Monday, June 16, 2008

Week 12 Spotlight

Top XI
G: Matt Reis Steve Cronin Ok, he only made one good save, but the way the Galaxy defense has given up goals, a shutout is notable. For Reis, its par.
D: Chris Wingert Ante Jazic - Passing is usually rusty after a long injury layoff, but Jazic was pinpoint
D: Chad Marshall
D: Drew Moor
M: Rohan Ricketts
M: Andre Rocha Guillermo Barros Schelotto
M: Steve Ralston Clyde Simms
M: Robbie Findley
F: Alejandro Moreno Kenny Cooper
F: Edson Buddle
F: Luciano Emilio

Coach: Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake. Yes, Chivas shot themselves in the foot more often than not in the second half but credit to Kreis for pulling the right strings and holding on for their first road win.
Ruud Gullit, Los Angeles Galaxy. He complained about missing players for international games, but he had the young talent of the squad ready to break down San Jose's stingy defense.


Top player: Luciano Emilio. It's like 2007 all over again - Emilio filling the nets in DC victories.
Edson Buddle - Second hat trick of the year - and none of the goals came directly off a feed from Beckham. Buddle put on a finishing clinic.

Top game: DC 4, New York 1. DC's demolition of New York was grand.
Columbus snapping a losing funk on the road in dominant fashion over KC was impressive.

Top goal: Luis couldn't pick a fave, so here's mine: Clyde Simms from distance with a low hard shot.

Top save: Matt Reis stopped a penalty kick in the second half of New England's 2-0 win at Houston that kept the hosts from scoring.

LOWLIGHTS


Major League Soccer for not finding a way to pause or at least slow down the schedule on the same weekend as a U.S. World Cup qualifier.
SJ's offense was pitiful. They need a solid forward in the worst way.

Kansas City and New York both gave little reason to feel that either side is going to contend for a playoff spot.

Chivas USA had their problems finishing, in particular Justin Braun. His breakaway in the second half and subsequent shot straight to RSL keeper Nick Rimando was ghastly.
Chivas USA's attendance on a summer Saturday night - sad.

2 comments:

drew_brown said...

I looked through NY's roster for their game against DCU. Other than Dave Van DenBergh is there anyone worth talking about? The rest of their team was worse than some reserve teams.

The fact that Claudio Reyna makes more money than those 10 nameless starters combined makes it even more absurd.

Anonymous said...

No none of Buddle's goals came directly off a feed from Beckham but he was creator on the first one - so what's your point? I mean isn't it a bit of a joke and don't you take away from a TEAM performance when you can't discuss the G's or one of our players without discussing Beckham. It's not fair to Buddle or to Beckham. If Beckham had fed Buddle for all three goals it would not change Buddles contribution or have any impact on how his performance should be judged would it? Are you are implying it is somehow a greater performance because Beckham didn't feed him? Not so - it makes no difference to the fact Buddle finished. If you are just getting a cheap shot in at Beckham well thats pretty pathetic. The guy was quite clearly carrying some sort of strain and didn't play 90 and Beckham has to be in pain not to go 90, even so he had a good if not great game. Either way I think Buddle should just be praised without Beckham's role or lack of, being mentioned or thought relevant.