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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

With the USL in the stretch run, we'll spice up our MLS roundup with some third-division and W-League items.....

THE GOOD

*Abe Thompson's curling shot for Dallas's fourth goal.
*Jason Garey's clincher for Columbus, capping an end-to-end team sequence.
*Kansas City extending its unbeaten streak to 2-0-4, Chicago pushing its modest run to 1-0-4.
*Schellas Hyndman's first victory for Dallas after a loss and three ties.
*In the Dallas-L.A. match, just 10 fouls, three offside calls and no cards.
*A decent All-Star Game in Toronto, highlighted by Cuauhtemoc Blanco's goal.
*Brad Davis's three assists on set pieces in SuperLiga and league matches, including one on a wet Wednesday night, during a five-day span against DCU at RFK.
*Kevin Hartman and Jon Busch each recording their seventh shutouts.
*The Kenny Cooper-Dominic Oduro combination on Cooper's second goal. Dallas is 17-1-6 when Cooper scores.
*The Crew's first victory at Colorado in nine years, thanks in part to Will Hesmer's spectacular saves.
*Ali Andrzejewski's 118th-minute goal, sending the Washington Freedom to the W-League final four this week in Virginia Beach with a 2-1 victory over host Atlanta.

THE BAD

*Twelve of 21 league matches this month have ended in ties. (Tonight's candidate: Toronto at RSL.)
*San Jose's 12 goals in 18 matches and a 1-3-3 record at home.
*Columbus being outshot 23-5 on the road, but DCU being outshot 23-4 at home.
*Colorado's 17-0 advantage on corner kicks (13 by Terry Cooke), but no goals.
*Confusion over the flags and anthems at the All-Star Game.
*103 degrees at kickoff in Frisco.
*New York's 0-2-3 slump with the next three at home (plus a visit from FC Barcelona on Aug. 6).
*Four Eastern Conference teams tied with 22 points and filling fourth through last place. DCU has the advantage because it has played fewer league matches than the other three (Toronto, Kansas City and New York).

THE COYOTE UGLY

*Eric Denton's own goal, the second preposterous autogol for San Jose this year. (James Riley's blunder from distance at New England in May was the first one.) Poor Joe Cannon.
*The Galaxy's 37 goals conceded in 18 matches.
*Steven Lenhart's straight red for striking Facundo Erpen in the face, 21 minutes after he had given the Crew the lead. "It was a red card I couldn't argue with in terms of the referee," Columbus Coach Sigi Schmid said. "Colorado's a physical team as well. We get fouled a lot more than we generally foul. But today there were situations where it looked like WWE at times."

*Real Maryland's 6-0 loss at Richmond, extending its USL2 winless streak to 0-10-1. Former DCU prospect Mike Burke had three goals in the first half.
*RFK's flooded field (again) and malfunctioning lights (again).

Anything else?

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 10:01 AM ET
 
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I smell breaking news this week for the VW Park Stadium in Ashburn, VA

Posted by: the jim | July 28, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Heh... Sigi is a WWE fan.

Posted by: TheCoreSpeaks | July 28, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

How about LandyCakes' performance yesterday. He looked like there was about 500 other things he'd rather be doing than playing that game. He is suppose to be a leader for club and country, but the more I see, the more I fear he is nothing more than a paper lion.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | July 28, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly - Darren Huckerby's interview on KRON4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B6ucoSoIy4

Posted by: Boss T | July 28, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Thompson, Garey, you could have a pretty good MLS roster with all Terps.

Sigi does bear a passing resemblance to Killer Kowalski

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Abe Thompson would look great in a DC United kit
Did I see Twinkie crumbs on Sigi's belly?
A Mike Burke return to RFK?
Facundo Erpen, taking one for the team
17 crosses and no goal?
Go Freedom!!!!!
Doing my Dadryan impersonation - priceless.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good - Huckerby knocks in a goal for San Jose 14 minutes into his season.

Hilariously BAD - He's now scored 8% of their goals.

Posted by: Jayboy | July 28, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

How about the when Hesmer handled the backpass? Terry Cooke subsequently hammers the indirect kick into the net, resulting in a goal kick for Columbus. Ugly all around...

Posted by: Jon | July 28, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Good: Hopefully good goalie news for DC. Guys getting over their injuries.

The Bad: The foul on Facundo. LA's game (even tho the Argentine center back looks good).

The Ugly: Brad Guzan finding out Brad Friedel is the #1 for Aston Villa. The only thing worse is Blackburn learning Paul Robinson is the new #1.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Good: Monday Night Futbol! I had no idea.

The Bad: I've watched no soccer since last week.

The Ugly: Sigi has a gut that NFL coaches are jealous of.

Posted by: RK | July 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Good: Mark Knopfler and Joe Walsh in the same week.

Bad: DCU v. Houston in between.

Coyote Ugly: See "Bad" above, add floods, but not floodlights.

