23 September 2006

First Impressions - DC UNITED 4 : 3 NYRB

There is so much that went wrong with this game, it seemed like every weakness of the season was popping up. DC was making stupid mistakes. Players were taking cards too easily. Erpen was doing something stupid in between brilliant defensive stops. We were plagues by injury and fatigue.

Yet there was one weakness that finally didn't show up: The inability to get a two goal lead once in front. And finally we managed to pull something together on that front. Credit to Jamie Moreno for coming in and jazzing the team up. Credit to Piotr Nowak for letting Jamie get some rest. Credit to Christian Gomez for another outstanding game against New York. Credit to the kids, as Jeff Carroll and Rod Dyachneko and Freddy Adu acquitted themselves well. DC was given ample opportunity to fold like Johnny Chan looking at 7-2 offsuit, yet for once kept pushing for the win. Can I say they deserved it? Probably not, but it was nice to see a few things pay off. A win that causes more of a sigh of relief than any exhiliration, right now. But that's something.

Just one more thing. I've been harping on the Supporter's Shield all year, and in fact since before the season started. I still am. Right now I have little confidence that DC will bring home a fifth title, but I do believe this teams has done enough to represent the country in international play. Win the supporter's shield, and that happens. And now we can see that, for the first time this year, that result is in our hands.


At 23 September, 2006 23:45, Anonymous Jason S said...

Lets add weird refereeing to the list as well... a questionable PK (yes it hit Erpen's arm... was it handling... lemme get back to you after a replay), at least one other goal that was pretty obviousally offside for RBNY. Oh and Erpen's red card (yes he deserved the red... but I KNOW something really bad happened just before that. But... it was still rather dumb.)

At 24 September, 2006 12:07, Anonymous bdr said...

Dallas has @ Columbus and a home and home w/Galaxy. I don't think they'll take all nine (though they could), but if they do DCU needs four points out of last three games to secure Supporter's.

I agree with you about Dyachenko and Carroll. Both played poised and smart.

At 24 September, 2006 13:30, Anonymous Matt said...

Doesn't DC just need three pts to secure the shield?

Wouldn't they win a tiebreaker?

They win head to head and goal difference...

At 24 September, 2006 13:35, Anonymous Matt said...

Who is going to win the MLS Cup?

I don't see any other teams that one could say are the favorites over DC.

Chicago? Sure...but after them? Maybe Chivas or Houston if they get on a roll...but both are flawed teams.

Dallas can't even beat a 10 man Salt Lake..and keep dumping pts.

NE? Poor season so far...Red Bulls? Haa...

The rest of the west?

Instead of it being a lock for DC like it was at midseason...I think they have moved down to merely being one of the two favorites to win...still not bad

At 25 September, 2006 10:31, Blogger Kinney said...

DC needs three points out of the next three games to clinch the Supporter's Shield. They are still favorites to win the Cup, but I think the Fire are a better choice, while Dallas, and Chivas are about where we are.

At 03 October, 2006 04:42, Blogger Freudian Slip said...

DC all the way. I think they are a strong enough team. Besides, DC could use some positive support with all that's going on in the world, lol!


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