Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

In our third installment of the MLS weekend in review.....

THE GOOD

*Five Saturday matches averaged nearly 20,000 spectators. And then there was the one Sunday game in the Swamp (see The Coyote Ugly).
*Landon Donovan's hat trick, increasing his league-best goals total to eight.
*The past three No. 1 overall draft picks -- Marvell Wynne (2006), Maurice Edu ('07) and Chance Myers ('08) -- played 90 minutes in the same match at Toronto.
*In five league and Champions' Cup appearances at Estadio RFK, United has scored 16 goals.
*Amado Guevara's two goals, including a 25-yard free kick.
*San Jose's Nick Garcia clearing two balls off the goal line.
*Jaime Moreno's two goals and two assists. (Okay, both goals were penalty kicks and one assist was secondary, but not a bad evening for a player in his 13th season in MLS.)
*Sigi Schmid's 100th MLS victory and Columbus's best start in 10 years.
*Marcelo Gallardo volleying with power from an acute angle.
*John Thorrington's two goals -- his first strikes since last year's regular season finale.
*The RFK banner in support of Gordon Bradley, the former player, Cosmos-Dips-George Mason coach and TV commentator who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
*Toronto Coach John Carver: "The fans are starting to think this is a fortress. They keep singing, 'This is our house.' Well, it is. And I want to make that known to everybody that when teams come here they're going to find it difficult." On the same note, K.C.'s Curt Onalfo: "It's one of the hardest places to play in MLS. Between the surface and the crowd it's a hard, hard place to play."

THE BAD

*San Jose has been shut out in three of its four matches.
*Kansas City's clumsy attempts to clear the ball on Guevara's first goal.
*Chivas's defense. Everything about it.
*Colorado forward Tom McManus, saying, "We played really well in the first half and created a few chances, but for 20 minutes in the first half we just switched off and it cost us the game."

THE COYOTE UGLY

*On an otherwise good weekend at the box office, the Red Bulls drew just over 9,000. No wonder the New York Times barely acknowledges MLS's existence.
*Two-time defending champion Houston is 0-2-3 after starting 2-5-1 last year.
*Chivas USA Coach Preki, on the Galaxy celebrating in front of his bench: "That was absolute crap, because that shows a lot of disrespect. That's the second time it's happened in two weeks with Landon; last week against Houston, today, twice in front of our bench. I don't appreciate that, we don't appreciate that as a club, because that shows a lot of disrespect. But that's life."

So what did I miss? Fire away.....

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 12:01 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: DCU-RSL Aftermath
Next: Morning Kickaround

Comments

Ugly: Bretos' ridiculously Galaxy-centric calling of the Chivas game. Sure, FSN is in LA and I guess they hang with the Galaxy or something but Chivas is an LA team too. He was calling it like you might call a USA/Mexico game, clearly cheering for the Galaxy. Several times Sullivan (who did a good job) seemed genuinely uncomfortable with Bretos' comments.

Posted by: bbarrie | April 28, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Good: The totally awesome beer shower after Gallardo's goal in HD!
Watched the game at a neighbors house who doesn't like soccer one bit, but the troops put on a great show that anyone could enjoy.
Big Screen HD action was off the chain.

Posted by: Dadryan | April 28, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

If only Donovan could perform like he did Saturday on the national team...

Sasha's goal practically looked identical to the one he scored earlier this season.

Hopefully, DC's got nowhere to go but up from here.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

QUOTE: "*Two-time defending champion Houston is 0-2-3 after starting 2-5-1 last year."

I know we're doing badly, but at least compare apples to apples. The record you cited from last year includes 8 games. The record you cited from this year includes 5 games. So if you want to compare apples to apples, it'd be this:

2007 start after 5 games:

2-2-1 (3 home, 2 away) 7 points


2008 start after 5 games:

0-2-3 (1 home, 4 away) 3 points


Certainly no excuses...we're stinking right now....but at least take note of the fact that we've played 4 of our first 5 games on the road this year, and check out the teams we've played so far and their position in the (single) table:

New England 3
Dallas 6
KC 4
LA 8
Columbus 1

So with the exception of LA, we've played teams so far who are all in the top half of the table.

