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    The problem stems from the fact we didn't re-sign Vanney long term and of course bringing in Curtis.

    If Vanney was given full control and long term stability he would have rebuilt this team, instead he rode the core as long as he could because he knew he was on the way out anyway.

    This is a failure on Manning. Not retaining Vanney, hiring Curtis, then allowing him to hire Armas.

    Bob has a lot of work to do this off-season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    This is a failure on Manning. Not retaining Vanney, hiring Curtis, then allowing him to hire Armas.

    Bob has a lot of work to do this off-season.
    Minimum: a starting keeper, a line leading center half, a defensive midfielder, a starting striker.

    Get those four players and we're instantly about fifteen points better.

    (And bring back Shaff. Insigne can't play every game and he's already proven in Nashville he's MLS ready-ish at 23. He's the kind of depth we need, not 19 year old 'wonderkids' who look like deer in headlights.)

    Wouldn't also mind a decent backup right winger ,so that they can use Bernadeschi in the hole when we need a new tactical look from the 433. And we need an apprentice/replacement for Richie, whom I suspect will go back to England, unless family dictates otherwise and we can buy him. Too many other clubs there (Hull, Club Brugge) for him to give up that easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Meanwhile, Hugo Mbongue (Ralph's brother) signed with the first team today.

    four goals, five assists in eleven NextPro games.

    Big, strong, fast, good finisher apparently. Perhaps in a few years we'll have an idea.
    He's a guy I thought they would sign. I actually thought they were going to sign him last year before he turned 18 so he didn't walk. I assume this contract only starts next season though, as the MLS Roster Freeze deadline has passed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Minimum: a starting keeper, a line leading center half, a defensive midfielder, a starting striker.

    Get those four players and we're instantly about fifteen points better.


    (And bring back Shaff. Insigne can't play every game and he's already proven in Nashville he's MLS ready-ish at 23. He's the kind of depth we need, not 19 year old 'wonderkids' who look like deer in headlights.)

    Wouldn't also mind a decent backup right winger ,so that they can use Bernadeschi in the hole when we need a new tactical look from the 433. And we need an apprentice/replacement for Richie, whom I suspect will go back to England, unless family dictates otherwise and we can buy him. Too many other clubs there (Hull, Club Brugge) for him to give up that easily.
    our squad as it is is probably about 15-20 points better if used over a current season tbf, we have to remember we had a decent team for about 9 games so far this season.

    if we get those 4 signings and get them right there's no excuse to not be competing for the shield imo (or at least a steady top 3 in east).

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    We have chemistry problems that are going to a while to sort out. You bring in four major pieces, that would make it 8 major pieces signed in 6 months.

    Plus we still have depth problems.

    2023 will be a success if we make the playoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    If Vanney was given full control and long term stability he would have rebuilt this team
    His work with the Galaxy doesn't show he can rebuild without Lieweke funding him and Bez scouting for him. If anything he is doubling down on his refusal to use youth by running out VV and even Zavaleta at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post

    2023 will be a success if we make the playoffs.
    We would have made the playoffs this season if we had any other MLS GK available to play besides Bono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    We have chemistry problems that are going to a while to sort out. You bring in four major pieces, that would make it 8 major pieces signed in 6 months.

    Plus we still have depth problems.

    2023 will be a success if we make the playoffs.
    Not really true tho, is it.

    The new pieces slotted in seamlessly when everyone was fit, lack of depth killed us in the end.

    The squad we have now over a full season would comfortably make the playoffs, probably finishing 5th to 7th, and that's with only 2 DPs.

    Not saying we should win the shield or anything, but anything below top 3 next year is a failure, especially if the 3rd dp comes in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    We would have made the playoffs this season if we had any other MLS GK available to play besides Bono.
    If we had the squad we have now over a full year we'd comfortably make playoffs, even with Bono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    We have chemistry problems that are going to a while to sort out. You bring in four major pieces, that would make it 8 major pieces signed in 6 months.

