10 June 2007

First Impressions - DC United 4 : 2 New York Red Bulls

I know you're all coming here for some dispassionate critical analysis in the immediate aftermath of the New York - DC game. So let me say this:

FUCKIN' YEAH, WOO!!!!

Okay, enough of that. The fact is this game offered every opportunity to fold up and take a draw or worse. Brian Hall, a referee I can normally tolerate, was absolutely shocking in his officiating. I haven't seen the game on TV yet, so perhaps I'm still misled in watching from the stands, but for the most part it seemed ridiculously bad. I can even concede both Boswell cards, although the second seemed a bit soft. Even one you put that aside, it seemed that New York was consistently given the better of the doubt, and New York fouls were given an "advantage" in the sense that a United player may have been near the ball. Ridiculously awful, crap officiating from someone I expect better from.

With all of that, I expected that Red Bull would equalize after Boswell was ejected and the game would end as a dispirited draw. I did not count on Ben Olsen, who took the team on his back and brought them the victory. Even before he scored, it was clear he was abusing Seth Stammler on the wing. Seth was just ridiculously poorly positioned to take Ben on, and Ben brought the savvy to make them pay. Playing with 10 men, United played smart counterattacks and rarely was caught with too many men back. For all but New York's second goal, the defense pressured and harried New York into poor chances, and Perkins can be forgiven the first goal allowed.

God, this feels good. It has been a tough year for the psyche of United fans, from Toronto fans getting all the love in the world (which, by the way, they deserve, but still) and the strange feeling of looking up at New York... This feels very, very good. This is why I write First Impressions posts, because tomorrow when I do the debrief I may have calmed down and lost this buzz, and will write about Moose's solid substitution outing or Fred and Moreno's ability to track back. That seems so blah blah blah boring at the moment. Right now... ahhhhhh... this feels so, so good. The New York supporters who made the trip (and credit to them) brought a sign saying "STILL BRUCE'S HOUSE." You may consider this game his eviction notice, and by the way, you're not getting your security deposit back. Fuckin' yeah. Woo!

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14 Comments:

At 10 June, 2007 16:38, Anonymous Goose said...

Woo!

 
At 10 June, 2007 17:09, Blogger odacrem said...

whoo hoo!

 
At 10 June, 2007 17:16, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TFC fans don't deserve shit. Talk to me about them after a few losing seasons and some really bad playoff games at home and we'll decide what they deserve then. As for NYRB ,to you guys I say "Sorry you drove all the way here. Now get the f*ck out of my house."

 
At 10 June, 2007 17:33, Anonymous Skippy said...

I'll leave the dissecting of the game to my betters and just say, "Damn that felt good!" And I was just watching.

 
At 10 June, 2007 17:42, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben
Hattrick
Awesome.
Good to see NYRB fans at RFK, makes it feel like a rivarly... now will they show up in NJ?
Fred looked great, Emilio scored, team defense, all we needed was for Moreno to connect for this day to go down as one of the all time greatest ever...
-K

 
At 10 June, 2007 18:37, Anonymous Goose said...

This rivalry really is kind of like poachers vs. baby seals.

This is, without a doubt, the best day I've had in months.

 
At 10 June, 2007 20:40, Blogger Matt W said...

Good game all the way around for everyone (even Boz). But you have to wonder how much of that goodness is genuine DC goodness and how much is just typical Metros suckage.

 
At 10 June, 2007 21:42, Anonymous Still Kicking said...

Toronto fan meekly says hello and congratulations on the big win. He wishes that he could have watched this game-but no tv coverage of the game north of the border.
Some Toronto fans have been honking their own horns with extra fervour. Sorry about that - yet look at it this way - we have been without for so long (no pro team, national team a disaster , no stadium) that complaining about our braggart side is like plucking a man who was stranded in the desert and then complaining that he dribbles when he drinks.
Congratulations again DC fans, a heck of a victory

 
At 10 June, 2007 22:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the league Still Kicking. I think the TFC support is fantastic and its great to see. After DCU, I definitely find myself rooting for TFC. (though trading Esky didn't help on that front.)
-K

 
At 10 June, 2007 22:55, Blogger Landru said...

Brian Hall was awful. The second Boswell card was a lot worse than soft--Johnson and Rongen thought they saw him tugging Altidore's jersey on the replay, but I thought the worst thing Boswell did was raise his hands in the classic "I'm deny that I just committed a foul" gesture (and realistically? That alone is cause for a whistle). Of course, when you dismiss a key home team defender for jersey-tugging, it might be good to call the visitors for perhaps one of their 463 episodes of jersey-tugging through the remainder of the match. But, y'know, maybe I'm just partisan that way.

But the result was orgasmic and I digress. WOOOT! And don't refund Bruce's security deposit.

And, sadly: what Matt W said. The Scum really played like shite. Not that I'm ungrateful.

 
At 10 June, 2007 23:22, Anonymous Dave Lifton said...

Still Bruce's House? His best result in RFK since joining the Laughable Ones is a draw.

Bitches.

 
At 11 June, 2007 07:56, Anonymous Goose said...

It's Monday now, and the world still feels awesome.

 
At 11 June, 2007 09:10, Blogger Bob said...

Man, was that ever awesome! I'm so happy for Benny.

And how did I not know that Jaime's wife was so got-dang hot?!?!

 
At 11 June, 2007 09:21, Anonymous I-66 said...

Claudio Reyna has a tampon up is nose, a tampon up his nose, a tampon up his nose...

 

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