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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

A seven-month regular season comes down to the final weekend with three playoff berths up for grabs. At the moment, the playoff situation is.....

EAST
1. Columbus vs. 4. Kansas City*
2. Chicago vs. 3. New England
WEST
1. Houston vs. 4. New York*
2. Chivas USA vs. 3. Real Salt Lake
*wild card
THE WILD-CARD CHASE
Kansas City (39 pts.) at New England Saturday
New York (39) at Chicago Thursday
Colorado (37) vs. RSL Saturday
D.C. United (37) at Columbus Sunday

If K.C. wins, they clinch the first wild card. If N.Y. also wins, they clinch the second wild card. If RSL (39 points) wins or ties, they clinch the third automatic berth in the West, but if Colorado wins, they are No. 3 in the conference. There are several possible scenarios if K.C. or N.Y. loses/ties, but from DCU's perspective, they need N.Y. or K.C. to lose and then go out and beat the Crew. If DCU makes the playoffs, they will host Columbus or Houston Nov. 1 or 2 in the first leg of a two-game series.

THE GOOD
*Danny Cepero from 80 yards (see Saturday's spectacular thread).
*Will Johnson's magnificent goal for RSL.
*The Dynamo's eight-game league unbeaten streak and 10-1-4 home record. (Can you say, "Cup favorite?")
*Herculez Gomez's game-winner in added time. "I went over and hugged one of the owners' wives," K.C. keeper Kevin Hartman said of the celebration.
*Francis Doe's two second-half goals, keeping DCU in the race.
*Rohan Ricketts's two goals, the first coming after Jon Busch stopped his penalty kick.
*Cuauhtemoc Blanco's one-timer.
*Claudio Lopez's movement away from the ball and leaping touch as part of a one-goal, two-assists night. "About five weeks ago, he hit a point where he was just tired," Coach Curt Onalfo said. "It's normal for a player of his age with the number of minutes he had played all year. He was fresh tonight, and he was the difference in the game. He was outstanding."
*Robbie Findley has the touch.
*Two more goals for Juan Pablo Angel.
*A 19,300 attendance average for five Saturday matches.
*The playoff race going down to the final weekend.

THE BAD
*Columbus allowing Cepero's goal.
*Is this a penalty kick? (Yeah, probably.)
*Is this worthy of a second yellow card? (Yeah, I suppose, but why the first caution?)
*Bryan Jordan's sweet back heel -- for an own goal.
*Three Galaxy defenders and their goalie on the ground as Dwayne De Rosario scores.
*The Revs stumbling toward the playoffs (1-4-4).
*Another Beckham-less MLS playoffs.

More below.....

THE COYOTE UGLY
*Backup GK Andy Gruenebaum's naive approach on Cepero's goal.
*Kansas City failing on six attempts to stop the Earthquakes in the box before allowing a goal.
*The Galaxy conceding three more goals -- all in the first 23 minutes -- for a total of 60. "There were segments in the first half where we were just physically manhandled," Los Angeles Coach Bruce Arena said.
*Pablo Ricchetti's reckless challenge for red.
*Shalrie Joseph's hair. Oh, sorry, wrong photo.

What else ya got for me?

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

The pippy longstocking photo is hysterical.

Do you see doe developing into a real scoring threat just when we need one? He certainly is doing his part.

Posted by: mason16 | October 20, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

One of Sigi Schmid's few mistakes in the last year was letting Bill Guadette go and keeping Andy Gruenebaum. Seriously. Worked out pretty well for Puerto Rico Islanders. (truth is it also worked out for Columbus Crew just as long as they don't have to rely on Greenbaum--that guy is shaky)

Posted by: yankiboy | October 20, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

My favorite of all these was the attendance numbers.

Posted by: Jacob | October 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Who is the worst alltime hair in the MLS? I used to think Coby Jones but Shalrie Joseph is aweful.

Posted by: Nine | October 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I'll take a stab at defending Andy Gruenebaum (aka Hebrew Hammer...yes we even have nicknames for our backups), Ezra Hendrickson or Andy Iro should have stepped up and got a head on that near the 18. It looked like EZ made an approach, but backed off.

That said, Gruenebaum should have saved that.

I sat down at a downtown soccer bar in Columbus to watch the U-20 World Cup and the guy next to me slamming down Stella Artios was none other than Bill Guadette.
I've heard good things and bad about Guadette but he was cool enough to chat about the game while we had a few beers together. Best of luck in Puerto Rico.

Bring your A game on Sunday, DC. I'd rather travel to RFK than Kansas City.