    Plus we still have depth problems.

    2023 will be a success if we make the playoffs.
    If we don’t make the playoffs next year Manning, MB, and BB careers will be over. I sort of doubt squeezing in would be enough to save them either.

    I know we all think our board is a bunch of clueless puck heads that treat soccer as an afterthought but the last time we were in a situation similar to the one described we told Kevin Payne’s to take a hike.

    The chance of Manning getting fired this off-season are non-zero. North of 50%? Definitely not. But I doubt these guys are looking too favourably at their investment at the moment, especially when there is a WC this fall and an even more important one in 4 years.

    If the results continue to flounder or if the prize signings get jumpy, everyone’s in the firing line

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    Quote Originally Posted by ag futbol View Post
    If we don’t make the playoffs next year Manning, MB, and BB careers will be over. I sort of doubt squeezing in would be enough to save them either.

    I know we all think our board is a bunch of clueless puck heads that treat soccer as an afterthought but the last time we were in a situation similar to the one described we told Kevin Payne’s to take a hike.

    The chance of Manning getting fired this off-season are non-zero. North of 50%? Definitely not. But I doubt these guys are looking too favourably at their investment at the moment, especially when there is a WC this fall and an even more important one in 4 years.

    If the results continue to flounder or if the prize signings get jumpy, everyone’s in the firing line
    Playoffs next year are almost a given if we're being honest, any game where we start insigne and berna we have a decent chance of winning.

    We'd have close to run the table with them this year if we had a decent gk (cost us miami, LA, MTL, NE).

    The goals for BB and Manning next year are trophies. Anything less than a deep playoff run and a CCL spot and questions will be asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    He literally only excels in transitioning the ball between zones.

    His expected assists and goals are non-existent. His pressures and tackles are very low.

    So basically he's a good number eight... if we were on a team with an
    anchor number six.

    But we aren't. He can be the best shuttler in the league but if his defense is mediocre when static and even worse when moving, he can't play the role he's supposed to play.

    if we had a dedicated anchor he could be the second central mid covering the hole and it would be fine. But we're playing with three two-way number eights who are supposed to cover for each other. He just doesn't have the legs for that.

    EDIT: I will note however that more flexible tactics could accomdate this. The 343 (3412) we played in the second half is a good example. But then, if he's one of two players covering the hole instead of a cyclical three, do his defensive shortcomings become more exposed, and does his number eight role suffer?

    to me this all ads up to "not ideally a starter".
    Shot creating actions: 51st percentile
    Goal creating actions: 66st percentile
    Not bad for not a ten.

    Similar players stat-wise per that same site (with current-ish salary in brackets): Darlington Nagbe (1.7 million), Jackson Yueill (1.29 million), Illie Sanchez (1.15 million), Jan Gregus (a deal at 800k but the stats aren’t hugely different), Jack Price (770k).

    The Dunfield comment was silly, man. There are other qualities as well. Maybe they’re less apparent on TV.
    He would be a terrible shuttler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by los sonadores View Post
    Shot creating actions: 51st percentile
    Goal creating actions: 66st percentile
    Not bad for not a ten.

    Similar players stat-wise per that same site (with current-ish salary in brackets): Darlington Nagbe (1.7 million), Jackson Yueill (1.29 million), Illie Sanchez (1.15 million), Jan Gregus (a deal at 800k but the stats aren’t hugely different), Jack Price (770k).

    The Dunfield comment was silly, man. There are other qualities as well. Maybe they’re less apparent on TV.
    He would be a terrible shuttler.
    You literally just named five players having their worst seasons. Nagbe doesn't have an assist and is averaging fewer than two tackles per game. His weighted average score per game is 6.78 which is dead bang mediocre. Yueill has declined steadily since he was 21. Gregus, at least, has five assists in just 16 appearances.

    But the point is not one of those guys would a contending team want starting anymore. Nagbe is 32 but playing like 35, Yueill has never lived up to his promise, Gregus is 31 and on the decline. Price is probably a good player still, if he could ever stay healthy. Across three injury spells, he missed 50% of the season.

