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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD

*Chad Barrett's sensational free kick for his new club, Toronto.
*Juan Pablo Angel's free kick for the Red Bulls.
*Taylor Twellman's header three minutes into his first league start of the year.
*Toronto snapping an 0-6-5 skid in all competitions and earning its first league road victory since mid-April.
*New York beating DCU for just the third time in the last 21 meetings in all competitions.
*Chicago's comeback, which resulted in victory, and Chivas USA's comeback, which made things difficult for victorious Kansas City.
*Jaime Moreno's120th career goal.
*The Wizards' shifting lineup produces three goals.
*Chivas's second multi-goal effort in the last 12 games. The Goats were missing Razov, Suarez, Bornstein, Galindo, Eskandarian and Kljestan.
*The Fire sweeping the three-game season series from the first-place Revs by a 9-1 total.
*Davy Arnaud's bizarre goal and Sasha Victorine's diving header.
*19,240 at Gillette Stadium.

THE BAD

*Colorado in a 1-5-3 rut.
*Shalrie Joseph swatting the ball from Blanco and getting tossed.
*A week after its first shutout, DCU's defense reverts to form and allows four.
*The Revs' second loss in two months in all competitions.

THE COYOTE UGLY

*Matt Reis's blunder on Gonzalo Segares's knuckeball, allowing Chicago to draw even.
*Colin Clark's dismissal for sending Nana Attakora-Gyan into the signboards.
*Four mediocre teams in the East in places four through seven with 25 points apiece, the second time that's happend this summer.
*Toronto's free kick from six yards.
*Marc Burch's back-pass header that led to Angel's second goal.
*Thousands of empty seats in Denver.

It was a long Sunday night stuck in traffic on the N.J. Turnpike. Surely, I missed something. Let's hear it.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

The Bad
US men giving up the injury time goal to the Netherlands.

The Perpetually Coyote Ugly
"...a long Sunday night stuck in traffic on the N.J. Turnpike."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

If the four teams at the bottom of the MLS East are "mediocre", what does that make most of the MLS West?

Posted by: BillyBob | August 11, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

is the G/B/CU thing only for MLS?

if not to the good I would add the very entertaining Ivory Coast 4-2 victory over Serbia.

Posted by: Glenn | August 11, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: the DC United locker room last night.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 11, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Couple* more thoughts

> Blanco should be happy that Joseph didn't punch him and then go after the Chicago staff.

> was Coundoul cheating over to the near post on Barret's goal?

> Meaningless stat: DC is 1-1 this season when Moreno scores with his head.

* "I didn't say two weeks. I said 'a couple of weeks.'" - Marion Barry

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

THE BAD - the 2008 DC United Squad.

Posted by: bobf | August 11, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a howler from Reis. I don't like the guy, but he's been a Great MLS keeper.

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Next time, if the Turnpike is bad, try Route 1 South to I-295 at Trenton to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I do this several times and it is a great aletnate route.

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

*alternate* route

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Not being a die-hard Wizards fan, what was the shift that turned them into LA Midwest?

Good: Atlanta getting an expansion team!
Ugly: That team is in the WPS.
Coyote Ugly: No word on a stadium.

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What's the final word on proper 'Setting the Wall' technique?

Is it jump: USA v Netherlands - (dismal failure)

Or

Not jump: DC Vs NYRB and JPA - (Dismal Failure).

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"coyote ugly" = dcufan's perpetual butthurtedness over cuauhtemoc blanco

Posted by: anotherbodymurdered | August 11, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know when USA Cuba tickets go on sale?

Posted by: Harpo | August 11, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"THE GOOD

*New York beating DCU for just the third time in the last 21 meetings in all competitions."

That was good? I would say NY winning was a bad thing, DC only losing 3 times good.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@ JkR How bout a jumping wall with one or two players laying on the groung behind the wall to protect against the low shot? I'm serious...sort of!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Just have one guy lay down behind the wall, ala hockey...

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The good:

Sacha Kljestan's play in the first 90 minutes vs. Netherlands

The bad

Sacha Kljestan's play in the final 3 minutes of injury time: gave ball away on free kick, gave ball away in midfield, jumped over the free kick in the wall

Posted by: Olympics | August 11, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Possible Coyote Ugly:

15k at Giants Stadium? Really?

