things are true anymore.  

 

Something has to change. In fact, a lot has to change. My only hope is that it's noticed (surely it has to be?) and that they'll make fundamental changes to how this team is run. It could be the approach above, or perhaps they could see the success ATL is having both in the league and financially and copy that (doubtful). 

 

I'm not holding my breath and I sadly see a long, long season ahead in 2020. 




#1354983 If Red Bull had to do it over

Posted by colinh9 on 07 October 2019 - 10:07 AM

First off, I'm not fundamentally averse to being a feeder club. I'm pretty sure at this stage, all of MLS needs to be a feeder club to some degree. Atlanta knew their $7.5mm investment in Miggy was that - an investment. ~2 years later and a MLS Cup in their trophy cabinet, they turned him around for $24mm and were able to reinvest that money back into the club. That's a positive feedback loop - that's a necessary one for a club in this league. Now, that's a success story - you are taking a risk and it might not work out. You have to trust your scouting and be intelligent with who you bring into the club. But it's not just one player - ATL, TFC, LAFC - they've all invested heavily into the first team and surrounded talent with other talent and gotten the best out of their investments. 

 

The problem with RBNY is that our feeder mentality is mostly reliant on academy graduates and we are at the bottom of the pyramid in terms of an organization of feeder clubs. Which means that the talent that gets sold on will likely be less frequent, and certainly be for less $$.  What we got for what might end up being the best USMNT of all time was peanuts. Great for Tyler, great for Jesse - not so great for us as supporters.

 

Now, of course, the above is a great story for young players to come join us. The only reason the Jorgensen transfer is lamentable is because that's the only fucking investment we made, when we obviously needed more. Two things can be true:

 

1) You need to invest in players that are ready to make an immediate impact in MLS

2) It's not a bad thing at all to be a feeder club - and tell a story to both those players above, and to young players like Jorgensen who can play their way up the chain. 

 

Things can easily change - and that's what we need to hope. We need our owners to realize that the 2nd lowest payroll isn't enough to succeed in MLS anymore - that we can make money investing in proper talent etc etc etc




#1354979 Metro - Worms Playoff Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 07 October 2019 - 09:43 AM

2008

So, I was thinking about this on the walk into work this morning.

 

In 2008, we had an unbelievably mediocre season and make the playoffs by the skin of our teeth. But then we go on this crazy run and end up in the Cup final - with the opportunity to win our first ever silverware. On one hand, LA was the absolute time of my life. In terms of all time moments as a supporter of this team, I'd put it right up there, if not #1.

 

On the other hand, I said heading out there that if we didn't win that game, the Cup run would have been the worst thing that could have happened. We knew the manager had to go and that the players truly weren't good enough to compete - another year of JCO and a reinforced belief to ownership that this squad could compete would be disastrous. Well, 2009. We all know the story.

 

I think there is a fundamental sameness to this situation but the stakes are now higher. Regardless of where you place the "majority" of the blame, Armas holds a decent amount of it. This has to be his last season. But ownership needs to step up their game big time if they ever want to compete again seriously. The last 2 Cups have been won by teams that have ownership groups willing to drop serious $$ in into the first team. We look well on our way to it being a 3rd year in a row. This is a new phenomenon in MLS . Shep was right last night when he said look at the names on the Golden Boot list and look at what RBNY are relying on. MLS has changed - and if we don't start investing in the first team shortly, I fear it will be difficult to catch up to those that have (and what I mean by this, look at the $$ Almiron generates and how that's a positive cycle for ATL). 

 

So, it's a weird spot. Fundamentally, I do not think this team is good enough to win it all. Not by a long shot. We beat Philly (this seems entirely plausible) and we go to ATL. Do I expect to win there? Very much no. So, we get by them - then it's (most likely) @ NYC....then at LA? 

 

But what stage do we get to in the playoffs where ownership stays complacent? What's better for us in the long run? I finally, finally see a majority of people realizing what many of us have for years - that this ownership group is not fucking good enough and calling them out for it. 

 

I'll never want this team to lose, I want to win the Cup - but I fear any sort of run and people will let these fuckers off the hook. 




#1354831 If Red Bull had to do it over

Posted by colinh9 on 04 October 2019 - 12:10 PM

I don't think it is odd at all that they've invested heavily in the academy and not into the first team.

 

We are a feeder club - their mentality is that we can groom home-grown players, compete in MLS with a low payroll and produce some studs to move to their other teams or sell-on.

 

Now, that worked for a few years. We won some SS and made an Open Cup run. But at the end of the day, when push came to shove and teams played us differently -we were shut down in the playoffs over and over again. What would have additional investment have done last year? 

 

It feels like our time has passed. Adams was our best player and he's gone - he was a generational talent -  how many times is a player like that really going to come around? And even when he does, he'll be gone in a year or two. Now, you have clubs like LAFC and ATL and to a certain extent LAG and TFC that are investing heavily into their first teams...we just can't keep up. Blame Armas - and he deserves quite a bit of it, but blame our FO - everyone moved forward, we went backwards.  




