Tuesday, March 18, 2008

United rout

D.C. United thumped Harbour View of Jamaica by a 5-0 score on Tuesday and advanced to the CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal by virtue of a 6-1 aggregate score. D.C. will await the winner of the Pachuca-Motagua series, which is even at 0-0 entering Wednesday's second leg.

A former Galaxy player had a hand in the rout. Santino Quaranta assisted on one of the later goals. Quaranta came on as a second-half substitute.

I think the Galaxy made some questionable moves over the last 12-18 months or so but getting rid of Quaranta was definitely not one of them. He has talent still and he did do some good things for the Galaxy but he was not going to find success out here. If he regains his form and does well, it's probably because he needed the change of scenery.

It's too bad it couldn't have worked out. Quaranta could have helped this midfield out, but his upside here was minimal at best.


just another one of you said...

To say Quaranta wasn't going to find success out in LA and needed a change of scenery seems a bit arbitrary. Santino has admitted that he didn't take his profession seriously enough and stayed with DCU (turning down offers for more money from other teams) b/c he felt he owed it to them. So whether or not Santino is with LA seems to have been more a result of what he wanted not what the team wanted, although the team obviously could have attempted to retain him. Either way the Galaxy doesn't have a plethora of quality strikers, and no excuse to allow someone of Santino's potential just walk out the door.

Perhaps this a deal that Lalas gets a pass on since there are so many other glaring holes on that team, but I'd disagree that it isn't a questionable move. LAG needs as much young quality they can hang on to, how much have they let leave in the past 2 years alone?

Anonymous said...

Actually he had two assists and figured in a third (Lucio scored off of a rebound from a Quaranta shot.)