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Matchday DCU, USA, Europe

Welcome to the Sunday mega-thread:

*San Jose at DCU, 3 ET (CSN, Telefutura)
*USA at Barbados, 3 (ESPN Classic, Galavision)
*Italy vs. Spain, 2:30 (ESPN)
*Other World Cup qualifiers, including El Salvador and Bermuda looking to upset Panama and T&T, respectively.

Just for the fun of it, discussions on all matches are welcome here. I'll provide my usual DCU Aftermath thread tonight.

RFK game-time weather is available by clicking here.

[UPDATE] DCU LINEUP: Wells; Namoff, McTavish, Peralta, Martinez; Fred, Simms, Gallardo, Burch; Moreno, Emilio. Subs: Carvallo, Mediate, Kirk, Stratford, Cordeiro, Dyachenko, Niell.

USA LINEUP: Guzan; Moor, Califf, DeMerit, Pearce; Kljestan, Szetela, Bradley, Lewis; Adu, Beasley.

To get you warmed up for our big day, a video flashback to the Spain-Italy World Cup quarterfinal at Foxborough in 1994:


By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2008; 1:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

I really want italy to crash and burn...they are the bane of my existence

Posted by: Skyler | June 22, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta is still hurt?

Posted by: Garret | June 22, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta yellow card suspension

Posted by: Goff | June 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

watching dc, tivoing the euro, ignoring barbados.

Posted by: stairs | June 22, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

watching the Euro, channel flippin to check United, and watching the United replay later tonight.
Barbados? Barbados?
Who want to watch Barrett whiff again?
I'm sure someone get emo and adu's goals up on youtube later right?

Posted by: Dadryan | June 22, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

usa on the internet?

DCU on the internet?

thanks!

Posted by: Frank | June 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

what radio station carries the dc game?

Posted by: Louis | June 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Three televised games from separate competitions that I want to watch running at the same time... we've come a long way over the last few years!

Posted by: MK | June 22, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Louis,

1150 AM, WFED.

Posted by: Sean M. | June 22, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

That's some camera angle they have for USA/Barbados!

Posted by: I can't see. | June 22, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Flipping between Euro and DCU, one can see that the camera work on CSN is terrible compared to ESPN!

Also, the RFK pitch looks pretty bad in HD.

Posted by: Andrew | June 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Barbados game camera angles are hurting my head!

Freddy's not off to the best start so far - soft passes and easily shaken from the ball.

Posted by: MK | June 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Excellent pass by Freddy to Eddie Lewis! 1-0

Posted by: MK | June 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It's great that there are 3 soccer matches to watch, but all at the same time? Plus, the US and the Euro games are showing the scores to the other games on the crawl including the DCU game.

ESPN hates DVRs!

Posted by: trey | June 22, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

SJ's goal was.... just wow

Posted by: He needs to go | June 22, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

USA is lucky to still have the lead... Barbados just cracked one off of the crossbar.

Posted by: MK | June 22, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Barbados goal waved off for offsides but that was pretty lucky on our part again...

Posted by: MK | June 22, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I never want to see Herbert Fandel ref a game ever again. DISGRACE!!!

Posted by: Red Devil | June 22, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the solution to United's goalkeeping problem is for Wells to get capped.

I don't mean called up to the national team, I mean taken out back and, well...

Posted by: Goose | June 22, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

My favorite team wins and my most hated team loses...a good day indeed!

Posted by: Skyler | June 22, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The MLS box score says that Cunliffe's goal was unassisted. Why isn't Wells given credit for an assist?

Posted by: AnybodyButWells | June 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way to give Wells a negative player rating? Linking Wells to the number '0' does a huge disservice to the number '0.'

Posted by: Player Ratings | June 22, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Goose,

I'm still laughing at your comment. I couldn't agree with you more.

The good thing is finally maybe just possibly Martinez will get some credit for being one of the best players on our team.

Goff if you don't give him a 9 I don't know how a player can do it.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 22, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Wells is a disgrace - he's the Franco Niell of goalkeepers

Posted by: diego r. | June 22, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Other than the Mctavish slide to save the goal - that kid had a stinker. Why take out Fred when you could have taken him out for Mediate. Cordeiro (sp) can stay on the sideline too.....

Please soccer god, give us Ben Olsen back.

Posted by: Sam | June 22, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Things are starting to come together. Next week against the Galaxy will put us ready to make our run!

Posted by: Alan | June 22, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I watched BSPN and BSPN Classic side-by-side at a nearby sports bar, while a recording device watched CSN for me at home. The telecast from Barbados was, um, interesting in several ways:

1. As others have noted, the camera angles were pretty low, I suspect because the stadium is simply not that large. Further, it looked as if the seats behind the goals extended higher up than those along the sidelines. The fact that the joint is primarily a cricket ground probably has something to do with it.

2. Interestingly, the field-level signage was all bought up by USL-1 teams.

3. The images were pretty blurry compared to those coming from Vienna, and not just because one was in HD and the other wasn't. I thought I was watching moon landings from the Apollo era.

4. Once more Shep Messing was an honorary Disney employee in place of John Harkes. What's the story behind that?

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

note to Mr. Kasper and Mr. Payne: please may we have a keeper who actually knows how to play the position? This poor kid Wells is awful. Todays give away was unbelievable. I also agree with an earlier post: I also thought that Mctavish was terrible today. I lost count of the number of balls he gave away during this match. If we can't get a clean sheet against San Jose, next week against the galaxy attack we could be in for a very rough match. Our win streak could very well end. It could be a very exciting match as the galaxy are defensively as bad as is united. I would anticipate a match with numerous goals. How many goals will we need to win next sunday? 4 perhaps 5?

