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    Quote Originally Posted by benito View Post
    Xherdan Shaqiri joins the Chicago Fire as a DP

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/switz...ignated-player
    It is going to be fun to watch how Shaqiri does compared to Insigne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gringo Starr View Post
    It is going to be fun to watch how Shaqiri does compared to Insigne

    Yeh, I think Insigne is a better player by far but Shaqiri is, in theory, the best other talent in the league.


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    I think Insigne is the better talent but was surprised that their 2021/2022 stats were similar if you factor out PK goals. Insigne is coming into a better situation but I wonder if Shaqiri having played in a number of different leagues adjusts quicker than Lorenzo who only played in Italy.

    I have a feeling Swiss night might be Albanian night

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    I think Shaqiri on $5-7M looks like very good value compared to Insigne. (Not that it matters particularly to us of course.)
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I think Shaqiri on $5-7M looks like very good value compared to Insigne. (Not that it matters particularly to us of course.)
    He wasn’t great over the 6 months at Lyon, with the manager saying he came to the club out of shape. Shaqiri should still do well I’m MLS, and probably provide more value per dollar, but I imagine Insigne will be the better player in MLS over the next few years.

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    I think it would be cool to have a couple playoff battles with Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noxx98 View Post
    He wasn’t great over the 6 months at Lyon, with the manager saying he came to the club out of shape. Shaqiri should still do well I’m MLS, and probably provide more value per dollar, but I imagine Insigne will be the better player in MLS over the next few years.
    This is probably right. I am probably overly influenced by Shaqiri's early career reputation, say 8-10 years ago.

    He was supposed to be one of the 5 best players in the world. The Power Cube.
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Great news for him and the CMNT. I wasn't sure if he'd be able to come back to MLS or not.

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    Yeah, well.... insert own punchline here.

    https://futbolcentroamerica.com/elsa...0219-0014.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Yeah, well.... insert own punchline here.

    https://futbolcentroamerica.com/elsa...0219-0014.html
    IMO bad move for both Zavaleta and the Galaxy.

    Always figured his best possible outcome would be starting regularly in USL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokecell View Post
    IMO bad move for both Zavaleta and the Galaxy.

    Always figured his best possible outcome would be starting regularly in USL.
    Zavs turns 30 this year. Probably has maybe 3-4 years left max. Going to USL would probably be a death blow to his career. Best for him to take an $80,000 MLS minimum and sit on the bench, so he can maximize his earnings rather than a USL $2-3000/month deal and play. If he was 23-25 USL might be a good idea, but at this stage, just take the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokecell View Post
    IMO bad move for both Zavaleta and the Galaxy.

    Always figured his best possible outcome would be starting regularly in USL.
    It's not going to help Vanney's rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    It's not going to help Vanney's rep.
    I would also think so and agree.
    But these days... it's now or never to help his nephew. At this moment, he has the capital to withstand the optics; water of his back.
    Maybe a rabbit out of a hat gamble for Vanney despite the nepotism.
    Maybe with Zav's glimpse of the future, his professional life, the scare of the abyss-USL... he works hard to do some sort of Josh Williams rebound and resurrection.

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    2022 is the year when we see if Vanney can put together a decent team without Bez. 2nd year is always the best test of a manager's capability.

    Zavs had one good year - 2016.

    He's got one shot - Vanney would be stupid to keep him past this season without signs of improvement.

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    I always felt that Zavaleta could be a decent backup in the right environment (but would need to be on a reasonable salary as well of course). Issue is, Vanney wasn't able to turn him around at TFC, so I don't see why it should go better at the Galaxy -- plus the bad optics. Maybe with a strong line leader (like Drew Moor was) and a vocal keeper... But I don't know if they have those in LA.

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    I had listened to those who said that cries of nepotism were unfair, that Zavaleta was here on his merits, he was a key member of the 2017 squad, etc.

    Now it looks pretty obvious that nepotism is in play (and in retrospect probably was then as well). There's no way that the Galaxy needs Zavaleta specifically, he doesn't bring anything unique to the table.


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    Well, Zavs was ridiculous enough as it was on that inflated TFC salary. But if it there was ever any doubt, let’s not forget we also fielded another Vanney relative (name escapes me) and was wow here near MLS level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ag futbol View Post
    Well, Zavs was ridiculous enough as it was on that inflated TFC salary. But if it there was ever any doubt, let’s not forget we also fielded another Vanney relative (name escapes me) and was wow here near MLS level.
    Ben Spencer. Yeah, he was , err, a bit off the pace wasn't he.
    IIRC he isn't a relative of Vanney. He was a highly touted 15 year old who joined the RSL Academy while Vanney was the Academy director. So he was just someone on whom Vanney never gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gogon View Post
    Ben Spencer. Yeah, he was , err, a bit off the pace wasn't he.
    IIRC he isn't a relative of Vanney. He was a highly touted 15 year old who joined the RSL Academy while Vanney was the Academy director. So he was just someone on whom Vanney never gave up.
    TBF Spencer was somewhat highly rated US youth international. Just never panned out.
    Also just retired from soccer at age 26 after couldn't hack it at USL level.

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    I just don't know sometimes. Better them than us, is all I can say.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/atlan...in-free-agency

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    I just don't know sometimes. Better them than us, is all I can say.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/atlan...in-free-agency
    They must have been impressed with his offensive numbers from last season

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    Does somebody owe someone something? Why is this guy getting another contract?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    I just don't know sometimes. Better them than us, is all I can say.

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/atlan...in-free-agency
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside16 View Post
    They must have been impressed with his offensive numbers from last season
    Quote Originally Posted by ag futbol View Post
    Does somebody owe someone something? Why is this guy getting another contract?
    It's a gamble for sure. Somehow I doubt 2022 is the year he sets the league on fire. I'm just glad our team has found a way to get him off our books.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    It's a gamble for sure. Somehow I doubt 2022 is the year he sets the league on fire. I'm just glad our team has found a way to get him off our books.
    Still shaking my head in that Ali’s stupidity caused the Reds a high draft pick , someone who could have helped this club out.

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    Imagine not registering a shot on target in two years and getting a contract. Haha.

    Hey sign me up, I'm sure I could do better.

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    It surprised me to learn he is 31. He has been around MLS so long, I thought he was older than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    It's a gamble for sure. Somehow I doubt 2022 is the year he sets the league on fire. I'm just glad our team has found a way to get him off our books.
    Brilliant piece of business that. I have wondered whose idea that was... BBradley's, Manning's or Di Cuollo's?

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