In spite of the fact I’m going to skip a preview for tonight’s CONCACAF Champions Cup (CCC) quarterfinal between CD Saprissa and FC Atlante, credit last night’s quarterfinal between CSD Municipal and the Houston Dynamo for compelling me to watch it…probably in the wee hours of tomorrow.
Getting back to the game, I posted a loosey-goosey perspective on last night’s goalless draw, but wanted to follow up with some talking point here. To reiterate just a little, it seems Houston brought a little luck with them to Guatemala; the Municipal really took it to them and really should have put away at least one. A roll-out of the reasons they didn’t, plus a lot more, comes below.
– To begin, my general ignorance of their team leaves me feeling I’m doing to the Guatemalans. They played a good game from front-to-back and I wish I could credit the players by name. This is something I generally hate about watching teams with whom I’m unfamiliar (and why I’m becoming so MLS-monogamous). That said, Mario Rodriguez buzzed like a mad bee, causing the Dynamo headaches all night; I remember hearing Israel Silva’s name plenty, as well as Gonzalo Romero. With Freddy Garcia, who didn’t stand out as much for me, they led the Municipal attack better than ably.
– Though it bears noting that it was Romero who conspired to miss a goal that a blind, one-legged man could have put away.
– This also occasioned the best commentating moment of the match. FSC commentator Christopher Sullivan exclaimed “impossiblé” on watching the replays and, for reasons beyond knowing, decided to mention this means “impossible.” FSC’s play-by-play guy, Max Bretos, clearly unable to resist, chimed in with “Is that what it means?” A cheap-shot to be sure, but what can you do when Sullivan leads with that big chin?
– Yeah, I like the broadcast team. I know that’s a lonely view, but they make me laugh. OK, back to the game. Continue reading