Posted by: rob | June 22, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Steve: with the July 1st contract guarantee date approaching, do you expect to see united make any moves this week?

Posted by: rob | June 22, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Haiti has squeezed by the Netherlands Antilles. T&T has a two-goal lead (one-goal aggregate) over Bermuda late in the second half. Panama and El Salvador are just getting underway.

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Wells couldn't post his first shutout of the season against the team with the worst offense in the league, and was lucky to have only let in one goal.

I agree that McTavish didn't have the best of games but I feel like that may have been in part because United kept on switching tactics in the first half to accommodate Burch's god awfulness. At one point McTavish was pushed up into a dmid role and then later sent out wide to right mid all in the name of trying to find a place where Burch would hurt us the least. I don't think he successfully completed a forward pass the entire first half and he was also a defensive liability vs O'Brien, so much to the point that they switched him with Fred so Fred could mark O'Brien. Cordeiro wasn't great but I thought he showed a lot more than Burch did, like the ability to beat his defender one on one, being able to pass somewhere other than backwards and completing the pass, and also making runs that weren't just straight up and down the field.

I think it's obvious that if we want to be contender for MLS Cup that we will need to be 100% healthy because our bench (for the most part) hasn't shown us they can fill for any missing players. That and it's pretty obvious that we need Wells to pick up his game or we need to find another keeper.

Posted by: United017 | June 22, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

McTavish was terrible other than saving that one goal. But there weren't a lot of good players today. Martinez was excellent. Simms was pretty good. Gallardo still is not in sync with everyone else. Moreno was so frustrated in the first half that he pretty much stopped playing.

Anyone would be better than Wells.

Posted by: Glenn | June 22, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The front office needs to bring in a competent goalkeeper before this team plays another game. Is there an MLS record for consecutive matches without a clean sheet?

Agree with the consensus that Martinez was excellent and that the fill-ins (especially Burch) were inadequate. The bench on this team is a liability.

Posted by: black shirt | June 22, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

On the WC qualifier front:
Neth Antilles - Haiti 0-1
Bermuda - T&T 0-2
Haiti and Trinidad both won on the road today and are qualified for the next round.

Posted by: Charlie | June 22, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I watched the DC United game ... flipped over to the USA-Brb game occasionally ... and put tape over the bottom of the television so I could watch the yawner of the Spain-Italy replay later.

Wells is so awful. Ugh.

Posted by: United fan in TN | June 22, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The Wells bashing needs to be kept in perspective...

all in all, he played much better than earlier in the season. Yes, his bad handling led to the lone San Jose goal and contrary to what was stated above, he was in decent position, he just bobbled the dang ball.

Wells controlled his 18 much better than in weeks past. He came off his line multiple times with confidence, fearlessness and commitment to get to the ball. He saved one if not two goals by positively controlling his eighteen.

Communication seems better, as there were none of the incidents previously seen of defenders nearly kicking his head in and both went for the same ball.

Aside from the goal, the glaring negative was his standing like a stone on his line during the San Jose 2-for-1 free kick...the first one went in far corner, he did not move, the second (valid) one hit the crossbar and he did not move.

We need to get a grip - Is he Matt Reis? No, but Wells has gotten better...to the point I am no longer suspect him of being the worst player on the team...there are quite a few zombies in field players kits vying for that ignominious distinction.

Posted by: Erick | June 22, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Go Spain. Finally a #1 got through. I really hoped that the Netherlands would. Good game today. DC has gelled. Anyone heard about the trialist from Monaco? Any anouncements? I hate Italy also, since last world cup.

Posted by: bubbles | June 22, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Anyone heard about the trialist from Monaco? Any anouncements?
========================================

Goff dealt with this in this morning's paper (see link above). It appears nothing will come of this trial.

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

El Salvador comes up with three unanswered second-half goals to get by Panama.

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The McTavish bashing is remarkable. He had a great game and freed up Martinez to make his marauding runs. McTavish's willingness to sacrifice the attacking prowess he showed early in the season on the wing to solidfy the back line is admirable. The combination of McTavish and Peralta at center back have shored up the defense and, moreover, compensated for poor performances from Burch (who was horrid), Cordeiro, Mediate, and, truth be told, Fred on the outside. Namoff had a phenomenal game and, all in all, it was a pleasure to watch the defense (sans Wells) at RFK today.

Posted by: CPA | June 22, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Bout' ta watch the Replay on Comcast.
Checked the score a few time with a grin earlier.
Sometimes comcast is right on time!
Vamos United!

Posted by: Dadryan | June 22, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

@Erick
"Communication seems better, as there were none of the incidents previously seen of defenders nearly kicking his head in and both went for the same ball."

I'll agree that Wells does seem to be organizing things better - although truthfully, it appears to me that the D has taken matters into their own hands and are giving instructions to him more than the other way around. But there WAS one play in the game where Wells came forward for a ball and was nearly decapitated by Peralta (IIRC), who was marking back with his man. If Wells had not gone low and the defender jumped, it would have been ugly.

Posted by: JB | June 22, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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