May 20, 2007

Saturday MLS thoughts

As I sit and watch 3 crucial La Liga games in a row (thanks GolTV!), I wanted to reflect on what Saturday's MLS action:

DC finally played like DC, winning 2-1 in Toronto. I'll admit, I thought that Esky's goal was going to be a sign of a bad things to come. Great free kick early in the second half to force the own goal, and then Coach Soehn went for the win. I love a coach who will do that, bringing a defender off to add more to the attack. DC went back to their 3-man backline, but this time with Gros there instead of Erpen. It took some time, and lots of possession, but United finally broke through and Emilio forced the PK call on Wynne. Kpene was exceptional for DC, this kid is really earning his playing time right now.

The Crew were really unlucky last night. I know, it's hard to talk about luck when you lose 4-0, but go back and watch the game. The Village People OWNED the first half, except for one Red Bull counter. It was a brilliant counter, with Angel, Dane Richards, and Woly combined for a beautiful goal. The Crew continued to control the play early on the second half, but then the goals started flying in. Other than the goals, I don't think New York really did all that much, they just didn't have much of the play. Can't complain too much when you score four, but the scoreline really didn't reflect the game.

I didn't get to see much of the Dynamo-Crew game, or any of the Rapids-Wiz game. Shalrie Joseph finished well on a bad clearance from the Dynamo. Houston pushed hard for an equalizer, but never could find it. I know it doesn't count for much, but I liked the all orange look from Houston. I'm surprised the Rapids could only draw at home with Kansas City, maybe KC is stronger than I thought.

Okay, back to La Liga. Sevilla barely pulled out their win to take first place (for now). Madrid is up 1-0 on Recreativo at the half, on a Robinho goal. Beckham had the assist, and even a Becks-hater like Ray Hudson is singing his praises. The Galaxy should be very happy with the form Beckham has been showing over the last couple of months.

EDIT: Ouch, Madrid has blown a 2-0 lead late and are now in trouble in the title race. High drama in Spain...

2ND EDIT: Holy crap! Roberto Carlos, of all people, scores in injury time on a counter for Madrid and they're back in front in La Liga. Roberto was one of the defenders involved in falling asleep on Recreativo's tying goal. He made up for it though, didn't he? Great ball by Fernando Gago (who I haven't been a fan of at all) to Carlos for the goal. Ray Hudson called the goal "orgasmic jubilation", and he might be right this time.

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