#1344864 Thierry Henry linked to RB coaching role

Posted by colinh9 on 22 April 2019 - 10:31 AM

At the very least, Henry would demand that this organization put more resources into the team and he'd have the clout to do so.

 

Woly would just be thankful to have the head coaching job.

 

So, on that level, his hiring would be pleasing - because it demonstrates serious ambition that I don't know exists. 

 

Have no clue if Henry can correct the mistakes he made at Monaco or if he'll ever be a great manager. Nobody does. I do have faith that he is an absolutely brilliant mind and that he'd work his ass off. He's also a club legend. So, while I'm not sure it's "ideal" - I lean towards his appointment over anyone else (realistically) at this point. 




#1342720 Should BWP get statue on entrance to RBA?

Posted by colinh9 on 13 March 2019 - 10:49 AM

I tweeted this last night, but it's not an epic RBNY knockout round loss without a BWP missed sitter.

 

It's almost a given at this point.

 

He's a club legend but my god was he inconsequential last night. 




#1342719 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 13 March 2019 - 10:43 AM

Liga MX is still better than MLS and will be until we have a less ridiculous salary cap.

 

The league has to be in better financial shape now than it was 10 years ago. I know Garber wants parity, but if you want clubs that can compete on the world stage you need to let the big income teams spend. 

True. It's not as if they could go out and sign another difference maker with that ridiculous salary cap in place. 

 

It's definitely Garber that's holding back management from spending money. I hear he also has told them they aren't allowed to do any marketing either.

 

I'll say it again - a whole heap of people were content to call this off-season a success when we kept 10 out of 11 starters  (while losing our best one) and not winning anything of consequence last year. Maybe if we stopped pretending as a fanbase that the SS means jackshit - the club would stop touting it as a huge success and actually fucking invest. 




#1342229 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 06 March 2019 - 01:07 PM

 

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Agree with both of you to a certain extent. I can't remember a recent time where we boo'ed any of the players, or were negative on the team at all. And yes, it's not necessarily the players fault, some of them just aren't good enough. But its impossible to "call out the owners". Like, what can you do? Not show up to games? Tag them on social media? There's no way to get to them. If it takes people boo'ing players/team, people will hear it, reporters will write about it, and then maybe will put some pressure on the higher ups. 

 

You can do all of those things. The games I've gone to in the last 6 or so years have either been comped tickets or bought 2nd hand. You can refuse to buy their merch, you an argue here, you can talk on social media. 

 

Their lack of marketing isn't unique to last night, it's an ongoing issue. 

It's hard to adequately replace all-star performers when they are out or when they are having a bad game. We have 10 very good MLS starters and a bunch of people vying to be a part of the rotation. We have a very deep team this year, but there's always going to be a drop-off when you're going to the #2/#3 player at any position, in any team, let alone in a salary cap situation.

 

Unfortunately, Lade didn't cover himself in glory last night (understatement), and the first-teamers weren't very good either from top to bottom, maybe except Robles.

 

Can't just say it's all FO's fault or it's all the players' fault, plenty of blame to go around as usual (didn't see any meaningful adjustments from Armas once we were down either). YMMV on what the correct apportionment of blame is, not that it really matters.

Completely agree with you here. My point earlier wasn't to absolve Armas or the players of blame (as you said, there is plenty to go around), but as fans you can understand that players and coaches make mistakes all the time and obviously that isn't their intent. RBNY makes decisions that are based on intent. And for better or worse (my argument is worse) they decided that some marginal improvement in depth this year was enough to compete, while leaving the 3rd DP slot open again.

 

Wouldn't it have been fantastic to have a DP winger last night? 

 

We can continue to sit here and celebrate Supporters Shields as if they mean something but at the end of the day we have 0 meaningful titles as Metro or RBNY. That's the facts. And now this league is more competitive than ever and we seem content with settling on a (arguably slightly worse, arguably slightly better) team for this upcoming season. 




#1342210 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Thread

Posted by colinh9 on 06 March 2019 - 10:26 AM

We laid down and died yet again. But all we sing is "WE LOVE YA" in response. I've been watching this team since the Caricola game and im sick and tired of this fan base having blind loyalty to failure. I'm sick and tired of being the pre 2016 Chicago Cubs of MLS. Its time to call out the players on the field when they fuck up in game. Call out their poor play. I love the team but maybe a little more pressure instead songs on how much we love the damn team is needed to give these lazy players a wake up call.

Nah man - players have bad games. Just like you have bad days at the office. They don't want to play like shit. 

 

Call out the owners. They had a chance to improve this team in the off-season and everyone around here was SO happy with the fact that we kept 10/11 players and didn't go backwards. Not going backwards isn't a great off-season, not when there are teams that are so much more ambitious all around you. Stop celebrating a SS like it's a championship and not a seeding benefit because it is absolutely fucking meaningless in a league that doesn't have a balanced schedule (and especially when teams are hardly vying for it).