Post by turnerfield on May 14, 2018 16:44:33 GMT -5
The goal Barco had was a bit presumptuous as one British announcer put it. Perfect run down the middle of the field with the pass to Garza and somehow receives it and rockets it in with a defender all over him. That was definitely the Barco show. Almiron didn't have his best match and all Martinez had to do was pass it to his left and it would have been 3 - 0.
I expect we will be on top of the ladder from here on out.
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on May 20, 2018 19:00:31 GMT -5
It's not just the Braves! The Atlanta United just had a goal taken away due to an absolutely horrible video replay call. There wasn't even anything to look at and somehow they came up with clear and convincing evidence to overturn a no-call.
Post by turnerfield on Jun 21, 2018 19:19:55 GMT -5
Disappointed we couldn't move on in that US Open cup. Winning that leads to the Concacaf league and then winning that leads to a tournament with the big time European teams. I think we have to win the MLS cup to qualify for Concacaf now.
It's like teams have figured out how to play us and we don't change things up enough. It's always crosses into the middle of the box and the quick passes and runs up the field looking to take advantage of our speed. I think we struggle setting up plays with finesse passes that lead to a goal when we're on the attacking part of the field. Teams are constantly pressing us to counter our speed and aggressiveness and it doesn't look like we're trying to change much.
I hope Villaba starts to get more playing time just to see if he can do anything.
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on Jun 21, 2018 21:44:01 GMT -5
I agree, but we are trying to change our style to the degree of trying to be more defensive. We've balanced our team a bit, and while not as prolific on offense as before we might be setting ourselves up to be a better playoff team when things get ramped up physically.
Now what I say next may be unpopular, but as prolific as Martinez is at vulturing goals... I am often disappointed by his play without the ball. He is ready to pounce given an opportunity, but at times he seems disconnected from the game if he isn't getting as many chances as he fancies. He can also be easily frustrated.
Two things I want to see are more Villalba (that's whose jersey I wear), and maybe a formation shift away from playing just Martinez forward. Get creative.
Barco also needs to expand his repertoire. He has a lot of talent but he is predictable out on the pitch. He needs to start working more out wide instead of ALWAYS trying to cut to the middle to space occupied by Almiron. He is forcing Almiron to work differently from where he works best.
We've also just had some missing pieces all season, but we've managed to weather it to still having the most points.
The cup was a disappointment, but I don't think we put our best foot forward at all. That lineup had some players who have rarely played together and several missing pieces.
Post by turnerfield on Jun 22, 2018 19:30:00 GMT -5
I couldn't agree more about Martinez. He is really really good at what he does which is get the ball in the box and score, and he's pretty good at headers for his size. But just like you said, he can really have an attitude problem at times and seems to check out of the game if he's not getting his chances. This couldn't be more clear during the playoff game last year against Columbus - I was at that game and you could see the frustrated body language radiating off of him and he would stand in the same spot for long periods of time without moving a step. I guess that's enough hate for the MLS leading goal scorer.
I wonder how much bigger Barco is going to get because it seems like he takes a lot of hard hits because defenders don't know how to slow him down without fouling. Seems like he's not being as smart with the ball as he was at the beginning of the season.
I have to believe that Tata is a good enough coach to make the necessary minor adjustments going forward. Hard to complain too much but gotta love the high standards for this team.
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on Jun 23, 2018 20:53:10 GMT -5
Yeah... I mean we are talking about the leading goal scorer and 1st place team. You know though the post-season is a different animal and we saw last year we were not geared to win there. I think it's okay to critique areas where we need to improve. I played a lot of sports all the way up through college and never once did I have a coach say "you're the best guys... there is nothing you need to work on... now pat yourself on the backside" before we actually won something, lol
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on Jul 5, 2018 16:03:26 GMT -5
That was a lazy, stupid loss. Most of the fault lies squarely on the shoulders of the coach.
Atlanta makes stupid mistakes on defense. They always have. Their strategy for a win is to not let the other team attack because of our own relentless pressure. We had already demonstrated confusion on D with out 4 back lineup as repeatedly the middle two defenders assumed the other one was covering the FC Dallas single middle man attacker.
Leading 2-1 late in the game, Tata Martino opted to back off the pressure removing our l left midfield attacker Barco and putting in seldom used Miles Robinson as a 5th defender. He promptly left his man alone to go double up on a Dallas midfielder already covered up by Escobar. He and Escobar both then allowed a through ball right between the both of them (thinking the other had it) straight to the man Robinson wasn't marking. He promptly streaked down the left side and put the ball past a helpless Guzan for the equalizer.
Then within 3 minutes with Dallas applying constant pressure (ya know.. because we were loaded up on D), Dallas scored again on a corner as 7 ATL defenders stood in the box watching the ball roll around assuming someone else would surely clear it until it ended up on the foot of the Dallas attacker.
A foolish, foolish giving away of 3 points we had in hand for nothing.
All squarely on the shoulders of Martino who decided to change strategy while we were completely dominating possession.
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on Jul 22, 2018 7:54:35 GMT -5
Good win yesterday after falling behind to a bad team 0-1.
5 Stripes storm back to win 3-1 as Josef Martinez sets the record for most hat tricks in 2 seasons as he notched his third 3 goal game in only his second season. Martinez is now averaging a goal a game and is 10 goals ahead of the 2nd best scorer in the league.