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Third Victory for RSL

Andy Williams from 50 yards? Why not.

RSL wins. Yes, RSL wins.

Video here.

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2007; 12:35 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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What happened to Hartman? He used to be pretty good. That second goal was pretty sweet though.

Posted by: Glenn | August 30, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

them argentines are good. I'm calling it right now, RSL might win 5, yes, count 'em, 5 games this year!

Posted by: DCAustinite | August 30, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Anytime Kevin Hartman is made to look silly its a good day. Still feeling for Esky though.

Posted by: Henchlow | August 30, 2007 12:59 AM | Report abuse

holy crap, I just saw Klein hit a perfect bicycle kick at the death to force extra time in superliga. Say what you will about about the gals, but for MLS, this tournament has been nothing but an unqualified success. Amazing!

Posted by: DCAustinite | August 30, 2007 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Unreal goal by Klein. Too bad Beckham wasn't on the field to enjoy a rare spectacular moment with his team.

Posted by: Chris | August 30, 2007 1:05 AM | Report abuse

What a goal by Williams.

What a goal by Klein.

Posted by: Mike | August 30, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! Heartbreak for LAG

Posted by: dug2008 | August 30, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I think now we know why Abel Xavier doesn't take PKs.


Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 30, 2007 2:07 AM | Report abuse

poor take by Donovan, I thought it was over. oh well, trade us Klein for Vanney now.

shades of Etcheverry on that Williams goal. Marco's was a bit classier, a rainbow chip falling out of the sky right under the crossbar.

Posted by: uranderson | August 30, 2007 2:07 AM | Report abuse

what an awesome game!!!!! I was actually cheering for LA but now I can make fun of them again. Congrads Pachuca!!

What drama at the end! This game will help SuperLiga in the future!!

Beckham's charge on the play he got hit has stupid on his was watching a train wreck, use yout brain David, please

Posted by: great game | August 30, 2007 2:24 AM | Report abuse

I hope you don't consider yourself a United fan. Cheering for LA (or any other MLS club) is never acceptable.

Posted by: AlecW81 | August 30, 2007 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Nice assist on the second RSL by Eskandarian. Good to see something positive from him, it's been a while.

Posted by: Throwin | August 30, 2007 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Report from previous thread (sorry, thought that was the Superliga thread).

Superliga thoughts:

***What the he!! was Vagenas thinking??? NO pressure, and easy clearance and he auto-gols. Pathetic.

***Did Pachuca take their collective foot off the gas, or did the Galaxy elevate their play? Hard to tell from the 3"x4" online view I had.

***What a strike by Kline!

***If there is any player in MLS you could select to be on a breakaway to win a game, wouldn't Edson Buddle be just about at the end of your list?

***Why in the name of God almighty does Yallop have Vagenas take the first PK for the Gals? He's already shown he can't put it in the net unless the keeper is wearing the same logo. Why not bookend with Cobi Jones, an experienced veteran to take the first and Donovan, he of the endless ritual yet decent strike record to take the fifth?

***Oh, okay, that's why you don't want Donovan to take the fifth. It involves showing courage and heart. What an awful effort by LD.

***Someone tell Joe Cannon that may have been the lamest yellow card in recent memory. We all saw the replays, Joe. You have no case. None.

***And another expensive acquisition chokes in the clutch. Could Xavier have possibly made a weaker effort? At least get it on the frame.

***LA had the chances, but couldn't get the job done. Sounds about like Alexi's tenure as GM of the Gals. Hopefully (for the sake of the league), that ends sooner rather than later.

Well, time for some heavy duty java and the U17 games....

Posted by: Throwin | August 30, 2007 3:41 AM | Report abuse

That Superliga final was one for the books. I hope we see the tournament stick around for years to come. A thought: Was anyone else surprised by the apparent parity between the top Mexican and MLS clubs? Nobody really dominated anyone else. (And a cynic would say that Pachuca needed PKs to beat one of the worst teams in MLS.)

I feel bad for Xavier, who's played his balls off in every game I've seen.

Posted by: Joe S. | August 30, 2007 4:14 AM | Report abuse

So...Becks...sprained right knee....
I have him playing in the next Galaxy game and the next match for England. He just needs some tape on it and some of that magic water spray. It's not like he's missing a leg or anything.

Posted by: sitruc | August 30, 2007 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Some nice goals in the RSL match. That Williams goal should never happen. Regardless, I enjoyed it. "Always expect the audacious."

BTW, Esky wouldn't have passed that ball to Freddy. :)

Posted by: sitruc | August 30, 2007 5:14 AM | Report abuse

I know I already dealt with this "Klein to DCU" deal in the previous post, but that one has probably been left for dead by most. I'll have another go now:

Klein for Vanney? Chris "Last night was the only game in a year and a half where I have not been terrible" Klein for Vanney, who has been a key component to a run where we've let up just one goal in 5 games (and that goal on a PK)?

