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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Before we wrap up MLS weekend, here's how the playoff matchups would look if the season ended today:

East
Columbus (1) vs. New York (4)
New England (2) vs. Chicago (3)

West
Houston (1) vs. D.C.*
RSL (2) vs. Chivas USA (3)
*fifth in the East

THE GOOD
*Davy Arnaud's 33-yard laser to seal Kansas City's victory over hapless Los Angeles. "I don't remember ever hitting one better than that."
*Jaime Moreno's 122nd career goal and his assist, No. 98, putting him on the brink of becoming the first player in MLS history to have 100 goals and 100 assists.
*Ronnie O'Brien's right-side drive as San Jose stretched its unbeaten run to nine (4-0-5).
*Carl Robinson's one-timer from distance and Pat Noonan's equalizer from 22 yards.
*Omar Cummings's long-range drive to help Colorado win consecutive games for the first time this season.
*Kenny Cooper's 14th goal, which helped improve Dallas's all-time record to 18-1-7 when he scores.
*Santino Quaranta's third goal in four games.
*Kevin Hartman's 75th career shutout.

THE BAD
*Giants Stadium attendance of 11,692 -- 1,500 fewer than for the USA women's friendly against Ireland in Philadelphia.
*Toronto 0-2-2 at home since a 5-0-4 start.
*RSL falling to 1-9-2 on the road.
*The West going 1-3-1 against the East in five interconference matchups during the week.

THE COYOTE UGLY
*Galaxy's winless streak reaching 12.
*Dave van den Bergh's go-ahead goal, which followed a pair of miskicks by teammates.
*Jon Busch's own goal, dropping Jordan Harvey's cross over the goal line. "I had it in my hands but it just slipped through in the end," said Busch, the league leader in goals against average and shutouts.

What did I miss?

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 8:42 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

you must point out the officiating in the NY/RSL match - coyote ugly if i have ever seen any....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I would also add

Good:
The Revs scoring four goals for the first time in several years and Jeff Larentowicz with another laser.

Posted by: Matt | September 15, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"*Giants Stadium attendance of 11,692 -- 1,500 fewer than for the USA women's friendly against Ireland in Philadelphia." Guess the fans knew the better team to watch.

* Wonder if there's any link to the stadium issues? Whatever, it can't be good news for DCU . . . can it?

FBI Raid Included Officials' Houses
Greenbelt Station Appears to Be Area of Interest
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/14/AR2008091402291.html?sub=AR

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

who else is very worried that LA's winless streak will be coming to an end this weekend?

Posted by: Glenn | September 15, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Bad: Technical problems, both within RFK (scoreboards and screens) and with the WFED Web site. Do we yet have explanations for any or all of these glitches?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 15, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with the Jeff.

The ugliest coyote by far was that RFK couldn't get the big replay screen to work - on the evening when they should have been using it to show old highlights of the 1998 team that won the Interamerican Cup.

Posted by: garbaggio | September 15, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Ok Math majors and stat maestros, how many points does DC have to win if we are to be invited to that little dance that comes after the season? Is it too soon to ask this questions? Too many permutations at this point? Troubled minds and woprrying heart want to know.

Oh yeah...
The Good: A newbie called Boyzzz.

The Bad: DC dropping much needed points at home.

The Lipstick wearing Pig: Something that stood infront of Crayton that had the audacity to refer to itself as a "defense."

Posted by: Kosh | September 15, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Whoa... it looks like, for a change, Colorado had more than 300 people turn out for their game at DSG Park. Was it the Blanco effect? A massive free-ticket giveaway? Or is the franchise beginning to show potential signs of life?

Posted by: Ron | September 15, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I just laugh at rfk now-what a dump. Filthy, filthy filthy. Lousy service. Everything broken. Pure DC.
DC is strangely anti-capitalist.

Posted by: pigman sweet | September 15, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: The ref for the Hou/SJ game giving 6 yellows to Houston and 1 to San Jose in a game where physical play was not nearly that lopsided.

Those yellows included one for Kei Kamara, for being kicked in the back of the knee, and Eddie Robinson's second, because Ryan Johnson got tangled up in his legs after putting a hand on the base of Eddie's neck and pushing him down.

Now, Eddie should have been sent off for a late tackle on Ryan Johnson 5 minutes before (after Johnson's missed shot, Eddie didn't stop and caught Johnson's leg), but that was still nowhere as bad as the uncalled elbow to the face Holden took five feet in front of the ref.

It's a shame too, because it was a great game in spite of the ref.

Posted by: AlexS | September 15, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@Garbaggio

Behind the Badge just put up the video that should have been seen at the big screen:

Here

Posted by: Giannicolus Jones | September 15, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Do we yet have explanations for any or all of these glitches?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 15, 2008 9:23 AM
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Don't know about you, but I'm blaming Merrill-Lynch and Lehman Bros.

@ OWNTF | September 15, 2008 9:05 AM

Portland will be nice. You'll see :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 15, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@ I-270, Exit 1

Portland? NY Mets United here we come!

Posted by: Kosh | September 15, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The Bad: Beckham's pressure on Arnaud.

The Good: Blood-letting on Wall Street. Time to buy.

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 15, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Is goal differential not the first tie breaker? If it is, Colorado should be ahead of CUSA, yeah?

Posted by: JDO | September 15, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good: Some really good long-range shooting this weekend

Ugly: I was more concerned with Jozy and La Liga than MLS.

Coyote Ugly:
KINSHASA , Congo -- At least 11 people were killed in a stadium riot in eastern Congo after a soccer player tried to use witchcraft to win a local match, U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported on Monday.
Click here

Nyuki club was losing to local rivals Socozaki on Sunday when Nyuki's goalkeeper advanced up the field and tried to use "fetishist" spells to turn the tide of the match, Okapi said, without giving more details.

