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#1 Lunchbox

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:14 PM

 

So Pardew is gone, Michael Appleton is the favourite, he'll do a good job if appointed

 

If they're going for Appleton, that suggests to me that the appointment is with an eye on getting out of the Championship next season, rather than believing they can stay up. Normally you'd get them signing a firefighter for the remainder of the season.

 

Not that getting back out of the Championship is anywhere near guaranteed either. Ask Sunderland.

 

As for MLS, the biggest thing holding it back is the stigma that football still has in certain sections of the US mainstream - uptake of the game among young people is on the rise, so this will take a little while to translate into following a homegrown side - especially given the blanket coverage of Premier League and La Liga.

 

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I think the biggest problem is that the MLS has the stigma of retirement league when the average age of players in the league is 24 years old and the past few "stars" to come over struggled alot in Pirlo, Gerrard, and Lampard. The league is growing. Im so excited about the state of the Red Bulls right now. They are killing it in the CCL and have a 2-2-0 record in the regular league using all B/C squads due to the academy producing homegrown talent. They lost this past weekend but three guys that came up through the system scored their first goals for the club. Its really exciting. 



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:28 PM

 

 

So Pardew is gone, Michael Appleton is the favourite, he'll do a good job if appointed

If they're going for Appleton, that suggests to me that the appointment is with an eye on getting out of the Championship next season, rather than believing they can stay up. Normally you'd get them signing a firefighter for the remainder of the season.

No one believes Albion can stay up. They have 20 points with 6 matches left, so would have to win all 6 to stay up. That is not going to happen.



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:06 PM

 

 

So Pardew is gone, Michael Appleton is the favourite, he'll do a good job if appointed

 

If they're going for Appleton, that suggests to me that the appointment is with an eye on getting out of the Championship next season, rather than believing they can stay up. Normally you'd get them signing a firefighter for the remainder of the season.

 

Not that getting back out of the Championship is anywhere near guaranteed either. Ask Sunderland.

 

As for MLS, the biggest thing holding it back is the stigma that football still has in certain sections of the US mainstream - uptake of the game among young people is on the rise, so this will take a little while to translate into following a homegrown side - especially given the blanket coverage of Premier League and La Liga.

 

Page limit! 

 

I think the biggest problem is that the MLS has the stigma of retirement league when the average age of players in the league is 24 years old and the past few "stars" to come over struggled alot in Pirlo, Gerrard, and Lampard. The league is growing. Im so excited about the state of the Red Bulls right now. They are killing it in the CCL and have a 2-2-0 record in the regular league using all B/C squads due to the academy producing homegrown talent. They lost this past weekend but three guys that came up through the system scored their first goals for the club. Its really exciting. 

 

 

Just wish one of these DP's would make their way down to DC. We're beyond abysmal at the minute.



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:23 PM

I still can't believe NY hasn't won the MLS cup yet, no matter how hard they try. As for the "retirement" league quip, a lot of big name players have come over at or just past their prime and I'd say half do well and half don't. Some do alright and then don't stick around. It's hard to build up a great career in the MLS if you're only in it for 1/2 to 2 years tops. Still, this season is gonna be lit as an LA fan, LAFC is playing great for a first year team and the Galaxy just proved it can win on any given day with Zlatan and that young group of core players.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 12:17 AM

Honestly this is the year they do it i think. The talent is there, Robles is a incredible leader. Kaku hasn't even been fully integrated to the team and they look pretty incredible already. 



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 01:52 AM

I forget how the playoff format is in MLS, but if it's still East only/West only then NY, whichever of the two your talking about will probably have problems getting past Toronto. I really think that's the only reason why they gave NY another team, so the city has a better chance of winning the cup lol.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:21 AM

I forget how the playoff format is in MLS, but if it's still East only/West only then NY, whichever of the two your talking about will probably have problems getting past Toronto. I really think that's the only reason why they gave NY another team, so the city has a better chance of winning the cup lol.

 

Toronto need to sort themselves out, because on early season form they won't be IN the playoff. Still early of course, anyone can put a run together and fire themselves up the table.

 

I fancy Columbus Crew this year, been very impressed with them.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:38 PM

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:57 PM

Birmingham 3 points behind and have the shittest away record (With 1 less point than us away)

 

B'ham go down to 10 men

 

B'ham and are now on the same points as us after winning 1-0 away against us. We have slightly better GD I guess... but they're on good form so that's irrelevant 

 

We *censored*ing suck so much

 

I said if we lost this game we'll go down so yay

 

I mean, there's now 3 teams on 39 and one on 41, so it's close... and third bottom are 5 behind (with a game in hand) but we suck so lol



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:12 AM

I hope Reading get dragged into it!!! Lol

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:20 PM

gutted adams is out the silly twat, maybe a youth striker can step up or play boga or jota there. Wes Harding what a guy

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 05:34 PM

Another game, another loss. Barsnley won so are only two above the bottom 3 now. They also have a game in hand, so if they win that... lol



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:41 AM

i hope bolton go down ivan campo *censored*s

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:47 AM

What did Campo do to Birmingham lmao



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:47 AM

What did Campo do to Birmingham lmao



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:12 PM

Millwall hadn't won at ever stadium ever.

Until today.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:01 PM

Holy *Censored* Roma



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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:05 PM

What did Campo do to Birmingham lmao


only bolton player I know lol other than okocha

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:55 PM

2-2 to Barsnley. Was 1-0 down and then was in the bottom 3. Then scored twice in 3 mins and was 5 clear. ...then conceded in the 95th min and it's back to how it was, 2 clear but they have a game in hand. Shame, the winning part was better. 



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:56 PM

cannot believe we never brought a striker after getting rid of donaldson, Adams is a talent yet Juke isn't even average at best yet we still try and rely on him, owners are a joke at this club though.