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#1345937 Metro - Dallas Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 11 May 2019 - 01:38 PM

Why doesn't CCJ start every game? He seems to have the most upside of any of the youth.

#1345790 What is the front office doing?

Posted by Grelladinho on 09 May 2019 - 09:48 AM

The apparent 'moneyball' approach they are taking, where they are opting out of signing players and instead promoting from within through the academy -- has that ever won championships anywhere?

If you look at MLS in recent years it's becoming more and more of a league where your level of success depends on the amount of money you spend, like everywhere else in the soccer world. Teams that spend lots of cash, like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Seattle are generally regarded as the better teams, and they have MLS Cups to show for it.

I'm not opposed to promoting academy players and giving them game time. I think it's great. But that can't be the only pipeline in terms of getting new faces on the roster, because the academy kids aren't skill players.

Royer (and to a lesser extent Kaku) are the only two players it seems on the first team that have the ability to generate quality chances and dribble around opponents 1v1. The academy kids are fine, but their collective skill level is way below what it needs to be.

#1345308 RBNY will not sign Messi

Posted by Grelladinho on 02 May 2019 - 08:31 AM

Do you realize what would happen to ticket prices if they paid any player 43 million per year. Southward season tickets would have to triple at the least and they would still make a loss. The average ticket price in the stadium would have to be $103 to just break even on Messi's salary. Nevermind the transfer fee. $103 * 25,000 seats * 17 home games = 43,775,000. The would only make profit  in concessions, playoffs, CCL, and Open Cup tickets. Thats only if they can sell tickets at the average cost of $103 per game and manage to sell them out. Only the biggest NFL teams have average ticket prices that are above $100 per game face value.

You're taking this too seriously.

#1345300 RBNY will not sign Messi

Posted by Grelladinho on 02 May 2019 - 01:11 AM

Love the title of this thread

#1345205 Tarps

Posted by Grelladinho on 30 April 2019 - 04:26 PM

We were getting decent crowds (even after Henry left) in the 2015 - 2017 years though. Way better than now. Which I don't get.

I think people become interested and go to a bunch of games, but then slowly lose enthusiasm after having to deal with getting to the stadium. After time I bet most people get tired of sitting in traffic or waiting on crowded train platforms.

#1345081 Metro - Cincy Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 28 April 2019 - 09:01 AM

So we struggled to put away an expansion team at home.

We should have dropped points.

We looked good for the first fifteen and mostly garbage (minus what should be goal of the week) the rest of the way

Against an expansion team

At home.

Still not good enough.  Still not nearly good enough

First 15 minutes were okay.

Couldnt do shit in the final third until the wonder goal by Lade.

Rest of the game was crap. Should have dropped points. At home. Against an expansion side.

We need a new coach and reinforcements. Now.

Thomas is this your alternate account on here or something? The posts are nearly identical.

#1344904 Denis Hamlett

Posted by Grelladinho on 23 April 2019 - 01:36 PM

Blowing everything up because of six bad games when this has been one of the best-run organizations in the last 5 years. The epitome of fan knee-jerk emotions.

Every player is performing worse though compared to last season.

Armas and the roster are big problems and something has to be done.

#1344849 Denis Hamlett

Posted by Grelladinho on 22 April 2019 - 04:59 AM

Should he be in the hot seat just as much as Armas? Or does it not matter, since RB Global are so cheap and won't spend money on players anyway, essentially making the sporting directors just figureheads collecting paychecks each week.

Hamlett's key acquisitions from outside the organization: Trade for Parker, Murillo, Kaku

Other moves under his tenure: Jorgensen, Epps, Ivan, Duncan, Duka, Keita, Gulbrandsen

#1344740 Thierry Henry linked to RB coaching role

Posted by Grelladinho on 20 April 2019 - 08:53 PM

Yes, fire Armas before he even gets back to New Jersey

#1344731 Metro - Revs Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 20 April 2019 - 08:31 PM

Armas needs to go and a new impact DP signing needs to come through the door this week and be in the starting 11 for the Cincy game.

The FO is a joke.

#1344036 The Fire Chris Armas Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 08 April 2019 - 03:52 AM

Got to look to the terrible passing Armas doesnt pass the ball or leave a player WIDE OPEN AT THE 17 or cause the ball to take 2?lucky bounces- that being said we look disjointed and anemic in the attack.
Stop forcing Jorgensen in let him develop at RB2
Play Omir

Jorgensen was the marquee offensive signing going into this year. Therefore he can't be with RB2. He needs to be banging in goals with the first team.

If he can't do that now, I don't know why they signed the kid then. The window to win is now, not when BWP leaves.

#1343953 Metro - Minnesota Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 06 April 2019 - 08:03 PM

More dropped points against mediocre teams at home

#1343824 Stadium updates

Posted by Grelladinho on 04 April 2019 - 05:01 AM

Yeah I can maybe buy that but I should have been more clear and said that there is no way in hell that we average 20k a game. If we actually averaged that many people there would be no reason to close so many sections this year and do whatever these "upgrades" are.

If de Grandpre is going to say ridiculous things like this someone needs to ask him why 6-7k of that 20k sold/distributed number (if it's even true) refuse to show up for the entire season.

Does he believe thousands of casuals buy seats every game and don't show up? How about STH? Are there many thousands of those they ship gift packages to before the season starts, who then fail to appear at Red Bull Arena at all? He has to believe something along those lines if he is going to claim there the average is 20k.

#1343494 Metro - Fire Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 25 March 2019 - 04:43 PM

Written formations like 4-2-3-1 don't actually mean much, you can play an incredibly wide variety of ways from the same basic starting shape. Here's an awesome post by a coach on Reddit that talks about this stuff a little more. Marsch ran the attack almost exclusively through the middle of the field, Armas goes mostly down the right side through Murillo. Marsch would literally set a shot clock for the team to get a shot on goal as quickly as possible, Armas prefers to actually keep some possession in the final third. Stuff like that completely changes how a team would approach us defensively.
Does any coach ever actually instruct their team to shoot from distance? This one's definitely not just you Grelladinho, seen this pop up from a bunch of fans since last season. It sounds odd that you'd prefer your guys take low-chance shots. Reminds me of the guy who bought Cardiff City in England a few years ago and asked why guys weren't shooting from midfield.

Thanks for the Reddit link, will delve into it later.

You are right about how coaches can deploy the same formation differently --- I think overall though I would like Armas to experiment with two forwards, or a few others to play farther up the field with BWP.

As for low percentage shots, doing those is better than not shooting at all. You could tell in the Orlando game that the approach wasn't working, yet they continued to play through Duncan and pass the ball around, or lob it to BWP and leave him alone up there. Davis and Rza have scored from distance before. Why should players like them not shoot more? Any deflection could help.

#1343459 Metro - Orlando Game Thread

Posted by Grelladinho on 24 March 2019 - 08:43 PM

Didn't Kljestan say something when he first went to Orlando about Red Bull Arena being quiet or now getting to play in front of louder fans? I'm pretty sure he did, can't find the article though