Klein is a natural right midfielder playing (poorly) out of position at right back. One competent showing and bicycle kick do not change the fact that Namoff is light years better as a right back and Olsen and Fred are both better at right midfield. Klein is well past his prime, and has a high salary. He answers none of our needs.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 30, 2007 6:02 AM | Report abuse

BTW, was that Carlos Mendes "guarding" Andy Williams?? ;-)

Posted by: Throwin | August 30, 2007 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunate it took another injury, but looks like Beckham realizes he is human and not a superhero that can play without rest/recovery between matches.

"At this stage it's hard to tell, but it doesn't feel good," "A ligament strain is four to six weeks but we'll have to wait for the results of the scan on Friday. If it is four to six, I won't be flying to England." "I went into the tackle a little light because of my ankle and tried to compensate for that. " "I'd have been better off not doing it at all. Maybe it's a sign that I need a rest and don't come back until it's right."

"If we do qualify, I'll be a lot more rested than people playing in the Premier League. " "That is a big advantage of being in the USA, where the fixture calendar is different. It's also the advantage of the shorter season from April to October here. " "If we make it to the finals, I will be a lot fresher going into games."

Posted by: emanon | August 30, 2007 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see any Super Liga, sadly. My cable carrier doesn't offer Telemundo.

Joe S., not to sound too cynical, but I think this tournament clearly showed that the Mexican clubs are still superior to the best MLS has to offer. Maybe not FAR superior, but superior nonetheless. The CONCACAF champions cup has been dominated by the Mexican (and other central american) clubs because the MLS entrants are always in pre-season form at the time of the tournament. It seemed to me when they announced the Super Liga schedule, that it was clearly a chance for some revenge for the MLS clubs on their Mexican counterparts, who are in their pre-season during Super Liga. I guess it didn't quite work out that way.

The positive I take from it is that the semis were pretty MLS dominated. So we're closing the gap.

Posted by: Matt | August 30, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know anything about the argies RSL brought in? They seemed to have had an immediate impact. I'm all for a rising tide in the MLS, as long as DCU stays at the top of it. Also, did Rimando eff-up the Johnson goal, it looked pretty soft on the web replays.

Posted by: Argies | August 30, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Steve, don't know whether you keep checking back of these comments, but there might be an interesting piece for The Post's Financial section about iStar Financial.

They have just been identified as the newest ownership partner in Philadelphia's MLS quest. They are also the firm that provided the financing for Checkett's RSL stadium and also own the land that Lew Wolff wants to have re-zoned to residential so he can use the profits from that development to fund The Quake's new stadium.

Posted by: seahawkdad | August 30, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

dude I was only (half) kidding about Klein.

But for arguments sake:

Vanney's not indispensible, the recent great form of the defense can hardly be placed on his shoulders, he's been ok, but it's been more about Simms, McTavish and Burch in my opinion (and Perkins of course). I doubt we'd miss a step with Boswell coming back. Vanney also makes a lot of money, Does Klein make more than his 275k?, I dunno.

As for Klein, he played a great game last tonight, I counted several dangerous crosses in the second half, if that tall guy Gordan wasn't singlehandedly reducing every Galaxy attack to a big pile of poo he could've created at least one goal before taking things in his own hands. He made something positive happen every time he touched the ball, except for the one give away where he overdribbled late while exhausted. Couple that with some decent one-on-one defending and I liked what I saw. I haven't followed his career closely but he's got a reputation for smart two-way play and versatility, he can apparently play on either side and both mid and def.

I'd rather have him than Carrol/Mediate as the first option behind our starting flank players and we're remarkably thin behind Namoff and Burch, unless you think Vanney has the pace to be a viable dback (I don't).

Posted by: uranderson | August 30, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

btw, thanks for taking the time to inform me of your pet peeve in the other thread. That's terribly interesting, I'll try not to refer to DC's colors out of thier proper order in the future, all apologies.

Posted by: uranderson | August 30, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

AlecW81 wrote: "I hope you don't consider yourself a United fan. Cheering for LA (or any other MLS club) is never acceptable."

Interesting. I hadn't seen that in the DCU fan rulebook.

I'll pull for any MLS club in international competition. It would have been good for MLS had LA won (and hence good for DCU).

Posted by: KR in DC | August 30, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

How about ESPINDOLA's celebration flips. Pretty impressive, even if RSL isnt.

Posted by: Kenny | August 30, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

iStar Financial...ha(s) just been identified as the newest ownership partner in Philadelphia's MLS quest. They are also the firm that provided the financing for Checkett's RSL stadium and also own the land that Lew Wolff wants to have re-zoned to residential so he can use the profits from that development to fund The Quake's new stadium.

Posted by: seahawkdad | August 30, 2007 10:16 AM

This may be a mixed blessing, given that iStar is in a somewhat shaky industry. The firm is mentioned in this article in the Post from a few days ago:

Posted by: Section 410 | August 30, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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