Brave Nieuw World: Mark McKenzie at Genk

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  1. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    McKenzie remained stuck on the bench to start the new season.

    Club Brugge 3-2 Genk

    Lost a 1-2 advantage.

    PK conceded in stoppage time.

    With McKenzie not playing, you love to see it!
     
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  2. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    Well, I love seeing them lose.
     
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  3. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
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    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There’s too many Yanks in Belgium. And not enough of them are starters.
     
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  4. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    #654 Ray Shoesmith, Jul 24, 2022
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2022
    Otasowie doesn’t count. We’ll talk in Jan. McKenzie is good enough but the situation at his club is ridiculous. 4 CB’s, two that were expected to begone by now going nowhere. Ugh.

    The other guys are all marginal for the most part TBH.
     
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  5. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member+

    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Right CB with the 2nd lowest sofascore out of Genk outfield players:

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    Hoping McKenzie gets a shot next week. Oddly enough, OO's replacement for Brugge was the worst rated player on his team 16th out of 16. Is it strange that I all of a sudden have more hope in the evolution of OO as an elite CB rather than McKenzie? Mark has none of the mental baggage and has a ton of experience but OO is just so friggin talented. If he can just keep his head on straight he could be the Yank breakout star of the year. Yeah... I know. It isn't the most likely scenario but just two months ago we would have said he had zero chance to be that guy. Now he is primed to make his mark (no pun intended).
     
  6. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    Does this mean McKenzie is marginal? We were counting on players leaving for him to get playing time? Are they so good they were expected to leavev? Serious questions - I haven't followed the league or team.
     
  7. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They were supposed to leave at the end of the season he got there, but it didn’t happen. Now they are playing better than McKenzie enough to bench him, but not well enough to obviously earn a transfer.
     
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  8. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    #658 Ray Shoesmith, Jul 24, 2022
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2022
    No. He played quite a bit. The manager last year rotated all 4 CB’s regularly to get them time. Mark was good overall, but did have his fair share of down matches, and a few bad blunders (They all did from what I saw TBF). With all of the rotation, and a team that was wildly open in how they played it was a tough environment. When they bought Mark they expected the Colombian Lucumi to be sold. Sevilla had interest but it didn’t happen. No real interest last year, and doesn’t seem like any this year in his last year I believe. He was supposedly a big prize, but in the dozen or so matches I have seen I see little that says he is all that special TBH. The other Col, forget his name, maybe starts with a C was supposed to be next up, but he looks no better than Mark to me.

    We love making excuses for our players but this one has been terrible with regards to circumstance and timing. Genk expected a nice fee from Lucumi and now they may get little to nothing. They have 3 other possible starter worthy CB’s rotating with him. Not great.
    We’ll see what happens this fall but this has been a tough one.

    Has Mark really proved himself. No, but he hasn’t shown he doesn’t belong. All the rotation and uncertainty at CB can’t help. Here’s hoping he isn’t pencilled in as a bench player now as they try and stabilize.
     
  9. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    That’s the other guy beginning with a C!:D He is nothing special. Maybe Mark isn’t either, but this guy isn’t IMO.
     
  10. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
    Club:
    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
  11. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    Good news. Finally.

    Need it to happen.
     
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  12. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    Well. Mark stayed on the bench and while I only saw the last 25 minutes over breakfast Genk looked good. Lucimi also looked good.
    Hope it’s to ensure his transfer. Didn’t pay that close attention, but it looks like stability will be the Genk play this year. Announcers hinted at it.
    Oh well. Here’s hoping Lucimi gets that move.
     
  13. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
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    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
  14. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
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    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
     
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  15. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
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    United States
    For those who can't immediately translate this (or can't be bothered): "Bologna is still interested in Lucumí, they've received an 8M Euro counter offer from Genk that they're assessing. Their first offer was 5M + 1.5 in add-ons. People close to the player expect bids from other teams in the next few days."

    Seems a deal is very close.
     
  16. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How much did they pay for McKenzie?
     
  17. JUnionFan

    JUnionFan Member

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Sep 30, 2020
    I believe McKenzie was around 6 million USD.

    I really hope the Lucumi transfer happens. I am still burned by what happened last summer.
     
  18. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    So this should make him a de facto starter here on out right?
     
  19. JUnionFan

    JUnionFan Member

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Sep 30, 2020
    Well I am assuming so, McKenzie was as much a part of the CB rotation last season as anyone else, so I think they still hold him in some regard. I think he deserves the starting spot more than Sadick for sure.

    One specific detail that has been lost in things that could play a role is that Lucumi plays LCB whereas in his time at Genk I think McKenzie has only played RCB. But McKenzie was very comfortable at LCB at Philly so I would expect him to be fine there for Genk too.
     
  20. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
    Club:
    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia


     
  21. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
    Club:
    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
  22. sidspaceman

    sidspaceman Moderator
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    Feb 20, 2002
    AMÉRICA DE CALI
    Club:
    America de Cali
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
     

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