Sharing unpopular opinions on the internet has become so popular, it's a thing now. So let me share mine. Earlier today, American wonderkid Christian Pulisic made a move from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea. Boy oh boy, Christian, way to end your promising career.
1. Chelsea is known for screwing up their youth. Think of the Chelsea FC Academy for a second...now tell me five Academy graduates that play on the first team. You simply can't! Nathan Ake is at Bournemouth, John Terry at Aston Villa, there is nobody! Either they have none, or they are all on loan (which brings me to my second argument).
2. They are all on loan. Chelsea currently has 39 players on loan at different clubs. Not only that but a large number of them are under the age of 20, 21, 22, and 23. Pulisic is currently 20, which means he will go right into that slot of immediately going out on loan. If Christian wanted to fulfill his Premier League dream, he should have done it the right way by going to a club that values and develops its youngsters themselves and not loaning them.
3a. While I'm not sure this is definitive, I do think there is some truth and logic in this argument. Chelsea is a massive football club. As much as that pains me to say as an a Barcelona/Arsenal fan. They are big (Not bigger than us though *wink*). So Chelsea obviously isn't dumb with their money spent. If Pulisic goes somewhere on loan, I think it's a fair point to say that CFC will be watching his performance and growth very closely. Chelsea didn't pay $80 million for nothing. Because of that, should Pulisic flop, Chelsea are going to be raising a few eyebrows at their "wonderkid" purchase and he will remain on loan until he does something to impress them. Worst comes to worst, Chelsea made a big money flop and will sell Pulisic for a smaller cost than they bought him (which as an Arsenal fan, would make me happy to see that they wasted money).
3b. However, at the same time, Pulisic most likely won't flop. He has been struggling a little bit, but nothing too bad as he hasn't had much first team plays. So while I think what I said in part 3a makes sense, it's all worst case scenario. Which, in all fairness, is entirely plausible, but unlikely considering it is Christian Pulisic we are talking about.
4. He is not joining immediately. He join CFC as soon as Bundesliga ends and THEN he'll fly to England. Bundesliga ends May 18 and the EPL ends May 19. So in technical terms, he is joining NEXT season. A lot can change in this new year. Like I said about the loans, if Christian wants to impress CFC ASAP to reduce his chance of being on loan, he's going to have to play his best games NOW while he still can, similar to how Alphonso Davies did before moving to Bayern Munich.
In the end, Christian Pulisic has a lot of thinking to do, games to play, and pressure to eat away at him. If he makes the ends meet, good for him! But if he can't, it could be the biggest mistake of his life.
FC Cincy have officially made their first expansion draft picks ever. Boy, were they wrong. I'm no official reporter, so I don't care about biases. This website was made BY fans, FOR fans. I'm going to speak my mind. Cincinnati got it wrong. Bad. Here's how it should have went down.
1. Darren Mattocks. This is the only trade Cincinnati got right. Darren Mattocks from DC United. In 2018, he scored 10 goals. He's fast, he's a striker, and he has firepower left in him. Just like MLS says about him, since Wayne Rooney has arrived to DCU, Mattocks has only had his minutes go down, so the move was in good taste.
2. Sacha Kljestan. This one should've been a no-brainer. I can see it beautifully, Kljestan bossing the midfield as he slides the ball right to Mattocks for the shot. Sacha has the in-game know-how not many others do and has held he captain's armband multiple times. The only downside to Sacha is his age. He's getting up there. But I still think he has some years left in him before he calls it quits, and it's important to get as much potential out of him as possibly before he hangs up his boots.
3. Quillan Roberts. Look, I know Quillan hasn't had the best of years recently. But what he needs, is game time. That's what he's been lacking. Minutes. Quillan Roberts is young for a new GK. Currently, the only GK Cincinnati has is Spencer Richey who isn't that old, but he's the only one. Cincinnati did not even look at the goalkeepers here as a next chain in command for the posts. I think by not taking Quillan Roberts, FC Cincinnati really missed out on a diamond in the rough.
4. Quincy Amarikwa. Quincy, Quincy, Quincy. He knows the game. He knows the style of plays. He knows the ins and he knows the outs. He knows what to do and how to do it at all times. He has one of the strongest mentalities in MLS. He is a big name player that people like to watch in MLS. He has the locker room knowledge that would've really benefited Cincinnati if they got him. Overall, it's his mentality that makes him stand apart. Could you imagine a Quincy x Sacha duo? Oh my god, I would love that.
5. Alvas Powell. Finishing it off, Powell was another missed diamond tucked under the dirt. Look at his 2018, Alvas Powell was in the MLS Cup final, he scored one goal in four games which is not bad for a defender, if anything it shows that he has the fighter in him that can get up top when needed, and he's JUST 24. Should Powell get more time on the field, he can really mold himself into a household name in Cincinnati.
This is how Cincy's draft should have went. None of this trading Kei Kamara to Colorado for some money. Money always comes and goes and with the breakout year they are projected to have, they would have made Kei Kamara's money back in two games. It's smart to acquire money, but with the fans and players and incoming MLS revenue, they would have made it regardless. When you are choosing the top five players from the league to start and bolster your first ever MLS team, you have to make the most of the five choices. No money grabs. You get players, and when done right....good players.
Ever since David Beckham announced his expansion club in MLS, people have been abuzz. Smart move by the English legend to expand his operations. But, the only issue is, MLS has been having some problems from within the league. Seeing as though the MLS is a relatively new league compared to La Liga (which has been around since 1929), you have to get everything ironed out asap for maximum benefits. If Miami wants to put up a fight in MLS, they're going to be needing a few things.