Posted by: Section 130 | August 11, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: LA Galaxy.

Posted by: wADE | August 11, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The Good:

Argentina's 8 pass, 15 second sequence going from defender in trouble to ball in back of the net on the other end. Wonderfully constructed goal.

Minute 76 or so on the NBCOlympics video site...

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad they sent off Joseph. Too many MLS refs let that stuff go far too often. And Sutton getting a booking in the Toronto game for booting the ball into the stands to delay a corner.

Posted by: Brian | August 11, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, it was supposed to be NE's throw...

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

G: Jason Lezak's anchor leg in the 4X100 - I don't care if it's swimming - it was incredible.

B: Michael Bradley making an ultimately bad decision by intentionally waiting too long to take a free and getting a yellow and then the team giving up the tying goal.

CU: Setting the DVR to tape US-Holland but the Olympic Soccer Channel blocking off games in 4 hour segments so you miss the final 30 minutes of the game when the game started late.

Posted by: AM | August 11, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

The Good: Louis Crayton saw what he had to compete with and was probably laughing his butt off.

The Bad: Louis Crayton saw what is going to be standing in front of him and stopped laughing immediately.

The Coyote Ugly: Technically Loius Crayton's transfer is not officially complete yet, so he probably has enough time to reconsider those second thoughts.

Posted by: Kosh | August 11, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

RK it was a chicago Throw not a NE one.

and the good..

chicago D - scoring 2 goals

Posted by: EDB | August 11, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What's the final word on proper 'Setting the Wall' technique?

Is it jump: USA v Netherlands - (dismal failure)

Or

Not jump: DC Vs NYRB and JPA - (Dismal Failure).

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 10:43 AM
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Depends on the distance to goal, and to a certain extent, the angle, knowledge of the ability of the player taking the free kick, not to mention the height of the players in the wall.

Posted by: edgeonyou | August 11, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, my Dutch neighbor said that if the US team had any knowledge of the Dutch dude taking the free kick, there is no way they would have jumped because they would know that he doesn't have anywhere near the ability to curl one over the wall and on frame.

Posted by: edgeonyou | August 11, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Depends on the distance to goal, and to a certain extent, the angle, knowledge of the ability of the player taking the free kick, not to mention the height of the players in the wall.

Posted by: edgeonyou | August 11, 2008 11:37 AM


Sounds like you're saying,'Depends if the ball goes in or not'....

:)

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

edb: which was the wrong call...

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

How about the tippy toe wall where no one jumps and they all go on their tippy toes. That way you cover both angles

Posted by: GLD123 | August 11, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

RE: "Depends on...."

Are you saying that the wall was incontinent?

Bwahahahahahaah!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I am more of a fan of the rushing wall - where the wall blitzes the kicker. I know it's boarder line illegal, but I see teams do it all of the time and get away with it. We need to start rushing the freakin' kicker.

Posted by: Kosh | August 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It was a long Sunday night stuck in traffic on the N.J. Turnpike. Surely, I missed something.
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how many gallons did it take to get back?

if you missed 4 x 100 then you missed something extraordinary

where's the love today for Isaac Hayes?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 11, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The Bad : No MLS teams participating in Copa Sudamericana 2008 ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Sudamericana_2008

Posted by: Charisma_Man | August 11, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Coyote Ugly: Debating whether it was Team America's performance on the Floor Exercise or Tom Soehn's managerial career if United doesn't win on Tuesday evening.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | August 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

COYOTE UGLY: A newspaper reporter spelling a player's name wrong. It's Colin CLARK not Clarke. Get an editor, Goff!

Posted by: He's not the former Dallas coach | August 11, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Word OWNTF,

We took some serious hits this weekend in the deaths of Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes. Tremendous losses. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers.

One wish for two powerful guys - rest in peace.

Posted by: Kosh | August 11, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The good: DC United items for sale in Pentagan City Mall.
The bad: Premier League shirts have McDonald logos on them.
The Coyote Ugly: Prem and other refs and officials trying so hard to be Bossy and contral freak but continue making horrible mistakes themselves on the field.