Just trying to put this in perspective. No excuses, but let's just say it gives me plenty of reason to be optimistic.

In Dom We Trust.

Go Dynamo!

Posted by: Chris H | April 28, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

The NY Times?? Come on.........who cares what that slanted liberal rag thinks.

Anyway, here's a good for you.....I'm in Rochester for a few weeks on bidness. Went to see Rhinos in their final exhibition game Sunday. While they are not 1st division, Steve Guppy stood out as the class of the game. Great vision, steady crosses, assist on a corner kick goal (not too many of those to be seen in DC, eh?) and overall leadership on the field. He is fun to watch.

Posted by: marksman | April 28, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

fourth category - the sooner eradicated for MLS the better.

the thug element of la legion was out in full force again. not satisfied with attacking galaxy supporters, the criminals posing as soccer fans turned their aggression to the other chivas supporters group the ultras. their violent agreesion continues to grow as neither MLS or the chivas front office does anything to punish these unacceptable attacks. garbed must act now to nip this in the bud or risk far worse when someone get seriously hurt or killed.

Posted by: dashiel | April 28, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

bbarrie:

Don't act surprised. That's how Bretos has called Galaxy games for as long as I can remember. They're his team, and he makes no bones about it. It's unprofessional, but so is Todd Grisham still making name mistakes and seeming slightly bewildered by this whole soccer thing, and Sullivan trying to prove with every sentence that he does in fact speak Spanish.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 28, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Dashiel:

take care of you own and don't worry about others..

garb don't need to f**k up this league any more than he has...

please take your soccer mom mentality back to the mini-van... the kids have practice soon, Ya better get ready and pack a juice box and some orange slices!! KAI?

THNX

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

^

uh no. the legion attacks not only la fans, but CUSA fans as well. just ask the Union Ultras.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

throwing that soccer mom bs at dashiel is horse crap.

legion are not football fans...they are criminals masquerading as supporters.

dashiels comments are dead on....if you dont agree then you likely have no idea what the situation is really like. thanks bye!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Go away, fooligans.

Regarding the Red Bulls: They're a Jersey team, not a New York team. I know plenty of serious soccer fans in NYC who don't go to games often because it's too much of a hassle to get there. Plus if they're not in NY and not in the local media then they're out of sight, out of mind. New York will hopefully get its own team at some point.

Meanwhile, even Jersey ought to be able to muster more than 9,000.

Posted by: Joe S. | April 28, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

" New York will hopefully get its own team at some point."

Two teams in one place = abysmal attendance for one team.

Posted by: Chivas EEUU | April 28, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

@Posted by: dashiel | April 28, 2008 1:36 AM

Dude, La Legion are aggro, but they aren't THAT bad. I've been to plenty LA vs. Chivas games and never saw anything THAT bad that required special league intervention. I've seen much worse in the bleachers at Wrigley growing up in Chicago. It adds character. People just need to know where they are sitting. If anything they just need to start putting like-minded fans together.

@Posted by: Joe S. | April 28, 2008 2:37 AM

Please, please stop it. MILLIONS of New Yorkers make it out to NORTH Jersey every year to see the Jet and the Giants. Yes, the NFL is far more popular than MLS, but it does go to your point about the large number of futbol fanaticos. If they were THAT big of fans, they would make it out like the NFL fanatics do every week. Must not be that big of fans.

If MLS really does give NY a second team, it's an absolute traveshamockery.

P.S. I'm no DC supporter, but if Gallardo doesn't win goal of the week it's an utter joke. You better get out and vote DC fans, you know the TFC faithful get geeked up anytime anyone so much as mentions their name.

Posted by: papa bear | April 28, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

A team in NYC-proper would draw a much healthier crowd than the Metro-scum.

