2021 MLS All-Star Game (2020 Cancelled)

SoupInNYC

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The rest of the league's fans has a bias against our players. They see us, understandably, as that sheikh owned team playing in a baseball stadium and generally don't watch our games against neutral opponents. I was shocked by the number of fans on Bigsoccer and Twitter who had very little to no idea who James Sands was until now.
I don't think other fans not knowing much about Sands has to do with bias against our players, more than it has to do with James Sands is a boring good player.

If he was a striker bagging goals, or an attacking midfielder assisting on a bunch of goals, he would have a lot more attention.

Instead, he's just an incredibly positionally sound, smart and instinctive DM/CB and how good he is, really isn't exciting to watch, therefore, creating less buzz/hype around him.
 

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I don't think other fans not knowing much about Sands has to do with bias against our players, more than it has to do with James Sands is a boring good player.

If he was a striker bagging goals, or an attacking midfielder assisting on a bunch of goals, he would have a lot more attention.

Instead, he's just an incredibly positionally sound, smart and instinctive DM/CB and how good he is, really isn't exciting to watch, therefore, creating less buzz/hype around him.
Similarly, Anton Tinnerholm is good at soccer because of his offensive ability as a right back, not his defensive ability.

Of NYCFC's regularly playing outfield players in the history of the club, I think Sands is the only one to have not scored a goal.
 
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