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Matchday: DCU at Colorado

Greetings from the Front Range, where wispy clouds, light breezes and a 70-degree temperature serve as a gorgeous backdrop for MLS's lone Sunday match.

Never mind the game, though. Afterward, as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Dick's Sporting Goods Park will be transformed into a Mexican wrestling venue. The Rapids are calling it "Futbol Lucha." If you have the pleasure of watching the DCU game on Comcast SportsNet, you will see Thomas Rongen (black bowtie, not red today) donning a claret and baby blue Rapids wrestling mask during the halftime show. He has also challenged today's top contenders, Hijo de Santo and Blue Demon Jr.

Before we get to the DCU lineup, a quick cultural review. Yesterday began with a bison burger at Ted's Montana Grill (I know, I know, it's a chain, but a good one) and ended with salmon and an IPA at Redfish Brew House in Boulder. In between, there was a peaceful few hours at the Denver Art Museum and a long stroll down the funky Pearl Street outdoor mall in Boulder. Where else can you find Tibetan crafts, a guy claiming to be a nuclear physicist making balloon hats, a 14-year-old juggling to raise money for a youth hockey trip, a dreadlocked dude holding a "Help End Marijuana Prohibition" sign, veggie dogs at the hotdog stand and people wearing Flamengo, Man U and England jerseys?

DCU's lineup: Wells; Namoff, Peralta, Martinez; Quaranta, Simms, Dyachenko, Gallardo, Burch; Niell, Emilio.

I'll leave you with some Picasso: "I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history."

As usual, this is the place for pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts.

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2008; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Thanks for the report Steve.

Why would any college student leave Boulder for the summer to go home?

Posted by: JkR | May 4, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Second!

Posted by: Curious | May 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll be switching between this and the Super-Classico between Boca-River.


Come on UNITED!!!!!!

Posted by: Red Devil | May 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

No Moreno...injured? Being rested?

I hope this is the game we prove we can play without him, but with it being in Colorado, I'm not exactly optimistic.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 4, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

No Jaime? Coaches decision or injury? Just trying to rest him a bit (esp. considering the altitude and the upcoming Thursday fixture)?

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 4, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Clavijo has benched Cooke, Clark and Burciaga. They are not injured.

Posted by: Goff | May 4, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know of a way to watch the game online?

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Andrew: you can buy a subscription at mlsnet.com for either the day or the year to watch all games online. I don't think it costs much, though there *are* occasional technical glitches.

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 4, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

this was in the previews thred. give it a try:
Hope this helps...
www.channelsurfing.net
A lot of channels only work with IE 7 for Windows.
http://www.tvunetworks.com/

JIN: I wish I know but can't find anything that offers free MLS games or even with paying. I don't even have MLSLiveTV. Hope someone has a better answer for you.>>
Posted by: R. | May 4, 2008 2:06 PM

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your help all. I do have a mlslive.tv subscription but since this game is broadcast on Telefutura it is blacked out.

If I find a working link I'll post it here, but otherwise it'll be Federal News Radio online!

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Troubling contrast at kickoff: The fields surrounding the stadium are full of kids and parents, the stadium stands are less than half full.

Posted by: Goff | May 4, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was about to say the same thing Goff. How many do you think are there? It looks like maybe 7-8K, if that.

Anyways, we look slow in the start. Man, I hate that altitude...

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

another bad position for Wells. Fortunately it was going wide.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh Telemundo with the nicer picture once again.
Is it my tv or does the comcast picture just plain suck?
Vamos United!!!

Posted by: Dadryan | May 4, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

You should find out why they don't let fans in the stadium.

Colorado, Dallas and Chicago are all the argument you need against a suburban soccer stadium...not that Columbus attendance is anything to brag about.


Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sims been losing the ball every time.

Posted by: ff | May 4, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Great save by Namoff.

At least we have one good DCU highlight from this game.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Niell needs leg extensions.

I'm not sure who is playing worse right now. Both teams are making a lot of dumb mistakes and bad passes.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates. Those of us without ComCast are grateful.

Posted by: viv | May 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Usually mlsnet would be the place to go for streaming video, but they aren't carrying the game tonight for some reason.

