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#1361562 Murillo sold to Belgium

Posted by iced1776 on Today, 09:10 AM

This highlights incompetence of RB FO and also coaching. Yes, Murillo had a tough year, where he made some boneheaded mistakes, but still contributed a lot, and was the best RB on the team. Year before he was an all star and still very young. Played well for his NT team. Mistakes were correctable too and talent undeniable. So, what do we do? Trade the youngster away after one sub-par season. He immediately wins starting spot on a team way better than RB. Can't say I am surprised.



This wasn't just an off-year from a young player who needed a little more hands-on coaching though. This was a kid who desperately wanted out of MLS to play at a higher level, had felt that way for over 18 months, and had at least one opportunity to do so fall through. I don't think even Jesse could have kept his head on straight through 2019.

#1361340 Hamlett gets a new boss: Kevin Thelwell, Head of Sport

Posted by iced1776 on 12 February 2020 - 05:21 PM

So has this guy done anything at all since coming here? Rumors have dried up.


He's had his job for nine days...

#1361317 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 11 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

I fine the "we have Sims for a whole season" comical. As if we were SO good at the end of last year. He was on the team for the following games...


I think you're mistaking people just being happy with an upgrade at RW for people assuming Sims is gonna carry us straight to an MLS Cup on his back. Of course there's more work to do, but this seems like a good move.

#1361287 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 11 February 2020 - 02:12 PM

The system will produce a lot of opportunities for white, barlow and jorgensen. I can see them all have career years.


I trust at least White, maybe Barlow, to get on the end of tap-ins. The question is, what reason do we have to believe that the rest of the team will create a lot of those opportunities for them? It's literally the same squad as last year where we had our worst offensive season since 2011.

#1361001 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 07 February 2020 - 08:58 AM

Forget changing things up and adding tactical wrinkles. The guy couldnt get lineups or in game management right.


Game management is probably the one thing I do like about Armas. I remember thinking to myself about 3/4 through last season, "Armas makes good second half changes, I just wish he didn't have to make them so often"

#1360958 Who is Ninja?

Posted by iced1776 on 06 February 2020 - 02:57 PM

Are we really trying to attract teenage kids to come watch a soccer game, kids that watch other people play video games instead of playing them themselves don't seem to be interested in anything offline. But yea I'm just an old fart who thinks ninjas are cool characters in old kung fu movies.


Yeah, why not?


It's wild how "normal" soccer is to that generation. I'm 32 and feel like I'm right at the cusp of where soccer went from being a niche sport to just a sport. I have cousins a few years younger than me that talk about EPL and MLS as casually as we're used to hearing about MLB and NFL. I'd much rather try to convince a 22 year old to get off his computer than try to convince a gen x'er to embrace a sport that they've spent their whole lives culturally dismissing.


And the funny thing is, I'm convinced video games had a lot to do with that cultural shift. Madden dominated sports games for years until EA started to invest more in FIFA. By the mid 2010's FIFA had improved so much that it surpassed Madden as their best selling sports franchise. Tens of million of copies of that game are sold each year in North America. That's millions of kids who are now learning the rules, the different leagues, the biggest players, just because its what their friends do for fun.

#1360944 Who is Ninja?

Posted by iced1776 on 06 February 2020 - 01:30 PM





I'm so lost. 


Ninja? Ginger ninja?



Man we're really out to prove we're just a bunch of old farts today lol


Ninja is one of the biggest personalities in online gaming, if you have a teenage kid they'll know who he is. He's what we'd call "hip", "cool" and the "bees knees".

#1360935 New CBA agreement is completed

Posted by iced1776 on 06 February 2020 - 12:27 PM

I always get stressed that these negotiations will drag on into the season and cause a strike, without even reading what's in there I'm at least glad they came to an agreement well ahead of time.

#1360707 Hamlett gets a new boss: Kevin Thelwell, Head of Sport

Posted by iced1776 on 03 February 2020 - 03:04 PM

lol you all are so fucking cynical. Not every move this club makes is a dastardly plot.

Hanlons razor - never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

#1360309 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 30 January 2020 - 12:56 PM

Deals can still be made outside of the MLS transfer window, the player just can't officially be added to the roster until then. That's what all these other signings around the league are all about.


The fact that he called out the deadline is at least a tiny bit interesting. Could easily be another in a long line of deflection tactics. But with how little active media coverage there is of the team these days I guess its not out of the realm of possibilities that the club has just kept any potential moves under wraps.

#1360108 Danish GK David Jensen, English RB Mandela Egbo

Posted by iced1776 on 28 January 2020 - 02:40 PM

Or they just aren't sure Meara is the guy. It's really hard to tell, but at this point there is a glaring hole up top. No experience in attack. 


Its odd because Hamlett made comments that he was seen as the next man up. The team twitter account even had something about him taking on a bigger role this season just a few days ago.


Competition is always good but its definitely a bit of mixed messaging. 

#1360092 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by iced1776 on 28 January 2020 - 12:43 PM

Everyone is a (fantasy) football manager it seems. People are entitled to opinions. Every case is different. Some clubs will do what they think is right for the club. Some will do what they think is right for club and player. Many (most?) clubs do not have strictly the players wants and needs as a first priority.


Well yeah, what do you think these kind of boards are for lol


We did Aaron no favors by waiting until the winter window to look for a transfer. That was a compromise between the club and the player, and I think a reasonable one. People here are talking about literally never letting the man leave until his multi-year contract is up, at which point a European transfer is far less likely. To me that's an equally irrational extreme as selling him at the first moment we receive an offer, and I just can't imagine building that sort of reputation doesn't have consequences down the line.

#1360090 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by iced1776 on 28 January 2020 - 12:35 PM

It feels like Red Bull is pulling a Chivas USA; not investing into the team and putting up tarps in the stadium. They may be trying to get MLS to buy the team back or trying to sell it off


If they wanted out you figure they'd just sell. People are paying good money for an MLS franchise these days, no sense letting the whole shebang run itself into the ground and waiting for MLS to do something about it.

#1360073 West Ham bid for Long rejected?

Posted by iced1776 on 28 January 2020 - 10:09 AM

I'm looking out for the club first, and keeping Long is doing just that.

If teams operated like how you think they should, they would be constantly selling their superstars the second they get a sniff from a bigger club and unable to sustain any success.

Successful clubs don't just capitulate to every player's demands and feelings.


We didn't sell Long at the first sniff from a bigger club. If we were going to, he would have been gone last summer when we got a similar bid. The club kept him around specifically because they didn't want to unsettle what they felt was a title contending team (naive, I know). 


But you cannot mention sustainability and not consider the message this sends to young players around the world. MLS is a stepping stone league and will be for some time. No 22 year old wonderkid from Argentina is gonna sign with us if we won't reasonably help them advance their career when the time comes. American kids are going to start looking to other academies.


One other important consideration here - unhappy players don't typically play all that well. Long played like shit for the few months after these rumors kicked up. Same with Kaku at the start of the year. Same with Murillo for all of 2019.

#1359974 Brought back Sims

Posted by iced1776 on 26 January 2020 - 05:00 PM

Of course we want the team to do more but keep this in mind: The fact that we were running away with that game in Chester untill he got hurt and then everything went straight to hell wasn't a coincidence.


Then Kaku too... We were never winning MLS Cup last year but I fully believe we at least leave Philly with the W if those two don't get hurt.