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Old 03-25-2017, 02:16 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I hope he makes it. Still gonna be difficult. MLS is all kinds of fucked up, doesn't often allow all players to flourish.
Sadly, this rings true. He won't and hasn't made the 18 all year in a league match, and they'll loan him out to USL soon. That's what you get in joke leagues.
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Sadly, this rings true. He won't and hasn't made the 18 all year in a league match, and they'll loan him out to USL soon. That's what you get in joke leagues.
I don't really see how him being down on the depth chart has anything to do with the quality of the league.
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I don't really see how him being down on the depth chart has anything to do with the quality of the league.
The quality of the league does suck, but that's not the joke I was talking about. The joke is that like so many other talented players, their careers are DOA when they get to MLS (and way before that too because of the ass-backward club soccer landscape), because those clubs wouldn't know a thing/don't care about developing or playing a younger guy, and have no reason to. I don't expect you to understand or like this arguement either, but MLS' handling of young talent is a joke. I feel bad for Wright.
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Brian Wright update that got missed: He made his professional debut back on 4/1. He was loaned out to the Tulsa Roughnecks of the USL, and came on as a sub and played 30 minutes in a win over Rio Grande Valley.

Not sure if he's still in Tulsa or back in New England (one thing I read implied it was going to be a very short-term loan, possibly only for that 1 game). Transaction information is a little spotty.
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According to the UVM Soccer Twitter feed, Brian Wright is "set to make his MLS debut" tonight as New England plays at Seattle. I assume that means he'll at least be in the 18. The Revs usually announce their starting lineups/bench about an hour before game time on their Twitter feed.

Game is at 10PM ET tonight on CSN New England (Celtics channel).
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According to the UVM Soccer Twitter feed, Brian Wright is "set to make his MLS debut" tonight as New England plays at Seattle. I assume that means he'll at least be in the 18. The Revs usually announce their starting lineups/bench about an hour before game time on their Twitter feed.

Game is at 10PM ET tonight on CSN New England (Celtics channel).
He was in the 18 but did not come on.

But hey, at least my Union aren't the only MLS team blowing 3-0 leads...
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Really want Wright to start getting in games especially as I'm planning on attending some Revs games....hopefully that starts happening now (?)
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Really want Wright to start getting in games especially as I'm planning on attending some Revs games....hopefully that starts happening now (?)
The way the Revs are doing, it wouldn't surprise me, sooner or later. I'd like to say the same thing about Minnesota United and UMBC's Billy Heavner, but GK isn't their issue.
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The way the Revs are doing, it wouldn't surprise me, sooner or later. I'd like to say the same thing about Minnesota United and UMBC's Billy Heavner, but GK isn't their issue.
Alvbåge was absolutely dreadful, you know you're bad when you make Bobby Shuttleworth look like Manuel Neuer.

Sad part is he wasn't even the worst part of that little CB-CB-GK triangle during Minny's early season slump...Demidov is appallingly bad

Of course, I'm a Union fan, I'm used to bad. This season makes me want to rip my hair out
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Wright is back in the 18 tonight against Columbus. Game is on at 7:30. He's clearly benefiting from Kei Kamara's absence.
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Wright is back in the 18 tonight against Columbus. Game is on at 7:30. He's clearly benefiting from Kei Kamara's absence.
Except he's not getting into games. Seems pretty clear he's only there as emergency cover until the Kamara guy comes back from paternity leave. He'll probably get sent back on a loan again soon...because you know 22 year olds need "development time" when there are tons of 22 year olds in other countries around the world that have already racked up over 50 first-team appearances by the time they turn 22. And we wonder why the on-field and national team product is subpar?