If you're not opposed to illegal video, myp2p.eu is a good place to start, as is www.channelsurfing.com

If you want to stay legal, there's streaming audio of the game on mlsnet.

Posted by: anon | May 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Colorado has more opportunities to make dumb mistakes. We make our mistakes as soon as we get teh ball, which is very infrequent.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Not only is he short he is slow...

We need a Cooper/McBride type player up front not a 12 year old girl.

Posted by: short man | May 4, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thank god CO can't finish. It should be 3-0.

Does Namoff now have more saves than Wells?

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Thrilling sequence. Through ball forces Wells to come out to the top of the box and stop a 1-on-1. Ball takes a lucky bounce and Colorado guy seems to have an open net, but Namoff forces him to the end line and his cross is punched away by Wells.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 4, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

At half...

Namoff - 8
Martinez - 6
Rest of Team - 0

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, that last play by Wells wasn't that bad. Of course, he shouldn't be in a position to do that. Namoff with a great play! Wells sucks. I'm hoping to see Doe or someone with offense in the second half.

Posted by: Q | May 4, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What a gutless and pathetic road display.

"You see how hard it is to win on the road" says Dave Johnson at the end of the half. Well no kidding, when you sit back and allow a team to attack you for the entire half, I dare say you won't get many chances to score.

I just don't understand this road mentality. Rongen was spouting off about it as well at the beginning when he said "sit back, absorb the pressure, keep it scoreless and hope to nick one".

That right there is the problem. The mentality. Exactly what about the sparse crowd and the reserve players the Rapids are throwing out there that is so dangerous to United?

If you're going to bunker in, go to 4 in the back and bring in Moreno. Otherwise, it's yet another loss in Colorado

Posted by: A Rickey | May 4, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

One thing is the refs need a much better knowledge of the game. The plyer was down for a long time, they kept playing almost scored. He should have have stopped the game. Also, takle on Gallardo was really harsh but ref dosn't get it. Our couch is boring. He just sits there.

Posted by: arlington for United | May 4, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Peralta has cleared sevaral acutally.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

These announcers never stop talking. Rongen's voice irritates me.

Gallardo>Gomez

Posted by: Garret | May 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Steve, can we get some love for BWFC beating the drop?

Posted by: www.boltonwanderers.us | May 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Jaime on for Niell.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 4, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Nobody on far post for a corner kick? That was interesting.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Well Gomez just put his 2 cents in... goal.

Posted by: MK | May 4, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

and 1-0 CO Peterson goal...pretty nice shot

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Rongen said that it was a hard shot for Wells to get to. If you watch the replay, it was possible because Wells didn't move his legs to the side to cut off the angle. He was out of his goal at a good distance, but his angle was horrible. He was not guarding both posts, just the back post. His positioning is horrible game after game. The goalie coach should be working with him on this.

Posted by: Q | May 4, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Alright, let's see what Doe is all about...

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame to see so many Rapids fans dressed as gray seats today...

Grandpa Doe!

Posted by: MK | May 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

We are even making Erpen look good.

Quaranta has to be one of the most hot/cold players in MLS. Today he's freezing cold.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Doe takes on CO and gets a corner. At least someone is trying.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I also think that it was a bad move to bring in Jaime for Niell at the half. You don't want to lose speed. Bring him in for Emilio instead so you don't lose that speed. If you want to take Niell out, put Doe in for him. Speed for speed.

Posted by: Q | May 4, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Erpen...that just figures.

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

ERPEN GOAL

WTF

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Gomez gets his second assist and Terry Cooke, who was on the field for 15 seconds, gives Erpen a goal.

Posted by: MK | May 4, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Erpen?
What a waste of time this is watching this game today.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 4, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

thank god the US doesn't have relegation because I cant think of a single USL 2 team that couldn't beat DCU the way they are playing now.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

At least Real Madrid just went behind...

Posted by: RK | May 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Basura!

Posted by: Madryan | May 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Bofo Namoff can spark a comeback...

