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Chivas Aftermath

Not to kill that previous thread, but I wanted to throw some notes and quotes up here.

Namoff was visibly limping afterward. He said the injury came on the collision right before he exited, when a knee went into his left thigh. He described it as a left thigh contusion, and said he'd have to see how it felt Thursday morning before speculating on his availability.

Arsenal did indeed draw with Goias EC 1-1, and advanced on 4-3 aggregate. Gomez, who made 30 appearances with Arsenal the year before joining DCU, was reportedly watching the Arsenal game in the locker room before his game began.

Burch will indeed miss the return leg due to the red card. "I thought the red card was a bit soft, but it was a situation Burch should have never gotten into," Soehn said. "[Referee Hector Baldaffi] made the decision, and we have to live with that, but overall I thought he called a reasonable game."

One possible lineup for Tuesday would be Boswell in the middle and McTavish on the left. One player I spoke with speculated that would be the choice. Vanney and Gros are also options at left back. If Namoff's injury proves serious, who knows? If I came up with 131 options, Soehn would choose the 132nd. By the way, does anyone have suggestions for a quiet place to watch Tuesday's return leg? Much more after jump. No, I don't get paid by the word.

I ran into some mates coming onto the concourse; "it was ugly on the quiet side tonight," they said. From where we sit, it was hard to get an accurate gauge on the crowd mix. From noise, it seemed about 50-50, maybe a bit more for Chivas, but we're on the quiet side. The announced crowd was 21,022.

I taped Chivas Coach Jose Manuel de La Torre's press conference, but I'll have to get it translated. From what I'm told, his answers were curt. "We were getting chances but we weren't scoring goals, it's that simple," was the one quote I got.

Gonzalo Pineda's silver hair was, if I do say so, tremendous.

Several players also said how important it was not to take a defensive mentality into Tuesday's game. So did Soehn.

"We go out and expect to win our home games. Now we've got to do a good job of taking it to them at their place," he said. "We're not going to go into a bunker; we're going to play our game."

The consensus from talking to several players was that United played far from its best soccer, was dominated in possession early in the first half, created several nice chances at the end of the half, and then held on down the stretch, aided a bit by Chivas failing to put away its chances. From my vantage point, Fred's creativity on the left jumpstarted United's spell of dangerous possession in the first half, and Gomez's two runs (one that set up Olsen's right-place right-time bomb, and one that created the free kick) saved the offense.

The defense looked Jarlsberg-like in the opening minutes (I hate the use of "Swiss" to describe cheese with holes, most cheese from Switzerland do not have those bubbles, and most cheese from Switzerland is far more interesting than the blah American-style "Swiss") against the electric speed Chivas was deploying, but there were enough bodies in the right places to get a result a man down.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2007; 1:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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