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The 2017 Major League Soccer Thread

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Titans Bastard, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    RSL fired Jeff Cassar. That's a VERY quick hook by MLS standards, even though Cassar entered the season atop the Sack Race lists.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5082473-155/real-salt-lake-fires-head-coach

    On one hand it makes sense. RSL is winless in three games after going winless in their final eight games of 2016. Their last win was in August. On the other hand, if they are going to fire Cassar after three games, they may as well have pulled the plug over the winter instead of giving him a contract extension.

    RSL hired Mike Petke to manage their USL team in December. He will probably be a candidate for the MLS job, though I expect there to be a broader search as well.
     
  2. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Chicago has signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and signed him to a 1 yr / $4.5m contract.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...hweinsteiger-chicago-fire-20170321-story.html

    I don't really get it. The Fire are not a good team, but they have a solid central midfield in Dax McCarty and Juninho, with Matt Polster in reserve. Are they going to try Schweinsteiger as a #10? It seem very wasteful to sign an oldie to play out of position.

    Maybe they are just desperate for attention. The Fire may be the only club in MLS that is less relevant in their market than the Revs. Schweinsteiger probably won't have nearly the same impact that Cuauhtemoc Blanco, did though - on or off the field.

    We'll see. It's worth noting that the Fire have an amazingly bad history with Designated Player contracts outside of Blanco.
     
  3. ninjacornelius

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    The Fire would probably be better off signing 44-year old Blanco at this point - at least he wouldn't cost $4.4 million. United has gone deep in four different competitions this year, racking up over 40 matches played all over Europe, and Schweinsteiger has made a grand total of four appearances, and not a single one in the PL. He's cooked.

    I'm not a Fire fan, but if I were I'd be furious. This reeks of a desperation move to grab some cheap heat and boost short-term ticket sales. He gets them no closer to competing for a playoff spot, and he's not a Beckham-level star that deserves that kind of DP money. If you think that the 2017 version of Bastian Schweinsteiger is the answer, then you misunderstood the question.
     
  4. SocrManiac

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    While I generally agree this is a PR move only for the Fire, you can't cite his appearance count for United as evidence he's cooked. Mourinho made it clear he had no interest in Schweinsteiger the second he walked through the door. If anything, it's kept a year of match mileage off his legs.
     
  5. Monbo Jumbo

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    2nd home game for the "Five Stripes." Arthur Blank didn't want an NHL franchise, he wanted an MLS franchise. Smart guy.
     
  6. ninjacornelius

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    You're right, I was being unfair and he may very well have something left in the tank. And it seems like we (along with the entire US soccer press, it seems) are all on the same page: this is a dumb move for a team that has taken nothing but steps back after three straight Conference Finals losses almost a decade ago. As you were.
     
  7. Schnerres

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    I guess it takes 4 games, then he´ll be their best player for the rest of the season and their absolute leader.
    He may break down due to an injury, but his slowness won´t be a problem in MLS (in contrast to the Bundesliga and then the PL).
    He will annoy every opponent with his cleverness and small tricks. He could be superb after a month or it could bring him a broken leg. He will bring stability to their defense and bring the ball up as a link between CBs and midfielders, that´s what I expect from him. He won´t change his playing style.
     
  8. Titans Bastard

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    It would be a much better signing if Bastian could play right back.

    The question isn't really whether Schweinsteiger can help an MLS team, but whether it's an intelligent use of resources from Chicago's vantage point. The Fire have been terrible for two years, but this past winter they invested major resources by MLS standards to acquire two CMs who are above-average in this league. CM is literally the last place on the field where they need an upgrade.

    Incorporating Schweinsteiger in the lineup will involve benching one of their top 5 players or using Bastian as a #10.

    Meanwhile, they are desperate for a decent RB and could use help in other areas, too.
     
  9. Titans Bastard

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    Atlanta announced they have triggered their option to convert Josef Martinez's loan into a permanent transfer. He's started the season on a rampage - five goals in three games.
     
  10. Titans Bastard

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    There are repeated rumors that Didier Drogba may be signing with Phoenix in the USL. They've already signed Shaun Wright-Phillips; Phoenix would be awesome if it were 2006.


    LAFC signed their first player, midfielder Carlos Alvarez. Some expansion teams, for whatever reason, like to stockpile a few journeymen a year before they launch and loan them out. Alvarez will spend the year on loan in the USL with LAFC affiliate Orange County SC. Perhaps LAFC is just helping their affiliate out by giving them player whose salary Orange County doesn't have to pay.

    In any case, Alvarez was once the #2 overall pick in the draft, chosen by -- of course -- Chivas USA. Now he's back in LA.
     

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