14 April 2007

First Impressions - DC United 2 : 4 Kansas City Wizards

There are games that you lose and you should shake it off and get on to the next match. There are other games you lose that call for serious introspection. This is one of those games. Kansas City was faster, smarter, and better than United for most of the match. Yes, United created their chances, but they were punished for every mistake they made. There was a time when you could make mistakes in an MLS game and not be savaged. That time ended after 2004.

Kansas City went at United, and even after we equalized I never got the sense that we were ready to push up to another gear and finish the game strong. The defense was bad on all three points. Erpen was turned around so often he should change his number to 33 1/3. Boswell was abused by Eddie Johnson in the air consistently. Namoff was playing most the game in the midfield, because what we really needed to play was a 2-6-2. The midfield was better, but not stellar. Technically, the team had more difficulty on their own turf than the Wizards did, making me wonder about their spikes.

Two games into the season and we're talking about soul searching? Yes, because a loss on the road to the Crew next week and suddenly United is looking like a ship that has sprung a leak. Doubt feeds on doubt, success breeds success. United is on the verge of being set adrift in a morass of uncertainty unless they put forth an effort that makes it clear that things can be righted. It's never to early to ask if you're fit to wear the shirt.

Full debriefing hopefully no later than Monday.

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11 Comments:

At 15 April, 2007 01:02, Blogger joey said...

Morass ... well played.

 
At 15 April, 2007 02:48, Anonymous Nick said...

It's well put D. When you get waxed at home by a bottom-feeder, it's time to take a good hard look in the mirror...

 
At 15 April, 2007 09:00, Anonymous DCUinCT said...

At least we have 2 weeks to search souls (Cowlumbus is the 28th). Hope that is enough time for Bobby to realize he's an MLS defender not a webmaster, Brian Carroll to get to Oz and find his brain, and the rest of the team to realize that you have to keep the other team from scoring more goals that you to win a game.

 
At 15 April, 2007 16:05, Anonymous Matt Y said...

I hated our attitude after the rapids loss...even the fans were on board with.."it's a fluke..we were tired...getting home will liven us up"

The players, coaches and fans all bought into that excuse.

DC is the one team that every other team measures themselves against...and the players and coaches need to be ready for a tough game every match.

We can't make excuses..take games off...and not expect to pay for it.

DC doesn't look sharp...I blame most of this on the players...some on Soehn for not sticking a boot up their rear or doing whatever was needed to get the spark back.

Time to bench Moreno...put Fred in and see how that works.

Maybe Carroll also???

 
At 15 April, 2007 16:39, Anonymous matt w said...

Matt Y is correct. Think Moreno would be more valuable coming in at 70' with something to prove than trying to pace himself for the full 90.

And Matt Y is correct about the other stuff too. The 'rightful perch' bs needs to be flushed. I'll confess that I've bought into it too, but that's over. United have proved nothing so far this season except that they can't defend, can't pass, can't keep possession.

In the offseason, we were thinking this might be a transition year, and that early estimation is looking more and more apt. But transition into what?

Oddly appropriate that my word verification dealie is "askmyfb."

 
At 15 April, 2007 17:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Matt Y. Moreno has not looked sharp. Maybe it is also time for Moreno to hand over the captain's band to someone else, Ben, maybe?

 
At 15 April, 2007 17:53, Anonymous Nick said...

Carroll to the bench, Fred on the field, 4 in the back, and a goalkeeping upgrade would be a good start (perkins' apologists I'm sure will tell me he had another solid game though, the goals weren't his fault, and he's the best goalie in the league). Fortunately, it is still early. We also have Emilio, who looks even better than Roy. I think he gets the record this year. He is cold fuckin blooded...

 
At 15 April, 2007 20:09, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am far from a Perkins apologist, but give the guy a break. Not only is it early, but he has been absolutely blasted from all angles the past two games, with a non-existant defense in front of him. If we don't drop a fourth back, there's little he can do.

 
At 15 April, 2007 20:33, Blogger tucksider said...

Metro already has 4 points to our 0. i don't know if i'm gonna be able to handle this.

i've been talking junk all winter, too.

 
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