22 May 2007

...Like that Movie with Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn

A bunch of news related links for your morning reading. As Oscar noted, DC United is in the Copa Sudamericana, the site of a great deal of heartbreak in 2005. I pray things are more enjoyable this time around. That being said, with near losses in two matches on foreign soil, I don't want to hear that winning on the road is impossible if it comes down to it. Difficult, yes, but impossible? No. Tom Soehn had already indicated (to a question posed by me actually, heh) that the U.S. Open Cup would be given to the reserves. That's now no longer a choice, but a necessity.

SUNSET: Steve Davis with a succinct, yet poignant, article on Jaime Moreno:

Moreno still has his moments on the field. But he also shrinks for lengthy stretches.

His game certainly lacks the same explosion, and he often lacks the legs to finish movements. He beat a Toronto defender in one early surge Saturday but petered out before directing a solid effort toward goal.

It's something that has certainly been on our, and most DC United's fans radars for about a year and a half now. Dealing with a fading Moreno, who deserves so much glory and respect, is an awkward situation. We frequently invoke phrases like "no player is bigger than the club" when talking about young prodigies, yet the same applies to the greatest of veterans. This season could be the ultimate test for Jaime Moreno. A player that has given great things to this club could be asked to give even more: his own playing time to someone else. It's not a necessity yet, but it could become one. A tall order, but one that if Jaime handles it well, could truly cement his place in the pantheon of DC United.

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5 Comments:

At 22 May, 2007 11:02, Anonymous jeffResistor said...

It's easy to talk about a fading Moreno, but when I start thinking that way I remember he was basically useless before he left for NY, played something like 9 games for the Metros because of his injury, got waived by NY then barely made the squad for DC in '04. Then there was '04... You never know what he's gonna pull out of his hat, and IMO he cannot be written off.

 
At 22 May, 2007 11:13, Blogger D said...

That's a good point, and I'm not saying that we're in the write-off stage yet. But we're now in the "let's seriously consider succession planning" stage. And that's important, as uncomfortable a topic as it is. This is not '04, or Moreno's aborted Metros days. Sometimes Moreno would play through injury, and play badly, but you could tell he was carrying something. Now he's just... not there all the time. That says age to me, and age, unlike injury, doesn't get better.

 
At 22 May, 2007 11:32, Anonymous jeffResistor said...

I suppose I'm STILL shocked at his comeback in '04.

 
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The Lion in Winter

 
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