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We actually look fun again and with games in hand we might be back to the top before we know it.

 

only complaints tonight is we're looking pretty poorly playing from the back early in this game and Pity still looks like trash once you get pass the 75th min so I dunno if he's still working back in his legs or what. (Otherwise he might have actually been the man of the match)

But otherwise we just smacked around one of the hottest teams in the league

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Meram and Pogba look ****ing fantastic in a small sample size.  Pogba putting his zone on lock down,

This is gonna make peoole wince but I'm sorta reminded of those (good) stretches Man U went thru with Mourinho where they'd get the lead and just ride out win streaks controlling the middle of the pit

Much deserved break for the team... Rest, Regroup, and Conquer!

I forgot to mention but we traded for Justin Meram (Iraq) who was supposed to be a significant piece when Orlando aquired him last year but never quite fit in.  Should be very useful depth till Barco gets back from U-20 duty

(he's an naturalized American citizen so no international spot needed)

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A win is a win and I'll take one anyway we get it, but man there are some glaring weaknesses that need to be addressed.

1) Remedi. This guy continues to be a liability in the defense and almost single-handedly ended the streak of clean sheets with an utterly boneheaded mistake. He's far too lackadaisical in possession and too often seems to lack situational awareness.

2) We need to be sharper in possession. Too many times I see players being indecisive, standing around, not anticipating openings, or just taking bad angles or bad touches. It needs to be faster and crisper. The only players I see consistently making good, quick decisions with the ball is Nagbe, Parkhurst, and LGP. Robinson played a good game though.

3) We need more creativity and better finishes in the final third. Villalba provides much of it as he's aggressive and will run forward when given space (which is what players in his position are supposed to do). Some of his passes and finishes leave a lot to be desired, but I like his aggressiveness and we need more of that. 

By contrast, Gressel is too rigid. This is his third season in MLS. He's starting to frustrate me with his lack of aggression and creativity. Unless you give him a mile of space, he won't make a move to run forward with the ball and he's pretty much always 1 on 1 with a defender. I'm talking basic in and out cuts that Villalba was abusing his defender with all game and they are easy and effective in giving yourself room to shoot or pass the ball. Gressel won't do it, and it frustrates me because it kills the offense and makes it easier to defend his side of the field. Either he starts to develop that part of his game or he needs to be replaced with someone that has.

 

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6 hours ago, AF89 said:

Up to third in the East. When we going to start giving FdB credit? I'm loving how we're actually putting in good rotations

Tata never won 5 in a row. :ninja:

We never had this good of a defense with Tata. Credit FdB for adapting and getting the defense better. We'll win more games because of that. 

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9 hours ago, No.11 said:

We never had this good of a defense with Tata. Credit FdB for adapting and getting the defense better. We'll win more games because of that. 

This is gonna make peoole wince but I'm sorta reminded of those (good) stretches Man U went thru with Mourinho where they'd get the lead and just ride out win streaks controlling the middle of the pitch.

With that in mind, we need to make this long term sustainable by converting more of our chances in front of goal (I believe our expected goal average is still pretty solid but we're just not burying it)

The depth is coming together tho. Even that kid we got from Watford is getting consistent minutes.

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16 hours ago, AF89 said:

This is gonna make peoole wince but I'm sorta reminded of those (good) stretches Man U went thru with Mourinho where they'd get the lead and just ride out win streaks controlling the middle of the pitch.

With that in mind, we need to make this long term sustainable by converting more of our chances in front of goal (I believe our expected goal average is still pretty solid but we're just not burying it)

The depth is coming together tho. Even that kid we got from Watford is getting consistent minutes.

Who did we get from Watford? 

Yeah, the finishing definitely needs to be better, but I don't mind that being the last box to tick off. I'd like to see more of Meram just to see what he really gives us.

But we do have some impressive depth. Even Brek Shea is starting to come around.

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