23 August 2008

First Impressions - D.C. United 3 : 0 Colorado Rapids

Given this season, it's probably presumptuous to admit this, but I was fairly confident at 1-0. United looked like a team in control, like a team that wasn't going to commit some insanely stupid maneuver and let Colorado back into the match. I was relatively positive at 1-0. The fact that United then added two late goals, including that great strike from Tino, to get to three goals was a bonus. United was calm on the ball, slowly morphed their tactics to take advantage of Colorado, and kept the midfield of Colorado off balance for pretty much the entire game. I have been critical during many wins of United, and certainly there are things to wonder about in this match, but this was a solid, professional victory.

It was a match that existed in a perfect state of zen. As a fan, you could watch this match in the lotus position, your third eye opening as Quavas Kirk scores the third goal. It was a Japanese rock garden of serenity and scoring. A quiet bijoux of a match. Refreshing, at this point of the season. Let's play two.

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At 23 August, 2008 22:40, Anonymous Grunthos said...

Best team effort of the season. If I were Soehn, I'd have been praising everyone to the nines from the moment they hit the locker room. Everybody worked hard for 90 minutes, they kept their heads in the game, they covered for each other, they stepped up to support the attack whenever it was called for, and they almost made you forget all the injured talent watching from the stands.

More, please!

 
At 24 August, 2008 11:24, Blogger Bob said...

I agree with feeling confident at 1-0. I was only listening in the car, but I told my wife that I wouldn't be surprised if there was a second goal but that at the very least, we were putting enough offensive pressure to keep Colorado from leveling the score.

 
At 24 August, 2008 11:59, Anonymous Skippy said...

I got up this morning trying to remember any really screwed up plays. I remember one reffing call that I couldn't wrap my mind around, but I missed the replay. Sure, there were badly mis-struck shots, but that comes with the territory. I don't recall and big defending gaffes or bad passes at midfield (okay, a couple, but not consistently).
I thought the team was moving around pretty fluidly; honestly, I couldn't tell which positions some players were playing - were there only three backs? Look, I've been a big supporter of Gallardo, but I feel like the team is much more creative when they don't think they have to get the ball to him on every attack, which they seem to do any time he is on the pitch.
I'll admit that I didn't feel confident until after Tino's goal, but I'm not exactly what you call an optimist.

 
At 25 August, 2008 06:08, Blogger Shatz... said...

I felt confident at 1-0 also, but only because we were playing against the Rapids. Would you have felt the same way if we were up 1-0 at the half against Chicago or Houston? United is at the point where we can beat bad teams at home, but no bad teams make the playoffs...

 
At 25 August, 2008 08:39, Anonymous Mickey said...

First time since the early July home game against LA that the team looked ruthless... A trait that has been absent much of this season.

Whether the team can carry the ruhtlessnes to the next game is doubtful. The most dissapointing aspect of this season is becoming apparent - lack of consistency from game to game.

 
At 25 August, 2008 08:39, Anonymous Mickey said...

First time since the early July home game against LA that the team looked ruthless... A trait that has been absent much of this season.

Whether the team can carry the ruhtlessnes to the next game is doubtful. The most dissapointing aspect of this season is becoming apparent - lack of consistency from game to game.

 
At 26 August, 2008 05:43, Blogger henryo said...

DC is on course for one of the most bizzare finish the league has ever seen,
with minimal number of ties coupled with equal number of W-L,
can they end-up with something like 14-15-1 or 15-14-1?

Cast your vote at: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=751877

 
At 26 August, 2008 06:32, Anonymous Skippy said...

Not that it really matters, but looking at the Goal of the Week videos, I feel like Tino's goal deserves to be up there. Vide's was a great shot and probably deserves it to, and I know it was technically the game winning goal, but both in the stadium and in the replays, I am really amazed at Tino's goal. The angle wasn't insane, but still far from easy and the pace, the dip and bend on the ball. . . it was a real quality strike. One of the best goals I have seen this year in terms of ball placement (I don't know if it was pure dumb luck, but I'd really love to see more of those from him).

 
At 26 August, 2008 11:17, Blogger Bob said...

Did anyone else hear Limarzi freaking out about Tino's goal? He called it golazo and immediately called it goal of the week. He was freaking out so much that I was actually disappointed when I saw the highlight video. But the thing about Vide's goal that added a degree of difficulty was that Emilio's touch back to him was bouncing about a foot off the ground and he could have easily put that thing in the 300 section.

 

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