How RBNY went to the West, and won.

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2008, was a strange year for both New York Red Bulls fan, and MLS fans. The regular season had ended, the Red Bulls finished 5th in their Conference, thus not qualifying for the Play Offs…right? Wrong. The MLS only had 14 teams at the time, and the Red Bulls had more points than the 4th place team in the West, therefore, the Red Bulls had to go to the West!

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Time for New Tactics! FM Tactics


The year is 2021, and after leading New York Red Bulls to 5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters Shield, it is safe to say my tenure has been successful, but the core of my team is starting to age. For example, Aurelien Collin was a vital part of my defence until 2019 season, but he has now retired. Likewise, Felipe and Luke Hyam (who I signed from Ipswich in the 2016 season) are starting to decline as footballers, therefore I decided instead of risking the clubs’ future (we are only staying in the black through sales of youngesters), that I had to adapt my tactics to fit these aging players into the time.

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The London Stadium Nightmare

When London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, it allowed millions and millions of pounds of funding to go towards the regeneration of Stratford, which was in dire state.

2012 was a huge success, and brought a brand new regenerated area of London, E20, which meant more jobs and more housing. The newest part of Stratford station was rebuilt, a brand new Westfield shopping centre was built, The Queen Elizabeth Park was built, and the London Stadium was built. It made Stratford a massive business location in the capital.

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2012 was over… but what would happen to the Olympic Stadium? That was the question of everyone’s lips…

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Premier League Preview – Each Fans Opinion

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, the Premier League starts. It’s been a very long summer without football, we are lucky that every other year we have a manager International tournament, but unfortunately this year we have had to wait.

I wanted to create an article gathering the views of each sets of fans on how they think their club will do in the 2017/18 campaign. I was very impressed with the responses and the varied detail levels by each fans. Take a look below on what each fan thought.


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Simon Grayson – What will he bring to Sunderland?

After ten years of playing in the Premier League and half of that trying to survive by the skin of their teeth, Sunderland were relegated last season quite pathetically, the manager was found to be a very negative and he zapped the energy out of the players and the whole fanbase. So when he left the fans were left wondering who we’d get to replace him.

After a few weeks of takeover talks eventually breaking down, Sunderland needed a manager. Fans were horrified at some of the names out there. The club started having talks with Simon Grayson and appointed him on the 29th of June.

 

Simon Grayson isn’t exactly a name most people would get excited about, but he’s worked brilliantly at Preston with promotion from League 1 and finished two seasons in a row in 11th place on a tight budget – he’ll have a tight budget at Sunderland so he’s used to getting players on the cheap.

I think he’ll make Sunderland a team to be proud of and eventually get us promoted, it won’t happen all in one season due to the way the club is at the moment. He’s got the right attitude as well, it always seemed like Moyes was doing us a favour being our manager whereas Grayson feels like it’s a good challenge.

 

So what will he bring to the club?

Grayson’s teams are known for playing in a 4-4-2 formation, they’re also known for their counter attacking style of play, his Preston team from last season had less possession overall out of the majority of the teams, and while when we play at home you’d want to see us possess the ball a lot more. The most important thing is we need to win, I don’t think many fans will be bothered if we start winning games. The players he’ll bring in are ones that Sunderland have needed in a while, players who aren’t here for the money, but are proud to wear the shirt and give it their all. Sunderland fans don’t ask for a lot and there’s a reason why we love players like Kevin Ball, Lee Cattermole, Niall Quinn and Duncan Watmore over the likes of Januzaj, the players mentioned previously gave it their all and would run through brickwalls for the club. Grayson wants to bring those types of players in, while we won’t be seeing tricks and skills from them or anything like that, we’ll have players that actually want to play for the club, something we’ve not had as a team for years.

What players will he bring in?

At the time of writing he’s already made two signings, Brendan Galloway and Ty browning, both are from Everton, they’re here on season long loans. Galloway who’s 21, can play in centre-half  or Left-back. While Browning can play centre-half or right-back. Both are highly regarded especially Galloway.

Sunderland have also signed Aiden McGeady. He’s a fast winger, who played under Grayson last season, so I’m hoping when he comes he’ll be playing with that form that won him player of the month in February. With the addition of a striker, James Vaughan from Bury, Sunderland are slowly building a squad that’ll perform extremely well in the championship.

I don’t expect Grayson to get us promoted this season, it’s going to take a while as I stated earlier, but we need to back him, as a fanbase and the club itself. This is going to be such an important season for the club and I’m looking forward to it already.