MLS Flavors of the Week, 2016 Edition

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

  1. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    Why?
     
  2. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You got me! Both have the first name of Wilmer and I guess my mind coasted.
     
  3. 22SteveD

    22SteveD Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    Denver
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Junior Flores coming to MLS rumor (Goff is pretty connected)

     
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  4. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Could be a nice pickup. Perhaps he could have the impact of say...................Lletget.
    Sometimes these youngsters get "stuck" in the reserves at a "big" Euro club that ceases to be interested in their development.

    People think of Dortmund as a club that advances young players, which they do. However, we've had a long history of our kids getting "stuck" there (Gyau, Boyd, and Flores are just the recent examples.) Pulisic has been the exception....................
     
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  5. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm really curious to see how Flores does in MLS. There's been very little material that we can use to gauge his actual level at this point.
     
  6. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They advance you if you are good enough. And Gyau was getting close prior to his knee injury--he even scored an appearance in 2014. By the way, does anyone have an update on this guy? Is he moving to MLS or a BII team or just hanging out with his friends in Dortmund?
     
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  7. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    He came of the bench a couple of weeks ago for BVB II. Easing back in.

    It appears he's currently back in the States over the break working out with his sister (who plays at Duke).
     
  8. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
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    Truth is, neither England nor the USA are that big in soccer. Even Uruguay, for all its has-been status, has achieved a lot more of late than the English. And we're going through a rough patch.
     
  9. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Was this supposed to go in the Swansea/Bob thread and the Angry Angry English Troll?
     
  10. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I could swear I posted it there. Weird.
     
  11. DeAndresHaircut

    DeAndresHaircut Member+

    Jul 24, 2015
    Pennsylvania
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
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  12. COMtnGuy

    COMtnGuy Member+

    Apr 5, 2012
    Higher than you
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    EPB is back in SKC

     
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  13. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
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  14. Marko72

    Marko72 Member+

    Aug 30, 2005
    New York
    Particularly if we exclude the dual-nats that chose to play for someone else like Rossi or Subotic.
     
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  15. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Hmmm... Tally Hall, Justin Braun, Todd Dunivant, Jack Jewsbury, Daniel Hernández, Roger Levesque, Mike Chabala, Dan Kennedy, and the Farfan brothers (not retired yet, but come on, not going to happen).

    Yep, Mike is close to the top.
     
  16. Marko72

    Marko72 Member+

    Aug 30, 2005
    New York
    Actually, a name that comes to my mind is Ned Grabavoy. Below Magee's name, IMO, but a legit contender for a high spot.

    I mean, it's not exactly going to be a list of all-time superstars. The bar of entry for a senior cap with the US national team is pretty high, is a much higher bar than that of "professional footballer," but all things considered, not that high...
     
  17. TheHoustonHoyaFan

    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    FC Schalke 04
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The number of average world-stage players that MLS is signing to DP contracts this transfer period don't speak well of the promising young American talent in the league. :cry:
     
  18. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Or maybe MLS teams are just making bad signings.
     
  19. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Or it just says that they have money, so they're spending money. And players are valued more highly in Europe coming from the continent or SA, plus have more freedom of movement, therefore they can leverage bigger deals. Americans are coming from colleges, high schools, and inside MLS without deserved nt opportunities to showcase them while the previous coach was in charge. Phony USS fan... Hiding behind the unknown of how overlooked, especially MLS players, won't last for much longer.
     
  20. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Just wait until they start scouting South America like the Mexicans do.

    The Liga MX final had 9 Mexicans starting, and 12 South Americans (and 1 European).
     
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  21. COMtnGuy

    COMtnGuy Member+

    Apr 5, 2012
    Higher than you
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    China is not helping keep player costs down.
     
  22. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Maybe this is just me, but I think bringing in so many South Americans (and Central Americans) is just as bad as bringing in Europeans.

    I don't care if MLS gets a little better. Until it can get a lot better, which revolves around the salary cap being lifted, I want as many American players having more of a chance for playing time.
     
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  23. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    It's a fair perspective but the challenge is that by having a league that is meaningfully below World Cup levels, it's quite hard to see who has the ability to step up. Performance in MLS isn't a great predictor for WC success IMO as the speed and talent are totally different, particularly on offense.
     
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  24. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Rapid league expansion means a higher percentage of foreign players, as the pool of quality domestic players isn't large enough to meet demand.
     
  25. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
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    Excited to see what this kid can do in the league.
     
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