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Matchday 5: Chivas USA at D.C. United


Greetings from Estadio RFK.....

Cool, breezy afternoon at the ballpark. Very quiet, other than the lawn mower creating a striped pattern on the pitch.

For those of you coming out for the match, bring a jacket. For those watching at home, you've got the choice of Comcast SportsNet in English and Telefutura in Spanish.

Okay, as for the lineup.....


The same backline -- Gros, Erpen, Boswell, Namoff -- in front of Perkins.

Gomez, Carroll, Moose and Olsen in midfield.

Looks like DCU has brought in another Fulham youth academy player for a trial. He's a defender. His name is Edwin Twesigomwe.

As always, feel free to use this forum for your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts.

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2007; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Have you checked to see that the stripes conform to MLS standards?

Posted by: sitruc | May 6, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the same starting lineup and formation as on thursday against the Revs. Just insert Moose for Fred, or Casal on the left and move Benny to the right.

Posted by: Harvey | May 6, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Dave the Wave | May 6, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

As much as these guys DO NOT worry me, it is nice to know that Klejstean (sp?) and Guevara will not be playing. And what exactly is up with Bornstein? I know he has played but is he really recovered?
And I agree with Harvey. Olsen may not have the legs anymore for a full 90 on the wing but, his ability to play there should not be overlooked. DCU needs flank play to be more complete.

Posted by: DC in Tennessee | May 6, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

they loose this game. I say, let's kill the coach...Simpson can do a better job!!!!

Posted by: koolcaio | May 6, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd like Casal get a start on the flank and see if he can whip in some crosses reliably.

Posted by: noptov52 | May 6, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Simpson can't even coach gk's correctly. What makes u think he can coach a whole team

Posted by: matt y | May 6, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, Emilio takes a seat, and Carrol back in the starting 11. I'd much prefer Moreno come off the bench, and if Simms can go (and maybe, he can't), play defensive mid. Guess we'll see if Soehn's a mastermind, or getting a bit too cute.

Vamos United!

Posted by: DCUfanSE | May 6, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth would he bench Emilio and start Jaime? Is Emilio injured?

Posted by: Brasileiro | May 6, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that the fact that due to the Thurs-Sun schedule, and the recent lack of scoring punch, Soehn decided to rotate his forwards. I wouldn't be surprised to see L.Emilio as the first sub up off of the bench shortly after the half, either for a tiring Moreno or if the Ivorian is ineffective.

Posted by: tmc | May 6, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... Do we have any sort of partnership with Fulham, or a connection to Fulham's youth program?

Also, Two for Kpene, one for each of his first names.

Posted by: B.A. | May 6, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I had thought the lineup for last game was well thought-out, but now I think TS is just throwing stuff at a wall to see what sticks.

There seems to be very little cohesion in bringing together a unit at all, much less something that adjusts tactically to the opponent... not a good sign for the quality of coaching. I'd like to see a bit more discussion from TS (maybe after the game) about what's going on with these decisions -- rather than just strange vague quotes about energy.

DCU is building up one of the most solid fan bases and it should be an asset to the team -- it can hold TS accountable for decisions. Somewhat like the post-game EPL quotes, I'd like to see some more justification and meaningful discussion of what's going on.

Posted by: RB | May 6, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Trialist's name has been added above.

Posted by: Goff | May 6, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Moose! Should have taken the shot behind the keepr. Rrrrrrr....

Posted by: T. Henry | May 6, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Kpene has been useless. I like moose's energy but he'll get rc'd if ts doesnt pull him

Posted by: matt y | May 6, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Gomez was upset, but it looked like he could have slid for that ball from Moose.

The battle of the hair between Moose and Mendoza has been classic. Moose has the edge imo!

Posted by: DCUfanSE | May 6, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Cross -- goal. Let's try that some more...!

Posted by: RB | May 6, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank god for Yinka Casal.

Posted by: jade | May 6, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Kpene has been useless??

No soup for you.

Posted by: Goff | May 6, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Note to Soehn: Start Casal from now on k?

Posted by: Jade | May 6, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Where was the defensive help for gros on the goal?

Posted by: matt y | May 6, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Perkins has had a fantastic game.

Posted by: Paul | May 6, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed! Perkins was outstanding! I also think Erpen has been MUCH better playing as a central defender. Loved what I saw from Casal and Kpene!!!

Posted by: DCUfanSE | May 6, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That was an encouraging performance. Nice flank play for once, with a good first half by Moose, and well done in the second by both Casal and DeRoux. DC could have finished better, and thank goodness Moreno's swag didn't fail him on the chipped penalty kick.

Coaches always warn that a 2-0 lead is the most difficult to defend, and DCU clearly relaxed a bit and gave Chivas too much space towards the end. Gros got taken to the cleaners on the goal and made what could have been a very costly error in the last 5 minutes without that great save by Troy. I'd say Perkins = Man of the Match for those big saves towards the end. An imporvement overall, but still lots to do for DCU.

Posted by: tmc | May 6, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

""Simpson can't even coach gk's correctly""


Same old, same old as far as I'm concerned, but a win is a win.

This team needs to find an identity quickly or every game is going to look like this one---too much space given to the opponent, too many fouls, our keeper forced into too many saves, no finishing.