Posted by: Karen | July 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

amen on the RFK troubles being ugly.

amen, also, on the Garey goal. He chests down the ball, then sets up to take a shot with his left foot, which seems natural as he is moving to the left of the goal. However, the defender gets a toe on the ball, so Garey takes a step with his left, then lifts the ball with the outside of his right foot into the upper left corner of the goal -all while still moving to the left. When I first saw the goal, I thought it was a more routine chip, but after taking another look, it was extra impressive.

Posted by: Rob | July 28, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Games in Hand -- not much of a blessing unless you win 'em.

Posted by: Ron | July 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

(Not so) Real Maryland is pathetic. They should be forced to drop Real from their name. It's embarassing to Real Salt Lake.

Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and as much as I personally would like a stadium in Virginia, if they put it in Ashburn you can kiss DCU's fanbase good bye.

Posted by: Ron | July 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"*New York's 0-2-3 slump with the next three at home (plus a visit from FC Barcelona on Aug. 6)."

RBNY on road: 1-5-4
RBNY at home: 4-1-3

Doesn't look so ugly to me.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | July 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Just saw that Huckerby interview. It really is awful.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 28, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Will Hesmer was in a zone last night, a sight to behold.

Posted by: Fid | July 28, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"The Ugly: Brad Guzan finding out Brad Friedel is the #1 for Aston Villa."

There doesn't seem to be any evidence that Martin O'Neill has ever suggested Guzan would step in and be the #1. It's been clear from the get-go that Brad will have to earn that place.

Posted by: Grunthos | July 28, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

How about adding to the Coyote Ugly, MLS dragging their feet on discipline for Blanco. Now that the All-Star game is over and MLS can claim a victory over another English team in pre-season form, can they just go ahead and announce if there will be additional discipline placed on Blanco for his awful actions at the Soccerplex earlier this month?

Posted by: Dsmac | July 28, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

the coyote ugly: mls

Posted by: mls | July 28, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Huckerby said that MLS is a step down from the EPL, but he was really thinking "this TV presenter is 10 steps down than the worst one who's ever interviewed me."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 28, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

That autogolazo was something special... just the right amount of loft to beat the keeper. Ouch!

Posted by: schmuckatelli | July 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Steven Lenhart got to do what I fantasized about many, many times when Erpen was still here in DC. Live the dream.

That said, Erpen would ALMOST be an improvement over what we have now in the back. That's a sad state of affairs.

Posted by: Howdy | July 28, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

So what was so earth-shakingly (no pun intended) bad about the Huckerby interview? That he honestly stated the fact that MLS is a step down from the Premier League? C'mon guys, MLS is a decnt league, but rational minds have to agree it is a step down from the Mexican League, to say nothing of the Premier League.

Posted by: Ron | July 28, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy today announced the acquisition of defender Facundo Erpen from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for allocation money and conditional picks in the 2009 and 2010 MLS SuperDrafts. Contract terms were not announced.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The Colorado Rapids announced the signing of central defender and international star Abel Xavier today. In accordance with Major League Soccer policy, contract terms were not revealed.

...oh, wait, this isn't April Fools Day, is it?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The lack of a Blanco decision is only coyote ugly if you haven't been following Soccer Insider -- then you would know why.

Posted by: RK | July 28, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Dude now I'm confused...
Bravo Joe Doc!
I don't even know what the heck your talking about...

Posted by: Dadryan | July 28, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So what was so earth-shakingly (no pun intended) bad about the Huckerby interview?
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I think the announcer was so bad, not the player. They should send that KRON guy out to interview Joe Namath some night.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Joe Namath doesn't swing that way!

Posted by: RK | July 28, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Question: What do the goals by Abe Thompson (FCD) and Jason Garey (CLB) have in common?

Answer: Despite coming in different games, the Coyote Ugly TV direction provided worthless closeups that made it impossible to appreciate what was happening on the field in live action. Fine replays, but they really blew it with the live closeups. Send the TV directors overseas as interns to learn how to cover a soccer match.

On other subjects, almost every week Will Hesmer really impresses me. I know he's a late bloomer, but I'm surprised that he isn't attracting attention from abroad. I I don't think I have seen an MLS 'keeper as consistently great this year.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ugly: LA's defending (3 shots also hit the crossbar), and Carlos Ruiz's ongoing impression of the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man

Posted by: Steve | July 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Dude, you're harshing -- I mean marshing my mellow.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! Ruiz does kind of look like he's contracted Jim Morrison disease...

Posted by: Dadryan | July 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

lol, that huckerby interview was so cringe-worthy i couldn't make it past the part where he elevated the former "norfolk" player to "legend" status based upon the "greatest goal ever scored" against "manchester."

a link to that video should be added here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Radnich#Reaction_and_criticisms

Posted by: dfunkt | July 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In terms of MLS dragging its feet on the Blanco situation, I have been following SI and understand people were on vacation. But is everything supposed to stop when someone is on vacation? Does your job shut down when you're on vacation? Gosh, even someone as important as Steve Goff has a backup when he is on vacation! lol

Don't you think there is a slight possibility that they wanted Blanco available for the all-star game? Wasn't it convenient that people were on vacation so that this issue couldn't be looked into until AFTER the all-star game?

