OK, peoples: here’s the deal. While I can watch only so many games, I review the highlights for all of them. Naturally, this provides only three to four mintues worth of information and perspective on a 90-minute event. So, for the games I don’t watch, I’m just going to post a series of impressions and questions the day after and invite anyone so inclined to fill in the blanks. The idea is to make me smarter about what I’m watching every week.
My comments appear below: have at ‘em. MLSnet.com match reports are embedded in the scoreline; yeah, I could read those, but they’re boring; I trust all y’all to give me better dish.
Real Salt Lake 1-1 Chicago Fire
– Happy Dance: Personal highlight: Denis Hamlett’s happy, clapping dance when Cuauhtemoc Blanco banged in the equalizer for the Fire. Says something about how desperately he wanted a result in his first game in (unquestioned) charge.
– Yes, RSL fans, you absolutely have my sympathy…starting with a T instead of a W has to piss you off.
– Two Left Feet: RSL’s issues with scoring appear to be ongoing. An own-goal from a fairly innocuous cross doesn’t constitute reliable scoring – e.g. Bakary Soumare can’t be your offense every week. There was also the chance that featured RSL players getting in each other’s way at the top of the 18. So, having not seen the game, are these examples indicative of RSL’s attack last night?
– Beer Goggles: Finally, was this game ugly as it looked? I heard some schmo from FSC (Max Bretos, I think) describe this game as “pulsating” or some such adjective, but wonder whether or not he’s just selling product…and I know the football lines don’t help with the aesthetics.
New England Revolution 3-0 Houston Dynamo
– Gambian All-Stars?: One of the biggest, if not the biggest, questions for the Revs coming into the 2008 season was how new players would fill the roles of the old, departed reliables. Last night didn’t provide the answer, or even an answer, but this is certainly argues for a wait-and-see approach tinted with optimism. Still, Sainey Nyassi’s goal was something else.
– Distracted?: Anyone think Houston was thinking about next Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal last night? The set-play where Cristman scored, especially, speaks to a team that was elsewhere mentally.
– Revenge Served Warm: Admit it, Revolution fans, that might have felt good, but it didn’t even begin to make up for the last two years.
Kansas City Wizards 2-0 DC United
– Holy Goal-y: Claudio Lopez’s goal=thing o’ beauty. The highlights spoke pretty well of him. Did it carry through the whole game?
– Cute!: I found the ad hoc stadium perfectly charming – especially the pitcher’s mound just outside touch on one end. Thoughts?
– Poll: DC looked decent, at least; was that accurate? Going the other way, KC seemed to defend all right; is that accurate?