    So again, this just confirms he's got the same stats as a bunch of occasional starters who can still show quality, not a guy logging 90 mins, every game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    You literally just named five players having their worst seasons. Nagbe doesn't have an assist and is averaging fewer than two tackles per game. His weighted average score per game is 6.78 which is dead bang mediocre. Yueill has declined steadily since he was 21. Gregus, at least, has five assists in just 16 appearances.

    But the point is not one of those guys would a contending team want starting anymore. Nagbe is 32 but playing like 35, Yueill has never lived up to his promise, Gregus is 31 and on the decline. Price is probably a good player still, if he could ever stay healthy. Across three injury spells, he missed 50% of the season.

    So again, this just confirms he's got the same stats as a bunch of occasional starters who can still show quality, not a guy logging 90 mins, every game.
    I think all of those guys are starting but Price who certainly starts when he’s healthy. And Gregus, yeah, 24 appearances. A mixed bag of club results from first to last.

    If you scroll down and look at Bradley’s stats per season (and factor in that this one isn’t over), 2018 was better, especially for pressure, but otherwise he’s been pretty consistent for the years stats have been kept. Better this year in some categories.

    He’s played on a bad roster all year but I don’t think he’s why we’ve been bad. Since the summer window I have no trouble seeing us winning with the intended guys to play with him.

    But yeah, he’s 35. Gone are the days when he covered more ground than anyone else at the world cup. I’m willing to see him start next season (and it seems highly unlikely he doesn’t) but it would be a bit crazy if we don’t have a forth midfielder who can play in that midfield.
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    Speaking of Price, seems it’s either Gutierrez or Priso starting for him when he can’t play….

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    We would have made the playoffs this season if we had any other MLS GK available to play besides Bono.
    Not only would we have made the playoffs but just on Bono's gaffes we would be on 47 points and battling for a home playoff game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    His work with the Galaxy doesn't show he can rebuild without Lieweke funding him and Bez scouting for him. If anything he is doubling down on his refusal to use youth by running out VV and even Zavaleta at times.
    Yeh, ur right about youth & Vanney. LAG burned all its youth 2 years ago in a youth movement that showed their academy has limitations - sound familiar?

    BUT...LAG is a crappy organization stuck in discussing its history as a shield to change. They are MLS 2.0 & IMHO, anybody else but Vanney & they'd be down in DCU territory.

    Klein, the GM, has been running LAG with only 1 scout & no analytics department. Modern game - millions spent - no analytics & relying upon staff connections for signings. Its absurd. Analytics is worth 6 points in this league. Scouting saves you millions in cap space & replacement costs for mistakes.

    Vanney is stuck with what he can get & what is provided. Vanney got Cheyrou, Hasler and others for us. He's trying to do the same @ LAG. Nephew is a bad choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside16 View Post
    Not only would we have made the playoffs but just on Bono's gaffes we would be on 47 points and battling for a home playoff game

    Also never underestimate how freeing it is for a team to play with confidence in its keeper & backline. The Impact game - you could see the bodies slump when that first goal went in for them.

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    I am not persuaded by you guys about expectations for 2023 or where we are right now.

    I think maybe some are looking too closely at the number of points we are from contender status, and not enough at the number of teams between us and contender status.

    As to who we are right now: I find it kind of impossible to say given the sheer number of goals we are leaking, but both Montreal and Atlanta outplayed us pretty comprehensively in both of the last two games, and they aren’t Philly or LAFC.

    Spending money does not 100% correlate to success in MLS. We know that better than anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am not persuaded by you guys about expectations for 2023 or where we are right now.

    I think maybe some are looking too closely at the number of points we are from contender status, and not enough at the number of teams between us and contender status.

    As to who we are right now: I find it kind of impossible to say given the sheer number of goals we are leaking, but both Montreal and Atlanta outplayed us pretty comprehensively in both of the last two games, and they aren’t Philly or LAFC.

