27 April 2007

Match Briefing for 12.03: At Columbus Crew

Match #: 12.03

Columbus Crew
3pts, 2GF, 2GA, 0GD
5th place Eastern Conference
9th place MLS

Six Word Novel Preview: Can DC United get a ****ing point?

TV: MLS DirectKick, 7:30PM (ET), CSN (Delayed), 8:30PM (ET)

Radio: WMET 1160AM

Previous Meeting: First meeting of season

The Stakes: DC United needs to prove the first two results were an aberration. Columbus needs to back up close games with more points. As of right now this is a battle of the bottom feeders, can one team show enough that they should be considered playoff contenders?

Previews from the DCUniverse: QuarterVolley, Ben Olsen's Beard, EDIT: Goff's Preview

The DCenter Team's Location: D - At the Kennedy Center. Kinney - Kitty O'Sheas.
Oscar - TBD.

Expectations: Tie. DC hasn't proven anything since dropping their first two matches of the regular season. Columbus has tied anyone and everyone, but is missing their main striker. I would love a win, but being rational, I am expecting a disappointing tie.

What to look for? I would like to see better midfield control and more organization in the back. United should be able to get a goal or two, even against a stingy Crew defense. The question will be how do they handle Columbus' speed up top?

Make sure to figure out United's formation when they start out. There have been some hints of a 4-4-2, so look at Josh Gros to see if he is playing further back than usual. Hopefully Fred will see some more time, I don't know how comfortable he is on the wing but hopefully DC didn't put him on the team to be a substitute. Rumors have McTavish starting in place of Erpen, lets see if the DCU brain trust are right to think they have enough defensive depth.

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At 28 April, 2007 22:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another dissapointing loss. Tom Soehn sucks!! The team has been playing one of the worst soccer I have seen them play ever. I have been a fan since day one. They suck without a real structure. They seem like a high school team. We need a coach that can implement a more structured game. I'm sorry to say but if Bruce Arena or Peter Nowak were coaching this team, we would not be in this position. Soehn said after the first 2 matches that he was gonna go back to the drawing board, and start from scratch...my God its just the beginning of the season...no coach goes back to the drawing board and start from scratch after the first 2 games; unless they suck!! They just make adjustments and continue on. Obviously whatever he has done has been for not, Because the team played as bad tonite as the first 2 games. I don't wanna sound paranoid, but I think we need to look for another coach, someone with more experience, that have the ability to implement a plan of action that will fit this team. I hate to see the team been a mediocre side this year, that is not what we are. We have the talent necessary to be a contender. Please, lets get a new coach. Billy C


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