Makes it even more frustrating that the Haksabanovic deal fell apart over $1M, but they saw fit to spend even more on Klimala.
Not sure if Haksa was envisioned as the 10 in the diamond that Struber wanted to play, but he would have at least been a better option than starting the season with CCJ there and panic buying Amaya, who had looked better as a deeper midfielder with Cincy.
They replaced their DP CAM with a DP ST, like putting the cart before the horse. No service, no goals.
Haksa is not exactly tearing up the Russian league. 1 goal, 1 assist in 10 games/starts.
They definitely lost points because of the patchwork central defense. The 3:2 home loss to the Revs is one prime example. Or the late tie vs Philly when Egbo was playing CB. Or the Tarek giveaway vs DC. Or Tarek in Montreal.
Tarek started 8 straight games and the team went 1-4-3. Not a coincidence.
I think having reserve teams in the second division works in those countries because of the option for promotion and relegation for the non-reserve teams. (Not trying to start a whole "promotion/relegation in MLS" discussion. I hate those). But in this instance, I think having promotion/relegation makes the league interesting to watch. Without that option, the reserve teams, which don't have passionate support, make the league harder to watch.
That is true today, but when we kicked ass and took names back in 2016, it really took the league to the next level.