I love soccer. Anyone with an IQ above a raisin can agree. Out of the billions of years that have gone by, and given the chances it takes to be a human, I think we are all underappreciating the fact we were born the same time to see Lionel Messi play. But other than Messi, the greatest football player of all-time, we are all only human. When the world’s soccer stars get to the age where they need to start thinking about their retirement plan, but still want to play their final years, what league comes to mind? MLS. It’s a practically GLOBALLY hated league. Go to any MLS-related post on Instagram or Facebook (that isn’t MLS-associated) and the top comments are always along the lines of “MLS is a retirement league”, “MLS sucks”, “MLS is where players go to get money”, “Even my grandmother can compete in MLS”. When trying to reason with them, they bring up the same exact arguments each time, completely ignoring your facts and data to backup your claims, as they just spout what all the other brainwashed sheep do to stick with the pack.
“MLS is a retirement league”:
No it isn’t. Look, I can see why you say that to be honest. People only say this and give the example of Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Robbie Keane, David Beckham, Kaka, Steven Gerrard, and most recently, Zlatan and Wayne Rooney. It’s a pretty simple idea these EuroSnobs have, “They are aging stars looking for a place to start taking it slower as they enter the retirement stage of life”. Foolish mortals. I don’t think they understand that while these players MAY have come to do that, they make up a small fraction of the leagues players.
This recent winter transfer window, MLS teams brought in 33 young South Americans, 7 of which, teenagers. The average age of a player in the MLS is 24, whereas the English Premier League’s is 27. 30% of the time, it’s these youngsters who get all the attention!
When you just look at the facts, you can no longer say it’s a “retirement league”
“The players only go there for money!”
Sweetie, if this was true, they’d go to China. The ACTUAL retirement league. Belgian player, Axel Witsel earns 16 million Euros a year. Brazilian powerhouse midfielder, Hulk, gets 20 million Euros. Ex-Chelsea star, Oscar, is getting about 24.4 million Euros in 12 months. Finally, Argentine superstar, Carlos Tevez is earning an insane 37.5 million Euros a year (which is $47 million USD and $56 million CAD).
Compare those figures to Sebastian Giovinco, the highest earner in MLS which is a mere $9 million and the numbers and argument that players come to North America for money is ridiculous.
“MLS has no talent!”
Boy, oh boy, are they wrong about this. While it isn’t so rare to see a big name player come to MLS, it is fairly rare to see an MLS player go to any of Europe’s giant teams like Barcelona or Real Madrid. Thankfully, however, the future is now.
To name a couple, Jack Harrison: an NYCFC player was recently shipped out to Manchester City. He is now on loan at Leeds to develop for his future at Man City, the current Premier League winners.At just 21, he has a bright future ahead of him, especially in England.
Miguel Almiron: Before choosing Atlanta as his final choice, this then-22-year-old was scouted by Arsenal and Inter Milan and willing to pay up to 10 million pounds for the Paraguay international. Ultimately, instead of Arsenal, he chose MLS. Where he now shines bright like a diamond and is one of the best midfielders the league has to offer. He has recently been linked back to Arsenal and Inter Milan, as well as Newcastle! But he stays loyal to the 75k weekly attendance in Atlanta.
Alphonso Davies: I’m excited about this one. Davies is just a 17 year old Canadian international. The youngest ever player on a Canadian team, the youngest ever player to win the Gold Cup, second youngest player to score in MLS, the list goes on for this wonderkid! In late July, the Germany’s biggest club, Bayern Munich, paid Vancouver Whitecaps (his homegrown team) $12 million + $6 million add-ons. Making Davies the most expensive player MLS has produced ever! AT JUST 17! He’s been nothing short of a beast at Vancouver and with the world class training facilities in Bayern, he’s only going to improve. Mark my words, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins a Balon D’Or.
“MLS is not competitive”
The winners of La Liga in the past five years: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid. (Sounds like it’s completely dominated by the same teams, huh?)
The winners of EPL in the past five years: Man City, Chelsea, Leicester, Chelsea, Man City. (Sounds like it’s completely dominated by the same teams, huh?)
The winners of Ligue One in the past five years: PSG, Monaco, PSG, PSG, PSG (Does that sound “competitive” to you?)
The winners of Serie A the past SEVEN years: Juventus. (Does that sound “competitive” to you?)
The winners of Bundesliga the past SIX years: Bayern Munich. (Does that sound “competitive” to you?)
Now, the winner of MLS the past five years: Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, LA Galaxy, Sporting KC.
I rest my case.
“MLS has no fans”
This past year MLS had a higher average attendance than Serie A and Ligue 1. Enough said.
In the grand scheme of things, the football world highly underestimates Major League Soccer. We have talent, excitement, and thrill. We are no longer the little league that the football world tries to make us out to be and it’s time people treat us right.
Good morning/afternoon/evening brethren,
Allow me to answer some of your many questions on this particular tab.
1) What is this?
To be honest, I don't know. I have no real solid plans on this yet and it will be used a recreational side thing apart from my page. I don't know when or what I'll post, because I'm assuming it should be MLS related so that leaves out my mixtape updates and freedom of thought. But, imma do my best to make this tab on this website the best one.
2) Why did you accept?
Because these guys are my homies. And I'm on that paper chase.
3) How long?
I told you I don't know. We didn't start this page with the intent of leaving it, so it's here for a while.
4) Why start a page?
Broski, we are trying to expand ourselves to a broader audience. And like I said, we got our eyes on those green things.
And maybe, if all goes well, the biggest MLS podcast known to man *eyes emoji*
So this is it! The first page here is boring cuz I'm still figuring out all the features and tools, but it'll come together soon.
Until the future my friends,
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