MLS 2024: It’s Leo’s league, we’re all just playing in it

Jimy Hendrix

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So it’s unacceptable to be checks notes twice as good as Caleb Porter.

Interesting, interesting.
 

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There’s been persistent rumors that San Diego will hire Miguel Herrera. He was just fired at Xolos, so he wouldn’t even have to move. I’d take him over Caleb Porter in a heartbeat.
So it’s unacceptable to be checks notes twice as good as Caleb Porter.

Interesting, interesting.
Would love Porter gone yesterday, but the order of operations needs to be removing Onalfo first (and ideally the president too). I can’t believe Richie Williams is managing Revs II as if nothing happened. They did just hire David Kammarman, so there is someone capable of doing Onalfo’s job ad interim.
 
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Jimy Hendrix

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Would love Porter gone yesterday, but the order of operations needs to be removing Onalfo first (and ideally the president too). I can’t believe Richie Williams is managing Revs II as if nothing happened. They did just hire David Kammarman, so there is someone capable of doing Onalfo’s job ad interim.
It seems wild, but I still can't quite judge it because we still don't have a tremendously clear picture of what specifically happened to blow the season and Arena's tenure up so thoroughly (unless I have missed reporting).
 

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Late game in FS1 is fun tonight- Minnesota at LAFC. LA up 1-0 at 70’. Just has a good vibe, crowd is enjoying themselves and players are hard at work. Not a paragon of technical brilliance - some LAFCer just missed a sitter, and one of his own fans made a jerk-off motion at him- but wholly entertaining.

Loons goalie just made a terrific stop in the 6 yard box.
 

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The CONCACAF Champions Cup final is tonight. The Crew are in Pachuca for what will be a one-leg affair this year. I don't like this new system, which confers home-field advantage upon whatever team has the best record in the previous three rounds. The reality is that competition can be fairly uneven in the early rounds so it produces an arbitrary result.

But we'll see if Wilfried Nancy's magic continues.
 

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The CONCACAF Champions Cup final is tonight. The Crew are in Pachuca for what will be a one-leg affair this year. I don't like this new system, which confers home-field advantage upon whatever team has the best record in the previous three rounds. The reality is that competition can be fairly uneven in the early rounds so it produces an arbitrary result.

But we'll see if Wilfried Nancy's magic continues.
It did not continue. Could blame altitude but the Crew have been thoroughly whipped and I think a lot of it’s on Nancy.
 

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MLS.com has an article with the Mid season grades. Let’s check in on the Revs.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/mls-midseason-grades-how-your-team-is-doing-halfway-through-2024

They look lost any time they build from the back, so Gil has had to drop deeper and deeper to get on the ball, which obviously has negatively affected the attack. Giacomo Vrioni has been poor, as has Tomás Chancalay.
Their build-out struggles mean the group as a whole is unreliable on the ball, which means the fullbacks can’t get forward as effectively. The center backs have struggled. Noel Buck looked like a potential $10 million sale last year; this year he barely plays.
In terms of the advanced stuff, they are the worst team in FBRef’s MLS database (which goes back to the 2019 season) at -1.00 expected goals differential per 90. They are the second-worst team in ASA’s g+ database, ahead of the legendary 2013 Chivas USA side.
Grade: F. Never would’ve dreamed this group could’ve been this bad.
From the few games I’ve watched the build out comments hit home. Just a lost group of players.
 

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Shaqiri saying out loud what his body language has screamed for 2 years - “I want to return to Europe.” This feels like a buy out or maybe a free transfer if Shaq’s agent already has a suitor lined up. Heitz will want to use the DP slot & free up salary during this summer window.

It’s addition by subtraction for the Fire. Since Shaq left & Guti moved into the 10 full time, the Fire have picked up 5 points from 3 matches. It’s not rocket science - Klopas is rolling out a 5-2-1-2 kinda-thing that just puts players into their natural positions.

Of course, the run from now to the Leagues Cup is brutal - 6 of 8 on the road. But they’re only 4 points out of the playoff spot. Close enough to disappoint us in October.
 

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The Fire travel to Toronto and put a hurting on the hosts: 4-1! Guti pulled the strings beautifully, completing 41/44 passes, an assist, a shot on target, and only 2 turnovers in 56 touches.

And Chicago fans love that Shaqiri couldn’t get off the bench for Switzerland today.
 

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The Union players are here and there getting more openly mutinous, not towards Curtin, but towards the front office's unofficial "no help coming to the squad unless it comes from the academy but we will sure sell players" model.

They have barely refreshed their title winning squad, the biggest transfer they did bring in (Tai Baribo at a whopping $1.6m or so in an era where MLS teams spend real money now) has been a huge flop, and through regression or stagnation the strengths of that team are withering away. They have high Revs potential right now, but for non-scandal reasons.
 

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The Union players are here and there getting more openly mutinous, not towards Curtin, but towards the front office's unofficial "no help coming to the squad unless it comes from the academy but we will sure sell players" model.

They have barely refreshed their title winning squad, the biggest transfer they did bring in (Tai Baribo at a whopping $1.6m or so in an era where MLS teams spend real money now) has been a huge flop, and through regression or stagnation the strengths of that team are withering away. They have high Revs potential right now, but for non-scandal reasons.
STH since inception for the U... they are in a place now where they make me feel optimistic about the red sox. Prob havent felt that way since Earnie Stewart arrived. It's bad. Kai Wagner, the voice behind a lot of this, isnt exactly making me root for him over these last 8 months either. A real mess. Need to hear more from Bedoya or Curtain... And see real changes in the transfer window, or else "Re-Doop" is going to be a challenge for them this yr,