Posted by: AlecW81 | April 28, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know when the nominees for Goal of the Week will be announced? Clearly, Gallardo's goal has to be one of them, right? It reminded me of Maxi Rodriguez's goal in the last World Cup, except Gallardo's was a lot closer to goal, but at a much more severe angle. Great stuff!

Posted by: Dsmac | April 28, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Preki is being ridiculous. Sasha K. performed his karate dance after his goal, and it took forever to complete. I thought he was going to get a yellow. In any case, LD didn't do much wrong.

Posted by: hoyanick | April 28, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Bretos does way too much cheeleading during a game. And are we actually congratulating Toronto for having a crap field? MLS (which never should have allowed a Canadian team in the first place; how can a team from outside of the United States be allowed to compete for the champisonship of the United States?) should have told Toronto that it had to play on grass. Period. But MLS has sold its soul.

Posted by: TheMac | April 28, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

sorry to post a euro item on an MLS thread, but I figured fans of the sport would like it anyway. I went to Portugal's Sporting-Maritimo game last night and saw the strangest goal I have ever seen. Left back inexplicably lofts it backwards at his own goal, center back cuts off his goalkeeper and heads it towards his own goal, goalkeeper swats at it to knock it off to the side, where an opposing striker bicycle kicks it at an incredibly acute angle for a goal. The video I found has a graphic which interferes with the initial setup, but you can still see what transpires. The third goal, later in the clip, is also strange. Right back tries to clear, bounces off the leg of the winger just a few yards away and ricochets thirty yards in a parabola over the keeper, who, falling on his backside manages to swat the ball out, but after it had already crossed the line. It was a strange, strange night. Here's the link to video: http://101greatgoals.magnify.net/item/WPJ3PKKHT7Y7FQJH

Porto has already clinched the league, but three teams are fighting for second place and a guaranteed Champions League spot. Guimaraes and Sporting have 49 points and Benfica has 48 with only two games to go. Should be a great finish.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

dsmac: maxi's wasn't a first touch, as I recall, he chested it down.

Of course, it was from much farther away in ot of an elimination game, so there's really no comparison.

Posted by: Northzax | April 28, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

@ TheMac

Wow, that almost qualifies as ignorant: "which never should have allowed a Canadian team in the first place; how can a team from outside of the United States be allowed to compete for the champisonship of the United States?"

Are you kidding? It's MLS - Major League Soccer. I think TFC is one of the BEST things to happen to this league in its history. No, I am NOT kidding. You may not like Canadians, but TFC and its supporters are great for this league.

Posted by: MemRook | April 28, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

The Good - A great night at RFK. Good weather. Decently good football and hopefully the start of a trend. Let's hope that practice will be good as the pressure to get 3 points is off and we can go into Colorado and steal some points.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 28, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The Very Good - The enthusiam of the DC United fans!

Posted by: Shin Guard | April 28, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

... MLS (which never should have allowed a Canadian team in the first place; how can a team from outside of the United States be allowed to compete for the champisonship of the United States?)

Posted by: TheMac | April 28, 2008 7:56 AM
-------------------------------------------------

Get over it. MLB has Toronto (and used to have Montreal), and the NHL (_National_ Hockey League) includes plenty of Canadian teams (albeit less than in the past).

You want a non-American example? The first one that comes to mind is AS Monaco, which has won the French league seven times and French Cup five times, despite not actually being in France! I'm sure more knowledgeable people can provide other examples.

AFAIAC, Toronto brings much-needed enthusiasm and media exposure to MLS which can only help in the long run.

Posted by: edgeonyou | April 28, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Ugly -- Brad Guzan this year, but specifically getting beat by Alan Gordon on a jumpball header. Brad better shave his head soon and invoke the power of great American keepers past if he wants to regain his form.

Posted by: RK | April 28, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

the good: moreno's slow-motion crash pk..hillarious. cheeky sob!

