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mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #1
Thursday August 24, 2017 10:48am

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After 3 years of terrible choices from the top down, I am loving the epic freefall that my so-called club is having.

The fish rots from the head.

I also find it funny that after years of reaching out to them about various issues or fan-connection ideas, the only time they've gotten back to me in their existence is this year, when they're shitting their pants about losing fans.

skangles
DC
Post #2
Thursday August 24, 2017 11:40am

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mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #3
Friday August 25, 2017 2:14am

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For me, suspending my LAG fan status is still several steps away from considering becoming an LAFC fan.

I do like BB, but it'll take more than that.

I'd say the main thing that would sway me would be if it turns out that they have a good academy, and they find a way to reward youth clubs that create players.

If they stink their neck out and figure a way to break that barrier in the US soccer pyramid, I'd be really tempted.

skangles
DC
Post #4
Friday August 25, 2017 3:29am

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I think it was the Top Drawer Soccer Show that was talking about how LAFC has already started building their youth academy. I agree, I'd love to see the FC Dallas approach rolled out in the LA market.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #5
Friday August 25, 2017 5:41am

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How did FC Dallas set up that was so special?

Dave
Post #6
Friday August 25, 2017 11:31am

Joined Jul 2014
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Original post from mmee

How did FC Dallas set up that was so special?


It's less about the set-up and more about actually using players from their academy in their first team. Using young academy talent & signing DPs in their prime instead of overpaying for aging stars has given them consistency while playing attractive soccer. It also keeps their payroll reasonable.

dolcem
Post #7
Friday August 25, 2017 8:07pm

Joined Nov 2012
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I think this is a good thing. The appeal of the MLS is that there's parity, and part of that means not having the same team dominating every single year. And Galaxy fans have been too spoiled by their past. They need to have some bad seasons to make it realistic. More importantly, this is a very good development for LAFC. Hopefully they can win over some Galaxy fans. The last thing this league needs is another team folding, so at this point, I'm hoping LAFC has a good start.
GET A CLUB TEAM
mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #8
Friday August 25, 2017 11:04pm

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Sure, sure.
But I've seen how they've spent money over the last few years, and it's like they're crashing on purpose.

This brings up a bigger issue about Garber Bucks being stupid if it's easier to spend on 1 $7M player than like 5 $1M players. The latter costs less but it would have a bigger salary cap impact, no?

Also, Dave, I don't think it's just the LAG not using their academy players enough. I think that the academy must be failing (and it's failing in Southern California, which is scary). I'm not sure how much of an Onalfo factor there is in this, but I doubt it' s a major factor.

And semi-relatedly, if we can't grow the bottom of the pyramid by connecting youth clubs to pro clubs, MLS is going to hit a wall on how much it helps US Soccer, if it hasn't hit that wall already.

Dave
Post #9
Saturday August 26, 2017 12:24am

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mmee - I don't pretend that LAG is the only team that doesn't use enough of their academy players. However, they (and the NY clubs) have been the poster children for bringing in players who are well past the point of usefulness. They sign big named has beens to pump up interest in the short term, than to fail at integrating young talent.

Since Kries left, NYCFC has put more of a focus on their young players...trying to blend the veterans and the youth. Others like Dallas, Atlanta, etc....are doing it as well. But until all clubs stop/scrap focusing on the 30-35 yr old DPs & Vets....Arena's model, and start focusing on the 20-24 yr olds the league just won't have the necessary numbers to help the USMNT as much as I'd hope.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #10
Saturday August 26, 2017 12:47am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,147
Dave, we're saying the same thing.

stone88
Post #11
Saturday August 26, 2017 6:31pm

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Original post from skangles



Jeez...lol.

admsghs27
Post #12
Saturday August 26, 2017 8:40pm

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Stop Trolling!!!

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #13
Monday August 28, 2017 9:13am

Joined Mar 2014
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....because Galaxy can troll themselves just fine, right?

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #14
Wednesday August 30, 2017 12:29am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,147
Good news everyone! Dominic Kinnear will fix it!

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #15
Friday September 1, 2017 6:29pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,378
He'll be a positive stable influence along with Sigi. They'll clean up the roster...jettison JJ. I don't see either of them being crazy about the Dos Santos brothers...dump them both... Once you guys get Lletget back it will start falling into place. Probably a slower build than most expect, but if they dumped Gio and get a true impact forward and another attacker they'll be fine. AEG has too much money for LA to be down for longer than a season.

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