    Spending money does not 100% correlate to success in MLS. We know that better than anyone.
    This goes back to my point about MLSE and accountability with Manning. We continually lead the league or are right there at the top in highest payroll in the league. What value are we getting for this spend? We just missed the playoffs for the third time in 5 years under Manning's leadership. Other teams are doing much more with far less.

    We must do better. Any other organization would have gotten rid of Manning. Yet, he somehow escapes any accountability. Not suprising though for MLSE withe Leafs and lack of accountability there as well.

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    https://twitter.com/Total_TFC

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    the offer from Panathinaikos for an immediate transfer. He made it clear that he intends to finish his contract with TFC, and then decide the next step in his career after the World Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    We have chemistry problems that are going to a while to sort out. You bring in four major pieces, that would make it 8 major pieces signed in 6 months.

    Plus we still have depth problems.

    2023 will be a success if we make the playoffs.
    Really good point Ensco, for me I think these were the real issues for 2022, and are big concerns for 2023. No one talks about the condensed schedule that 2022 was because of the World Cup, stripping the cupboard bare was very risky (it did not work) … even two extra mid week games takes its toll, let alone 4. The lack of chemistry in not having the same starting 11. The lack of depth to be able to rest players…. I think we only saw our best 11 on the field once this season.

    I do blame BB and Manning for not admitting it and then saying 2022 was a tear down and rebuild with some great announcements planned. That way we may have understood when we rested a player or two and played the youth. They gambled, miscalculated and had some unfortunate injuries and then the self induced accidents and we are short of talent miss the CCL and Playoffs. In anyones books that is a miss, unless you were upfront and told the supporters that it will be a stretch to get it done this year.

    The only thing i say is they dont get that get out of jail free card next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am not persuaded by you guys about expectations for 2023 or where we are right now.

    I think maybe some are looking too closely at the number of points we are from contender status, and not enough at the number of teams between us and contender status.

    As to who we are right now: I find it kind of impossible to say given the sheer number of goals we are leaking, but both Montreal and Atlanta outplayed us pretty comprehensively in both of the last two games, and they aren’t Philly or LAFC.

    Spending money does not 100% correlate to success in MLS. We know that better than anyone.
    We also just went through a period of sustained success built around highly paid DPs brought in from Europe.

    And if you get more points, there will be fewer teams in front of you.

    Pretty basic logic.

    The team in Atlanta featured maybe 4 or 5 players that'll be starting next year, and despite being outplayed by mtl we probably would have won with a competent gk.

    Anyways you are free to be as negative as you want, but a lot of the reasons behind the negativity are just wrong lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Spending money does not 100% correlate to success in MLS. We know that better than anyone.
    While true, this is still the largest single predictor of success.

    I have a hard time believing the board will show patience. Not that firing Manning and co will speed up the process but for those on the hot seat there will be a lot of incentive (and pressure) to be highly competitive next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am not persuaded by you guys about expectations for 2023 or where we are right now.

    I think maybe some are looking too closely at the number of points we are from contender status, and not enough at the number of teams between us and contender status.

    As to who we are right now: I find it kind of impossible to say given the sheer number of goals we are leaking, but both Montreal and Atlanta outplayed us pretty comprehensively in both of the last two games, and they aren’t Philly or LAFC.

    Spending money does not 100% correlate to success in MLS. We know that better than anyone.
    This doesn't match the reality of the second half of the season though and that's what figuring next season should be based upon. Our GA did improve in the second half and would be better if you removed the 8-10 goals Bono allowed that were harder to allow than save. Also we can see, and we have seen, what having no confidence in the GK causes. You can see after Bono allows one of his patented impossible goals how our defenders start doing what Bradley often does and try to do too much thusly getting pulled way out of position.

    Besides, our points per match in the second half, with Bono + midfield injuries, would be enough to make the playoffs easily.

