MLS 2019 Season Thread

Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by forevrared, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. Mar 14, 2019
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    Let's see if this persists with Atlanta. For their sake, de Boer has to adapt and develop in terms of preparing his teams. This Atlanta team isn't build for a slow-paced possession game. He has to realise that sooner than later.
  2. Mar 14, 2019
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    He won’t, he’s a shit coach
  3. Mar 15, 2019
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    Confusing appointment. They didn't need to rebuild the style/club. They needed continuity.

    If they were shit for a year or two you'd understand this approach.
  4. Mar 16, 2019
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    Haha Orlando. Their behavior mirrors their result and performance. Thankfully Dwyer's better at feigning being punched than scoring goals. And Sacha Kljestan can feck off the whining bitter old fake porn star.

    Deserving win despite the shithouse missing two clear cut chances at 0-2 that could have changed the shape of the match. Orlando's defenders would be terrible in the USPSL never mind in MLS.
  5. Mar 16, 2019
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    Ok, so, I'm just starting to watch MLS now. Any recommendations on who to follow? Good young teams with good footballing approach and philosophy?
  6. Mar 16, 2019
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    New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC...maybe Toronto FC or the Whitecaps? That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.
  7. Mar 16, 2019
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    TFC of course. But seeing as you live in Texas then Dallas have a really good academy or wait for Austin since they'll be the closest to San Antonio.

    Additionally, Atlanta are cnuts who nobody likes and Seattle were the original know it all pricks before them. So can also just support who ever they are playing against.
  8. Mar 18, 2019 at 02:54
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    Toronto FC just got their 2nd win of the season with a Jozy Altidore winner. It's always been obvious that we're much better in a back 3. That back 4 was way too open against a poor NE side.

    Carles Gil helped us out by playing too deep, but he still made an impact with his 2 goals. The extra midfield was of no help as DeLeon and Osorio kept getting in each other's way. Once we moved to a 3-1-4-2, both Oso and DeLeon played much better.

    Ayo had a great performance today with 1 goal and 1 assist (hockey assist). He needs to start once again beside Jozy. Chapman was okay without doing much; he provided a good defensive effort but didn't offer much going forward. Our full backs were alright but looked much better in a back 3. Jozy coming back is big for us; we badly missed him, and he transforms our side.

    With Pozuelo coming in soon, we should fare much better in our 4-3-3.
  9. Mar 18, 2019 at 02:59
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    Just got back from the stadium from the Atlanta-Philly game. It was like LVG all over again in the first half. 70 percent possession and no shots. Got a bit better in the second half but FDB needs some new ideas, he's taking knifes and handguns to a war when he has top of the line weapons at his disposal.

    At the risk of overselling and sounding like a show off, Atlanta United! Best squad in the MLS, many young and upcoming players with a contingent of young south American players, and best stadium in the league, with the highest weekly attendance, 50K home game average. We're already the most valuable team in the MLS and the most hated team because some of our fans are spoiled by early success tbh, but the owners are very, very ambitious. If that sort of thing appeals to you.

    We probably admittedly have a bit of a Man City/PSG vibe about us (as some on here have said, Toronto fans haha) with how we played in the first two seasons and how lavish the club is from billionaire owners to state of the art training facilities and academy (City do own an MLS team, NY City FC, that play in a fecking baseball field) but we're unique. I like to liken us more to Man utd, focus on youth with an attacking ethos. Teams are starting to try and emulate our model, like LAFC. Frank De Boer is trying to LVG us though, but I dont think that will last too long. We have too good a team to allow that to happen.







