MLS flavors of the week: 2012 Edition [MLS R's]

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by EXALIFTIN, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. EXALIFTIN

    EXALIFTIN Member+

    Nov 23, 2010
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He has been injured
     
  2. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    Thanks
     
  3. EXALIFTIN

    EXALIFTIN Member+

    Nov 23, 2010
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Teal Bunbury and Sonny Saad start over Sapong and Kamara today against the sounders :eek:
     
  4. jakepc42

    jakepc42 Member+

    Mar 26, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    2 goals for Will Bruin. He keeps scoring and he's gonna get some looks.
     
  5. ScrappytheSeal4

    Jun 5, 2010
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "5 games in 14 days. We knew coming in here we were gonna have to go deep into the roster." - Peter Vermes

     
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  6. lurking

    lurking Member+

    Feb 9, 2002
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So on some guys who arent really heavily in the mix...

    Bruin really looks like hes coming into his own. His body mechanics are a bit awkward, so I imagine any call ups are going to lag behind when he deserves them, but I think he should definitely be on the watch closely list.

    Lenhart is one of those guys that drives people nuts, and hes not always graceful, but he does a lot more for the team then people give him credit for. Hes faster then most people think, and his hold up play is better then people realize. But he definitely brings the nasty. Hes won and changed games psychologically.. how many MLS players can say that?

    Chris Pontius is just a talented player Id like to see get some looks. Just really smoothe on the ball, good size and athleticism.

    CJ Sapong I think just sort of has everything you want in a forward. Hes not a dominant player yet, I really want to see him elevate his game, but hes definitely someone who isn't far off.

    Im not a huge fan of Kenny Cooper but he obviously deserves some consideration for the year hes had.

    I think the Chivas USA move was definitely good for Juan Agudelo, but I really want him to be slow played into the national team at this point. He has the kind of talent he should be an elite MLS player, he really needs to learn and show he can grind it out over a full season and help Chivas win.
     
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  7. NewSoccerJunky

    May 20, 2012
    I watched a lot of MLS tonight. Bruin, at first, was had 3 shots on goal, but failed to convert all 3 until he finally put two in the back of the net. I was telling myself atleast he is creating chances and then they finally went in the net. To me, Bunbury will never be a national team player. He just gets lost in the game. I agree on Leinhart and my brother and I like to joke that he is just a psycho on the pitch. The dude will literally try to head anything that is close to him no matter the fall that will result from it. I do think he should be watched closely along with Bruin. Pontius and Agudelo are two no brainer call ups for me and I really think they both have a bright future. I can't get a read on CJ.
     
  8. Skevin

    Skevin Member+

    Aug 9, 2009
    Texas
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    No one mentions that Donovan got 2 goals and an assist tonight? Magee also got himself a goal and an assist.
     
  9. ScrappytheSeal4

    Jun 5, 2010
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And Agudelo got an assist (a goal that deflected off of a teammate). That trade was definitely a good thing in my opinion. He's been playing very well now that he's actually on the field.
     
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  10. tk421

    tk421 Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    New York, NY
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I know I am being a bit of a homer but Meara looks really good for a rookie.
     
  11. Fanatical Monk

    Fanatical Monk Member+

    Jun 14, 2011
    Fantasyland
    If I were Freddy's manager, I'd have him with my S&C coach as much as possible. If he could add some strength, he could negate some of his lack of quicks. He needs to be stronger, that is for sure. Some of that will come as he ages as well.
     
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  12. Fanatical Monk

    Fanatical Monk Member+

    Jun 14, 2011
    Fantasyland
    He missed a bit of a sitter as well early on.
     
  13. moytoy12

    moytoy12 Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    To be fair, I'm not sure LD is the type of player that falls into the subject of this thread. Magee is a nice MLS player, but that is his ceiling in my opinion.
     
  14. HouseHead78

    HouseHead78 Member+

    Oct 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  15. moytoy12

    moytoy12 Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    I doubt he'll ever get near the national team, but Pickens had a heckuva game in goal for the Rapids. He's been consistently solid for them.
     
  16. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    Club: Venezia F.C.
    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    yeah, he was doing good to piss me off as a quakes fan yesterday until the bitter end, great showing from him. all and all, we gotsz some good goalies in this leagaue
     
  17. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    I get the sense that Magee is a blender. A guy that's not flashy, but you could put him in better and better squads and he'd fit right in. On the flipside, maybe if you put him on a lower level team, he woundn't necessarily be the superstar.

    Translation: I'd be curious to see him thrown in w/ the MNT "A Team" in a JFT kind of role. But, he won't ever get there because he'd have to be tried w/ B-siders 1st, and he wouldn't necessarily stand out with them.
     
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  18. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    to me, he is the most talented of the young bunch.
     
  19. minya

    minya Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    san diego, ca
    Besides he is playing in the league despised by JK.
     
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  20. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I missing the joke, right?
     
  21. HouseHead78

    HouseHead78 Member+

    Oct 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The joke is that Klinsmann, who picked the MLS defender over the Premiership defender for the World Cup qualifiers, also hates MLS players
     
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  22. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    Not to diminish Bruin's goals, but Cameron had spectacular passes in the build up to each. He may well beat out Ream as a next gen CB.
     
  23. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    By the way..........rumor is that Stoke City have begun negotiations to sign Geoff Cameron.

    http://www.chron.com/sports/dynamo/...-begins-talks-to-acquire-Dynamo-s-3655790.php

    That article makes it sound like dialouge................rumors in the UK say that a bid has been made.

    I bet he doesn't last the summer in MLS. Getting a work permit could be a problem, but it wasn't for Ream. Times are a'changing in that regard for Americans.
     
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  24. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    Club: Venezia F.C.
    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i dunno, im positive about it but for me its getting back to where we were. at one point one season (the fulham great escape) we had

    kasey keller (fulham)
    carlos bocanegra (fulham)
    clint dempsey (fulham)
    brian mcbride (fulham)
    tim howard (everton)
    brad friedel (blackburn)
    eddie lewis (derby)
    jay demerit (watford)
    bobby convey (reading)
    marcus hahnemann (reading)

    all reliable starters in the top flight in one year with

    benny feilhaber (derby)
    eddie johnson (fulham)
    oguchi onyewu (newcastle)
    guzan?? (aston villa), not sure if he was in that year or not

    as at least bench options. and not to mention guys like Simek who was tearing it up in the championship before injury.

    Now in the top flight of england we have Tim Howard, Brad Friedel, and Clint Dempsey as reliable starters. Two players who are actually still with the national team. That.....is just tragic and one of the biggest reasons we lost a step IMO. We just lost Ream and Holden from the top flight this year. Whitbread and Guzan are free agents and are likely going to drop a division. Now i know there are reasons like red tape and economic reasons as well, but it just seems like we should be expecting more of our guys pushing for the worlds top league. I hope Cameron can get over there, and i hope John can get over there as i think they are both on that sort of level. I am absolutely 100% confident that both Cameron and John could have WALKED into Wolverhampton's back line for instance. But i also hope for guys like Pontius, Wondo, Agudelo, Davis, Sapong, Bruin, the like to be getting looks from overseas clubs as well. At the same time, i am pleased we have them in MLS as they have enhanced the quality of MLS experience. We can all agree MLS has been much more aesthetically pleasing on the eye over the past 2-3 years.
     
  25. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    what are cameron's chances of starting for stoke?
     

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