Gothamite

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I don't know...Arena is a legend but his last two jobs ended really poorly.

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Eh, I don't think the panic-switch USMNT year has much if any bearing on this job, and the wheels didn't fall off at LA Galaxy until he took most of the technical side with him and left the empty suits in charge. 

 

Seems like a win-win to me. Bruce Arena gets back on solid ground after the World Cup disaster, and worst-case scenario is that he gets a cushy job before retirement. The Revolution have actual MLS and teambuilding experience on the soccer side for literally the first time.

 

It's a safe hire but also probably the smartest one given the context of this team. Though I'd think the most ideal move would be to install Arena as GM only and let him hire a coach.

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Open Cup Round 2 tonight and Hartford Athletic hosts the New York Cosmos. (Yes, "Brass Bonanza" is their goal song.)

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Some tidbits on the CPL potential expansion markets. I find the second one very interesting. It would be tied into a brand new casino/convention center/entertainment district that is under construction. 

 

 

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I hope the CPL isn't going to rush teams along just to have more teams.  2021 as a "worse case" might actually be a better case.

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9 minutes ago, Mockba said:

I hope the CPL isn't going to rush teams along just to have more teams.  2021 as a "worse case" might actually be a better case.

Agreed. 

I wouldn't hate for there to be no 2020 expansion team. 

 

That said; I think they are going to push hard for team #8. I think they were certain that the Fury were coming for year 1 (before all that BS) and they'll want to get team 8 in ASAP even if it is rushed. 

 

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Laval surprises me when Montréal has had enough trouble at the MLS level.

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Wondo needed a goal to tie the MLS regular season goals record, and two to break it (obviously). He scored four today. Trigger warning for Chicago Fire fans if there are any in here.

 

 

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Too bad he missed against Belgium.

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1 hour ago, DG_Now said:

Too bad he missed against Belgium.

 

Why, man, why.

 

I’ve tried so hard to forget that. 

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Too bad he missed against Belgium.

 

At least we got to see Tim Howard make a million saves (though that said a lot about the US defense). I was also more upset by the game where we gave up the late goal against Portugal to draw because it basically ruined my birthday and I'm selfish.

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Alright, Cincinnati fans, this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. You’ve taken our most prized possession, last place in the table, and we want it back. Who wants to lose more? We’ll soon find out!

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Multiple sources - mlssoccer.com, The Cincinnati EnquirerThe Athletic, and Cincinnati Soccer Talk amongst them - are reporting that FC Cincinnati are set to hire Gerard Nijkamp, currently technical director at Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle, as the Major League Soccer club's new general manager. The move would allow Jeff Berding to focus solely on his role as FCC's club president.

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17 hours ago, Brian in Boston said:

Multiple sources - mlssoccer.com, The Cincinnati EnquirerThe Athletic, and Cincinnati Soccer Talk amongst them - are reporting that FC Cincinnati are set to hire Gerard Nijkamp, currently technical director at Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle, as the Major League Soccer club's new general manager. The move would allow Jeff Berding to focus solely on his role as FCC's club president.

 

Good. My close dear personal friend Jeff Berding (I once offered him my seat at the bar at The Precinct as I was getting up to leave) has been instrumental in getting the team off the ground and into Major League Soccer, but he's not a soccer guy.

 

Now who's this Nijkamp fella? 

 

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A quick shout out to the Rapids, who won their first game of the season this weekend. It only took twelve games to pull it off.

 

Also, the MLS site needs to move to a W-D-L setup for their standings. We've all adjusted to having home teams listed first, opposite of every other sport in North America, so why can't we do this? It's especially infuriating when broadcasts sometimes show team records (team x has this record vs. team y for instance) and they act like we're supposed to inherently know whether they're doing W-D-L (as God intended) or W-L-D (as the Founding Fathers intended).

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3 hours ago, McCarthy said:

Now who's this Nijkamp fella? 


He's been involved at various levels of Dutch soccer for going on 21 years. He broke into professional soccer as the Academy Director for PEC Zwolle, back when the club was playing in the Eeerste Divisie - the second division - of Dutch Football. He served in that position for nine years, simultaneously serving as an assistant coach with the club's first team for 6 of those. He also did a stint as the assistant coach of the Royal Dutch Football Association's U21 National Team during that period. He then spent almost four years serving as the head of the youth department for the soccer programs of a couple of different Qatari sports clubs. Then, it was back to the Netherlands as an instructor and a scout within the Royal Dutch Football Association, before becoming technical director with PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2012. He's held the latter position - and scouted for the Dutch U23 National Team - ever since. 

When you look at the respective logos of the Royal Dutch Football Association and FC Cincinnati, is it any wonder the MLS side tabbed him for their GM's slot? I mean, the guy should feel right at home. 😉      

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9 hours ago, Brian in Boston said:


He's been involved at various levels of Dutch soccer for going on 21 years. He broke into professional soccer as the Academy Director for PEC Zwolle, back when the club was playing in the Eeerste Divisie - the second division - of Dutch Football. He served in that position for nine years, simultaneously serving as an assistant coach with the club's first team for 6 of those. He also did a stint as the assistant coach of the Royal Dutch Football Association's U21 National Team during that period. He then spent almost four years serving as the head of the youth department for the soccer programs of a couple of different Qatari sports clubs. Then, it was back to the Netherlands as an instructor and a scout within the Royal Dutch Football Association, before becoming technical director with PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2012. He's held the latter position - and scouted for the Dutch U23 National Team - ever since. 

When you look at the respective logos of the Royal Dutch Football Association and FC Cincinnati, is it any wonder the MLS side tabbed him for their GM's slot? I mean, the guy should feel right at home. 😉      

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I always thought FCC got their colors from the Dayton and Cincinnati Dutch Lions

 

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