Posted by: mizage | April 28, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

dsmac: maxi's wasn't a first touch, as I recall, he chested it down.
Of course, it was from much farther away in ot of an elimination game, so there's really no comparison.
Posted by: Northzax | April 28, 2008 8:32 AM
xxxxxx
You are correct. Maxi beautifully chested down from a long pass and fired. Gallardo's goal is more like TOTI's. One shot goals he often does in Italian leagues. But the angle is still harder for Gallardo's than any other I have ever seen.
Galloardo, the doll!

Posted by: td | April 28, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Good -- Marcos Senna's half-field goal for Villarreal over Betis, 1-0.

http://www.marca.com/marcador/futbol/2007_08/primera/jornada_34/bet_vil/

And the fact that Villarreal's win delayed Real's march to Cibeles (where they traditionally celebrate) by another week...

Posted by: RK | April 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Great work again, SG.

Posted by: sean g | April 28, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

I've got an addition to "The Bad" list...

How about Chivas failed attempts to settle and clear the ball on Donovan's first goal?

Posted by: Nick | April 28, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I live in NJ and speak to countless soccer players/fans who say they will not go watch a game in Giants stadium but fully plan to go once the new stadium is built... It doesn't help for this year, but at least there is hope moving forward.

Posted by: Argi4 | April 28, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

You have to love Donovan's take on Preki's reaction. He seems like he has a new attitude these days:

"He was upset because I jumped and celebrated and it was in front of their bench," Donovan said. "If he doesn't want that to happen, then don't let me score."

"I tried to apologize to him, because I realized that he was upset about it and I didn't mean anything by it," he added. "But if he can't accept an apology, then I guess he's not a big enough man."

Posted by: kjm | April 28, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

should have told Toronto that it had to play on grass. Period. But MLS has sold its soul.

Posted by: TheMac | April 28, 2008 7:56 AM
-------------------------------------------

Hey TheMac, how about you get your American teams off fake turf before complaining about the Canadian team having it.
Last I heard a certain Seattle team will be arriving in the league next year on field turf. But you need Canadian fans to show American fans how to properly support a team ;)

Posted by: satan | April 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The Bad = Carey Talley's bush league knee on thigh tackle on Fred. Not only did it stop the breakaway, it sent Fred to the bench after 20 minutes. That was absolute crap.

Wasn't it Talley who tackled Emilio from behind for the second PK? Man, he should have been long gone before he scored his graceless belly shot goal.

Posted by: DE | April 28, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The Sounders will have a retractable roof on their very own venue by 2013.
You heard it here first.
Oh yeah and T. Henry will also have his Jersey hanging in the rafters...

Posted by: Dadryan | April 28, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

A pic of the G Bradley sign (painted by the Screaming Eagles Tifo Tsar, Tim) can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahandsean/2445196059/in/set-72157604754694270/

K

Posted by: SEKim | April 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Retractable roof with real grass just like Safeco FYI.

Posted by: Dadryan | April 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Monaco is in political union with France. A New Zealand team competes in the Aussie league. A couple of Welsh teams compete in England; Wales is in political union with England. Those are the only examples. And they're extreme. I didn't say that I didn't like Canadians. But I expected such a leap of logic. The fact is, however, that TFCs inclusion is an aberration. Consider, also, that it could only have been allowed with the consent of the USSF. Who is the USSF president? Someone on the payroll of the New England Revolution. Whether Toronto's fans are great fans has nothing to do with the fact that she shouldn't be allowed to compete in an American league. How can the champions of the United States be from another country? Or is MLS no longer even American?

Posted by: TheMac | April 28, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Good - The Black-and-Red, while still steaming up to full potential, exacted some sweet-sweet revenge on RSL.

The Bad - Where in the world is the REAL Brad Guzan?

The Coyote Ugly - The unpunished thugery that was on display by the no-talent-A-clowns wearing RSL jerseys. Oh and CUSA's D (nasty bad).

Posted by: Kosh | April 28, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Don't feed to troll.

Posted by: RK | April 28, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Good: match report in Sunday's paper (I told you I'd mention this every week).

