MLS Flavors of the week: 2019 Edition

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

  1. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Shining his MLS Cup Championship ring?
     
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  2. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    US-Eligible WS Team of the Week 11(5/8-5/14)
    Player(score)rank within his team, for the game

    --------------------------------- Zardes(7.7)3rd------
    -----Saucedo(7.9)2nd------- Lletget(7.5)1st------Arriola(8.6)MOTM-
    ----------------Roldan(8.4)MOTM-----NBesler(7.8)4th-------
    --Castillo(7.7)2nd-------------------------------------------------Jimenez(7.4)4th---
    ----------------Birnbaum(7.4)3rd---------------Steres(7.4)1st----
    --------------------------------Guzan(7.7)MOTM-----------

    Player of the Week: Arriola Roldan Agudelo
    U-23 Player of the Week: Baird Saucedo White

    Man of the Match: Agudelo Roldan Guzan
    Goals: Acosta Agudelo Alashe Arriola Baird Bronico Ferreira Jimenez Long Nealis Roldan Steres White Zardes
    Assists: Besler Castillo Fernandez Hayes Lletget Zardes
    Saved PK: Putna
    Drawn PK: Bunbury
    Key Passes: NBesler 4 Lletget 4 Hayes 3 Shea 3 Arriola 3
    Dribbles: Araujo 5 Arriola 4 Salinas 4 Duncan 3 Hayes 3 Saucedo 3 Shipp Trapp 3 Castillo 3
    Last Man Tackle: Anibaba
    Clearance off the Line: Anderson Baird KMiller

    Honorable Mention:
    GK:
    Putna(7.5)5th Hamid(7.3)4th Miller(7.2)8th Frei(7.1)5th Turner(7.1)6th
    LB: Duncan(7.4)5th Shea(7.1)7th
    CB: Robinson(7.4)4th Nealis(7.5)5th Zimmerman(7.2)8th Long(7.3)1st KMiller(7.0)1st Anibaba(7.0)8th Robinson(7.0)9th Sands(7.0)9th
    CM: Hayes(7.6)1st McCarty(7.2)9th Lletget(7.1)2nd Alashe(7.1)4th Nagbe(7.0)9th
    AM: Acosta(7.4)1st RAM: Baird(7.9)2nd Fernandez(7.1)7th RM: Agudelo(8.0)MOTM
    LF: Bronico(7.6)8th FW: White(7.6)2nd Bunbury(7.2)5th
     
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  3. Sombrerito

    Sombrerito Member

    Arsenal
    United States
    May 6, 2018
    I’ve been impressed with Memo Rodríguez during the first 45 minutes. He’s been all over the place. Almost scored a screamer and got the hockey assist on the first goal
     
  4. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    How was Canouse?
     
  5. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Kind of hard to say as he was pretty much one of eight DC players sitting in their own box. DC had very little of the ball and miniscule amount in TFC end.
     
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  6. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    That brilliant scheduling our clueless media were so high on :thumbsdown:?

    Lotsa tired leg games going into the Gold Cup. DC is going to play 3 games in 6 days!!

    Then the talent leaves for Gold Cup making for more less than thrilling games.

    SKC with the CCL hangover.

    This is a bad year for MLS. Let's hope they learn the right lesson.
     
  7. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    A pass for everybody on DC United. They came in looking to get a point. MIssion accomplished. Toronto had zero legs. Hamid had a WS of 9.7!!! Brilliant saves? None. Nothing but weak shots from Toronto. MLS is clueless. They should give everybody a refund for that game.
     
  8. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What a class goal by Mueller, once again coming off the bench for Orlando, for some dumb reason.

    Picked up the loose ball, step over to round the defender, and left-footed wormburner through traffic inside the far post.

    Bwana also scored a scruffy one earlier.

     
  9. Sombrerito

    Sombrerito Member

    Arsenal
    United States
    May 6, 2018
    Looked like Ronaldo on that one
     
  10. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Jordan Morris and Jozy Altidore continue to be made out of papier-mache...
     
  11. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Altidore has a heel issue. Morris is out with a hammy. Yedlin is out. Long is probably also out of the GC. Rest might be best for Adams.
     
  12. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    #1162 IndividualEleven, May 16, 2019
    Last edited: May 16, 2019
    Week 11 tidbits

    Perhaps Nick Besler can do an Anthony-Kaye or an Aaron Long, former USL players who
    moved on to MLS excellence.

    Saucedo and Baird look to be the starters in RSL; Plata has been relegated to bench and rumored to be transferring to LigaMx. Gotta get minutes to reach that next level.

    We should have strength backline of unprecedented strength available for Olympic Qualifying--
    LB: Duncan CB: Pines, Trusty, Robinson, McKenzie, Sands RB: Cannon, Arauja, Herrera

    Could use more depth at LB. Maybe one of Danilo Acosta, Gutjahr, Nelson, Real, or Foster will step up. Maybe Antonee Robinson will be called in as much of the tournament takes place during a FIFA window, yes?

    Jacori Hayes: looks to be back to his stat stuffing ways.

    Wish Blessing were US-eligible now

    With Nani out, maybe Mueller will recapture some of his early season form.

    Given the hammy epidemic striking the Sounders, Bwana may get an extended run.

    Agudelo's WS_8.0 performance was split between right and central midfield.
     
  13. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looks like ATL is on the rise. They don’t seem to be as dynamic as before but 5 straight shutout wins is a record.
     
  14. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    ATL have the best backline/d-mid/depth combo in the league.
     
  15. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Mueller is showing mental strength in keeping his head up and being ready to play, despite having to come off the bench.
     
  16. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I keep liking what I see from the guy. Doubt he gets a call for this tournament, but if he keeps increasing his PT and playing like he has, he will soon.
     
  17. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    New manager bounce or not, the Rapids have looked improved under Casey. They need to get a left back as Anderson doesn't look close to being ready for MLS.
     
  18. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I do think it's worth noting that, in spite of a couple wonder goals lately and solid overall play, Roldan has declined as a ball winner/defender since his early years in MLS. He's having a tougher time reading for interceptions, closing down space, and taking players off the ball. So far this season he's combined for 2.9 tackles+interceptions per game. Last season he averaged 3.3, and that was as a wing. Previous season in the middle it was 4.8.

    He's young still, but he's an ironman, and plays on turf. Also looks less loose now playing with expectations. Still flashes brilliance and is reliable, for Seattle at least. Gold Cup may be his last major opportunity for a while if he doesn't take advantage.
     
  19. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    Could it be that opponents have adjusted, and are playing around him? I don't know; just axin'.
     
  20. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Game dynamics influence individual stats. You just can't simply lock in on a couple of defensive stats to draw those types of conclusions.
     
  21. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm watching the games too. It reflects what I see. He's not recovering, around the action a lot, getting into the passing lanes, and finishing off tackles like he used to. That's him getting beat by Mueller on the stepover.
     
  22. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Which doesn't take into account the team's tactics and personnel. And getting half-beaten by one of the more dynamic players in the league. ok.
     
  23. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I think they are looking for other things from Roldan. He's a game winner now, not a gate keeper. He's doing fine.
     
  24. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    He doesn't get "beat" he forces Mueller sideways which gives 3 teammates of Roldan the chance to step up on Mueller and they don't do the job. Keeping the attacker in front of you isn't getting "beat" when he doesn't shoot on you.
     
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  25. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Casey was always a heady forward. Colorado's back line is toilet paper quality.
     

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