Posted by: arlington4united | August 11, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What's the final word on proper 'Setting the Wall' technique?

Is it jump: USA v Netherlands - (dismal failure)

Or

Not jump: DC Vs NYRB and JPA - (Dismal Failure).

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 10:43 AM

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

Whatever the proper technique is, Joe Vide did the exact opposite. Ducking out of the way of the shot, then belatedly trying to head it away 2 seconds after the ball is past is definitely NOT what someone in the wall should be doing.

Posted by: Kenobi | August 11, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The bad: GolTv news making errors reporting women's team name South Korea when it's actually North Korea.

Posted by: td | August 11, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Goff - reading between the lines on the couple of prior blog posts i am guessing that Ben is about to go on the season ending injury list and Crayton is going to take his roster spot. Does that seem likely to happen at this point?

Posted by: pat | August 11, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

edge: yeah, the only problem is, there were three players around the ball, hard to know who is taking it. But yes, that was a failure of scouting.

Posted by: Northzax | August 11, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

where's the love today for Isaac Hayes?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 11, 2008 12:04 PM
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Soul Man

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Isaac live at Wattstax, 1973, complete with lengthy introduction by Jesse to accompany Isaac's stage entrance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auZV2myICts

Posted by: Foxy Brown | August 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Goff - reading between the lines on the couple of prior blog posts i am guessing that Ben is about to go on the season ending injury list and Crayton is going to take his roster spot. Does that seem likely to happen at this point?

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Possible. Mediate is another long-term injury candidate.

Posted by: Goff | August 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

COYOTE UGLY: A newspaper reporter spelling a player's name wrong. It's Colin CLARK not Clarke. Get an editor, Goff!

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Fixed. Relax, eh?

Posted by: Goff | August 11, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Copy editing for the print edition has been outsourced to India.

Copy editing four the on-line version is dun buy spell check.

Posted by: Clark(e) | August 11, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, RIP Isaac Hayes. This wooly mammoth loves Stax/Volt. If ever in Memphis, do not miss the Stax Museum: far more worthwhile than Sun Records or Graceland, though the surrounding neighborhood makes the worst parts of SE look like the gold coast.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The Good: The US 2-2 tie with the Netherlands; great overall performance!!!

The Bad: Minutes away from 2-1 win over the Netherlands (giveaway; foul in dangerous spot; jumped over ball); Adu and Bradley getting two ill-advised yellow cards in the Netherlands game

The Coyote Ugly: (as a result of the tie not win) Instead of already qualifying, now face a tie or win to advance scenario against Nigeria w/o Adu and Bradley as well as increased likelihood that even if they advance, will face Argentina instead of either Ivory Coast or maybe Australia

Posted by: Tim F. | August 11, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

More:

Good: The gorgeous condition of the pitch for the Arg - Aus game. Looked and played like an Augusta fairway, except flat.

Coyote Ugly: The pitch in the USA v Ned match. Looked like a house league pitch after a weekend tournament. Really affected the quality of play, IMHO.

Posted by: JkR | August 11, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that Mike Magee should get the assist on Angel's free kick goal? Watch the vid, he literally pushes Simms back out of the wall, right where the shot curls in. Little pr!ck.

Posted by: Dobey | August 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

RK: I don't know, I just watched the replay about 10 times and it looks to me that the ball goes off Joseph's shin.

Posted by: Drew | August 11, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly is Giants Stadium worn out artificial turf. Especially since they had nice looking grass for their friendly with Barcelona a few days earlier.

What a (bad) joke.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Moreno got GOTW honors from last week seems to have gone largely unremarked. Is it because so many United players have been so honored that it is no longer a big deal?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The Good: Alexi Lalas gets fired. Time for all Galaxy fans to party!

The Bad: Tim Leiweke still has a job.

The Coyote Ugly: Ruud Gullit not bothering to familiarize himself sufficiently w/MLS or the U.S. to try and make a legitimate go of his time here.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It was clearly a blunder by Reis, but what force of nature made that ball take a left-turn mid-flight???

Posted by: rkupp | August 12, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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