19 December 2007

I see a ship in the Harbour

D.C. United will take on Jamaican team Harbour View in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champion's Cup. You may remember this as the team United faced in the 2005 CCC, where United won both legs 2-1 before crashing out against UNAM Pumas.

Over at An American's View, Brian Garrison tries to get ahead of the expectation setting game:

So how do I think DC United will do in this tournament? Honestly, I have no idea. I don't know because it seems as if we are in for a major roster restructuring that really has yet to take shape as of today. Yes, we have already lost a starting defender and are on the verge of losing our starting goalkeeper, but according to other sources, there should be some rather large changes in the club that will happen next month for sure. As we don't even know who will be in our starting 11, or really even have a good idea, I don't know how we will do in the tournament. I don't think we will do any worse than the Semi-Finals, but who really knows.

He's correct in one sense, in that United's roster will likely still not yet be finalized by the time of the first round. Let's not forget that Fred wasn't integrated into the line-up when United faced Olimpia of Honduras last year. But, let me restate my position from last year which remains unchanged: MLS teams should advance in the first round of this tournament. If an MLS team loses in the first round, it is not the kind of disappointment you can dismiss with "they weren't in form yet." It doesn't matter. I expect, regardless of whether our roster is finalized or not, a win over two legs. In fact, I demand it.

As for the semi-finals, that will be another story.

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At 19 December, 2007 10:10, Blogger A.T. said...

You know, D, if it wasn't for your misfortunes, I'd be a heavenly person today.

Tell me, how do I feel...about the draw?

Now the real question: were you thinking of the New Order original, or the Orgy cover?

At 19 December, 2007 10:17, Blogger D said...

The New Order original. The Orgy cover is way over-emotional, which undermines the brilliant dispassionate phrasing of the original. The cold, clinical, measured delivery makes that song what it is, while Orgy make it far less interesting with their emotions and screaming. There's a place for screaming, but it isn't here.

Now, if the song were Bizarre Love Triangle, the answer might be the Frente cover, and not the original.

At 19 December, 2007 10:28, Blogger A.T. said...

Dammit, you out-pretentious-ed me!

At 19 December, 2007 11:51, Blogger Brian said...

You are correct, MLS clubs now should never do anything less than the Semi Finals of this tournament. That said, as this is the end of this tournament, I fully expect to see 3 out of the 4 MLS clubs advance to the knock out stages of the Champions league.

At 19 December, 2007 12:18, Anonymous Rick in Ashburn said...

Scarlet is a Girl's name!!

At 19 December, 2007 12:53, Anonymous bdr said...

Rick in Ashburn: Exactly!

Also, "get up, stand up, stand up for your rights" whenever an HV player hits the ground.

Though, Ba'al be praised, it won't be nearly as freakingfrigid as it was that night in Deutschberg!


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