Flash 2015-2016 Off Season

Discussion in 'Western New York Flash' started by CoachJon, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. kernel_thai

    kernel_thai Member+

    Oct 24, 2012
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    OK, so even if I thought Riley was the right fit for WNY, why would u bring in a guy who likes his own players in this late in the game?
     
  2. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You are right. This may be a case where Aaran and the Flash so poisoned the environment, that they couldn't get anyone else. Riley will suck as bad in WNY as he did in Portland. And I fully expect more turnover in roster because, like you said, he only wants players he picks. Up to this point, Randall was having such a good off season.

    The only good thing I can say is that he does have credibility, even given the Portland experience. I will still root for the players, but will find it hard to stomach Riley on our bench. I hope he surprises me in a good way.
     
  3. kernel_thai

    kernel_thai Member+

    Oct 24, 2012
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    So is Sam Mewis for Farrelly and someone suddenly on the table? :)
     
  4. Blaze20

    Blaze20 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Seattle Reign FC
    Sep 22, 2009
    Club:
    Philadelphia Independence
    Boston did something right for once. Expect that trade in a week or so ...
     
  5. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    • Holden told me not to get too attached to Sam Mewis. I didn't listen. :(
    • Blue Crimson can correct me, but I think having Four allocated players, at least for now, is a new high for the Flash. The salary cap room will probably help Riley bring in a couple players of his choosing.
    • I think with Riley in charge, that our Draft picks are screwed.
    • Allie Long taught his GU10-U13 "supergroup" camp this week (2/17, 2/18); It wouldn't shock me if she ended up in WNY.
    Being a Flash supporter has been a gosh darn rollercoaster ride the last couple of years.
     
  7. kernel_thai

    kernel_thai Member+

    Oct 24, 2012
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Instead of trying to bring all the players he likes to one team, Riley has a better shot just waiting until he has coached every team in the league and gotten to coach his favs that way. But if the there was a Portland shopping list put Emily Menges on it.
     
  8. warh2os

    warh2os Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    You could be right about Long. She may have a hard time getting enough playing time in Portland.
     
  9. WNYChelseaFan

    WNYChelseaFan Member

    Apr 5, 2014
    NY
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    I'd love Allie Long coming to WNY, and have her coach my daughter in the Academy program.
     
  10. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Paul Rile y and Rich Randall were on Kick This Radio 1280 AM Rochester Saturday morning -
    http://www.kickthis.com/media/audio/20160220.mp3

    Stadium naming rights “are still up in the air.”​

    Riley on phone – from about 4:40 to about 10:45​

    Later, at about 53:50, Soccer Sam teased about the next big player that Randall told him the Flash were pursuing. “If she comes, you ‘re going to have to make a bigger stadium -.”​

    PR said he has coached 2 players now on the Flash and in comparison he had about 14 on Portland. He said he was looking forward to working with young, hungry players who he hadn’t been with before and that it would energize him. as well. His sound bite word for the team is Hungry.

    He mentioned Jess McDonald as having played for him in Portland and is one of the top goal scorers in NWSL.

    Lip service was given to Mewis , Hinkle and Erceg, and he gave Dahlkemper a nod as being on the brink of on the National Team.

    He did comment on Lynn Williams’ speed and that Ayinde is smart and only 19 years old; he said he spent a couple of years in Nigeria when he was young..

    [My comment – this indicates to me that Ayinde is coming back…. I didn’t know she was so young until after the 2015 season was over.]​
     
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  11. warh2os

    warh2os Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Maybe Abby's coming out of retirement?
     
  12. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Congrats to Sabs and Sam and Jae for bringing medals home.
     
  13. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  14. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Alex Sahlen chimes in. To me it reads like more than just the company line.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BCCDxTbsp5H/

    alexsahlen2Yesterday was such a bittersweet moment. It has been a crazy ride the last 7 years for Aaran and I....I am so proud of what he has accomplished at this club.Up until this point the only time I spent with Paul was on the opposite side of the field playing against him! But after reflecting on yesterday's events I can honestly say after spending a good part of the day with him I can see why he has been so successful. He is someone that players truly want to play for. What an incredible human being and person. I am so excited for this new chapter and couldn't be happier that Aaran was able to pass the torch on to not only a great coach, but top class individual. @wnyflash#bringon2016#NWSL#letsgo
     
  15. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  16. Blaze20

    Blaze20 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Seattle Reign FC
    Sep 22, 2009
    Club:
    Philadelphia Independence
    Well this is nice. I'm happy for McDonald.

     
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  17. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  18. LucyFearsTheMorningStar

    Sep 27, 2015
    Club:
    Atlanta Beat
    Will be nice to see the improvements when all done. I'll be at the Dash game in August for sure. Then a toss up between the KC or Pride game earlier in the season. I'm getting Sky Blue tickets so no interest in seeing SB or Spirit and can't do weekday/Friday games since its an 8 hour roundtrip for me.
     
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  19. mng146

    mng146 Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Rochester, NY
  20. Monica Smith

    Monica Smith New Member

    Feb 27, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Interesting to see...

    This might just be me looking into things more, but has anyone else noticed the turnover with the Front Office (along with the players)? With Clitnovici leaving after one season, he joins Pedro Losa, Scott Vallow, Rudy Pompurt as coaches the Flash have had since starting NWSL. I also saw something on Twitter - during the botched coach announcement - that the team's communications person took a job with Orlando too. I also worked with a new ticket person last year and I think they had another executive that I remember at games.

    Looking at the staff on the team's page, only Randall and Kayla Kent are staff members (outside of the Sahlen family).

    Not only players coming and going, but bad sign that even staffers won't stay? We've heard what players thought about playing for Lines, is it the same with his employees...
     
  21. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hi, Monica - I see you joined today. WELCOME! I hope you will be posting a lot more.

    You may know everything below, but I thought I'd share some observations.
    • RE:Clitnovici - WNYChelseafan may have some insight there. Observing from the stands at Sahlen's Stadium, I never sensed that he was an NWSL head- coach- to- be. I do know that Flash Academy midfielder Riley Bowers, an ODP player, committed to Ohio State well before the Clitnovici announcement. I can't say they are related things.

    • RE: Front office - A) I do not know anything, but I have observed as season ticket holder. I don't see a Lines/Sahlen- related exodus. B) Rene Meier, who is now the Flash Academy Administrator, has been there since Day 1. Jackie Maynard, Communications and Marketing Manager, was there a few years (was IMO over-worked) and is the person who left to be with the Orlando Pride- a team with direct MLS affiliation (think advancement opportunity). She was a key Flash staffer attending the 2016 Draft. Vallow left the team for personal reasons - not soccer related. Losa left the Flash to be Manager (head coach) at Arsenal (not a bad move).
    They did hire a new Ticket Sales Manager last year who is gone - but I saw nothing improved attendance-wise, so letting him go was probably a performance-related business decision. They also had a guy in 2014 who was Assistant General Manager- New Business Development - again based on performance in attendance and sponsorships, probably a business decision. Having had personal conversations with him, I'm not surprised he isn't in the front office any more. ​
     
  22. 8MiLLeNiuM

    8MiLLeNiuM Member

    Jan 14, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    On a more posititve note:
    http://nwslsoccer.com/home/908019.html
     
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  23. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  24. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    I'm getting charged up, like a defibrillator.
    We got Sabrina, queen of pachyderms behind Abby,Alanah and Becca and Jae with Abby E., ,Jeon , E.E., and Stretch, topped off by Jess and Lynn and the Lady. Whoop!
     
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