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#1395053 Metro - Worms Playoff Thread

Posted by Brian.MLS on 25 November 2021 - 07:43 PM

Firing Savarese was one of the stupidest moves in club history. Good job, MdG.

Gio on MdG and firing:

"It was very sour, very difficult, Savarese said. It came in a moment where there was a lot of hard work, Actually, I remember it was a great article in Soccer America saying the [Red Bulls] Academy was one of the best at the time. The decision made did not have anything to do with the person, the reputation, my work. It just came from a person who just did not understand about soccer. He had no idea about what the connection is between a player and a club, had no understanding of the importance of being in that position to carry. He came from a different world that was difficult to understand what soccer was. It was very difficult to work with a person like that.

In the end, I took a stand, I wasnt going to accept this person to be the same way he had kept on being. with his approach to the game. I am always a purist, Im 100 percent to soccer. At that point, he felt it was his decision to separate me from my job. It was very sour because it was a club that I loved being apart of. I had a connection with the players. We created a great program. Having to separate on the way it was done, an incompetent person, it was a little bit difficult. Year after year, you leave it alone. I come from a mindset that I like to do things the right way. I didnt want to do anything to the detriment of the club because of the passion I had for the club."


Gio then won everything he could with the Cosmos and has been pretty darn good with Portland.

MdG left Red Bull to crash Purple Beverage a year later before somehow being rehired, thankfully only on the business side. I wouldn't say his "expertise in marketing" has ever been on display here.

#1395035 Metro - Worms Playoff Thread

Posted by Brian.MLS on 25 November 2021 - 02:25 PM

Watched the match again last night. The free kick that eventually ended up being the play with the goal was such an awful call. Davis cleared the ball and it was literally a second or two later the Philly player fell over his leg. Fotis called one of the worst matches I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot). It was so one-sided on the calls that I really wonder if there was more to some of those missed calls and phantom calls against us. Martinez deserved at least 4 yellows before he actually received one.

When Shep Messing is complaining about the officiating, you know it's bad.

At one point Gutman was tackled near the sideline and a foul wasn't called, the mic picked up him telling the 4th official, "you guys are sooooo bad."

Blaming the officials is always a poor excuse, but we definitely played against both Philly and Fotis Bozo-gis.

#1394844 2022 Schedule

Posted by Brian.MLS on 22 November 2021 - 11:13 AM

Feb 26 @ San Jose Earthquakes - 6p EST
Mar 5 @ Toronto FC - 2p EST
Mar 13 HOME OPENER v. Minnesota United - 2p EST

#1394838 Patryk "The Devil" Klimala no longer a rumour

Posted by Brian.MLS on 22 November 2021 - 09:55 AM

Regarding Klimala:

The Good: He had a hand in 15 goals. This more than Luke Rodgers, Fabian Espindola, Peguy Luyindula, SGR, Mac Kandji, AJ Wood, Ante Razov, Edson Buddle, Juan Agudelo, etc... had for us.

The Bad: The guys mentioned above had a lot of other options around them. Klimala took 98 shots... only 30 on frame, so 30% of shots were on target, the third worst for a striker in club history. (Who was the worst, you ask? Jorgensen, obviously, with only 2 of his 11 shots on frame. Second worst? Fabio who put only 18 of his 86 shots on target).

The Ugly: While Shots on goal matter, the results of clear opportunities matter more. For example, Barlow has nearly 50% of his shots on target but shoots directly at the keeper. Klimala has breakaways that he doesn't even put on target.

#1394811 Bum of the Year nominations, please

Posted by Brian.MLS on 21 November 2021 - 07:13 PM

"The Offense"

This is a great option. Our goalscoring average in 2021 was (1.11 Goals per game) which ended just above 2009 (.90) and 1999 (1.0), our 2 worst seasons by far.

#1394407 Clark plays for US U-20s

Posted by Brian.MLS on 15 November 2021 - 04:56 PM

Edelman looked like a solid player. Nice to see him outside the II's.

Caden Clark had our goal and JPA's son, Tomas Angel, scored for Colombia on the last chance of the match.

Re: Edelman - he played more outside in this match vs how he plays DM with NYRBII. Had composure with the ball. Can tell he has the professional experience now.

#1394380 Clark plays for US U-20s

Posted by Brian.MLS on 14 November 2021 - 10:46 AM

Edelman looked like a solid player. Nice to see him outside the II's.

