Bless Their Hearts (RBNJ Talk Here)

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After selling Kemar Lawrence, I had to take a look at the MetroFanatic board and it's melting down

A sampling of posts: Lolllll Fuck this team; This team is going to get boo'd on opening day; Sigh, just as I was starting to look forward to this season however slight my optimism was. At least our Jersey this year is nice and tickets will be dirt cheap.; Were going to be really bad this year.; WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE DOING
This seems to happen every year amd they tend do well despite the FO moves. But the difference now is that they givng up so many pieces of their succesful years and their replacements are big question marks if they will be able to fill in the big shoes.
 
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I think their main strategy at this point is to promote RB2 guys or bring in other USL guys or waived MLS guys and hope they get lucky. But it is not inconceivable that they bring in one higher level MF or F from Latin America or Europe.
 
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I think their main strategy at this point is to promote RB2 guys or bring in other USL guys or waived MLS guys and hope they get lucky. But it is not inconceivable that they bring in one higher level MF or F from Latin America or Europe.
The RB DNA will help them presumably be a mid table team. With the young kids I could see them get off to a hot start then start tiring out towards the end of the season as their high press mixed in with inexperience leads to heavy legs come August/September.

They did well after getting rid of Sacha and Dax a few years back since they had ample/better replacements for the two of them with the kids coming up (Adams). After they got rid of Adams though, they were vastly different and weren't able to get anyone to really make a stamp on the game like he did. Now that they've also lost BWP, Lawrence, and Robles, they don't have any of the big names that both tormented us and led them in the past.

Essentially, they were able to replace their big names with decent kids, but after removing too many pieces too soon, no one has really stepped up to the level of those leaving. They're still going to be good enough to pose a threat, but they have a big feeling of being caught in between past and future.
 

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The RB DNA will help them presumably be a mid table team. With the young kids I could see them get off to a hot start then start tiring out towards the end of the season as their high press mixed in with inexperience leads to heavy legs come August/September.

They did well after getting rid of Sacha and Dax a few years back since they had ample/better replacements for the two of them with the kids coming up (Adams). After they got rid of Adams though, they were vastly different and weren't able to get anyone to really make a stamp on the game like he did. Now that they've also lost BWP, Lawrence, and Robles, they don't have any of the big names that both tormented us and led them in the past.

Essentially, they were able to replace their big names with decent kids, but after removing too many pieces too soon, no one has really stepped up to the level of those leaving. They're still going to be good enough to pose a threat, but they have a big feeling of being caught in between past and future.
RB are also suffering a talent drain in their academy. That “golden age” of HG players that replaced Sacha/Dax: Adams, Sean Davis, Muyl, Lade, and Etienne were affiliated with them because NYCFC didn’t have older age teams with the way the academy was started at u14. Now the best players are going straight to NYCFC and RB is missing out; sure they’ll get the ones from NJ that won’t make the NY commute, but the really talented ones are going to make the commuting effort.
 

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Some really good quotes in this article, I'll link them here.
Before any official decision was made, Sims made contact with leadership of The Third Rail, NYCFC’s only officially recognized supporters’ group.

“I know that our fans' frustration is coming from a place of passion and that ultimately, we all want the same thing, we want our team to win,” Sims said.

Sims said he explained the possibility of a return to Harrison not just for this leg, but for other potential scheduling conflicts until the club has a stadium of its own.

“I said, hey if you're going to do it again, that's your prerogative, but potentially, you're kind of setting precedent in terms of saying you're never going to go see us play at Red Bull. We have a few years to go until we have our own stadium and one of the toughest times of the year for us to find a venue to play is October, when the Yankees could be in the playoffs or the Mets could be in the playoffs, and we plan on being in the playoffs not just this year, but every year. That can be a challenge for us. In February and March, we hope to be playing, we hope this Champions League thing is a regular occurrence for us.

“We're going to do everything in our power to play at Yankee Stadium first, Citi Field second and somewhere else in the five boroughs third, but the reality of the situation is that this is a potential and all things being equal, we as a club want you there, and I know for a fact our players and our coaching staff want you guys there.”
Should that not pan out, NYCFC and Sims at least have an unlikely partner in the Red Bulls willing to lend a hand from across the Hudson River.

“Everyone for these first two games has been extremely helpful and cooperative and working as a partnership,” Sims said. “You hear fans say ‘they’re going to rake us over the coals on the negotiation.’ And it has not been that way at all. They’ve been totally cooperative, helpful, professional. Probably neither of our fans want to hear that, but it’s the truth and we appreciate it. We are in a tight spot and they didn’t have to handle it that way, and they have.”
 

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Odd decision. The issue seemed to be less about Armas than about roster construction. He did well replacing Marsch in 2018. The roster has gotten a lot weaker since then.
 

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Odd decision. The issue seemed to be less about Armas than about roster construction. He did well replacing Marsch in 2018. The roster has gotten a lot weaker since then.
i disagree, he had a shield winning team in 2018 and didnt get the job done and i recall a few RB fans not liking his lineups and tactics into the playoffs of that year. it all went down hill after that.
 
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