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    I agree that Bono is a disaster and has cost us points. Of course. I also buy the idea that his form impacts everything. Of course.

    But other teams also have injuries and out of form players too. All of you who think we are contenders right now but for Bono and a couple of signings, are you sure that you are not cherry picking? Are you sure that you are factoring in the quality of the teams we need to be clearly better than, to be contenders? These Columbus, Orlando, even NE teams look “better” than us to me, or at least better at getting results, even with our Italians, and they all have injury problems … Columbus will have Artur next year. Orlando has no Pato, and was playing well until he went down.

    We have quite a few issues away from the GK position. Westberg made some saves last week, if Bono had been in against Atlanta they might have had 7 goals.

    We haven’t been that great the second half of the season. We have three wins in 11 games, and we eked it out late against Portland and Nashville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    But other teams also have injuries and out of form players too. All of you who think we are contenders right now but for Bono and a couple of signings, are you sure that you are not cherry picking? Are you sure that you are factoring in the quality of the teams we need to be clearly better than, to be contenders? These Columbus, Orlando, even NE teams look “better” than us to me, or at least better at getting results, even with our Italians, and they all have injury problems … Columbus will have Artur next year. Orlando has no Pato, and was playing well until he went down.
    Did you see the NE match yesterday? Terrible. Their supporters are calling for an Arena sack and a full rebuild.

    Columbus will have Artur next season but they're also getting older and since it's Bez at the helm I will assume he's probably handicapped them with poorly thought out contract extensions as that's his M.O.

    Orlando has no Pato but they never have him as he's an injury prone bust and so far I haven't seen them properly invest in their squad. At the time I thought Pereja was brought in to put them over the top but now I am pretty sure they got Pereja to transition to running the club on the cheap.

    Also NYCFC will be a disaster next year much like they are currently. Uncertain what the likes of Miami & Charlotte might be but neither will be legit contenders. Both have questionable management teams that make 'interesting' decisions.

    It's also true that we eeked out a few wins but we also haven't had Osorio much at all and minimal MAK (and not healthy fior sure). You add that in plus Bono and look at our results and figure if all healthy and Westberg then we would have performed better and would be a playoff team right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I agree that Bono is a disaster and has cost us points. Of course. I also buy the idea that his form impacts everything. Of course.

    But other teams also have injuries and out of form players too. All of you who think we are contenders right now but for Bono and a couple of signings, are you sure that you are not cherry picking? Are you sure that you are factoring in the quality of the teams we need to be clearly better than, to be contenders? These Columbus, Orlando, even NE teams look “better” than us to me, or at least better at getting results, even with our Italians, and they all have injury problems … Columbus will have Artur next year. Orlando has no Pato, and was playing well until he went down.

    We have quite a few issues away from the GK position. Westberg made some saves last week, if Bono had been in against Atlanta they might have had 7 goals.

    We haven’t been that great the second half of the season. We have three wins in 11 games, and we eked it out late against Portland and Nashville.
    For me it's less that I'm confident we will be challenging, and more that if we're not, management has failed. Think of what we've done

    - Played the transfer market like we're playing a video game on cheat mode. Seriously, lighting money on fire with Jozy, wasting a DP on Soteldo and that mess, and getting players in like the Italians we have in isn't outspending our competition like Real Madrid does to Valencia, it's more like Real Madrid to a Segunda team. We have an absurdly unfair advantage over the vast majority of the league and are not competing on a level playing field whatsoever. And we still have an open DP slot to spend even more!

