October 5, 2012
MY TWO CENTS
Soler's firing was necessary
Ian Daveport is a Red Bulls fan who lives in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
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By Ian Davenport
Special to BigAppleSoccer.com
In regard the firing of Erik Soler, I think it was absolutely necessary.
Fans have to remember that there is a progression to becoming not only a championship club but a sustained frontrunner in this league. Any one in professional sports can tell you that if you are not driven to look forward then you are done.
We have become desensitized by our past when looking ahead at whatís important. You can pay Erik Soler a debt of gratitude for what he had pulled the club out of. However, realistically I donít know how anyone could have done any worse in comparison to the past.
Now, take into consideration the missteps he has had with the Dwayne De Rosario trade, the Chris Heck fiasco, and the elephant in the room which to me is the big component of the club -- the Academy. The player development component of the club is not adequately feeding the first team with potential players that can start here or be sold or traded as reputable commodities in the league.
If you canít buy the players why canít you make the players? I see thousands of players coming out of those teams and being a feeder system for college ranks instead of our pro team. For all Soler has accomplished it is time to take the next step in our organization's progression to the top.
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