1st year success

02/25/2011 3:23 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

—by Dave Hoyt

Another open topic to get some discussion going. This time, let's talk about what will constitute a successful season for you. What's the benchmark in your mind for where we could, or should, be at the end of the year?

I haven't been able to pull all of my different hopes together into one coherent idea (not even whether or not playoffs are ultimately realistic), so here are some of the things that I think will mark a great starting point to build off of.

- Win more than half of our home games this season, earning a rep in year one as a tough place to play

- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of all our players. There are a surprising number of players in this league going on their 3rd or 4th seasons who are still unknown quantities. I hope by the end of the season we can identify what our players can give us and have a core group of guys we know we can build around long term.

- Develop a team personality. So many teams in MLS are simply anonymous. Kansas City's playing style over the course of the franchise's existence could be adequately summed up as "11 guys on a pitch". However Spencer wants to take the team, quick, free-flowing passers or rough, physical brutes, let's build an identity for the team so it stands out among the dross.

- Play positive football with a focus on creating chances for us versus bunker defenses and negative tactics.

So what are you looking for this season? What do you expect and what do you hope?


Comments

  • 07/12/2016 7:06 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Bodie says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Undefeated in Cascadia…..
    Beyond that, for me I think you nailed it. Team personality, knowing who and what we are when we hit the pitch is key. For Team and TA being able to focus energy equals wins and quality points.

    Then, realistic or not, and I think it is…. you gotta think playoff spot don’t cha? Top ten in the league…?
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  • 07/12/2016 7:06 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Scott V Swearingen says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Not getting the wooden spoon for worst record in MLS. As long as there are a couple teams below us it will be successful.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:06 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    mao says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I agree completely with Scott. Playoffs, undefeated in Cascadia, US Open Cup run – those are all fantastic goals. I personally don’t think they should be expectations though. Not this year anyway. I hope our side proves this perspective wrong but having a productive season with attractive football will be satisfying enough for me.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:07 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Kyle Jones says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    For me, being the supporters group that others strive to be in our fist season up. On the pitch, if like to see more wins than losses, more draws than losses and average more than one point in the standings per game. That alone would make playoffs almost realistic. I’d also like to see us in at last one USOC match that isn’t in our regular season schedule.

    Though if the lone thing we do is not finish last, as Scott said, that would be a success. Everything else is extra and falls under hopes, not expectations.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:07 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Lucas Grzybowski says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    If even one drop of TA piss connects with the bald, sh*t, tit-headed keeper from up north, then this season will be a success.

    I kid of course. Winning the Cascadia Cup is my most ardently hoped-for goal, and I think a not unreasonable expectation.

    Beyond that I hope the special connection we as supporters have with the team continues to thrive as the team makes the transition to MLS. I have a tiny nagging fear that things will change for the worse, and the club will hedge toward the impersonal model of other top flight American sports leagues (I can’t imagine palling around at a BBQ with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nic Batum the way we have with Taka Suzuki and Bryan Jordan, e.g.), but for the most part I am sanguine.

    A win at either qwest or BC Place would be pretty cool too.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:07 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Ben Blanding says:
    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’d like to see us make the playoffs but if we don’t i wouldn’t consider it not a success. I want a winning record at home and I’d love to see at least one double digit scorer on our team.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:07 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Kurt Schubothe says:
    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    It would be nice to see if our team could do the same as the Timbers did in 1975. Things were different back then as the NASL was not as stable as the MLS. Make the playoffs should be a given. Win our games against Seattle and Vancouver. Be in the Final? Anything can happen in the MLS. We should all think outside the box and root our team to the final and not just hope we have a team that wins half their games. Silverware would be nice to go with the best supporters in the league.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:08 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Mike Drescher says:
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    1. Beat LA and Seattle at home
    2. Sell out every home match
    3. Don’t finish at the bottom
    4. Make PGE Park a fortress – no more than 2 home defeats
    5. Built a solid core of young players, no need for old, crusty, overpaid foreign ‘stars’ who are several seasons past their best.
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  • 07/12/2016 7:08 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Bradley Stonecypher says:
    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I am pretty easy – just beat Seattle and I will be satisfied.
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