Monday, May 26, 2008

Week 9 Spotlight

Top 11

G: Matt Reis
D: Tyrone Marshall Gonzalo Peralta
D: Bakary Soumare
D: Drew Moor
M: Jorge Flores
M: Ivan Guerrero
M: Cuauhtemoc Blanco David Beckham
M: Landon Donovan
F: Dominic Oduro
F: Chad Barrett
F: Danny Dichio Kei Kamara

Top coach: Ruud Gullit showed the magic touch again by inserting Alan Gordon and dropping Landon Donovan back a bit off the forward line. The adjustment threw the Wizards off and opened up space for the Galaxy, space the hosts used to pull away in a 3-1 win.
Interim coach Marco Ferruzzi steps up in a difficult moment and makes the right moves to guide Dallas to victory.

Top player. Cuauhtemoc Blanco had a hand in every Chicago goal. He picked up a goal, three assists and sent in the corner kick that Gonzalo Segares finished off to give Chicago their fifth goal in a 5-1 thrashing of the Red Bulls.

Best game: DC 3, Toronto 2. Tom Soehn was moments away from a possible firing before something lit a fire under DC's back side. The result was a come-from-behind victory for the fallen giants and an all-around exciting game.

Best goal: David Beckham's goal versus Kansas City. Any time you see a 70-yard goal, it's one to remember.

Best save: Matt Reis kept the Crew off the scoreboard with a quarter hour left with a splendid save off a Robbie Rogers header.
Chris Klein's goal-line clearance after Landon Donovan inadvertently poked Scott Sealy's cross towards the net.


Wasn't defense supposed to be Kansas City's strength? Then why can't KC hold on to 1-0 second-half leads?

Th streamer mess is spreading to other sites besides Toronto, and not only does it look more amateur every time, it is undoubtedly affecting play, leaving MLS leadership with egg, or at least, streamer stuff in their face if they are forced to back track on the issue.

FC Dallas is in the habit of collecting red cards. Bobby Rhine took his turn on Saturday with an unnecessary blow to RSL's Javier Morales. Compounding the red card was Ian Joy's earlier, equally-as-unnecessary challenge on Kenny Cooper, which also resulted in a red. Rhine's red, though, canceled Joy's out.

Greg Sutton completely botched a shot from Santino Quaranta that led to Luciano Emilio's match winner. Sutton had better not be allowed anywhere near Brazil with that sort of goalkeeping.


Anonymous said...

whats the blue and green - is green AC's thoughts?

A.C. said...

Yep. Luis writes in blue, I write in green, it's been that way since the start of the blog. The Spotlight feature was his idea, but he said it was ok if I jumped in with any thoughts.

L.B. said...

It's more than okay. It would be incomplete without Andrea's thoughts.

Pamela said...

So, A.C, you agree with L.B that Blanco is player of the week, but you dont have him in the top XI ?

A.C. said...

Actually, that was a placement mistake on my part. I'd have put Beckham in over Ivan guerrero, but I'd definitely have Blanco in my first 11 for this week.