Debriefing for 12.B.01: US Open Cup - At Harrisburg City Islanders
Harrisburg City Islanders 1 : 0 D.C. United
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The US Open and Shut Cup
Media, Traditional and OtherwiseThe Patriot-News, Michael Bullock: " Fisher's goal in the 44th minute and a terrific collective effort at the defensive end helped the City Islanders claim a 1-0 decision, a victory that popped the surging USL Second Division side and first-time Open Cup entrants into next month's quarterfinal round."
The Washington Post, Steve Goff: "'It was a great opportunity for our reserves to show what they are about,' Soehn said. 'I really felt like they let themselves down tonight. We need to walk away from a game like this today and say those guys really stand out. They should be playing on the weekends [in league games] and I don't get that feeling from a lot of the guys today.'"
UnitedMania, Mike Martin: "Bobby Boswell and Brian Carroll were the only starters to start the match, but they came out at halftime and only Josh Gros and Devon McTavish played in the second half. I'd name the reserves who did play except I think they'd rather forget this night."
Upper 90, Derek Meluzio: "Steve Fisher scores, and an overall great defensive team effort leads to the biggest win in team history."
QuarterVolley, I-66: "When you get your chance to step up and perform, no matter what the scenario, you can’t keep blowing it. Nolly’s 0 for 2 this season."
- Jeff Carroll: It's hard to tell a lot about midfield play from a radio broadcast, where so much depends on movement off the ball which is naturally not called, but Jeff seemed to be active and getting involved.
- Prepositions: Tony Limarzi uses them, the Harrsburg play-by-play team does not, which I found out since Tony came on-line only at the tail end of the first half. Tony occasionally gets some flak for his over pronunciation and excitability, but he does a very good job at sketching the action as it occurs. Prepositions are your friend, as is giving the situation and score every five minutes or so. Learn, aspiring US radio soccer callers, from this.
- Harrisburg's Strategy: They played precisely the kind of game you would expect. Try for the occasional counter, maximize your set pieces (on which the goal occurred), and the bunker down. This was smart football from them, if perhaps a bit cliched, but it was effective and they deserve congratulations for executing their strategy.
- Playing the Reserves: Do I second-guess Tom Soehn's decision? No. This was the right move, and as I-66 noted a Quarter Volley, the reserves still should have stepped up and taken care of the game. They didn't. It also doesn't mean we didn't take this tournament seriously. It was a great choice for the reserves precisely because it would make a test different from the reserve league, and I applaud that.
- Brad North: From everything I heard, it sounded like he had little to offer. Addlery and Dyanchenko would at least occasionally hook up to create a moment of danger, but North sounded ineffective.
- Mira Mupier: This may be a little unfair, since it sounds like he was doing all the hard work except putting the ball in the net. He would find his spaces, look for his opportunities, but the entire point of being a striker is that last 10% of effort to score the goal, and he missed two open chances.
- Jay Nolly's Confidence: He misjudges a corner, and gets punished. What is upsetting is that up until that point, he had been much better at controlling the area and seemed like he had learned a great deal from watching Troy Perkins. I don't think this is a major setback, but it seems sad that the one area where I detected improvement in his game is the one area he gets killed in.
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