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B-Dubs

The Mad Titan
Administrator
Oct 25, 2017
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The FC Cin moves have been interesting. Still annoyed we lost Ndam, but they made really smart picks in the draft. They probably won't compete their first year, but outside of the Fire who did.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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good riddance waston

decent player but he's getting old, his style as a CB is outdated, threw the whole club under the bus towards the end of his tenure, and we're getting so much damn $$$ for him
 
Oct 27, 2017
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South American Forwards are so in right now.

cc MisterB_66
I'm so confused, aren't you supposed to make your signings like a week before the season? I'm not used to having new players to watch during preseason. Tanner actually talking to the media and discussing important on field topics makes him already 1000% more likeable than Stewart.
 

B-Dubs

The Mad Titan
Administrator
Oct 25, 2017
13,023
I'm so confused, aren't you supposed to make your signings like a week before the season? I'm not used to having new players to watch during preseason. Tanner actually talking to the media and discussing important on field topics makes him already 1000% more likeable than Stewart.
Kaku was supposed to be a December signing as well. The earlier you sign the earlier you can get them acclimated to the team and the area.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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"San Diego"
All of those changes will result in better, more entertaining soccer for the playoffs, which I support. It's probably going to exacerbate that thing where the Shield winner rarely wins the Cup, though, for better or worse. I'm wondering if having teams prepared earlier will help MLS clubs in the CCL, I have to assume so but I guess we'll see soon.
 

RBH

Official ERA expert on Third Party Football
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Nov 2, 2017
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I feel like all of these changes are for the positive except for adding more teams to the playoffs.

I understand that it's probably in preparation for the league increasing to 28 teams in the future, but I just don't want an NBA-like situation where more than half the league makes the playoffs.
 

B-Dubs

The Mad Titan
Administrator
Oct 25, 2017
13,023
All of those changes will result in better, more entertaining soccer for the playoffs, which I support. It's probably going to exacerbate that thing where the Shield winner rarely wins the Cup, though, for better or worse. I'm wondering if having teams prepared earlier will help MLS clubs in the CCL, I have to assume so but I guess we'll see soon.
If anything I feel like it'll help the shield winner win the cup. They'll have home field the whole way through.
 

Cornballer

Resettlement Advisor
Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,158
I can't find the tweet, but I read yesterday that the home winning percentage is about 65% for single-game playoffs whereas it's about 55% for home-and-home series. So this gives a bigger advantage to teams that did well in the regular season.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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"San Diego"
I didn't know that statistic, and that makes some sense too. I was thinking more along the lines of how a single-elimination tournament typically plays out in, for example, college basketball. This year the away team was, what, 3-3 in two-legged playoff contests? And playing at home is such a big advantage in this league that it probably would have an affect in a single-elimination tournament. Maybe it's because I'm a KC fan and they dropped out as the top seed in the West this year that I'm iffy about that

A thirteen-day break between the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs will be interesting as well. On one hand, it could help diminish the kind of whirlwind turnaround we saw this year, where that first night of knockout games saw Dallas and NYC playing to practically empty stadiums partially because those games were played with I assume little fanfare and promotion on Halloween night only a couple of days after the season ended. On the other hand... I gotta wonder if that diminishes some of the momentum that teams like DCU and Columbus finished with (if I remember right).

I don't know, it'll be interesting. I'm grateful to see the league actually interacting with known issues, though.
 

B-Dubs

The Mad Titan
Administrator
Oct 25, 2017
13,023
I didn't know that statistic, and that makes some sense too. I was thinking more along the lines of how a single-elimination tournament typically plays out in, for example, college basketball. This year the away team was, what, 3-3 in two-legged playoff contests? And playing at home is such a big advantage in this league that it probably would have an affect in a single-elimination tournament. Maybe it's because I'm a KC fan and they dropped out as the top seed in the West this year that I'm iffy about that

A thirteen-day break between the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs will be interesting as well. On one hand, it could help diminish the kind of whirlwind turnaround we saw this year, where that first night of knockout games saw Dallas and NYC playing to practically empty stadiums partially because those games were played with I assume little fanfare and promotion on Halloween night only a couple of days after the season ended. On the other hand... I gotta wonder if that diminishes some of the momentum that teams like DCU and Columbus finished with (if I remember right).

I don't know, it'll be interesting. I'm grateful to see the league actually interacting with known issues, though.
The current system already kills the momentum between legs, it just does it at a later point. Right now the lower seed is favored, now the higher will be.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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"San Diego"
Diego Rubio kind of almost broke through last season, he was a fan favorite in KC but I understand the trade. I just... like... I hope there's a plan to end up in a position where Krisztian Nemeth isn't the starting striker, judging by his relative mediocrity since he returned to MLS. I'm not looking forward to a repeat of the second half of 2017.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Bummed we won't have away days out west but it makes the most sense to keep travel costs down right now. I wonder if there will be any kind of one-off final vs. the winner of the other region... either way I am just real excited to have more than 3 months of matches.
 
Oct 31, 2017
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Haji Wright and McKennie both starting for Schalke today. A good sign even if Wright's lost the ball three times in five touches so far.

edit: Haji poked goal right before HT to redeem a fairly awful half
 
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Cornballer

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Oct 25, 2017
2,158
Jan camp roster:
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0),
Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (10): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati; 10/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 23/2), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)

FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)
 
Oct 27, 2017
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A little surprised to not see a Jozy or any experienced keeper in that group. Not mad about it or anything, but just kind of expected to see a couple more really internationally experienced players to set the tone. But that’s what January camp is for I suppose.

Unrelated but WE ARE FINALLY GETTING A NEW PITCH:
https://www.detcityfc.com/news_article/show/978757
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – The Michigan Municipal League Foundation today announced an $807,200 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to create a master plan and community engagement process for Hamtramck’s 26-acre Veterans Memorial Park.
In addition, it was announced during a news conference this afternoon that more than half of the grant will be used to replace the turf at Keyworth, which is about a decade past its life span, and is where the community’s high school and middle school teams, and the Detroit City Football Club play.
At first I was surprised to see it being paid for via a charitable grant but that pitch is used pretty much all the time. There are amateur sides who practice and play on it when the schools/DCFC don’t have it and it is actually open to the community when not booked, so there are all kinds of kids on it on the regular. Hell, sometimes they don’t even wait for the players to leave the locker room after a match to run out and take over the pitch 😅 so it’s going to be awesome to see. This current one doesn’t even have proper drainage so it floods with moderate rain!

Considering we’ve had some first division sides from Italy and Mexico come through, I wonder who might come out now that was reticent before because of the state of the surface (which I absolutely do not blame them for because it is HIT.)

The only thing I’m a little curious on is how the club will handle parking if/when all this work goes down - a lot of folks park in the neighborhood but there’s only so much room; the club runs parking out of the neighboring park area and it covers some of the space that is normally baseball fields...