    - Absolutely gutting our team to write off a season so we're ready for next. Things like jettisoning all full backs without much of a plan, trading players like Pozuelo and Delgado, and not investing in our areas of weakness so we weren't weighed down with bad contracts. If we didn't do that we'd be in the play offs this season, that's fine, but it gives us a blank slate for next season we need to use. BB is being allowed mould the team to his image, he needs to show results for that - writing off this season is only justifiable if we can do something next season

    - Trading our future for our present to an extent by getting rid of Shaff and a big money move spending alot of resources and sending a very promising young player away in exchange for a better player today in MAK (Hopefully...). That's a 'win now' strategy. Which is fine, but yeah, you better then 'win now'

    In short, Bob has been given a blank cheque like nobody else in the league, he has resources that almost nobody else has, and has been given carte blanche to absolutely rip the team apart and build it in his image even if it utterly breaks us in the short term - including trading future pieces away for ones who should come good now. With all that in mind, anything less than in contention is failure next season. Do I think we'll do it? I don't think so, but Bradley lives and dies on next season for me. Nothing less than in contention (Not winning necessarily, but one of the teams in the running) is a complete failure of management. To me, there are no more excuses
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoesphNdo View Post
    For me it's less that I'm confident we will be challenging, and more that if we're not, management has failed. Think of what we've done

    - Played the transfer market like we're playing a video game on cheat mode. Seriously, lighting money on fire with Jozy, wasting a DP on Soteldo and that mess, and getting players in like the Italians we have in isn't outspending our competition like Real Madrid does to Valencia, it's more like Real Madrid to a Segunda team. We have an absurdly unfair advantage over the vast majority of the league and are not competing on a level playing field whatsoever. And we still have an open DP slot to spend even more!

    - Absolutely gutting our team to write off a season so we're ready for next. Things like jettisoning all full backs without much of a plan, trading players like Pozuelo and Delgado, and not investing in our areas of weakness so we weren't weighed down with bad contracts. If we didn't do that we'd be in the play offs this season, that's fine, but it gives us a blank slate for next season we need to use. BB is being allowed mould the team to his image, he needs to show results for that - writing off this season is only justifiable if we can do something next season

    - Trading our future for our present to an extent by getting rid of Shaff and a big money move spending alot of resources and sending a very promising young player away in exchange for a better player today (Hopefully...). That's a 'win now' strategy. Which is fine, but yeah, you better then 'win now'

    In short, Bob has been given a blank cheque like nobody else in the league, he has resources that almost nobody else has, and has been given carte blanche to absolutely rip the team apart and build it in his image even if it utterly breaks us in the short term - including trading future pieces away for ones who should come good now. With all that in mind, anything less than in contention is failure next season. Do I think we'll do it? I don't think so, but Bradley lives and dies on next season for me. Nothing less than in contention (Not winning necessarily, but one of the teams in the running) is a complete failure of management. To me, there are no more excuses
    This sums how I feel up perfectly dude. He has every single tool available to dominate this league.

    If we go into the mid season break next year and we're not within a few points of the supporter's shield, they all have to go. Manning, Bradley, Conway, the fucking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoesphNdo View Post
    - Played the transfer market like we're playing a video game on cheat mode. Seriously, lighting money on fire with Jozy, wasting a DP on Soteldo and that mess, and getting players in like the Italians we have in isn't outspending our competition like Real Madrid does to Valencia, it's more like Real Madrid to a Segunda team. We have an absurdly unfair advantage over the vast majority of the league and are not competing on a level playing field whatsoever. And we still have an open DP slot to spend even more!

    In short, Bob has been given a blank cheque like nobody else in the league, he has resources that almost nobody else has, and has been given carte blanche to absolutely rip the team apart and build it in his image even if it utterly breaks us in the short term - including trading future pieces away for ones who should come good now. With all that in mind, anything less than in contention is failure next season. Do I think we'll do it? I don't think so, but Bradley lives and dies on next season for me. Nothing less than in contention (Not winning necessarily, but one of the teams in the running) is a complete failure of management. To me, there are no more excuses
    I agree that next season is a season of no excuses but our high spending only goes into 3 spots. The Madrid to Segunda isn't a fair analogy as it's not like we can just lay out tranfser fees and multi million dollar contracts on every position like they can & do. There's more to it in MLS than just splashing on 3 DP spots but if you nail them all it certainly helps but our advantage is really only dictated by other team's willingness to spend and is limited to the 3 spots.

 

 

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