Monday, May 19, 2008

Week 8 Spotlight

Top Players

G: Will Hesmer Kevin Hartman, vintage Gato versus NY
D: Bobby Boswell Jimmy Conrad
D: Tyrone Marshall
D: Chris Klein
M: David Beckham
M: Steve Ralston
M: Danleigh Borman
M: Sacha Kljestan
M: Herculez Gomez

F: Atiba Harris
F: Edson Buddle

Coach: Fernando Clavijo. Former Galaxy star Herculez Gomez has desire and skill; Clavijo finally noticed, and the Rapids were the beneficiaries.

Top player: Sacha "Karate Kid" Kljestan, for his game-winner and subsequent assist and carrying the load in an historic come-from-behind win.

Edson Buddle - Can't deny the hat trick - and he could have had a fourth if not for a quality save from Sala.

Top goal: Edson Buddle's first goal. He muscled through the heart of FC Dallas' defense and buried the ball in the back of the net.

Top save: Pick your choice of Kevin Hartman saves. Mine is his reaction save off of a Juan Pablo Angel shot midway through the second half.

Best game: Dallas/LA - It might not be sexy, but when a 4-1 lead doesn't feel safe, a Galaxy game certainly isn't boring.

LOWLIGHTS

James Riley. A momentary mental lapse forced Riley to forget that he does not play for New England any more, but only realized that until the ball hit the back of the net.

John Carver and Guillermo Barros Schellotto should strike a deal - GBS can roll around for as long as it takes to clear away TFC streamers on corners. GBS doesn't like streamers, Carver doesn't like theatrics, but both are apparently partial to their own drama.

Adrian Serioux. Down three goals, Serioux sees it fit to slide in on David Beckham from behind in a play that had red card written all over it. Fittingly, Serioux saw red.

Matias Mantilla trying to control the ball with his hand in his own box. MLS refs aren't so bad that they'll miss that.

DC United. Lack of heart, effort, desire, class... pretty much sums up United's night.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd go with Gato/Conrad too, otherwise nothing much to disagree.

Ben

blurp2000 said...

another HIGHLIGHT:

the appearance of Jorge "the Dream" Flores

-- he created much needed excitement among fans and supplied energy on the pitch

-- soon after entering the match, he delivered a great pass to Panchito for a quality scoring opportunity

-- did the small things like force the opposing goalkeeper to kick the ball out of bounds as he was pressuring the ball; ran back to help apply pressure on defense

-- helped cause confusion among DC defenders (by diverting their attention) that led to Sacha's goal

-- scored a goal of his own

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