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#1353947 Fewer than 5 games left

Posted by MTF on 17 September 2019 - 12:03 PM

Yeah, that's a very high school/college level mindset.

Would obviously like us to win a title before NYC, so them losing in the playoffs is great. But judging our season a success because NYC also lost is just ridiculous.

Perhaps if the club was playing professional level soccer my mindset would match. Its not a serious comment. Short of a miraculous deep run into the playoffs the season cannot be judged successful at all. We cant beat Colorado at home...we are going into Atlanta and Yankee Stadium and having success? I guess with the knockout format anything can happen. I hold little hope that we are winning a Cup. It would be a small victory to at least see NYCFC fail in that endeavor. If they win a Cup before us (when?) it will be absolutely devastating for the Red Bulls in the metro area.

#1353498 Offseason hasn't started yet, but some people want cuts

Posted by MTF on 09 September 2019 - 06:26 AM

If Kaku, Murillo, and Long all go, Long and Murillo most likely gone. Kaku probably >50% chance

New GK
New RB-Parker-New CB-Lawrence
RW??-New CAM- Royer
Jørgensen/white/Barlow/new #9

Possibly a 2 striker formation, pairing one of the HGs/Jørgensen with a target #9

Think it would be a folly to rely on Valot to be healthy and reclaim a regular starting X11 spot after two separate new surgeries, this team is infinitely better if Davis, Muyl, Buckmaster become valuable depth as the talent level in the league continues to increase.

Team is set at GK if Robles leaves with Meara and Louro. Meara could just as easily have been the starter all these years.

#1353050 Metro - Colorado Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 31 August 2019 - 09:07 PM

Maybe just start RB2 for the remaining matches.

#1352831 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by MTF on 27 August 2019 - 02:43 PM

The other factor that could come into play this off-season is players like Royer asking to leave if Armas hangs around.

Armas doesn't seem like the kind of coach that players are inspired to play for. If you are a veteran and you care about winning and you see what is happening with the coaching staff and penny-pinching owner, why would you stick around? Unless you are here making a great salary already, I don't see this team being an attractive place for veterans to come to.

Do you have any 'inside locker room information' on this, or is this just complete speculation on your part because supporters don't like Armas and you just assume the players who deal with Armas every single day must feel the same?  Have there been any concrete signs that a Royer or a Robles is considering leaving because they don't like the direction of management? Forget Kaku and Long who may be bitter because they want out to move to Latin America or Europe.  I'll speculate. I'm betting veteran players on this squad are saying 'we've made so many boneheaded mistakes this season, missed sitters, and spent time ball watching that, despite what I think about Armas and some of his poor tactical decisions, we should easily have an additional 8 or 9 points and be sitting first in the East.'  Sometimes players need to man-up too. Maybe the players love Chris.   


Do you think Thierry Henry was inspired by Mike Petke? I don't.

#1352815 Why can't we just buy a team like LAFC & Atlanta?!

Posted by MTF on 27 August 2019 - 10:15 AM

Eric Alexander had the most starts both years, think that says enough but please state your case.

in 2013 we were deep enough to win the Shield but collapsed against Houston. In 2014 we made the Eastern Conference Finals. We were good enough to win the Cup.  You won't agree so pointless to debate.

#1352801 Why can't we just buy a team like LAFC & Atlanta?!

Posted by MTF on 27 August 2019 - 09:17 AM

And now we are a cheapskate moneyball club that only signs prospects from the academy or from friends of Hamlett/Red Bull, while Atlanta and LAFC very likely will not go in that direction.

They will continue to spend and fill their rosters with skill players that put them in a position to go far, while Red Bull is acting like a total farm team.

I know all MLS clubs are seller clubs but are any as blatant as Red Bull? It's like all they care about now is using the first team as practice for the scrubs to get them ready for Salzburg/Leipzig/being sold abroad.