The LA-Chivas game, while notable for Chivas' lack of defense, might be what the league needs to increase TV audiences. Admittedly, I fell asleep after LA's first goal and woke up when it was 2-2 (long day that journeyed into night), but I enjoyed Beckham's accurate passing even if he ended up with only one assist. Landon also defied the current conventional wisdom that American's don't shoot from outside the area.

Other examples: Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact, Puerto Rico Islanders, and Bermuda Hogges are all eligible to win the (gasp!) US Open Cup and they pre-date Gulati's tenure as USSF boss. If more Canadian clubs can join, sustainably, let 'em. We could use the looneys (the unit of currency, not the Canadians who spend them)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

How can the champions of the United States be from another country? Or is MLS no longer even American?

Posted by: TheMac | April 28, 2008 10:26 AM

So when the Toronto Blue Jays won the world series they weren't "real" champions in mlb or whenever a hockey team from Canada wins they're not "real" champions of American hockey?

Your making the dumbest arguement- most American sports league's include Canadian teams.

Posted by: laur | April 28, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Markus | April 28, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@papa bear

do some research. they choked women, ambushed both galaxy and legion ultras with 5-1 odds. boxed in cards and dented the body work. people get full beer cans thrown at them. and this was ostensibly a galaxy home game, things get much worse when it's chivas home and their front office plays the part of indulgent parent. ask chicago fans what happened last year.

this isn't one or two drunk guys from either side going at it, it's not even "firms" where at least both sides want to fight. it's a small minority of people wearing chivas jersey's that go out with the intention of fighting (of course only when they outnumber their "opponents").

Posted by: dashiel | April 28, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

We should just invade Canada... then if Toronto wins the league (either MLS or MLB, or one of the great Canadian team win the NHL), we wont have to admit that other countries actually exist (and maybe FOX news would actually even cover the story, because technically it wouldn't be a story about something happening in a foreign country.)

Anyway, good for DC United. Bummer that Colorado is flopping already after such a promising start.

Posted by: Hacksaw | April 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Other examples: Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact, Puerto Rico Islanders, and Bermuda Hogges are all eligible to win the (gasp!) US Open Cup and they pre-date Gulati's tenure as USSF boss. If more Canadian clubs can join, sustainably, let 'em. We could use the looneys (the unit of currency, not the Canadians who spend them)


Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 10:37 AM

-----------------

Um, those teams aren't eligible to play for the US Open Cup. All teams have to be US-based to compete.

Posted by: DE | April 28, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Dang, this is becoming a Big Soccer thread...and that's not a good thing

Posted by: Jkr | April 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

About teh Red Bulls and the New York TImes. True, the Times ignores the MLS. I wonder, though, if Goff is right to pin the blame on the paltry crowds at Red Bulls' games. It could be more of a chicken-and-egg question. Perhaps, if the Times covered the league, its readers would get interested and turn out at games. The team has two natural constituencies: immigrants and those suburban soccer-playing families that read the Times daily. Without coverage in the Times, the team is unable to reach most of its potential fan base.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | April 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I find it weak that nj/my fans are so fickle that they won't attend a game at giants stadium. if one really is a fan, one should support the team even if the stadium situation isn't ideal. to me it looks like the red bull organization is actually trying to put a good product on the field. such efforts should be supported..

Posted by: mizage | April 28, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

MAC:

IF Toronto won the championship, it wouldn't be the championship of the United States... it would be the championship of the MLS....

I-270

Are you sure that the canadian and bermudean teams are eligible for the OPen-Cup?? Do you have a link stating this? I can see PR Islanders being eligible (if DC is why can't PR)..This link says other wise: http://www.usopencup.com/2008qualification/242053.html

Canada (and I am sure Bermuda) have their own equivalent tournemant. Canada's is known as Open Canada Cup...