Posted by: Dsmac | July 28, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think there is a slight possibility that they wanted Blanco available for the all-star game? Wasn't it convenient that people were on vacation so that this issue couldn't be looked into until AFTER the all-star game?

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If the ruling had been made before the all-star game, how would that have affected Blanco's availability? The USSF will take action as it pertains to the Open Cup and MLS might make a decision about a regular season penalty.

No conspiracies. Sorry.

Posted by: Goff | July 28, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mr. Goff for assuring me the timing of the Blanco inquiry after the all-star game was coincidental. You and Paul Tenorio have been the reporters staying on top of this situation, and I appreciate your efforts.

For the record, I wasn't saying that if they acted earlier Blanco would not have played, but that they would not have wanted this dark cloud to be over all the all-star festivities. But again, thanks for clearing up any conspiracy notions I was allowing to forment in my mind.

Posted by: Dsmac | July 28, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

[snip]
...oh, wait, this isn't April Fools Day, is it?


Posted by: | July 28, 2008 12:24 PM
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Proper April Fools would have Erpen going to LA for Vanney =)

Posted by: Howdy | July 28, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

No conspiracies. Sorry.

Posted by: Goff | July 28, 2008 1:28 PM
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That's what you want us to believe.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The Good- Kenny Cooper 'nough said.

Posted by: bob | July 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The Good:

Zach Wells, almost, for almost one match.

The Bad:

The DCU attack without quality on the flanks.

The Coyote Ugly:

Kapitän Soehn in rough seas.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | July 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Canada is starting to act like the red bulls, they are picking the US as a rival. us US fans could care less, in fact we cheer for Canada to win since they are just another state. Maybe when they start beating us then they could consider us a rival, until them they can boo our anthem all they want they just are jealous that they have not been added as the 51st state yet. oh dear at least they have Health care, Ey

Posted by: dc fan | July 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

For those complaining about Zach Wells, just thank your stars we don't have Steve Cronin in goal.

Posted by: owendylan | July 28, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm, Steve Cronin. Yeah, pretty awful display all season long.
Too bad the trade for Joe Cannon to DCU fell apart and became Cannon back to SJ.

Posted by: marksman | July 28, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The Good: Putting up five goals in two matches vs. DC United - by five different goal scorers!

Posted by: Houston Fan | July 28, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Honestly as a DC United fan I don't see what's so bad about so many draws league wide in the month of July.
While our club crapped the bed in Super Liga everyone else didn't really go anywhere.
I love the tournament play, and it is unfortunate that DC didn't do so hot, but the silver lining for me is that the same type of injury woes we suffered from in the beginning of the season are being padded by the"break'. We need Peralta, Gallardo, Quaranta, etc. back sooner than later but better now in my book than in October...(knockin' on wood!)
The game on the 23rd was an act of God(he's obviously a HOuston fan!) and I just hope United can dig deep(I hope Soehn fit in a lightening round motivational speaker seminar during the break), and beat New England in the Open Cup match! I know we have some other league games coming up, but I think the OC is something DC United should throw everything at.
Open Cup, MLS Cup, SS maybe...
Hopefully not a piss poor showing in the CCL... I hope the reserves are somehow getting a memo or something about what's at stake.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

>> *San Jose's 12 goals in 18 matches
>> and a 1-3-3 record at home.
San Jose is 1-1-3 at home, and 0-2-0 in Oakland... until next weekend.

Posted by: Blackball | July 29, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

the story from the globe and mail about the anthem is utter BS. EVERY sport in the US and Canada plays the home nation's anthem last. Always has. Always will.

It also doesn't explain why TFC fans took it upon themselves to boo the anthem and change some words when they played Chicago. Of course only about 200 showed up so you really couldn't hear it on TV but the fact remains they are basically no better than spoiled 3rd graders.

Andrea Canales hit the nail on the head on her blog 2 or 3 days ago.

Posted by: papa bear | July 29, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

the story from the globe and mail about the anthem is utter BS. EVERY sport in the US and Canada plays the home nation's anthem last. Always has. Always will.

It also doesn't explain why TFC fans took it upon themselves to boo the anthem and change some words when they played Chicago. Of course only about 200 showed up so you really couldn't hear it on TV but the fact remains they are basically no better than spoiled 3rd graders.

Andrea Canales hit the nail on the head on her blog 2 or 3 days ago.

Posted by: papa bear | July 29, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

the story from the globe and mail about the anthem is utter BS. EVERY sport in the US and Canada plays the home nation's anthem last. Always has. Always will.

It also doesn't explain why TFC fans took it upon themselves to boo the anthem and change some words when they played Chicago. Of course only about 200 showed up so you really couldn't hear it on TV but the fact remains they are basically no better than spoiled 3rd graders.

Andrea Canales hit the nail on the head on her blog 2 or 3 days ago.

Posted by: papa bear | July 29, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

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