MLS Flavors of the week: 2019 Edition

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Sombrerito, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Top Dribblers of the Week:

    Feilhaber: 3/3 dribbles
    Arriola: 3/3 dribbles
    Hollingshead: 3/3 dribbles
    Agudelo: 3/4
    DeLeon: 3/5 dribbles
     
  2. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Top Defensive incidents + Recoveries*
    (for example, Jacori Hayes had a combination of recoveries, tackles**, int, clearances--all adding up to '10'.)

    10: Bye Hayes Marshall
    11: Anibaba Besler Lennon Nagbe Ulloa Villafana
    12: Arriola Long McCarty Serna Valentin Zimmerman
    13: Bunbury Opara Hagglund Birnbaum
    14: D.Acosta Castillo O'Neill Sinovic Trapp Trusty
    15: Duncan Feilhaber Herrera
    16: Cannon Nerwinski Sands
    17: Canouse Parkhurst Zusi
    18: Morrow
    20: Hollingshead Robinson

    * source = mlssoccer boxscore
    ** i didn't include 'lost tackles'
     
  3. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    A lot of this appears to 'games effects' related. For example, teammates Robinson and Parkhurst are there. So are FCD's fullbacks, Hollingshead and Cannon. And DC's Birnbaum and Canouse.

    Judging from the CCL matches and the first league match, Nagbe's numbers appear to have picked up significantly when compared to last year's. Game effects or contract year? Hope he brings it to the NT.

    The Bald Eagle didn't make the list. He usually among the league leaders in recoveries, which make up the bulk of the numbers. Perhaps, this heralds a new role him with both, TFC and the US. I'm not advocating he be a starter or even be in the 23.

    It's good to see so many younger players on the list. Consistently getting on the ball is typically one of the hardest aspects of the game to master.
     
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  4. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Mihailovic and Sapong start for Chicago.

    However, coming off a MOTM performance for Orlando, Chris Mueller doesn't because they acquired a DP in Nani and are married to a 2 fw line that they don't play with a diamond or 2 wings (Mueller can play a lot of positions). :rolleyes:
     
  5. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #455 thedukeofsoccer, Mar 9, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
    Mihailovic deserved an assist there already in the first couple of minutes. Got in behind the d and rolled it across for the tap-in but Nikolic stepped over the ball amid a little pressure from behind. The pass was perfectly placed. Really astonishing miss. Last week he played a sweet thru ball and just a slow reaction prevented a would-be assist also.
     
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  6. btlove

    btlove Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    United States
    Sep 29, 2017
    Nikolic missed another one too lol. Like what I have seen of Djorde, but with that being said there hasn't been too much to see.
     
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  7. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, it was another bad one. Slide it across the keeper, give yourself a chance. Should be 2-0. He also skies a volley. Their finishing this year has been poor.

    In addition to the should-be assist, very nifty passing and footwork to retain possession for Chicago up high so far.
     
  8. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Man, Orlando with their late game collapses. Extend their road winless streak to 15, after a lofted ball into the box at the death finds Sapong who snap heads it home to draw level in spite of being down a man. Sapong was already having a solid match. I think he should at least still be in the conversation for Gold Cup and early qualifiers.

    Serves Orlando right for not playing to put the game away earlier and leaving Mueller on the bench from the start. In a short period he created a couple chances on a peel off and lead pass to Dwyer who was in behind but got it caught in his feet and then didn't play it back to Mueller. Also beat his man down the field and shoulder charged him off the ball but Acosta got in his way.

    After the should have been early assist, and nifty play by Mihailovic, he was quiet the rest of the match before being subbed out when the Fire went down a man in the 2nd half.
     
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  9. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Very experimental lineup for Galaxy's match today on Univision. Features a return from Lletget, as well as the debut of Joe Beer. Also as options off the bench for the visitors are Alvarez, Zubak, Cuello, and Araujo.

    No surprises for the home side, as they'll be employing Cannon, Hollingshead, Pomykal, Gonzalez, and Hedges.

    Pretty interest match from a USNT fan perspective.
     
