There were a couple efforts at 3-4-2-1, but the fullbacks were getting devoured (because they aren’t wingbacks). So this whole run has been 4-2-3-1 with Shaq at the 10 and Guti on the left. Herbers is paring well with Gimenez as the double pivots in very conservative roles, which means Guti is doing a lot of the progression/connecting work. He’s been really efficient with it.Have they changed formation? Is Shaq still starting at the 10 or on the wing?
Tyler Miller (who Wayne Rooney named as a player for the MLS All-Star side) is starting to become an issue. Third or fourth time in the last couple months that he's made a major error in his sweeping responsibilities directly leading a goal (the weak pass to an under-pressure Russell Canouse, who isn't exactly Sergio Busquets on the ball, directly led to the Revs' second goal). Coming out for the Bou header on the first goal probably wasn't the greatest decision either.Made it four plus a couple of posts, just dominated them. I like Blessing as a player but didn't seem like he fit into the system (and he'd been awful lately anyway). Hard to argue with what Harkes has done so far and glad Buck seems close. I think some of the shine may be coming off Ema a bit, so hopefully the new guy is good.
Now time to half ass Leagues Cup and get some rest.
It’s a collection of journalists who are from or more connected to Argentina. I don’t know too much about them, but I don’t rely on them much unless a player from Argentina is connected to a La Liga team.
I think the J-League is very underrated on the whole, but if he can scarcely make it on the field as a substitute in Japan, then I don’t think he’s going to make an impact in MLS, even on a last place club.Iniesta would be a bad idea. It's one thing to get these older dudes who were at least playing regularly or semi-regularly at Barca last year, but Iniesta is older still than all of those guys and is coming off a 4 appearance J-League season. If Miami has Messi, Alba and Busquets coming in they don't need more of that, they need grinders who can do all the running.
Right, it's the "4 appearances" part that concerns me much more than the "J League" part.I think the J-League is very underrated on the whole, but if he can scarcely make it on the field as a substitute in Japan, then I don’t think he’s going to make an impact in MLS, even on a last place club.
Until this year, Iniesta has had an idyllic second career in Japan, making over 100 appearances, winning trophies, and being named to the best XI. He has certainly exited the European stage more gracefully than peers like Andrea Pirlo. I don’t question his work ethic, but he may not be physically capable to play at an MLS level anymore.
Is this near Fulton Market?
D.C. United fired athletic trainer Reade Whitney after he displayed a discriminatory hand gesture in a staff photo taken at an MLS All-Star Game training session, a person familiar with the decision said Friday.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2023/07/21/dc-united-fires-trainer-gesture/The MLS all-stars trained on the National Mall on Tuesday, the day before the All-Star Game, and players and staff posed for photos with the Washington Monument as a backdrop after the session. In the staff photo, Whitney was seated in the front row and displayed a gesture with one hand while holding his wrist with his other hand.
The gesture — touching his thumb and index finger with the other three fingers held outstretched — historically has been used as a symbol that means “okay,” but since 2017, the gesture has increasingly been adopted by white supremacists and the far right. In 2019, the gesture was listed as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.
Worth noting that Atlanta this season are specifically bad in the MLS context in defense, not just "a typical example of bad MLS defense". I'll be interested to see what it looks like when Miami play the other teams in the east who do actually competently press, Busquets was deadly with time but did also have a few goofy giveaways that nothing came of.That first goal 8 minutes in was just hilarious.
Messi just running completely unchecked through their back line and even has time to recover and hit the tap in on his right. Busquets probably thought he was imagining things when he looked up.
Messi might score 70 goals in a full season next year.
Ozzie would need to reach him, which is a challenge at this stage in his career.I saw a stat that said no fouls were committed against Messi last night. Hopefully at some point the glory of playing against Messi goes away and defenders start actually challenging him. Where was Ozzie Alonso to chop him down for the hell of it?