04 April 2007

First Impressions - CD Chivas Guadalajara 2 : 1 D.C. United




Better than I expected. Worse than I hoped.

There may be talk of blame after this game, but I think it's unnecessary. Or if there is some thought to blame, it should be on the first goal. The later defensive breakdowns were a combination of fatigue and pressing for an equalizer. They should be expected. Yet for all that, unlike the first leg, Chivas did not seem like they clearly had the better players. They may, but for the first time this seemed like a match between teams that could be considered equals.

Still, Luis Bueno wrote in anticipation of last night's game "I continue to give D.C. no chance." He was wrong. But not wrong enough.

Like the Copa Sudamericana, my expectation on the way in were low. Like the Copa Sudamericana, the hope was sweet but tempered by the feeling of transience. Like the Copa Sudamericana, this one hurts.

I think that the greatest thing I can say about D.C. United is "there are no more moral victories." Such things are not possible for a team that can play as well as this one can. There are only wins. And defeats. This was the latter, but like our victories we show class in defeat. There are no moral victories because we know we can win any game. Moral victories only come when defeat is assured. We lost. But I never want to hear again that we are doomed to defeat if we play in Mexico. We just haven't done it yet. There will be a first time.

As usual, full debrief later.

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At 04 April, 2007 02:47, Anonymous Matt Y said...

Well put D...the end result was expected, but not the journey that the game took to get there.

Chivas have a lucky rabbit's foot stuck up their ass.

DC possessed the ball real well, just lacked a bit of sharpness in the attacking area (again).

A few on Goff's blog have critized our defense when I actually thought they played real well. The late game breakdowns came when DC was pushing up for a tie....

Perkins' mistake was inexcuseable. He's our GK and i won't trade him for anybody in the MLS...he's ours and i support him.

DC went into Guadalajara, played well, had the goats on their heels at times and lost due to a fluke goal.

Bueno is becoming more of a wanker with every article. his head is so far up Chivas and Mexico's ass that he's blind to anything else. i read his articles and laugh.

A real tough loss...and i'm excited for the season to start though i can't help thinking that anything less than ripping through the league and winning the playoffs is an underachievement for this team....

At 04 April, 2007 07:55, Anonymous matt w said...

We showed well. Well enough that we should all feel a little disappointed that we didn't win this round. After those scary first ten minutes or so at RFK, United were as good and sometimes a little better than Chivas.

I'm looking forward to SuperLiga competition. And I'm a little let down that we have nothing but domestic league competition for the next three months. This must be how Celtic and Rangers fans feel.

At 04 April, 2007 08:42, Blogger Kinney said...

D: Where is the "there are no moral victories" line from? Is it a quote? Ridge Mahoney the Senior editor for Soccer America used the same line in today's Soccer America Daily.

At 04 April, 2007 09:01, Blogger D said...

"There are no moral victories" was, I thought, original with me. I had written something about the idea after the Copa Sudamericana two years ago talking about how that wasn't a moral victory, but Chelsea was. And now I was trying to evolve that viewpoint to say we don't get any. Interesting. Perhaps we're on the emerging edge of a new mantra? If so, I want credit.

At 04 April, 2007 11:33, Blogger KevinG said...

Matt W- yes us Celtic fans do sometimes find the fact that we only have domestic fitbaw to look forward to after we get put oot in Europe a bit disheartening. I canny comment for r*ngers fans but recently they have found domestic fitbaw as hard as facing Europe’s finest.

But…..domestic fitbaw is yer bread and butter. Without us winning our domestic league we wouldn’t have a chance of European nights. They go hand in hand.

Europe can inspire mediocre players to perform higher than their abilities while domestic fare can dishearten them- see celtic recent performances.

Chin up and hope for domestic success.


At 04 April, 2007 11:34, Anonymous Tom said...

Did you guys think Fred should have come on earlier? He looked pretty lively when he was out there.

At 04 April, 2007 13:22, Blogger tucksider said...

i was more surprised by who Fred came in for. if there was one player in the DC midfield who did not look tired at that point in the game, it was DeRoux.

At 04 April, 2007 18:17, Anonymous Maradawga said...

So here's what I learned last night:

1. Erpen is awful as a right back against anyone with a modicum of speed. The Goats went after him all night.

2. Fred is pretty good. I think he will be a good signing for you.

3. Chivas is the worst, most unsympathetic, faking, diving, rude, Italian-like team in the world and now my most-hated team.

I hope they lose every game they play. I'm rooting against everything red and white ... including Chivas USA. I can only hope decent human beings like Ante Razov, Brad Guzan, Jesse Marsch and Claudio Suarez can get out unscathed.

I hope every team they have loses every game they play. Worst excuse for a professional organization ever.


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