26 April 2007

Well, Let's Test That Defensive Depth Theory, Shall We?

ERPEN OUT, MCTAVISH IN: John Haydon in the Times reports that Devon McTavish is likely to get the nod over Facundo Erpen for the right back position in the game against Columbus. Now, long-time readers will know defensive depth has been a worry of ours since the off-season (especially after the trade of Prideaux). And just as long as we've been worried about it, DC management has insisted they felt things were fine. Admittedly, McTavish wasn't on our radar at all as a depth option, but it is an interesting move. He's shown decently in his appearances this year, but being a full time outside back is a different situation than shifting into it later in the game. This will be the first test of the management contention that they have enough defense on the bench. That makes for close observation in terms of season long significance.

WE PAY FOR OUR TEAM: I understand what Anthony Francavilla's writing about in The Georgetown Voice, but at the same time I can't stand the idea of buying tickets based on the personnel of another team. It's like the pre-playoff Wizards always advertising games based on when Shaq came to town, or the Caps telling us we had to come out to see Messier or Lindros or something. If I want to see international quality, I don't need to wait for a team with a Designated Player signing, I can see Bolivian International Jamie Moreno, Argentinian Christian Gomez, Jamaican Stephen DeRoux, and Brazilian Luciano Emilio at any game I choose. The only time I will pay just to see someone from another team is when Real Salt Lake shows up, just so I can see if Ellinger cries after he gets fired.

ADU - "I BOUGHT INTO MY OWN HYPE": Huh. Interesting.

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At 26 April, 2007 10:32, Blogger Kinney said...

Well I knew that DC might use him there, which is why I haven't been that worried about DC's defensive depth. I just never saw our starters giving up six goals in two games after the season they had last year. That has been the real suprise this year.

At 26 April, 2007 14:19, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta agree that article in the Georgetown Voice is pretty dumb. Does he not realize that in the overall landscape of Major League Soccer, DC United is arguably the most respected, and envied organization? Sorry, but NY and LA can have their stars, I'll take DC any day.

At 26 April, 2007 16:05, Blogger EdTheRed said...

Jersey can sign all of the high-profile players they want, they still don't have any of the stars that count...

At 26 April, 2007 17:17, Blogger Unknown said...

I don't think your comment on the Georgetown Voice article is entirely fair, after reading it. The article is more focused on arguing that the Designated Player rule is a good thing because it brings higher quality soccer to the States. In the last graf or so, the author needs a local "hook" (it is the Georgetown Voice) so he mentions DCU.

Besides, the "additional people" that would come in to see another side's all-star personnel aren't you and me. We come to root for United and that's great -- but we don't fill RFK. If DCU facing some all-star quality players is enough to fill the other 20,000 seats and bring in revenue for the club we love, that should be a good thing.

In other words, a club will always have its die-hard fans. But it the die-hards alone won't make a club profitable, so they need some marketing and some gimmicks to get the casual fan out. If the DP rule does that, and if it also raises the overall quality of soccer in MLS, then I think that's a good thing.


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