    You won't see images like this in other MLS grounds on the regular, but Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have great fan bases with traditions that go a long way back. LAFC fans have created a great atmosphere at their new stadium as well. Atalanta United have smashed its own MLS attendance record twice already, over 70K in attendance!
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  10. Mar 18, 2019 at 03:54
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    This is great. Good on em.
  11. Mar 18, 2019 at 04:04
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    A friend of mine took this picture of the march before their first game. Impressive.
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  12. Mar 18, 2019 at 04:11
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    Very cool. I saw a similar picture first & thought it looked fake. Then I saw the video and was like damn, that's awesome!
  13. Mar 18, 2019 at 04:26
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    Chicago Fire, my local team, has to be the most miserable fecking franchise in MLS. Shite stadium in the middle of nowhere, arsehole owners, arrogant and aloof relationship with the local community; and a perennially appalling squad. This last weekend they lost 4-2 at home to Seattle, with a whopping attendance of 10k. And I swear even that number was inflated. Last year the average gate was 14k, which would put them 19th in the EFL Championship for attendances. The greater Chicago area has a population of 9.5 million. The Fire’s average gate is equal to that of Preston (141k) or Barnsley (96k). 30% of the population is Latino, and their primary sport is football.

    How, just how, can a “soccer” franchise fail so fecking badly in a market this big, and so demographically suited? To put it in perspective, I had more people play and watch soccer in my indoor facility here in 2018, than the Fire had visit their stadium. And we are about 20 minutes away.

    Totally clueless, hopeless wankers. Also, they just pipped Utd to the signing of Nicolas Gaitan, on a free from China.

    With the exception of Atlanta (50k) and Seattle (41k), MLS attendances are pretty much on a par with the Championship. Which shows two contrasting things really. (1) that progress has definitely been made with the popularity of the game in this country, and (2) just how incredibly well attended football is in England. When the third largest team (by attendance) in MLS (TFC) would rank 7th in the Championship against teams with tiny populations compared to their American counterparts; it shows how remarkably popular football is across England.
  14. Mar 18, 2019 at 05:07
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    Loublaze ATLien

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    Its a sad thing thats happening over there. No excuses really, as you mentioned, Chicago is a huuuge market, third biggest and most populated city in the states. I remember when Atlanta had one pro soccer team, the Silverbacks. They had a small and dedicated following but that was USL. Chicago fire might as well be a USL team.
  15. Mar 18, 2019 at 05:13
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    Was at Red Bull Arena and though it was a good win against a poor team I still don't believe in Armas as a coach.
  16. Mar 18, 2019 at 05:14
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    Red Bulls play a high press game and are very academy focused bringing in lots of talents from the academy.
  17. Mar 18, 2019 at 17:43
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    Out of curiosity, why is it that Atlanta aren't integrating some of their more local talents like Carleton, Kunga, Bello, or Vazquez? I do know that, in the first team, most of your more local young players are draft picks (Robinson and Gressel) whilst the rest come from South America (Villalba, Remedi, Almiron, Barco). Carleton himself is a very good local player, but he's barely getting any minutes. Kunga has shown some promise in his USL performances but rarely gets appearances. Vazquez is similar to Kunga in that respect. Bello had a great debut but hasn't gotten too many appearances afterwards. Whilst players like Carleton and Bello are more forgiveable given their ages, it's still interesting that Bocanegra would rather have older players on the bench along with foreign imports instead of some of those younger players.

    With de Boer in, I would expect him to play some of the younger players eventually, but will he even get the chance to do so?
  18. Mar 18, 2019 at 17:47
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    To add on to this, @Hoof The Ball, Philadelphia Union also have a great youth setup. Their affiliate team, Bethlehem Steel, play some great football, and several of their young players get called up into the first team. To complement that, they have a big-name player in Marco Fabian in their team as well.
  19. Mar 18, 2019 at 18:18
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    DC United. 7 goals scored, zero conceded in their first 3 games.
  20. Mar 18, 2019 at 18:45
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    In fairness five of those were against Real Salt Lake who don't even bother with defensive training under Petke apparently.
  21. Mar 18, 2019 at 21:16
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    Vasquez was behind in fitness, and he's been playing for Atlanta United 2. Kunga will get his chance, De Boer is an admirer. Bello played in the CONCACAF CL against Herediano and Carleton has played twice this season, including last night's game against Philadelphia Union, coming on early in the second half.
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