I do like our new/newer players--Kpene, Casal, Moose, Addlery. Now we just need to find some flow . . . chemistry, whatever you want to call it.

Posted by: delantero | May 6, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Just got home from the game...finally three points. Kpene is a player, no doubt about it; great ball control and he was able to turn in very tight space...impressive. He and Emilio should start up front. Casal should get more minutes; he played extremely well after coming on. DC dominated the game and it would've been nice to really crush Chivas, but at least we got three points. Perkins is back! Vamos United!!

Posted by: CY | May 6, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

""Where was the defensive help for gros on the goal?""

Huh? You mean the play where Gros gave away the endline, then overran, then got his panties in a twist and found them around his shorts?

Posted by: d | May 6, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I like Kpene a lot.

Posted by: p | May 6, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

DCU has the most attacking depth in the entire league, hands down.

I'm starting a petition to be submitted to the front office and it goes like this:

Roberto Carlos for #1 DP slot!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dan | May 6, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Moose was not great, people. He lost the ball numerous times. I'm willing to cut him some slack b/c he's young and he hasn't played much, but he did not perform that well.

Kpene was man of the match, w/o question.

Posted by: Hoost | May 6, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Just returned from the game. Nice to get a victory. But I was not impressed with the new youngsters. Lost of possession with no finishing. I thought Moose was lost most of the time, and gave away the ball too much. Gros is not a left back, he keeps getting rounded. Still, 4 in the back is working much better.

Posted by: MIke | May 6, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Telefutura is awesome!...even though I don't know what they're saying;)

Posted by: Dave the Wave | May 6, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Ugly, but 3 points. Kpene & Casal impress. Erpen did well. Need help on the left - Gros isn't it. Brian Carroll does a fine Richie Williams imitation - just as maddening.

Posted by: SWDCTrevor | May 6, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Bring a jacket? It was quite warm out there today.

Posted by: Martin | May 6, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It was cold in lot 8 during the tailgate, but nice and toasty in the stands. Beautiful day! Tres puntos tambien!

Posted by: DuPont Mike | May 6, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Without question, Perkins was the Man of the Match.

Posted by: Paul | May 6, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

So I'm standing in the first row of 136, with the aisle to my left, when I hear someone say "we need to bring in a defender" and another voice say, "We're looking."

Turning to see who said that I recognize our owner, Will Chang...standing there with the Barra.

I like these owners of ours.

Posted by: seahawkdad | May 6, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Perkins man of the match? What? By saving one with his face, freezing in place and going into a low crouch instead of closing (the Chivas goal)...or by having yet another ball go directly through his damn butter fingers only to be saved by the crossbar?

Perkins was awful except for his usual dominance in the air and being in solid positioning for late attempts by Chivas. I'd rate him a 3. Hardly man of the match.

'course Telefutura thought Gomez was man of the match. I guess for the goal. He was decent. He threw a little fit when pulled late in the game. Get over it baby. Minutes are earned. Then again Telefutura thinks our goalie is named Tony Perkins. Shrug.

Seriously though I'm shocked nobody else thinks Perkins played yet another poor game.

Posted by: Shmoo | May 6, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

We played better against the Revs Thursday night. But we needed the points. Defense looked about the same as last time, with Boswell and Namoff getting better and more merciless. Erpen put more shots on our goal than Chivas did, but at least he didn't give up any howlers today. I've never seen anyone freak out so bad when they've got a man on; he needs to take a clinic from Agoos on how to keep his composure in his own half. Gros is doing his best, and should be applauded for his loyalty and professionalism, but he is just not a left back. He gets turned too easily.

Midfield continues to look disorganized, but overall the attack is looking better. Kpene was solid, Casal looked dangerous, Olsen and Gomito thier usual selves, if a little tired looking. Not very impressed with Moose's performance, he looked reluctant to drive deep into the corner and cross, and he totally missed Gomez in front of the goal. That was a clear goal wasted. Perkins was man of the match. 3 or 4 big saves at the end; he's starting to believe in the 4 men in front of him. All in all, not a big step forward, but a step.

Posted by: grotus | May 6, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Bring a jacket? It was quite warm out there today.

Maybe on the sunny side of the stadium no doubt, but it was butt windy and butt cold on the shady side.

Posted by: A Rickey | May 6, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

we switched from the shade to sun at half. About a 20 degree difference.

Posted by: Nogra Rover | May 6, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

First win!! It's a nice feeling.

Forget Troy or Tony, he should be called Sybil--he can be extraordinary and awful within any given five minute span. I guess since Erpen's moved to the center, Troy needed to step up to make sure we have a steady stream of heart attacks. Casal needs to start, and Gros needs to move up to outside mid. Hopefully Fred and McTavish are back with us soon. Kpene is a nice addition up front, especially for the price. It may not have been perfect, but the team definitely needed this one.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 6, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Perhaps you could post sometime a behind the scenes look at what your routine is at Estadio RFK on gameday. You sure get there early (from a fan's perspective) -- it would be interesting to know what you do during that time -- pre-game interviews? sharpen your pencils? measure the grass? sample the cuisine? kick-arounds with Moreno? tailgate incognito?

Posted by: Ron | May 7, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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