Posted by: RK | September 15, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

So... We're painting the clock in the image of Mr. Met now?

Posted by: B.A. | September 15, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly - Two games played on artifial turf with football lines.

Posted by: boda united | September 15, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Bad to Coyote Ugly
Rocha's little kick on Crayton and then falling and pretending like he was hurt

Posted by: John | September 15, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

If DCU does end of being the 4th seed in the West during the playoffs it could be a blessing in disguise. It's the only round that has home/away games which gives us a better chance to beat Houston. If we advance we would play one of the remaining crappy teams in the West. Seems like an easier path to the finals than being in the Eastern side.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | September 15, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

van den Bergh's goal made uglier by his probably being offside - at least it appears that way given the pigskin yard markings.

Posted by: BillyBob | September 15, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The problem is unless we get healthy we are no better than any of the teams in the West playoff hunt.

Posted by: Ron | September 15, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with the Jeff.

The ugliest coyote by far was that RFK couldn't get the big replay screen to work - on the evening when they should have been using it to show old highlights of the 1998 team that won the Interamerican Cup.

Posted by: garbaggio | September 15, 2008 9:31 AM

If you were at the game, you can watch 'em on the free DVD you received. Seriously though, you're right - RFK is getting to be more and more embarassing.

Posted by: BillyBob | September 15, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Is goal differential not the first tie breaker? If it is, Colorado should be ahead of CUSA, yeah?

Posted by: JDO | September 15, 2008 10:15 AM

First tiebreaker is head to head

Posted by: Goff | September 15, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Goff: is there any public comment on what was up with the video board and score board on Saturday night?
It's obviously not the first embarrassing incident the fans, and club have endured, but is the awful state of RFK something we just don't talk about?
How about a $5 24 oz Heineken/MOdelo/Corona night to show how much they still love their loyal fans for coming to their 3rd world stadium week after week?

Posted by: dadryan | September 15, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

VDB was even when the ball was struck. He was lollygagging, but an even slower RSL defender kept him even. Sorry.

Still can't figure out the first goal. The defender went down like he was shot, but generally speaking, an attacker who raises his arms to touch a defender gets the foul called against him. I'd love to see less diving from defenders, so maybe this is the start of something positive. Or maybe Stott just blew the call. Considering how badly NY has been jobbed on nonsense penalties given to RSL that cost us points (once in 2006, once in 2007), I can't shed any tears.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | September 15, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with you this time around, MJ. VDB was level when the ball was played forward.

I don't think JPA's contact with his defender was a foul. It appeared to me JPA wedged his way to the inside of the defender, and the defender then tripped over his own feet, or perhaps deliberately went down hoping for the call. I think righly this time the ref was not buying, so JPA goal. Once can certainly draw a distiction between the (IMO correct) non-call against JPA on that goal vs the (IMO incorrect) non-call against Roy Lassiter when he pushed Robin Fraser to the turf in MLS Cup, oh, what was it? 99?

Posted by: Ron | September 15, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Ugly: Toronto fans throwing beer cups, bottles and coins at Robbie Rogers halting play on a corner kick.

Mob of Toronto "supporters" waiting for the 150 traveling Columbus supporters upon exiting BMO field.

Posted by: Clem | September 15, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: test | September 15, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

that didn't take long for Toronto fans to go from best atmosphere to worst atmosphere did it?

Posted by: dadryan | September 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The RedBulls attendance might have been ugly, but not as ugly as the 7,500 friends and family that made it to the Revs game. Ugh. Move the Revs to St.Louis now!!

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Move the Revs to St.Louis now!!
Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 15, 2008 12:28 PM
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Attendance will definitely be higher because we have more friends and family in St. Louis.

Posted by: Steve, Taylor, Joe, and Brandon M. | September 15, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Ugly: (from the Post) Shares of American International Group were down more than 45 percent today as the insurer sought $40 billion in emergency funds to bolster its balance sheet, according to news reports. AIG is attempting to avoid a credit rating downgrade that will make it more expensive for it to raise more

Good: Buy a Man U replica and get 100 shares in AIG.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 15, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I-270 --

That's genuinely funny.

Posted by: teamn | September 15, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: Agree with many of the posters here. The general state of RFK is abysmal and it really sucked not having replays.

But....in the category of "Why Do I still Love Going to this Place": Saturday night atmosphere was awesome. And there are some really great vendors in RFK, I will name two: The gentleman who pours beer at the stand across from the team shop AND the ladies who serve up the delicious Carne Asada right next to that beer guy.

Having said that, I'm working on bringing a group of firt-timers to RFK for the New England game and I will need to manage their expectations now that the shiny new stickball park has arrived.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 15, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ugly. Colorado (who Im now a supporter of since I moved here) could very easily end up in first or second in the West despite a dismal regular season....

Need to go to a single table...

On a good note, though, the new head coach in Colorado is actually stressing team defense first! Unbelievable concept...

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 15, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: the non-call on Eddie Robinson's take-down of Scott Sealy running into the Houston penalty box
http://www.slide.com/s/qz7jpy3L4D87-7ksgDzySvP-9pu44Gna?referrer=hlnk" rel="nofollow">

Posted by: Blackball | September 15, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for DVR's with step-by-step motion.
Dave van den Bergh's was not off-side, one of the defenders on the far side stepping up was even when the ball was struck towards the Red Bull player.
Shep Messing screamed he was off-side on the live call and when showed the replay in super slow-mo which proved him wrong, he never swayed from his original comment.
Shame.
Cheers!

Posted by: Roberto | September 16, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Goff, you might as well classify the whole Galaxy franchise as "coyote ugly" for the rest of the season...

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | September 16, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

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