Posted by: MK | May 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Well it truelly sucks now. DC really seem like an ameture street kids playing. I am really tired of an altitude excuses. It's the team. It's the coach. No covering the opposition, horrible touches and passes. This team is going down like hell. Gallardo's free kicks have been all directly to the walls. This team doesn't have any spirit. Everyone is chewing gams like training on the ground.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Tremendous goal by RM being two men down (one injured).

Posted by: RK | May 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

You know what, Dyachenko is an absolute disaster. I don't think he's had one pass that HASN'T been intercepted by the Colorado defense. Soehn doesn't know what the hell he's doing out there.

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

DC is so lucky CO is this bad.

I feel sorry for fans who paid to see this game. Even though CO is winning they are playing just above the level of DC, which is not good.


Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

RM w/ another! Laser shot!

Posted by: RK | May 4, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

someone help the team!! someone!!

Posted by: JIN | May 4, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Real win La Liga

Posted by: MK | May 4, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Burch really loves those ridiculously high crosses.

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

This is just sad!!

Posted by: JIN | May 4, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The pain is over. Thank you ref.

I find it hard to believe that this team is capable of making the playoffs this year.

Goff,

Good luck with the players ratings on this one. Gomez and Erpen are the men of the match...too bad they're not on our team.


Posted by: Southeasterner | May 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Congrats DC. Another lost. You are the champoins of the bottom.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Dyachenko = Black Hole...Step slow, bad touch, can't pass..Wow

Posted by: JonInVB | May 4, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This team is a joke. All the international players are a big waste. Niell and Martinez especially. They're both ridiculously bad. And Gallardo doesn't give a steaming pile of dog dirt.

Posted by: Brendan | May 4, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Terrible passing all match long. If Colorado could finish this one would be 7-0. this team really misses Olsen and Josh Gros. there is absolutely no speed or quickness in mid-field at all. the way Clyde Simms played made me wish for Brian Carroll! This team is just not very talented and despite what Rongen is saying on the tube, I don't think it can be turned around.

Posted by: orange14 | May 4, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Now I can watch some good football. Villarreal v. Getafe excep that Kelly dude's voice is like duck thumping.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If we had any chemistry it would be: BAD. It is not altitude, it is us. We don't work together at all. I cannot believe Kirk makes $100 grand plus. I think it is time to pass him on to another team. Personally, I like Zach Wells and even I am wavering. He is starting to remind me of Doug Warren. We did well without the Designated player. I think we should try it again. If you have any power scores above a 3 or 4 then they slipped you a fiver.

Posted by: bubbles | May 4, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Soehn needs to go!! fired Soehn.

Posted by: koolcaio | May 4, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Kirk Generation Adidas?

Posted by: sitruc | May 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dyachenko brings nothing to the game.
Neill brings nothing to the game
Peralta is no better than Erpen.
Why are we paying Gallardo more than we were willing to pay Gomez?
Is management more interested in the south american transfer player than attempting to develop a few young Americans? Lots of money for Gallardo, Peralta and martinez and I don't see the results?

Posted by: barry | May 4, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

We need to go back to the 4-4-2. Not enough space in the midfield. And calm down people lets not press the panic button until June.

Simms had his worst game I can remember in a long time. Doe looked pretty good.

Posted by: GoUnited | May 4, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, DC is just not a very good team right now...

To Q, who said it was bad to lose Niell's speed by taking him off... does anyone actually think Niell can beat anyone in a footrace? Sure his feet move very fast, but his stride is half the length of any normal sized player! Really, earlier in this game, I saw Pablo Freaking Mastroeni pass Niell from behind and beat him to a ball.

I like what I saw initially from Doe, so that was a relative plus... maybe he can help on the left, so we can get Fred some time on the right. I'd much rather see Tino as a playmaking forward (and we know that's also his preferred position).

I'm starting to wonder if we shouldn't be looking to go with some radically different formation, since it doesn't seem that any of our current formations really suit the strengths of our best players.

In Gallardo, we have an attacking mid who is more comfortable in the middle of the park, and who is probably better at spraying passes forward than he is at holding and having guys play off him.

In Fred (obviously he didn't play today), we have a winger who is more comfortable running at guys and cutting inside than keeping wide and sending crosses in from the flank.

With Moreno, we have a guy who's comfortable just about anywhere (that's what happens when you've been playing as long as he has), but he's not a threat to get behind the defense anymore.