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  10. Sombrerito

    Sombrerito Member

    Arsenal
    United States
    May 6, 2018
    Very Latin flavor for Galaxy, I like it. A lot of USMNT players/prospect to see. Will be fun to watch
     
  11. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Zardes finishes off the Revs with a cool finish on the breakaway. That's a brace for him. He's going to be starting in a couple weeks, whether you like it or not (I still don't).
     
  12. btlove

    btlove Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    United States
    Sep 29, 2017
    GOOD LORD that finishing from Badji. How long until Ferreira starts? Pomykal has looked solid he has made some sharp passes.
     
  13. Dirt McGirt

    Dirt McGirt Member+

    Jun 20, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree on Paxton. He has looked sharp. What position is he playing today? He seems box to box.
     
  14. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Sweet tackle by Hollingshead in the box. Pomykal is ballin. He has a nice turn of pace.
     
  15. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    On My Squatty Potty
    Club:
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  16. Sombrerito

    Sombrerito Member

    Arsenal
    United States
    May 6, 2018
    Pomykal had an excellent assist.

    Alvarez almost scared a golazo but Gonzalez made just as impressive save.
     
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  17. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nothing I've seen so far dissuades me from the proposition that deeBoar should trade Nagbe to Columbus for Trapp. Porter has to be waiting in Columbus for Nagbe with open arms.
     
  18. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    #468 Excellency, Mar 9, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
    Morris seems to have spent his year re-habbing while completing a "great courses" study in soccer.

    Kellyn Acosta doing his best to make use of those 23 caps with the USMNT but it seems that Roldan is bossing him in the midfield. Aaaannnnnndddd as I write that, Acosta is subbed out for Shinyasaki.
    the good news is that Roldan now has a couple of starts with USMNT. Hallelujah.
     
  19. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Watching the replay of NE v. Crew - yipes, what a header from El Burro. That is some sweet stuff and vindicates Excellency's rating of El Burro as top shelf USSoccer choice.
     
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  20. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Trapp looks better playing for Porter than Berhalter. I always felt Berhalter was retarding his progress and have said so on these boards. Excellency tip for Trapp: When you go up 1-0, don't let your foot drift wide, bring it in and put the hammer down.
     
  21. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Aaron Herrera was motm for Real Salt Lake tonite in their victory over Vancouver.

    He played for our u20's but was pulled by Tab at right back in favor of Justen Glad which meant that EPB had to move back to lcb instead of continuing at dmid where he had shined for the team. That meant we lost to Venezuela and were eliminated. Glad is now on the bench for Salt Lake.

    I didn't see the game toinite but are we missing something here?
     
  22. FormerNo10

    FormerNo10 Member

    RP Leipzig
    United States
    Dec 13, 2018
    Costa Rica
    Agree, watched RSL and enjoyed their play. Herrera really impressed me playing LB. I will continue to watch Dallas and RSL for the young MNT prospects
     
  23. gunnerfan7

    gunnerfan7 Member+

    SJ Earthquakes/Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 22, 2012
    Pleasanton, California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    To be fair, Herrera was one of the worst players on that U20 team, and it wasn't really close.
     
  24. FormerNo10

    FormerNo10 Member

    RP Leipzig
    United States
    Dec 13, 2018
    Costa Rica
    Thanks, I will keep that in mind while following RSL.

    Perhaps, he is a late bloomer?

    If I look to the next few years here is a short list of LB's I hope will keep improving:
    Dest, Gloster, Glad, Bello, Acosta, Herrerra, de la Fuente, Robinson, and more
     
  25. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Paxton is playing as a #8. Kind of a free #8 role. He was EVERYWHERE. Named Man of the Match by multiple outlets. People are still looking for him to be a little bit more adventurous in the attacking 3rd as he has a lot of ability there.

    If people are looking for a 2019 breakout teenager in MLS it very well might be Paxton Pomykal. Could be at the January USMNT camp like Mihailovic was last season. Will certainly be with the US U20 World Cup team.

    [Worth noting that this game featured 5 US-eligible players 20 years old or younger. Pomykal, Cannon, and Edwin Cerrillo for FCD. Efrain Alvarez and Ethan Zubak for the Galaxy. Efra had a wonderful play in the 2nd half that required a great save by Jesse Gonzalez.]


     

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