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#1361680 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by Komba on 18 February 2020 - 01:11 PM

6m Hearing, per source, that #RBNY is closing in on a contract extension with Cristian Cásseres, Jr.. Hard-working midfielder had 23 appearances (21 starts) in #MLS play & was a regular for the club. Seems like the organization sees him as part of the club's core.

#1361558 Preseason in Florida and Arizona

Posted by Komba on 16 February 2020 - 08:13 AM

I really don't know how Jorg blew the one chance.  Now getting these chances aren't easy.  He has elite speed and makes good choices.  Just doesn't seem to have the right mentality right now because he has to figure it out.  

Seagrist was really good.  

And overall I thought we looked really good.  

Couldn't tell who gave up the goal, was it Davis?  He basically took a really easy ball to handle and gave it right to the other team.

#1361228 Sean Davis is 26 years old

Posted by Komba on 10 February 2020 - 04:35 PM

Yeah, whoever the 3rd number 6 is will play a ton of minutes.  Happens every year.


What I do want to see is Armas show the willingness to play CCJ over Rza and Davis.  Because that's what should happen. 

#1361019 Hamlett gets a new boss: Kevin Thelwell, Head of Sport

Posted by Komba on 07 February 2020 - 11:38 AM

Never know his motivation, it's impossible to get in someone's head. 


Could love NYC.  It's one of the best cities in the world without a doubt.   Could be a situation where he's looking at the upside of moving up within Red Bull.  He does a good job here, there's a long way to go up.


Doesn't really matter.  We just need him to do a good job here. 

#1361018 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by Komba on 07 February 2020 - 11:34 AM

To be fair, I think he's pretty good at this too.  My issues with Armas are: (1) I don't think he's a good motivator of players (at least relative to Jesse); and (2) he does not clearly impart his game plan to the team (or even worse, that he does not have a coherent plan).   

This... entirely this.  He clearly couldn't motivate guys.  Every player on the field last year had a worse season outside of Royer.  The only judgement of a coach is how well do they get the team playing considering the talent level.  Even results isn't the final judgement because if the talent sucks, no great coach is saving that.  It's all about whether they get the most out of their players.  He proved he couldn't last year.


After we start slow (because we will) hopefully he'll get fired. 

#1360491 Kemar sold

Posted by Komba on 31 January 2020 - 11:57 AM

If Kemar just really wanted to go to Europe (like Tyler Adams), that would be one thing. That's beyond our control


But it was more than that.


1) Kemar was unhappy with his pay. Which was totally understandable. He was probably the best bargain in the entire league with the amount we were paying him. Yes, he signed that contract, but there is NO reason we couldn't have given him a raise. 


2) He specifically stated that he wanted out of Red Bull because of the way we've treated out veterans/legends (Dax, Sacha, Robles, BWP) and that he did not like he direction this team was going.


He's a MLS Best XI player. And by all accounts, his absence was the main reason why we did not make MLS Cup in 2018. To only get $1.5M for him is an absolute joke. I am so disgusted with this move. 



Some things I disagree with here.


1. He very clearly wanted to go abroad.  He was posting pictures a couple years back of Turkey saying how much he wanted it to happen.


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.


3. I think the negative comments vs Red Bull were truth, but also just a way of forcing his way out.




Now, if it was my team, I'd be annoyed at him constantly asking for money, but I would have also re-signed him because i'm a huge fan of his.


And lastly, I really don't care what he was sold for because it means nothing beyond the max allocation amount.  And he got the max allocation.

#1360355 Kemar sold

Posted by Komba on 30 January 2020 - 04:39 PM

People can rightfully whine about the price but it's not like it was going to be reinvested into the team, even if they sold him for 10 million. Sigh, just as I was starting to look forward to this season however slight my optimism was. At least our Jersey this year is nice and tickets will be dirt cheap.

Yeah, exactly.  The last reports have it at 1.5 mill so it's pretty clear that they were just doing what he wanted and letting him go.   I could care less about the amount because as long as we get the max allocation, that's all that matters.

#1360288 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by Komba on 30 January 2020 - 10:33 AM



Very new interview with Hamlett




“I think this is a big benefit of having that as a resource for us and we’re taking full advantage of it and bringing in the right players,” Hamlett told Pro Soccer USA during an exclusive interview. “We’re excited with this, and I think it’s only going to get better. We’re looking to continue to build off that and bring more players in.


Hamlett was quick to point out Major League Soccer’s primary transfer window hasn’t actually opened yet — it will Feb. 12 — and the Red Bulls will actively try to improve their roster.


“We feel that we’re in a good position, both in terms of our scouting network and the players that we want to bring in have been identified,” he said. “More important, we have the budget space that we could bring players in because we’re in a good position with our salary cap.”


Hamlett said ideally the club would have “22 starters” and competition at every position. That’s what he feels the Red Bulls accomplished by signing Jensen, a 27-year-old who has appeared in more than 200 professional games in Europe and was a three-year starter at FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.

#1360236 New 2020 RBNY Jersey - Black

Posted by Komba on 29 January 2020 - 01:40 PM

I like it.  The two should be the black and the red.

#1360119 Danish GK David Jensen, English RB Mandela Egbo

Posted by Komba on 28 January 2020 - 03:15 PM

Ultimately needed depth.  Both guys with a chance at starting.


The team can only get better with a meaningful signing though.  These aren't that but at least it's something.

#1360094 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by Komba on 28 January 2020 - 01:07 PM

Soooo we are really not gonna sign anyone? Even with the extremely pessimistic expectations that most fans had for this off season, I don't think anyone was predicting this... 

This is where I'm at.  Almost can't believe it.


This isn't money at this point.  It's incompetence with Hamlett and a lack of spending money with DPs.  If MLS does pay up to the cap, we are very clearly not going to be at the cap limit, so the issue is with him closing deals.

#1359813 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by Komba on 24 January 2020 - 10:56 AM

Team just really is one difference maker from being potentially really good.


The 3 attackers in the midfield are good.  The only 2 potential spots to really ad a serious DP player are the number 9 spot (where White was already pretty good) or the 6.  I'd go with the striker position because you always need someone who can score with nothing happening.

#1359797 "There is no Offseason" 2020 Thread

Posted by Komba on 24 January 2020 - 09:18 AM

Yeah, BWP being hurt turned out to be not a huge deal because White was putting up numbers you aren't going to do much better than.  Plus Royer's great year.


The issue with the team is that overall we just didn't play well enough in other areas of the game.  Murillo was mostly awful, Taxi missed a bunch of games which resulted in Lade getting destroyed, and we didn't dominate play like we typically did before.  Resulted in more chances against and the defense was constantly tested. 


Davis and Rza weren't good enough typically.  CCJ couldn't replace Adams but this team won before Adams was a real fixture.  


Sims is good for a full season for sure.  I don't know that he can score much, but he'll help keep the ball in the opposing half and rack up some assists.  


There's just zero reason to believe we're better.  Zero.  White can't possibly do a ton more than he did last year.  Every other player on the field is as good as they're ever going to be.  The lone exception being Casseres and his upside is limited in my opinion.  

#1359544 Brought back Sims

Posted by Komba on 20 January 2020 - 05:26 PM

If it's coming from Dyer it's good as done.  He's getting that from someone involved with the team.  Or an agent.  

#1359512 Kemar Lawrence wants out

Posted by Komba on 20 January 2020 - 09:11 AM

Kemar has missed plenty of games the last two seasons that there shouldn't really be any question what the team looks like without him.  

That said, id absolutely keep him