Posted by: Hudson_Street | October 20, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hartman needs to remember he's based in Colorado, not Utah.

Posted by: dabes2 | October 20, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hartman is based in Colorado?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

there's a "N.E." in the main entry that should read "N.Y."

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There are several possible scenarios if K.C. or N.E. loses/ties, but from DCU's perspective,
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Posted by: editor | October 20, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

MLS, where the playoffs barely count... oh wait. No its MLS where the bottom can still be the top... no no. MLS, where the stars don't play in important games! Yeah thats it!

Honestly, MLS has to work around FIFA, playoffs during world cup qualies is plain bad.

Posted by: Felix | October 20, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

FCD - and why the HELL wasn't the foul on Moor ten minutes before the Saragosa second yellow either a red or yellow - it was CLEARLY more intentional and STOTT CALLED THE FOUL.

FCD missed opportunities to get things right in previous game (v. SJ and v. TFC), so it isn't all on the ref, but come ON - is a SEMBLANCE of competence REALLY an unrealistic expectation from "the league's best ref" (according to FSC)?

Posted by: Doug | October 20, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The Good: turf gone in Utah, less than a year away from it being gone in Jersey too. TFC... you can do it!

The Bad: adding an artificial pitch with Seattle next season :-(

Posted by: Kev | October 20, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"Who is the worst alltime hair in the MLS? I used to think Coby Jones but Shalrie Joseph is aweful."

Wade Barret's "Teenwolf" 'do from the late 90's. God, that was a long time ago.

Posted by: J. | October 20, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

there's a "N.E." in the main entry that should read "N.Y."

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thanks! fixed

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Cepero should have only been awarded an assist on the goal. It should have been listed: FieldTurf 1 (Danny Cepero 1) 83

Posted by: brooklyn_crew | October 20, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

worst all time hair? That would be a long list. I'll vote for Beckerman. Those dreds make him look ridiculous.

Why was RSL's new stadium so empty? The place only holds 20,008 but looked about half full Saturday night.

Posted by: Glenn | October 20, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

No way that should have been a pk for Colorado...obstruction is and Indirect Free Kick, which means the defender was called for pushing or charging...a very weak call in an important game...

Posted by: Matt | October 20, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The cepero goal video does not load - it keeps crashing

Posted by: CWS | October 20, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree that obstruction didn't warrant a PK. I doubt that a foul would even have been called outside of the box. There was a similar play on Thurs. at RFK -- the attacking player just left of the box, pushed the ball past the defender, who then screened the DC player away from the ball. No foul called.

Wil Johnson's shot really was "magnificent", but I wonder about the announcers' call. I don't think Johnson intended that from the beginning. I think the ball popped up on him, in exactly the way it did when it came in to Findlay. Johnson did great to turn and power his volley in, but I don't believe that's what he had in mind when the ball was played to him.

Last comment: Angel seems to be in the zone right now, but the TV crew was not. Looking at what we were able to see of Angel's first goal, I'd say that was some of the worst camera work and direction I've ever seen.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 20, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Good: Brian Ching's break away goal

Coyote Ugly: Getting outrun by Brian Ching to give up a goal

Posted by: eric | October 20, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@Goff -- there's a problem with one of the links. you link twice to the same own goal in Houston - no link to DeRo's goal.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

RSL had almost 18,000 Saturday night. Not exactly half full.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 20, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Why was RSL's new stadium so empty? The place only holds 20,008 but looked about half full Saturday night.

Posted by: Glenn | October 20, 2008 10:52 AM
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Lots of folks seemed to show up late. If you look back at minute 40 or so, it looks more full.

Posted by: S | October 20, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

RSL had almost 18,000 Saturday night. Not exactly half full.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 20, 2008 11:30 AM

Well we know that MLS ticket announcements are completely bogus.

But I agree that the stadium looked nicely filled in the second half. I don't really worry about attendance issues in Salt Lake - seems pretty solid.

Posted by: Kev | October 20, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

If having Shalrie Joseph's hairstyle was the price for me HAVING hair, it's a price I'd gladly pay.

Posted by: Joe Doc | October 20, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

*Is this worthy of a second yellow card? (Yeah, I suppose, but why the first caution?)

He came up and nearly hip checked Kovalenko at 7 seconds into the video.
Kovalenko got his card for responding to it.

(from MLSNET)
DAL -- Marcelo Saragosa (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 22
RSL -- Dema Kovalenko (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 22

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Still a tough road for DCU to make it in. Dallas did us a favor this weekend, but the others held down their ends to make it rough for us.