So far, this is kinda what I'm, thinking:

-------Emilio------------------
-------------------Tino--------
------------Moreno-------------
---Gallardo----Simms----Fred---
Burch--Martinez--Peralta--Namoff
------------Wells---------------

So we get kindof a 4-3-1-2 where Emilio is the target guy, Tino is a withdrawn forward, Moreno is an attacking midfielder (which also suits his great holding/possession skills), and Gallardo, Simms, & Fred are all center midfielders (like the midfielders in a traditional 4-3-3).
You could also give Fred & Gallardo freedom to interchange a bit, if not swap them outright, and Clyde can stay back a bit to clean up, as usual. In this formation, Burch and Namoff would have freedom to get forward and overlap on the flank. Peralta & Martinez do what they do best, abut with a 4 man back line, Martinez could be allowed to get forward more often (which he's done quite effectively so far).

Posted by: jrnail23 | May 4, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Kirk is a generation Adidas player and doesn't count against the salary cap. He is 19 -- let him develop.

How can you complain about Soehn? No Fred, no McTavish, no Mediate, no Olsen. No one on this blog could get a better result with the squad Soehn had to work with today.

The one decision I am questioning was letting Brian Carroll go. Simms has played reasonably well, but we have no depth at holding midfielder. Now that we are playing a 3-5-2 with a triangle in central midfield, the decision makes no sense.

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

By June - that would be four more loses. I think all these formation changes also affecting it at somehow. Doe's short first run was somewhat encouraging but then again who knows his long run. Even if all the home games win, it just won't do good enough for us. We should no more hearing about team needs to gel. It's well over that time period. I will be interested to find what their excuses are!

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

My kingdom for an effing AWAY GOAL!! Is that so bleeping hard?!?

Jeez, Louise...

Posted by: Juan-John | May 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

First things first: let's get the DCU medical staff to break out the EKG--I bet they would find this team (other than Namoff) has no heart. Once again Wells gets caught out of position and fails to protect the near post (just like he did against Pachuca). For all his merits (and they weren't on display today) Gallardo is not a field general like Gomez. I support Soehn's moves to give Kirk and Doe some minutes, but he needs to find 11 players that play with passion by Thursday...

Posted by: Frustrated@Fort Benning | May 4, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Some of the whining here is over the top, but the play was certainly poor, again, today.

This team does not look match fit. They made mental and physical errors all game that I normally attribute to fatigue.

Posted by: JkR | May 4, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope the VW marketing team wasn't watching today's display. FarvegNuthin!

Posted by: speculation | May 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

DC suck. Period. End of story.

Posted by: bob | May 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

i miss... boswell-gros-olsen-gomez-baby drogba.DCU

Posted by: mom | May 4, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Surprise to see 13,115 attendance. Looks more like 8k.

Posted by: ff | May 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

soehn is a good coach... unfortunately you have to be better than good to win in the MLS.

Soehn has changed the team quite a bit from last season which has resulted in a few wins at best this season. I think if DC wants to get to the next level, it will come with a different coach.

I don't see Soehn as the tactically astute coach week end and week out. Needs to become much better at managing players and the team... way to inconsistent from week to week.

Posted by: dan | May 4, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... It's May, no Olsen or Fred, Emilio has a dearth of confidence, and we can't win on the road.

The sky isn't falling yet, but Atlas appears to be growing weary.

Posted by: B.A. | May 4, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I might be crazy, but here's a thought:

------------Emilio------------
--Moreno------------Quaranta--
------Gallardo----Fred--------
------------Simms-------------
Burch--Martinez--Peralta--Namoff
------------Wells-------------

Posted by: GoUnited | May 4, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we can attribute DC's poor play to fatigue--the last match was eight days ago. It's one thing to lose while going down swinging, it's another to simply roll over and play dead like they did today. If Soehn didn't break every chair in the visitor's locker room after the game, maybe it is time for him to go.

Posted by: Frustrated@Fort Benning | May 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It is discouraging to all the away games so far but i am hopfull that at somepoint they will turn around and make us all proud. GoUnited - back four we have not seen any other way much this year so I would go with that but what if Emilio just bench once and put either Doe. Quaranta's crosses were disasters all aloing, not that anyone's play is good but he has really ups and downs.

