08 March 2006

Like Goya, DC United Draws in Spain

United grabs a nil-nil draw in Spain against Atletico's B-squad. (HT: Big Soccer, otherwise I would have missed it.) The long called for Erpen AND Boswell back line initiative is still intact so far, which makes me happy and it sounds like they did well.

More troubling is that Alecko Eskandarian and Brian Namoff were acknowledged to be not recovering. The DCenters sounded the alarm about Alecko's continuing absence after the Getafe game, and I'm upset to have been correctly worried. One of the nice things about the Brunch with DC United series was that you got to see how good Alecko's touch was in creating scoring opportunities, and he needs to be in game situations to get that back.

Namoff's struggles are also worrisome, as I feel that there is a significant fall-off between Namoff and Prideaux's skill levels (or Stokes, or Wilson, or whomever else you see on the depth chart.) Not time to panic, but there's enough to warrant concern and a monitoring of the situation.

3 Comments:

At 08 March, 2006 19:19, Blogger MLS Fangirl said...

Eeek, now I'm all worried about my boy Alecko :( I'm really looking forward to him returning to play.

 
At 08 March, 2006 20:44, Blogger Chris von Spiegelfeld said...

I hear you D. Namoff is the largest unsung hero for DC United. He may not be flashy, but he is consistently solid.

 
At 09 March, 2006 04:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alecko's loss does not concern me. I feel bad for him, but i think it's to the team's benefit. He's massively overrated, as a result of his powerful shot. If you look a little further, however, you'll see that he loses the ball about 75% of the time he touches it. Compare his holding ability with that of Jaime, Gomito, Freddy, or Tino, and, well, there really is no comparison. We should have traded him when his trade value was high bc he's not good enough to get on the field now, especially if Filomeno continues to improve. Feel bad for Alecko personally, but not for the sake of the team, who will be much better, faster, fluid without him.

 

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