I think this is a mistake. I am not under the illusion that Muyl is a great soccer player, but he is the type of player you need on the field in MLS. Hard nosed, brings a lot of energy, can play in a few different spots in a pinch. I could see Muyl becoming a Jeff Larentowicz type, surviving because he will play every position hard even though the skill is a touch below average. Larentowicz made himself a valuable piece in MLS and I think Muyl will do the same. You need these grinders in MLS with the rigor of travel and the uneven level of play. In Orlando, this team played flat with no energy and urgency. This move will exacerbate that.
Lets not all fall in love with Muyl now that he is being traded. Gritty homegrown player and good bench option who was afforded several years to develop further. In reality with Omir now coming off the bench Muyl was surplus goods. Good move in my opinion...unless he becomes a 15 goal scorer for Nashville! Thelwell is getting to work. Armas will be cut loose in November methinks.
Some random thoughts:
Meara - give him a chance or cut loose, he has earned that
Jensen - not impressed
Duncan - starter
Nealis - 4th CB
Parker - make or break year
Tarek - 3rd CB, indifferent
Tolkin - real potential
Mines - too small, USL player
Muyl - high energy super sub
Omir - the next Muyl
Rza - past sell by date
Royer - aging out like Menudo
Kaku - hasnt increased his value, invisible against Cincy!
Davis - trade bait, dont resign
Barlow - USL
White - potential second striker / off the bench
Jorgy - project over
It is just not in this clubs DNA to win knockout/must-win games (the Shield victories notwithstanding). Two Open Cup finals, one MLS Cup final, countless years of playoffs. Tonight. When the team was successful and winning Shields it was as if Red Bull Global built a European team able to grind out regular season results and wrack up points. RBG was content to win those Shields. It was what they knew. If Salzburg or Leipzig won a Shield in Austria or Germany it meant they were champions. New York was a champion in their minds. They have never constructed a team capable of adapting and winning in different ways. It has always been about the press and grinding out results. Draws were almost as good as wins as they meant points. I am not sure you need that killer instinct to win Shields, it is more about being consistently good. Im happy about those Shields but I have always felt this team NEEDED to win that 2017 Open Cup final to crack that cup curse.
Personally, I would put Royer and White up top and would start Rza over CCJ. Bring Muyl and Omir on at 60 to run. I dont know what Meara is doing in training but I am not wowed by Jensen. Give him the start. Treat this match like a knockout game...Meara has been our US Open Cup man.
Have you heard Alejandro Bedoya (interview with Twellman on Fox)? He said sending the players to Orlando for 8 to 10 weeks with nowhere to go, nothing to do but practice and play, and without their families will essentially be a luxurious prison. Much like MLB, I think the players will not be rushing to support this unfortunately.
They haven't even started the playoffs yet this year. I think it would be a hard sell for the league to scrap this season and tell fans that everything they invested themselves into since October was just a bait and switch.
A bait and switch?! LMAO! Its about protecting your players from injury and illness, and protecting your fans and employees from a resurgence of the virus. If a fan feels a professional sports league pulled a bait and switch on them, well, that is just their problem.
Hopefully there is a conflict between the Yanks and NYCFC because that would mean there is a baseball season. With the way this is going and the build up needed to get players ready, have to wonder if baseball happens in 2020.
I think there will be MLS and MLB seasons, even if not before July 1. Personally, I think the NBA and NHL are done. Not sure you can bring players back for playoffs if they havent played competitively for months. Recipe for injury.