21 August 2006

Reserve Match 2.9 Recap: Colorado Rapids

DC United Reserve 0 :: 1 Colorado Rapids Reserve

I have decided to start blogging recaps of the reserve matches. Part of the point of blogs is to talk about topics important to a small group of people that don't normally break into the mainstream. If in-depth coverage of DC United soccer is one of those things then coverage of DC United Reserve soccer is truly the epitome of that idea.

One of the problems with MLS is that there is little to no pressure on some players to perform. This has been commented upon a lot around the league, especially when comparing it to Europe. It has also been one of Nowak's themes throughout his tenure here at DC United. The reserve games are the place where fans can make their own decisions about the players that should be pressuring their teammates. DC United’s FO has done a great job getting the word out to its supporters about the reserve games and always writing recaps of the game (something that not all teams have done). It is the small things like this that DC does right that set United up for the bigger prizes, which is why I feel the reserve games should get a bit more attention.

Having said all that, I had to go into work on Sunday so I missed the game. Apparently it was a wide open match with a lot of scoring chances on both sides. Colorado started Kirvoski and Mathis, which is pretty funny/sad. Bouna Coundoul had a great game in the net for Colorado (only played the second half), Luchi Gonzalez missed a PK, and Ryan McIntosh went the full ninety minding the goal for United. Here is the DC United recap. Also, Mid-Atlantic Soccer Report has a good wrap-up. Hopefully next time I will be able to get down to the auxiliary fields and have a first-hand report ready.


At 21 August, 2006 15:05, Blogger D said...

Great IDea. Great great great idea.

At 21 August, 2006 16:44, Blogger rwhgeek said...

Gotta feel for Nick Rimando. Riding the pine for even the reserve match. I assume/hope they are saving him for the Open Cup match on Wednesday.

At 21 August, 2006 17:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great service DCenters could do would be a perma-link to directions to the reserve field...

At 21 August, 2006 17:10, Blogger D said...

Not a bad idea, considering I have that in my Favorites in IE. It will happen, Anon, it will happen.


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