Caden Clark had our goal and JPA's son, Tomas Angel, scored for Colombia on the last chance of the match.

#1394295 Davis, Sean Davis - Free Agent

Posted by Brian.MLS on 12 November 2021 - 07:26 AM

Davis: Have to think Davis wants to be here. Captain of the team, played every minute, seems to like Struber.

Meara: I'm interested to see what happens with Ryan Meara. Assuming we keep Carlos Coronel, Luca Lewis vanished from the NYRBII team and AJ Marcucci played fantastic. Not sure if Lewis was being groomed for the backup role and stayed with the first team for much of the season or if he was written out of the team's plans for the future.

Long: Long's agent, Shaun Higgins, did not like how 2019 played out with the valuation and rejected offers. Then Long tears his Achilles and jeopardizes a potential future move. If it was another agent, I think we have a Kaku situation given how FIFA has handled the "team option". However PFC (the agency) handles a lot of MLS guys and would be doing more harm than good.

Royer: Sadly, I don't think we see Royer back.

#1394286 Metro - Worms Playoff Thread

Posted by Brian.MLS on 11 November 2021 - 09:28 PM

Perry Nelly! Best Spanish announcer pronounciation

Ugh...Ramses Sandoval is the worst. Rolled the R in Aaron Long's first name. Knows nothing about the sport. "NO, NO, NO! THATS NOT A GOAL! THATS A GOLAZO!" Awful.

#1394251 Clark plays for US U-20s

Posted by Brian.MLS on 10 November 2021 - 08:22 PM

One that got away? From BoyCity as well?

The closest thing McGlynn has to a connection to Red Bull is that both he and his brother's first pro goals came against NYRBII.

#1393885 2022 Schedule

Posted by Brian.MLS on 06 November 2021 - 01:24 PM

Short offseason (Season starts Feb. 26) , early Decision Day (Oct.9), MLS Cup (Nov.5).

34 matches, Home and Away vs each team in our Conference (26 matches in total). Charlotte joins Eastern Conference, with Nashville (not Chicago) moving to the Western Conference. The 8 other matches will be non-Conference (which I feel diminishes the Shield).

5 or fewer weekday matches, all others on the weekends. The weekday matches won't be back-to-back weeks. 1 in each of May, June, and July, with 2 in August.

Teams need to request to play during the FIFA breaks.


#1393884 Patryk "The Devil" Klimala no longer a rumour

Posted by Brian.MLS on 06 November 2021 - 10:42 AM

Maybe Klimala misses all the finishing drills at practice because he is laying on the ground while remembering that the person who would need to earn a starting spot over him up front is Tom Barlow.

#1393827 USA World Cup Qualifiers Thread

Posted by Brian.MLS on 05 November 2021 - 06:36 AM

Caden Clark and Daniel Edelman are on the latest US U20 roster.

#1393719 Patryk "The Devil" Klimala no longer a rumour

Posted by Brian.MLS on 03 November 2021 - 09:16 PM

Offseason buyout can only be used on one player.

Keep in mind:

In 1999, Eduardo Hurtado had no central midfielder (Ramos and Curcic injured) after having Dougherty, Ramos and Sorber the prior year where he scored goals and set them up 27x. In 1999 he looked awful but had no help.

In 2009, Juan Pablo Angel had no central midfielder (Rojas moved back deeper and looked bad, rotating players) after having a consistent DvdB, Rojas, Richards midfield in 2008. JPA was being called "washed up" even though he spent most the year dropping back to win balls.

Klimala and Fabio would be worth seeing with a consistent midfield and a central midfielder. If we don't get a playmaker, these guys are unable to do it on their own so I'd expect similar results.

#1393573 Metro - Montreal Game Thread

Posted by Brian.MLS on 02 November 2021 - 03:42 PM

11 players in MLS have played every minute for their teams this season.   All goalies and defenders (including Tim Parker, somehow), except for Sean.  The two closest midfielders are Designated Players (Nagbe and Rusnák).

In the history of MetroStars/Red Bulls only two non-GKs have played every minute.
Steve Jolley (2001 - 26g) and Tim Ream (2010 - 30g)

Tim Howard (2001), Luis Robles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and Carlos Coronel (2021) for GKs.