Posted by: traveling fan | April 28, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

dashiel:

"this isn't one or two drunk guys from either side going at it, it's not even "firms" where at least both sides want to fight. it's a small minority of people wearing chivas jersey's that go out with the intention of fighting (of course only when they outnumber their "opponents")."

and yet we never seem to have any video evidence of you riot squaders claims of "big scarey Chivas thugs."


Video or STFU And GH.

Posted by: evi-dense | April 28, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@ evi-dense

who said anything about the riot squad? it was in general admission, and seriously don't take my word for it - take the word of other chivas supporters that were attacked by la legion.

btw you can't bring video recording equipment in to the stadium. but kuods on the extremely accurate handle.

Posted by: dashiel | April 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I honestly think there is some deep seeded bigotry behind the BIG D's words.

and to say video cameras are not aloud into a stadium is beyond ridiculous, when you claim the "ACTION" took place outside the stadium.... and what digital camera or cell phone does not have video options?

I think you should take your toys and run home to mommy whilst you wait for Garber to do something.. and please hold your breath....

Posted by: traveling fan | April 28, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry. I stand corrected.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

As nice as Amado Guevara's set piece was, it pales in comparison to Gallardo's one-timer. Are these Goal of the Week voters crazy or just Canadian? Go and vote for the real G-man who shoots straight in the tightest corner: http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: Greenbelt Joe | April 28, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I programmed by DVR for all 3 weekend games and when I came back home Sunday night, I had a total of zero futbol in my machine. Did anyone have any problem with the TV coverage?

Posted by: Green Hornet - DC | April 28, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Preki's right...it's reasons like that why people hate Donovan.

I get the guys on fire, I get he's pumped with the goal in a derby game...but if he was to provoke the away fans that's 'inciting' and generally isn't the done thing in the game (at least abroad, and in fact can attract police attention)...but to do it to the opposing coaches is just a low blow and classless.

Posted by: Aljarov | April 28, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

You can record video on most phones today. Thats a weak argument. Evidence or STFU. Frankly most of us are tired of hearing whiney Galaxy supporters every year make claims of Chivas Ultra Violence with nothing but stores.

Pics, video, or STFU.

Posted by: nat | April 28, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

shockingly, Guevara is way out ahead in the GOTW voting.

Posted by: northzax | April 28, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse


http://s3.excoboard.com/exco/thread.php?forumid=2561&threadid=374993&page=1
"Are these Goal of the Week voters crazy or just Canadian?"

The Cannucks are vote-riggers. They are 2005-2006 RSL fans all over again x 10.

If you want Gallardo to win then vote
and rig it cause the Canadians had a head start in voting before most people even knew the goals were up for a vote.

http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: nat | April 28, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The good: Gallardo's golazo is up for GOTW.

The bad: So is Amado Guevara's.

The coyote ugly: Guevara's is way ahead in the voting.

Gallardo for GOTW -- c'mon, vote early and often!

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 28, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, more good: Manchester City 2-3 America's Team.

Anyone know of someplace that might stream the Fulham-Birmingham match online this weekend?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The Canadians had few enough goals to celebrate last year. Let 'em rig the box. Who cares? We won and it was beautiful.

Posted by: viv | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Great work again, SG.

Posted by: sean g | April 28, 2008 9:36 AM
==========================================

I trust that you're not talking to yourself.

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"The Canadians had few enough goals to celebrate last year. Let 'em rig the box. Who cares? We won and it was beautiful. "

And hey, let's all join together and sing Kumbaya.

Dude, if Guevara's free kick were a tap in they'd do the same thing. Why should we let them win cause they had a bad season last year!??!

They wouldn't do it for US!

F'em and vote Gallardo! It's the Black n Red thing to do!
http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: Mayor Daley | April 28, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I propose the DC supporters take water pistols to the DC vs LA game and shower him with urine if he celebrates in front of Barra or SE's. That'l teach em.

Posted by: landycakessucks | April 28, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"I propose the DC supporters take water pistols to the DC vs LA game and shower him with urine if he celebrates in front of Barra or SE's."

