I have read some of the posts on this board and found them quite astonishing. I've had a firm interest in the MLS and I think you'll agree you are not one of the stronger sides in the league with the likes of LA Galaxy etc. Not that is a bad thing, we're not the greatest in the English pyramid system and growth is fundamental to any side.
Back onto Miller, these are my views. Kenny is a work horse who never stops running and he is very intelligent on the ball. Alongside another striker I believe he can be a massive threat in your league, especially if that other striker has pace to make runs for Kenny to assist with. Think of Kenny as a Rooney but at a lower level overall. Constantly works, constantly presses the opposition, intelligent movement and can finish. He didn't have a great season this year but that was because we were recovering from an exodus of players and our side needed to gel during the season. Luckily for us we got off to a flyer but the lack of depth in our squad shone through in the end and thats when we lost our way a bit in the season, especially with the added games in the cup.
In my opinion, having watched quite a bit of MLS football in the last year or so, I believe he'll be one of the best players in the division and easily your best player. He's an international player with experience around Europe but one thing that is vital is settling in. Make sure he feels at home in Vancouver. Im sure he will as its a lovely place. The only place he has had trouble settling is Turkey, which is obviously going to be harder given that its a different culture and language.
The reason I believe we sold him is his wages and the fact we've been linked with the return of a home town hero and he wants to play up front, if rumours are to be believed. We've also been linked with another striker thanks to investment. This would have meant that Kenny would have been a bit part player next season and he's the type of player who wouldn't settle for that. He likes to play football. Mason is the other player likely to start and Kenny I believe has helped his education greatly in the game and helped him settle at the club. Thats another thing I think Kenny will bring to the table. He will help educate and bring a sense of maturity to the dressing room and that will help some of the youngster keep level headed. As we know some footballers can let it get to them in their younger years. I dont think we've got rid of Kenny through any fault of his, more in terms of growth and wanting to try and essentially force ourselves to the next level.
Am I sad to see Kenny leave? Its hit and miss for me. I think he was a quality player and I would have probably liked him to stay for another season even if he was rotated in the squad but Kenny is not that person. He has a passion for playing football. He played so many games last season its amazing how he didn't collapse from exhaustion. Thanks to him and many other players we gained a respectable finish and he helped build the foundations for growth after our club being left bare. Many tipped us to struggle massively after losing Bothroyd, Burke, Bellamy, etc but our teams work ethic was amazing and we made the playoffs. The players played so well and the heart shown was so great that many fans felt proud even though we got beat in the playoffs and in the cup final by Liverpool. As long as the players show heart then the fans will respond and they did.
Like I said, im 50/50 on Kenny leaving. Positives are his wages can be spent elsewhere and we can probably bring in someone younger to develop but the negatives are the loss of his experience and ability to provide education for those younger players coming through. It depends on what you want I suppose and our manager wants a younger bunch to nurture his way.
In response to 'some' of the stupid comments I've read on your Kenny MIller thread, I have to say to those people, who probably know who they are now from being pointed out, please learn more about football. Dont focus on the country or the league, just football. I watch 8 leagues around the world to gain an understanding of the game. Apart from football the only other sport I follow is boxing and we know how drab its become over recent years so I've focused more on football. Some of your fans are switched on, others seem to be stuck in an MLS' vision. Please open your eyes and see the world of football around you and you'll see great leagues. In terms of the MLS I believe its on a level between the lower end of the Championship and League One in England but will over the next decade grow into something stronger. Some of your fans thinking its near the Premiership have no idea what they are on about sorry. This is not a jibe at the majority of you who have your heads screwed on but the minority. Eddie Johnson plays very well in the MLS for the Sounders but struggled for us and was hated by many for not being good enough. Many of our forum members still joke about him now because he was that poor a player yet over here. I know players mature and peak at different times but the difference is quite visible just as it is with the premiership and la liga at times. Whilst you have some class acts of players you also have a lot of very mediocre players as well but I do believe over time that will change and the MLS will, like the other sporting leagues in North America and Canada, become a very powerful league. Just give it time. Its not a bad thing that the MLS is not at a high level.
I really hope the MLS booms in my lifetime so I can watch it grow because it seems to have learnt from the mistakes that were pretty in your face in the NASL days. The ability to build nice stadiums in open areas, encourage youth to get involved in a sport where their career could potentially be longer and more fulfilling in terms of discovering the world will attract newer generations to watch and get involved with the MLS. It will be interesting to see it grow. However, one thing that will see this happens is more of your fans as well as those of other MLS fans taking off the blinkers and educating themselves about the footballing world. The championship one season was voted the 4th best in Europe behind the prem, the bundesliga and la liga, beating Serie A which at the time was home to class acts like Ibrahimovic, Pato, Pirlo etc. football at the time was overrun by corruption though in Italy, still is somewhat even now.
Anyway, best of luck in the MLS and I hope Kenny scores all the goals you need for a successful season. He'll surprise quite a lot of you, that im sure of. Also, dont take my statements in the wrong way, we all needed to learn the game at some point and every club has its idiots. Just look below and you'll see some of ours. :L
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