Posted by: united4winorlose | May 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

a what?

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, the 13k attendance count seems about right to me. The side not on TV had more people on it, and those on the TV side were hanging out in the shade which is mostly off camera.

As for the soccer, if you choose to call it that, DC was pretty terrible. Across the board they had no heart. In Defense, Wells looked timid and unorganized and defenders were letting Cummings turn with the ball way too often. The midfield had no bite defensively and was gifting balls away every chance they got. There was no threat for pace on the wings and the forwards couldn't hold onto the ball until Jaime came on. Yes there were injuries that limited the player selection, but the most fundamental problem with this group didn't look to be talent but heart.

Posted by: 5280 | May 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

VW agreement just broke off. Just kidding. Hope the better days will come our way!!!

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

so congrats to West Browm and Stock for getting the spot in EPL for one year.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Easy there, naysaying naybobs. It's just a matter of time before the fellas start to click. Fire nobody!

Posted by: Knee Jerkys | May 4, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

sorry West Brom corrected. Honestly the camra settings are terrible here not to mention commentators.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

agreed, no firings needed, but dyachenko is much better suited as a sub. good footskills but no passing ability whatsoever.i counted at least two or three times where he played nice, simple balls to the guys in maroon. doe or kirk should get more minutes SOMEWHERE just so that the team speed goes up a little bit.

Posted by: smith | May 4, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

And Stoke, not Stock.

Posted by: bob | May 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

we brought in peralta and martinez, and that hasn't panned out in the first 6 games, how many will we need b4 we realize our defense aint up to par, road games or not, they have got to be solid day in and day out

franco niell doesn't seem to know where to be, his size dictates a need to be at certain pts on the field depending on where the ball is, all the defenders in this league will out muscle him, and has to adapt or we won't get anywhere

we need wingers, preferably healthy

still a bit early in the season, who knows, we could go on a tear this june and july

Posted by: oh vey | May 4, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Niell should be sub in the second half to speed up to the defense unless we need to hold the game if we are winning. One thing clearly I noticed today was every single ball made pass was directly to the maroon guys. When they touch the ball, the ball bounced from their feet.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

And Stoke, not Stock.
Posted by: bob | May 4, 2008 7:30 PM
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Yes, thank you. I am in so hurry so I don't check.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

man - I hate to admit it but I realize that the MLS playing quality is even worse than English league one below champoinship clubs.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Goff's ratings. All zeros.

Posted by: td | May 4, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh vey? Is this a Yinglish expression?

Posted by: tri-village | May 4, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The one decision I am questioning was letting Brian Carroll go. Simms has played reasonably well, but we have no depth at holding midfielder. Now that we are playing a 3-5-2 with a triangle in central midfield, the decision makes no sense.

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2008 5:17 PM

_____________

There wasn't much choice, was there? We could only protect 11, and BC was #12. Simms beat him out cleanly for the starting job.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is that we stink. And we are going to get a national tv thumping on Thursday courtesy of a bunch of Chicago jerks.

Gallardo isnt Gomez and Gomez was who picked up the slack last year when Emilio was off. I dont know what Emilios problem is but we might as well bench him for a game to let him get the picture. Thank goodness we didnt give him the raise he wanted this past summer. He can catch the next plane back to the Honduran league.

Zach Wells isnt great but maybe his baptism by fire will help him in subsequent years (see Brad Guzan) or maybe it will just make him shook (see many other keepers in this league). God love him, but Moreno isnt doing well and Olsens time is up, sadly. Both of those guys are pillars here.

Our second string players are either busts or inexperienced.

Maybe the best thing for this team is to stink it up this year, not make the playoffs, get trounced by our arch rivals (Chicago and LA) get bounced by a USL 1 or 2 team in the Open Cup and just try to make it out our Champions League draw so we have something to strive for early next year. Hopefully we can beat NY each time we play them this year. Its good we have that extra DP slot from Colorado so we can try to get a real quality guy in here to help our team.

Posted by: Darth Hater | May 4, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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