You do that. I'd love to see ten points deducted from DC, cementing them into last place.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 28, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

MLS is no longer just a U.S. league. FIFA recognizes it as the top division in the U.S. and Canada. Get over it.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | April 28, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm still rather disgusted that this "TheMac" guy is still talking MLS as only an American league. At first I thought he was kind of being ironic or sarcastic, but no, he means it. Ugh. Like CACUzcatlan says, get over it.

As far as I am concerned, the more the better. Heck, put a team in Puerto Rico too. I'd be more than glad to have their team in our league. I hate hearing nationalistic garbage like "Only America should count" blah blah blah.

I think, and this is just me spitballing here, but I think that the rest of the world (I.E. not America) has a tadbit more "soccer" history than the US. Therefore, to include another country's team in MLS is beneficial for our league, IMO.

Posted by: MemRook | April 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

re:Oh yeah, more good: Manchester City 2-3 America's Team.

Anyone know of someplace that might stream the Fulham-Birmingham match online this weekend?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM

If the game is on FSC, TVU Networks will have it.. or you can check www2.myp2p.eu, closer to the date to find what site is streaming the game...

Posted by: myt! | April 28, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

seriously.....how do you guys feel about supporters groups attacking their own kinda?

how do you feel about the Legion attacking the Union Ultras?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for those of you with a better memory than mine on the Maxi Rodriguez goal. BTW, as of 3:30, Gallardo's GOTW vote was at 44%, higher than Guevara's 34%, but let's not get lazy. Gallardo's goal has to end up being one of the best all year! How can you compare a 1-time volley from a ball coming from 40 yards away with such a tight angle to a free kick where the ball is sitting there, waiting to be kicked? lol no comparison. Gallardo's strike was world class!

Posted by: Dsmac | April 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

How in the world was the first Amado Guevara goal not offsides????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Am I missing something??

Posted by: Bobbles | April 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

as someone from nj who is a dc united fan, but still has a soft spot for the old crappy metro stars and the new crappy but with good players redbulls, if i was still in nj, i would not care about mls or the redbulls. honestly they play in nj, have offices in nj, are building a new stadium in... nj, and used to at least be nj/ny and then redbull bought them and sold nj out. fan loyalty? what about ownership loyalty? for pete's sake, even espn reports the match results from "seacaucus, ny" never mind that it's in nj. hell, i'd rather go to an ironmen game than a 'bulls game, or i'd go with the philly fans to boo.

Posted by: matt | April 28, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

How in the world was the first Amado Guevara goal not offsides???

KC defender cleared the ball off his own team mate and bounced back to Guevara. You're only offside if the ball is played to you from someone on your team.

I was at the game and wondering the same thing until I saw it on the big screen!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The Good: this weekly blog feature
The Bad: RFK concessions
The Ugly: Hooliganism

Posted by: FC | April 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Preki has a selective memory problem. It was just last season when, after scoring a goal, members of his team went over to the Riot Squad section and taunted them. So am I to believe that it's ok to taunt the public?
As for the Supporter's Sections, there are great supporters for both teams but there are a few members who get out of hand and who PLAN it. Witness the mohawked gentleman in the stands wearing several layers of t-shirts. He would commit an intolerable act and peel off a shirt and hide in the Legion. I watched this go on all game until he was apprehended at the end. Those who cry that these stories are made up either A) are the perps or B) Think that their S**T doesn't stink.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RK
Good -- Marcos Senna's half-field goal for Villarreal over Betis, 1-0.
http://www.marca.com/marcador/futbol/2007_08/primera/jornada_34/bet_vil/

It was #1 on ESPN's POTD.

Bad -- Bald headed "sportscaster" commenting his favorite part of the video was the goalie crashing into the goalpost.

Posted by: peteo | April 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

peteo, thanks for the link. Love the mascot at the very start.

Posted by: FC | April 29, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

i was at this game and the fans gave dc united a lot of energy. there were 23,000 + fans there and dc gave us some great goals.

Posted by: jeff | April 29, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company