I hope they give him a shot; it's early and the team isn't performing well enough, but they'd be willing to try something new...you know like playing your coveted "first round pick" and seeing what he can do. But, low stakes means not a care from the franchises.
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You watch more soccer than I do. But is part of (most of?) his problem that he's on the wrong team in terms of immediate playing time? New England's a pretty C+/C- team, but it seems like a lot of their talent (or maybe more importantly, they're money) is up front with Kamara and Agudelo. Throw in a veteran pro like Teal Bunbury (who even he doesn't see a lot of time), and it seems like there's a glut of seasoned professional guys who play the same/similar position as Wright on this team. I'm actually surprised they don't have him in USL so he can at least get game experience at a level still much higher than America East, as opposed to hanging out on the sidelines. But that's me.
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You watch more soccer than I do. But is part of (most of?) his problem that he's on the wrong team in terms of immediate playing time? New England's a pretty C+/C- team, but it seems like a lot of their talent (or maybe more importantly, they're money) is up front with Kamara and Agudelo. Throw in a veteran pro like Teal Bunbury (who even he doesn't see a lot of time), and it seems like there's a glut of seasoned professional guys who play the same/similar position as Wright on this team. I'm actually surprised they don't have him in USL so he can at least get game experience at a level still much higher than America East, as opposed to hanging out on the sidelines. But that's me.
That's some of it. Though, I don't think it's a talent issue. It's mostly systematic issues. The fact that he signed with the league, was allotted to the Revolution via the draft, when likely they don't even view him as anything more than a depth/trade piece, and he has no control over it. Coaches choose the veteran guys for no reason other than they are veterans in a lot of cases. USL loans will get you playing time potentially, but there are not many examples of guys going to USL on loan and making their way onto the first team, similar to you not finding too much success of guys going from draft pick stash in the D-League to solid NBA rotation guys and key parts of teams.

It's killing Wright's development. He's 22. His window is literally 2-3 years tops, because 22 with little professional experience in the global game mostly means your chances of success are low. South of the border, across the pond, there are lots of 22 year olds who have had well over 50 professional appearances by that age. These guys were getting loaned out or put in competitive games and environments at 18, going up against fellow professionals, and thrust into real competitive situations with real consequences and stakes - not the recreational mentality that purveys US/Canadian Soccer culture.

Lots of people want to blame the college model, and some merits to that (no truly good soccer player should even think about going to college anymore), but even these homegrown kids signed at 17 just ride pine or are not getting meaningful professional minutes, even on loan at USL teams. This lack of experience shows when US/Canada youth national teams at the U17, U20 and U23 level are in international competition outside of CONCACAF, and even within it because these guys either aren't playing on professional teams in favor of marginal vets, or are in college where you can't equate the competition levels.

That's a long way of saying that Wright and so many others' windows to show themselves closes before it even begins, and it's of no fault of their own, and I think that's ridiculous, especially for a league that is as butt as MLS is.
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It looks like New England will play young guys when there's a positional need (4th-round pick Josh Smith seems to be logging decent minutes this year) or where there's a distinct amount of talent (GA's Kelyn Rowe and Andrew Farrell both played a lot in their first couple seasons, as well as homegrowns like Fagundez and Scott Caldwell...hard to believe Fagundez is only about 6 weeks older than Wright). Unfortunately for Wright, it just looks like right now he doesn't fall into either category for this team.
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It looks like New England will play young guys when there's a positional need (4th-round pick Josh Smith seems to be logging decent minutes this year) or where there's a distinct amount of talent (GA's Kelyn Rowe and Andrew Farrell both played a lot in their first couple seasons, as well as homegrowns like Fagundez and Scott Caldwell...hard to believe Fagundez is only about 6 weeks older than Wright). Unfortunately for Wright, it just looks like right now he doesn't fall into either category for this team.
And it's exactly why the whole drafting process and having your contract owned by the league not the team stuff needs to go away when it doesn't align with the global standard of the game. Give players the freedom to sign and play where they can make an impact and improve their value like real soccer countries. I just feel bad for him. He'll end up in the new Canadian Premier League by next year, likely aka the league Canada had to make in order to be fully qualified to make the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and USA.
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