MLS Flavors of the Week, 2016 Edition

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by ussoccer97531, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Seattle have been active in the trading market to bolster their squad acquiring Bruin and Shipp the past few days, both good moves IMO for Seattle. I think Bruin is a great option off the bench, but Shipp is the real story here, who could conceivably replace Freiberg in in the midfield. Roldan and Shipp in the Sounder midfield could be fun to watch.
     
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  2. PhillyandBCEagles

    Jul 9, 2012
    NC
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    TBH I think we're only about 10 years or so away from the league being strong enough nationally to be able to consistently sell out a neutral site MLS Cup regardless of the teams taking part, and once that happens you can rotate it between the Sun Belt cities plus whoever has an indoor venue.
     
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  3. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Shipp is likely back up insurance for Lodeiro who cant be asked to play every game - between flights back and forth to S.America for WC quali's. I'm not a Bruin fan but they definitely need depth up front.
     
  4. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Indoor soccer. Blech:sick:
     
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  5. napper

    napper Member+

    Jan 14, 2014
    Fullerton
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah but, what about SPEED SOCCER?
     
  6. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Maybe I'm reading too much into it but maybe bruin is also insurance of knowing Dempsey is almost done
     
  7. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Bruin is 2017 Chad Barrett.

    Every good MLS team has these types of players in the mix.
     
  8. 22SteveD

    22SteveD Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    Denver
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This seems like the make or break landing spot for Shipp, wish him the best.
     
  9. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Really rooting for him, it's very weird how a guy with as much skill as him isn't starting in the league. Hoping he can pin down a starting spot in that sounder midfield. I think he's on at least the same league as Rowe, who is s talented player in his own right
     
  10. largegarlic

    largegarlic Member+

    Jul 2, 2007
    I read an interview with Lagerway somewhere (probably on MLSSoccer.com) saying that he saw Bruin as a Valdez replacement. He said they still don't have any idea about Dempsey.
     
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  11. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    If so they are underinsured.
     
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  12. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    It was always a question of athleticism with Shipp. I thought he belonged there when they had Martens and Dempsey.
     
  13. Editor In Chimp

    Editor In Chimp Member+

    Sep 7, 2008
    I don't think Shipp is anything more than a backup right now. He's not athletic or dynamic enough to command a starting spot at AM.
     
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  14. deuteronomy

    deuteronomy Member+

    Angkor Siem Reap FC
    United States
    Aug 12, 2008
    Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Club:
    Siem Reap Angkor FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  15. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe but he doesn't need to with Roldan and Alsono behind him. They can cover the ground. lodiero can and has been used wide and can/would interchange with shipp. The real question is will how Morris is deployed which depends on Dempseys health
     
  16. asoc

    asoc Member+

    Sep 28, 2007
    Tacoma
    I am expecting Morris to be employed on the wings a lot again in 2017. With Bruin up top. Dempsey being healthy or not doesn't effect this. Dempsey starts in the center of midfield if he is healthy. Lodeiro right, Morris left, Bruin up top. Alonso and Roldan as the 2 DMs.

    And don't worry, Morris will still get plenty of time up top in games. The attacking 4 are going to be pretty fluid.

    Unless the Sounders bring in a DP winger. Then its a fight for that CF position. I don't think Morris just gets that position for free with Bruin there to push for that starting spot.
     
  17. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If Dempsey is done I think Seattle would be wise to look for a DP winger so Morris could move centrally. Morris easily beats out Bruin for the spot. But Bruin will provide you different looks when brought on and allow for different game plans when needed.
     
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  18. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Seattle could have told Houston they would only take Bruin if Wenger were thrown in. Their wide capabilities are a little suspect.
     
  19. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    http://www.goal.com/en/news/14202/m...be-move-dead-after-celtic-and-timbers-fail-to

    One source tells Goal USA that the Timbers are in the process of trying to sign a designated player to play as a wing midfielder, an addition that would help offset the expected departure of Argentine midfielder Lucas Melano, who the Timbers are preparing to unload after a disappointing two seasons in Portland. Multiple Argentinean clubs in the market for Melano's services.

    Another player who could make his way to the Timbers is former longtime Portland midfielder Rodney Wallace. A key figure on the Timbers' MLS Cup-winning team in 2015,


    How interesting it would be to see Melano in Seattle. I always thought Wallace should have stayed in Portland because he seems much more like a Caleb Porter kind of guy than Melano. I believe Wallace was actually US eligible at some point. I wonder what Melano would do at Red Bulls.
     
  20. 6 ft. Leprechaun

    Dec 9, 2003
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wenger's capabilities are suspect.
     
  21. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    He should have stuck with his best position - center back.
     
  22. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I tuned in to Houston games to see how he was doing - there wasn't much other reason to watch them - and I'd wait for him to get the ball. And wait and then wait some more. At some point towards the end of the season he scored a goal and I was wondering how many he had so I checked the team statistics. He had 4 which was tied for the lead on the team. If anybody actually explained to him how to play he would have a double double every year.

    Looks like they will hold him hostage in Houston.
     
  23. GiallorossiYank

    GiallorossiYank Member+

    Jan 20, 2011
    NJ/Roma/Napoli
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Would have been average at that too.
     
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  24. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not sure how he fits with Valderama but I expect Houston to be much improved. Their style will become very similar to FCD and if both Pareja and Valderama stay for awhile their systems will become the norm in Texas.
     
  25. 6 ft. Leprechaun

    Dec 9, 2003
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Valderrama? Don't you mean Cabrera?
     
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