It's Thisaway's turn to win readers over one last time in our final template poll.
I guess I might as well throw in my reaction to the Joe Cannon move. Personally, I liked Joe - he was a stand-up guy who would take on most any question any reporter had. It makes me a little sad to think that his honesty and my reporting what he said ever got him in trouble, because the world needs more forthright people. Joe had a good sense of humor, too, and that's always nice to have around.
In some ways, though, Frank Yallop's move to trade for Joe put him in a tough position. I mean, everybody on the Galaxy felt pressure due to the trade for Beckham and all the attention on the team. Joe, though, got an extra dose of that - he was essentially taking over for the most beloved non-Cobi player in Galaxy history (Kevin Hartman). Not to mention that the trade for Cannon had cost the Galaxy their hero of 2005, Hercules Gomez ,and of course, the talented defender Ugo Ihemelu.
Did the expectations and stress get to Joe? Probably. He's a guy who wears his emotions openly (I had one reporter tell me he thought Joe might be a little crazy. I told him all goalkeepers were considered crazy. He said, "There's weird, then there's goalkeeper crazy, then there's Cannon - and he's on his own level.") It seemed in some games that Joe made mistakes because he was almost trying too hard. Goalkeepers have to be alert, yet relaxed and confident to have their best games, and Joe rarely looked as if he hit that comfort zone.
Frankly, I don't think the whole incident with me reporting that he said he might like to play in San Jose one day would have been a big deal to him if he hadn't already been on edge. If Joe had been playing his very best, and the Galaxy were winning regularly, Joe would have mostly likely laughed off any reaction fans might have had.
He was still talented enough to be one of the top goalkeepers in the league even with his difficulties, and he still had a blinder of a game to keep the Galaxy in the match versus Chicago at the end of the season until the very, very last moments. That's what I'll remember most, I guess.