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4 hours ago, MadJack said:

David Beckham's Inter Miami wouldn't have lost 7-1.

They'd have missed the penalty kick, so this is indeed accurate.

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Inter Miami don't need to build a stadium in Miami, they can just play in all that space they've got rent free in OctoberRaven's head.

Are you telling me the British press has lied to me?

He could solve all of this by calling it Outer Miami instead.

Connecticut missed on bringing the Blue Jays to Hartford a couple months ago. But they ended up getting Toronto FC to play at UConn's football stadium.

 

But of course its getting roasted on Twitter cause the state canceled the high school football season.

 

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13 hours ago, Lineker said:

Lol San Jose.

I only had time to watch the first 25 minutes before I had a Zoom call I needed to get on, so I thought I wasn't going to really see the game get decided. Instead, it was already 4-0 to the Sounders by the time I had to mute it and go into the other room.

A lot of teams, Sounders included, really struggled with San Jose's man marking approach in the MLS is Back tournament but once it got found out, good lord. It got so bad that Kasey Keller was speculating like fifteen minutes in that the players were outright trying to get Matias Almeyda fired.

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Nice of the local classic rock station to play Inter Miami's theme song today.

EDIT- And hey, at least they scored two goals. 😜

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48 minutes ago, MadJack said:

How did the Fort Lauderdale Strikers get on?

0 goals. Pathetic. Talk about being in the basement. Am I right?

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2 hours ago, LL. said:

0 goals. Pathetic. Talk about being in the basement. Am I right?

I mean, it was a good performance for a team that hasn't existed in several years. And hey, we held it to a draw, better than you lot.

But hey, at least Inter Miami is leading MLS in something. Granted, it's losses, but hey, it's something.

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The quality team of Ft Lauderdale's Himmarshee FC now, btw. The season hasn't started yet due to COVID postponing, but if cases trend down hopefully by mid-October we'll bring quality footy back to Broward county cause, well, it ain't getting it from the folks at No-Hart stadium 😉

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Also LL don't take this personally, I know you're better than this, and outside of footy banter I think you're alright, but what the fuck is wrong with Vice City.

EDIT- I wasn't going to take a shot at Beckham for this, but turns out he liked the post.

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I, nor the team, can really control what its fans do. 

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23 minutes ago, LL. said:

I, nor the team, can really control what its fans do. 

Again, this isn't a knock on you. I know you wouldn't do this.

But management (Beckham, which actually surprised me, and Jorge Mas, less surprising) gave the video a like instead of denouncing it. You can't control everything supporters do, but you can at least say "Hey, don't be dicks and attack the other team's mascot." I'll give Beckham and Mas the benefit of the doubt and say they probably didn't watch it and just saw the thumbnail, and there probably will be a statement from the club, but woof it's a bad look, and the video makes not just Inter Miami supporters, but all South Florida sports fans look bad.

EDIT- And reading comments from Orlando supporters who were at the stadium at the time, apparently the reason there was no security around the mascot (who, as an aside, is apparently named Kingston) was because another Inter supporter threatened to attack him and security had to escort that guy out. Grain of salt there, but damn.

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David Beckham's future MLS champions David Beckham's Inter Miami have confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín. What a coup and real testament to the pull of Sir David.

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It's been a rough road getting here but I feel it's one that has made us stronger and now MLS IS ON NOTICE. Thank you, David Beckham. Thank you. 

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Well, what really got him here is that he learned they were playing in a place that's good to retire in. Those Sunrise condos will definitely give him a nice view of Sawgrass Mills and the Everglades.

How many 'game chaning' signings does it take to build a team that's only mildly pathetic?

More than it takes to build a championship team, apparently.

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Matuidi and Higuain could both play easily for top six Premier League teams, they're great signings for an MLS team.

I'm not even trolling here, I'm genuinely impressed.

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8 minutes ago, Adam said:

Matuidi and Higuain could both play easily for top six Premier League teams, they're great signings for an MLS team.

 

I don't doubt that, but there's at least nine other top-shelf players on those teams, and they probably wouldn't be relied on as cornerstones as their best years are behind them.

If having one or two star players was all it took, the USL Championship would just hand the trophy over to Ft Lauderdale legendicon Darnell King's team and be done with it. Then again, Phoenix Rising may actually win the championship, so maybe not the best example.

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In MLS one player is really significant though. Look at how much better Zlatan made LA Galaxy when he was there. They averaged half a point more for game during his time with the club than they did the season before he arrived.

Likewise for Schweinsteiger at Chicago. And now Miami has two players who are Champions League caliber. It's going to immediately make them better.

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10 minutes ago, damsher hatfield said:

In MLS one player is really significant though. Look at how much better Zlatan made LA Galaxy when he was there. They averaged half a point more for game during his time with the club than they did the season before he arrived.

Sometimes it adds a piece to the puzzle, sure. But a team dead last in the league can't expect to rocket up the standings, especially since he'll probably have to be in isolation for at least another week since this has been a done deal already.

And even then, you might have a Wayne Rooney to DC situation where you go from having a disaster team make it to the playoffs but still get bounced in the first round of knockout play.

Of course, we all know why I'm saying this in the first place.

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(yes I know it should be the other way around but fuck it it flows better plus I really need to rewatch They Live sometime)

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3 minutes ago, damsher hatfield said:

Galaxy and Chicago were both dead last. They both got bounced in the playoffs but they still saw a significant improvement almost exclusively due to the addition of one player.

Not mid-season, though, right? I know Rooney was.

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Rooney was basically Championship standard by the time he went to DC, well past his best. Higuain scored 11 goals for Juventus last season, he's much closer to a Zlatan or Thierry Henry signing than Rooney.

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Just now, OctoberRaven said:

Not mid-season, though, right?

No, the season before. This season's extremely wonky for a lot reasons, their impact is more about next year. But they'll probably be impactful enough to shoot Miami past the couple clubs they need to in order to make the expanded playoff field. They're currently just 3 points back of the play-in round.

With the changes to the European seasons and transfer windows these moves that in a normal season would have occurred probably in June are now occuring close to October.

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