Well, they were better than the Salt Lake game. That's about all you can say. What is going on in our nation's capital?
I've said from the beginning that there would be an adjustment period with all of the new players this season. The most important one, Marcelo Gallardo, plays in a completely different style than his predecessor Christian Gomez. You can see Gallardo's talent, but you can also see the lack of understanding between him and his teammates. Emilio held up on 2 or 3 runs last night where Gallardo played him into space. I guess he was used to Gomez taking shots in that situation, I'm not sure.
Now that I've mentioned Emilio, let me vent for a second. HEY LUCIANO, THE 2008 SEASON HAS STARTED, WHERE ARE YOU???? Okay, I feel better. Emilio has been mostly invisible this season. He looked out of shape and out of sorts in the CONCACAF games, and hasn't gotten any better in MLS. If you're pouting because you wanted a raise in the offseason, how about going out and earning it now? Otherwise, you're starting to look like you'll end up in the One Hit Wonder bin with Dexy's Midnight Runners, Dexter Freebish, Skee-Lo, and Damani Ralph.
I'm trying to take some solace in the fact that DC started out like this last year, and still went on to win the Supporters' Shield. The loss in Guadalajara was followed up with a tight loss in Colorado (similar to the KC loss this year), a spanking by KC (similar to RSL, except at home), and a disappointing loss to Columbus. It wasn't until May 6 that United got its first win in '07. Of course, last year's team then went on a 6 week unbeaten stretch that made up for the losses. Will we see that starting next week against RSL at RFK?
I'm not pressing the panic button just yet, but I'm sitting at the desk.