Monday, July 7, 2008

The dirge of loss

I had to blink a little bit, listening to Frank Yallop talk about the tough loss - because it was a bit of deja-vu from last year. Frank actually seemed less stressed, though, and that's probably because San Jose execs are giving him time and space to turn things around with the Earthquakes.
Anyway, here are the articles I wrote covering them for one game. Game article. Post-game reaction.


Mon-sewer Paul Regret said...

If you build a team "from the back," you shouldn't be surprised when you don't score goals. While Quakes fans know there is nothing worse than losing your team, there IS something worse than losing games: losing games and playing boring soccer.

Being a Quakes fan is like this: you are dating the best-looking person around, and things have gone on long enough to get serious. Then one day, that person leaves you for someone from Texas. You go without a partner for two years, until finally someone sets you up on a blind date. They say this person will remind you of the one who left you behind. Except the new person is a shadow of the old one. But if you complain about the new one, you get chastised for being picky: hey, you've got someone where you didn't before, shut yer yap and enjoy what you've got.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

You know why Yallop feels so much more relaxed? He doesn't have to put up with the incessant intimidation and pervasive incompetence that is the Galaxy's front office. I wouldn't be surprised if Obergruppenfuerher Leiweke told him to win or get fired.

Remember, this is the same organization that fired a first-place coach, Sigi Schmid, because his team didn't play attractive enough soccer. If AEG did that to a first-place coach, what do you think they pulled with Yallop?

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