Posted by: Matte | October 20, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Without DCU to cheer for, I enjoyed two throughroughly entertaining MLS games this weekend via mlslive.net: Toronto-Chicago and SJ-KC. (TFC game a great backdrop to mid-day pizza making & beer consumption.)

The atmosphere in Toronto continues to amaze me, I love watching the games. That finish for KC was great too, if only it had been SJ with the xtra time score!

I know there are some who think MLS is not worth watching as a whole but I tell you, the more I do the more I like it. It's our league!

Posted by: D C B 2 3 | October 20, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@Goff -- there's a problem with one of the links. you link twice to the same own goal in Houston - no link to DeRo's goal.

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Thanks! fixed

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

OK for you offsides guys.....
why was Angel allowed to come from a blatant offsides position to receive the ball and score??
Or was there a guy I missed keeping him on?

Posted by: marksman | October 20, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Too bad that neither of Doe's goals were nominated by MLSNet for Goal of the Week, only because it would be interesting to see whether he would have won GOTW honors against the Red Bulls' goalie-goal.

Posted by: BaltoFan | October 20, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

any chance the Columbus DC game will be broadcast on TV????

Posted by: where is the game??? | October 20, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"OK for you offsides guys.....
why was Angel allowed to come from a blatant offsides position to receive the ball and score??
Or was there a guy I missed keeping him on?"

Yeah, you missed a guy. If you look at the two defenders closest to Angel, yes, he's offside... but you're missing the guy defending Dave van den Burgh, who heads the ball for the assist. That defender is playing between VDB and the goal, and keeps Angel onside as the ball is headed. The football lines make it very easy to gauge the positioning.

I had to watch it four or five times to figure it out, though. It's a very confusing play from that camera angle, because the ball loops in at the top of the screen, and you have to pause right as the ball hits VDB's head and look towards the other corner, where two defenders had moved away from their goal. But for the assistant referee, looking directly across the field, Angel would have been obscured by the defender marking VDB, and it would have been an easy judgement.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 20, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The Coyote Ugly: The refs missing the offsides call on NY's second goal.

Posted by: GoUnited | October 20, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If having Shalrie Joseph's hairstyle was the price for me HAVING hair, it's a price I'd gladly pay.

Posted by: Joe Doc | October 20, 2008 11:44 AM
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Maybe for Halloween you should get the Shalrie Joseph Revs jersey and a dred wig with pigtails.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hard to say about Angel's position. It brings up that question where I think the answer isn't 100% clear -- what happens if the guy is an offsides position when the ball is played to him, but by the time he gets to the ball the defense has gotten in behind him? I think it must be considered offsides, but it would be hard to call there because there must've been half a dozen players who were deeper than Angel when he got the ball. Here, it seems the answer is clear -- since it was a pass. If he was offsides when it was played, then it MUST be an offsides foul. The only question is whether Angel was offsides at the moment VDB (really?) headed the ball. My big question is what if it's a shot and he plays a rebound? Imagine a ref trying to say he's gained an advantage even though the defense has filled in behind him. I think FIFA should clearly explain that it's still offsides -- make it part of their the official presentation -- especially since I think that's exactly what happened to Van Nistlerooy. Anyway, didn't I say I'd never bring this up again?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 20, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Fisch Fry, sorry to pick a bone, but its "offside" (singular) not "offsides"

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 20, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"My big question is what if it's a shot and he plays a rebound?"

It's still offside

Posted by: GoUnited | October 20, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Offside(s) is a rule best explained with beer.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 20, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Coyote Ugly: Leiweke still having a job with AEG.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | October 21, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Again, the defender marking VDB, who was heading the ball, was level with Angel. If you only look at the two defenders closest to Angel, you won't see that.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 21, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: GoUnited | October 21, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The ball has yet to hit Vdb's head in your picture.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 21, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Actually, you know what? Even granting that you're picture is exactly accurate, he's not offside.

There are THREE things to look at in offide:

1. the position of the attacking player
2. the position of the second-to-last defender
3. THE POSITION OF THE BALL

Angel in your picture is closer to the goal line than the second to last defender.

But he's NOT closer to the goal line than the ball. He's level with the ball.


Law XI: A player is in an offside position if:
• he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the
second last opponent


Angel is not nearer to his opponent's goal line than the ball. There for he is not offside, QED.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 21, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry: "therefore" not "there for"

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 21, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Typos galore. My apologies.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | October 21, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Ugly - San Jose losing two games in the final seconds of stoppage time in 4 days - Wednesday in Houston and Saturday in KC.

Posted by: Doug | October 22, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

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