What this town needs, is a kick in the grass:
Well, here we are, December 1st, and it is usually the time of the year where we are talking about a possible Super Bowl run, or the lifting of Lord Stanley’s Cup. The NBA title has been out of our reach ever since #3 left town. But this year, after such a promising preseason, the Eagles are in the race for first overall pick in the draft next year. And on que, all the Philadelphia fans are calling for the coaches’ head. The Flyers are on a 2 game winning streak, which may be the bright spot of the fall season so far. The Sixers, well they just suck. I don’t know where to even start with them.
The brightest news of the fall has come from our boys in Chester. The hiring of Earnie Stewart. They finally have a person in the front office that knows the sport and exactly how the diehard fan feels. Let’s collectively get off the “Philly must win now” boat and realize that this move was to reverse the teams’ downfall, and bring a winning team to our city. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. If he does this right, we will have a competitive team next year, with a championship 3 years away. So the following is just my opinion in case Mr. Stewart needs my advice:
Let’s break it down by player and what I would do with them, going on the idea of the peak year for a soccer player is around 29 years old; (ages will be as of next year)
- Fernando (24): Definitely a keeper on the roster. If he stays healthy, could be the leading scorer next year, and win the starting forward job. Rate him 4 out of 5, with potential of a 5 rating
- Eric Ayuk (19): Love the kids’ intensity. Is very young, but growing into a steady player. Speed to get past defense. Keep him. Rating 3.5 out of 5. Will continue to grow.
- Barnetta (31): Had his moments of brilliance this year. Trying to get used to a new team, new way of playing the sport. Will be dangerous next year in the starting lineup. 5 out of 5
- Eric Bird (23): Feeling he will go down and play with Bethlehem Steel. Give him a couple years to grow. Rating…Can’t rate someone I’ve never seen play.
- Andre Blake (26): Zach who?? When we picked up (Sorry for the bad language), Rais, I thought we secured a god keeper. We know how that story ended. Blake is a stud back there and to lose him know would just be plain idiotic. 5 out of 5
- Brian Carroll and Casey Conner are both gone. We know it, they know it. And it stinks, but age has caught up to them, and we are building this team for a cup run. You will be missed.
- Warren Creavalle (26): Not a bad player. He doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of opposing strikers, but holds his own. I’d say keep him. 3.5 out of 5.
- Mo (30): Stay healthy is what he needs to do, but unfortunately at 30 years of age, he can’t rebound back from the injuries like he used to. Keep him for leadership, going to need it in the locker room. 3 out of 5
- Fabinho (31): If my son ever wants to play defense, I would tell him to look to Fabio as an inspiration. You cannot question his heart, and his speed. Does he get caught too far up? Yes he does, but it’s usually on a possible scoring play. Much respect. 4.5 out of 5.
- Fred (37): Rumors are he is gone.
- Ray Gaddis (29): Growing on me. A baller. Can break up a scoring opportunity. Keep him. Solid defensive player. 4 out of 5
- Hoppenot (26) see number 10
- Le Toux (32): We owe him For all he has done for this team, plus he is a fan favorite. A solid player with more heart than anyone else on the team. He’s the closest to a 5 out of 5 we have.
- Cristian Maidana (29): Key of our team going forward. Leading in assist the last 2 years, and that’s with injuries. Slowly becoming a fan favorite in this city. Could be a franchise player if he stays healthy and has a midfield to work with. Will have a career year next season. 5 out of 5.
- Marquez (24): Decent player. Gets beat at times, but still solid back there. Needs some mentoring, and will be OK. 3.5 out of 5
- John McCarthy (24): If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind about the skill and heart of this player, please just switch sports. Great for the club both skill wise and selling tickets. You need him to continue to sell out the place. Rallied a city around a friend who was going through cancer, and that can never be paid back. Big Heart, this kid. Hope my son grows up to be half the keeper he is. 5 out of 5.
- Jimmy McLaughlin (23): Moving on so it is reported
- Nogueira (28): Still getting caught up front trying to many tricky passes, but will hustle back to get into play. Like him. Good player for the team. 4 out of 5
- Zach Pfeffer (21): Before his injury, was on his way to a career year. But this off season will give him time to heal. Good player that will do what is asked. Good supporting player for Coach Curtin. Give him the contract. 3.5 out of 5, but that’s because of injuries.
- J. Sapong (27): Fans like him because he scores. But age will catch up to him quick, and with the emergence of Aristeguieta, may be trade bait. Hard to rate, because he’s a one dimensional player, but in his position, 4 out of 5
- Brian Sylvestre (23); Along with Blake and McCarthy, the best keeper squad in the league. If you can keep him, please do so. 4 out of 5
- Vitoria (29): Reports saying he is gone, I’m OK with that. Decent player.
- Andrew Wenger (25): never lived up to what he was brought into do. And that’s ok, most players don’t. I have a feeling he is looking for a trade, but might be able to shop around. 3 out of 5, and that’s a low 3. Gave up on a lot of plays, and that may have been some inner conflict with the team.
- Ethan White (25): Going to need him back there on defense. Not a great player, but a good player. Maybe with the right defensive leadership, he will be great. Time will tell. 3 out of 5
- Rumored— Chris Pontius (29): could be a good fit. My thought: brought in to replace the aging Carroll. We shall see.
So starting from the back with who I believe will be here next year:
White Gaddis Marquez Fabinho
Le Toux Barnetta Maidana Pontius
Hmmm… I like it.