June 9, 2007

Silverbacks-Seattle observations

As the only member of Cupcake Nation in attendance, here's what I saw from the 0-0 draw:

- Contrary to what some may think, I don't think the Silverbacks played that bad. They controlled most of the action throughout but lacked the imagination in the final third to put together a goal.

- Defensively, it was probably the best game I've seen them play this season. Matt Bobo played great, and Seattle didn't have any clear chances on goal.

- The passing was better at the beginning, but towards the end it seemed that no one wanted to make runs off the ball. I really like O'Brien on the left and Hassim on the right in the midfield. O'Brien has great skills and isn't afraid to take on defenders. Hassim has a great work rate, fights for balls and doesn't stop running.

- For some reason no one (except Rivillo) wanted to shoot for the first 70 minutes. Rios had at least two or three chances to shoot near the top of the box but instead made one pass too many.

- I don't think Antoniuk had the ball at his feet at all in the first 80 minutes. It just showed me that this team is desperate for another forward who is more offensive-minded. Rios tends to drop back a lot, leaving Antoniuk all alone up top.

- I couldn't really argue too much with the coaching by Jason Smith for the first 80 minutes. When Moore came in for McManus, they switched to a 3-5-2 and it worked well. But why make two subs in stoppage time and not five or ten minutes earlier? The news players don't have enough time to make an impact.

- Nice to see Ryan McIntosh get a chance in goal. As a goalkeeper myself, I can tell you that a lot of time off between matches isn't healthy for a keeper. But McIntosh was not hesitant on any balls. He did have one miscue but his defense bailed him out.

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