You would think we are a doormat reading some of these posts. I don't mean to detract from the sad reality that we have never won an MLS Cup or a US Open Cup (three cup finals, zero wins), but this has been a winning club the past decade despite not spending the way we wish they would (Henry, Cahill, Marquez aside). The past six seasons have seen three Shields and a US Open Cup final, and we are on the verge of a 10th straight playoffs appearance and potentially a home playoff game.  If we hadn't dropped so many points needlessly this year, we'd be in first in the Eastern Conference right now.  I desperately wanted to win that US Open Cup in 2017 because despite it being the lesser Cup, I thought it might have broken the playoffs curse.  That would have been four trophies in six seasons. With regard to MLS Cup, I'd argue that corporate has built a team good enough to win it multiple times, but individual players have simply failed in some big moments because, that's so Metro.  Someone also alluded to the fact that this team never won an MLS Cup in all those years that the league was at 10 - 12 years. It only gets harder each year.  I look at all the investment Red Bull has made in this club and appreciate it. Every year we at least have a chance. Unfortunately our European owner probably looks at the Shield and says 'that's the real champion;' they probably view MLS Cup the same way Ibra does.  Winning one damn MLS Cup would do so much to change the mentality of this organization. I honestly think it will take a year like 2008, and come out of the blue. 

#1352756 Why can't we just buy a team like LAFC & Atlanta?!

Posted by MTF on 26 August 2019 - 02:32 PM

I'm beginning to ponder what was worse for this club: "selling" Tyler Adams to RBL, or losing Marsch to RBL/RBS. I'm starting to lean toward the loss of Marsch.

#1352753 Random Player Name Thread 2019

Posted by MTF on 26 August 2019 - 02:15 PM

At the very least adding some one like Orlando Berrío who can be a target #9 or Second striker or play at his forte at RW would be huge...

Yimmi Chara is another great example of a guy who would fit this style of play that New York Red Bulls have because they've played for teams that have played hi press and have had success in Colombia and outside of Colombia and also can play multiple positions.. Chara can play #10CAM, Second striker or either wing which he is best... So likely they can adapt to MLS and Metro..

I'm sorry, but I've been reading the names Orlando Berrio and Yimmi Chara on this thread for what seems like years now. It's just not happening. You might as well be saying Messi and Ronaldo.

#1351912 Metro - Revs Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 18 August 2019 - 09:15 AM

I would say Armas and Red Bull are committed to Buckmaster as the right back for the near future. Since Murillo has been unable to lock down the starting spot due to attitude, mental lapses, etc, Armas has decided the future is now. I can see that viewpoint if youre already eliminated from playoff contention, but this is a team that should literally be leading the East if not for badly dropped points. Ride Murillo for the remainder of the year and see how far you can go. Drop him in December and plan on going with Buckmaster in 2020.

#1351865 Metro - Revs Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 17 August 2019 - 08:03 PM

A draw isnt so bad I guess. The Revs have been hot.

No, at home at this stage of the season and our place in the standings, this is a very bad draw.

#1351862 Metro - Revs Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 17 August 2019 - 08:01 PM

I think you have to start Murillo over Buckmaster. Hes no more of a defensive liability than Buck, but brings much more in the attack.

#1351609 Ivan released

Posted by MTF on 13 August 2019 - 01:59 PM

I bet he wanted out.  Bet he leverages his time here into a move into some euro 2nd division.  Didnt Bover end up in championship or league one after never really playing here?

No, Bover moved to the Cosmos for two seasons, then back to England for a 5th division side.

#1351378 Metro - LAFC Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 11 August 2019 - 09:34 PM

In other news, Mike Petke fired.

#1349301 Metro - Blue Poseurs Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 16 July 2019 - 12:47 PM

To me, Royer is Joel Lindpere 2.0. Workhorse, skillful, team player, bleeds red.

#1349217 Metro - Blue Poseurs Game Thread

Posted by MTF on 15 July 2019 - 10:27 AM

Weird Casseres stats:

He's up to 3 goals and 3 assists in 10 games (all starts) this season.  That's pretty good!

However, the team has a record of 2W-4D-4L when he starts.  That's pretty terrible!

I think both sets of stats will normalize with a larger population of starts for CCJ: scoring will get a little colder, but team record will get better. My question is this: is CCJ now a starter from here on out? I think he should be!