April 26, 2007

Sprinkles: Recaps and more

Kansas City: There's no way that there were over 7K fans at Arrowhead last night for the 3-0 win over Toronto. The weather definitely had a hand in it, it looked nasty. Why have a Wednesday night game anyway? I don't think the Wiz have schedule congestion or anything like that.

As for the game, I think KC is the best team on a wet field in MLS. They dominated DC in the rain at RFK and did the same to Toronto at Arrowhead. I guess it has to rain for Eddie Johnson to score these days (insert Pac-Man Jones joke here). The Wiz faithful are quite happy with newcomer Carlos Marinelli, he did look good in the midfield.

Toronto: Just awful for them last night. First, why didn't the captain have the sponsor logo on the front of his jersey? That's worse than two guys from the Silverbacks without their names on their jerseys on opening night. Second, their passing was atrocious. Third, WILL THEY EVER SCORE A FREAKING GOAL?!?

LA: The Gals won their US Open Cup qualifier over Columbus on Tuesday night, thanks to a Nate Jaqua goal. Throw more games on the schedule, why don't ya?

DC: Some of the DCU faithful's prayers have been answered. It looks like Facundo Erpen will be sitting on the bench in Columbus this weekend, with Devon McTavish taking his place. I'm still leaning towards a four man backline as a better option, but we'll see.

Columbus: The Crew will be without Andy Herron for a while after his nasty elbow to Jay Heaps last Thursday. Can't say I'm surprised, MLS has made it clear that they'll crack down on violent play away from the ball. At least North Carolina fans probably enjoyed it...

New York: Ives has the Bulls playing in a 4-5-1/4-3-3 hybrid against Dallas tonight, with Van Den Burgh and Richards pushed up really high, almost playing as wide forwards alongside Altidore. It'll be a good test for Retired Captain America, as he'll be running the show with Stammler and Kovalenko doing the dirty work behind him.

CONCACAF: Pachuca took the Champions' Cup last night, defeating Chivas in penalties. They deserved the win, I thought they were the better team over the two legs, and probably unlucky that they didn't get a win in Guadalajara last week. Chivas' goalkeeper Michel made some unbelievable saves in the first half last night to get the Goats to penalties. After winning the Sudamericana last year, and the Champions' Cup this year, Pachuca is by far the best team to represent CONCACAF at the Club World Cup.

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