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United Rewind

Before we look back, let's look ahead: Next Saturday night at Home Depot Center, Eastern leader D.C. United (3-1-5) vs. Western leader Chivas USA (7-1-1) on Fox Soccer Channel.

My match report with quotes.

Kocic 4; Namoff 5, Jakovic 7, Burch 5; Fred 7, Simms 6, McTavish 5, Gomez 6, Wallace 6; N'Silu 7, Emilio 5. Subs: Quaranta 5, Moreno 7, Pontius 7.

Click here for video of Pontius's goal.

Click here for video of De Rosario's goals.

Bonus quotes from Soehn, Kocic and Namoff are on the continuation of this post, but first.....

Video of the supporters' march down East Capitol Street:

Milos Kocic, on the first Toronto goal: "It was definitely my fault. It was between me and Dejan and Dejan shielded De Ro. He did a good job by shielding him and I thought I had a clear ball. Somehow he put his leg up and I didn't see his leg. I was expecting to catch the ball. He just tipped it over me. It was just a bad goal."

Bryan Namoff, on De Rosario's second goal: "He had the momentum going forward. He take a long touch, which triggers me to try to stop him. It was a great goal. It was a quick decision: Do I hold or go for the ball?"

Tom Soehn, general thoughts: "It's really disappointing. We obviously made some key mistakes, and not many, but the ones we made really cost us. It's unacceptable. We can't afford to do that. We can't afford to get into a shootout at home. We were pretty much in control of the game and then we had a bad giveaway and it gave them some life and energy. It was pretty frustrating."

Soehn, on the goalkeeping situation: "On any given day, you can say one guy is better than the next. It's up to us to figure out which one is going to stand out in the end. And Josh is not far behind either. It's early in the year and we have to figure out what direction we want to go."

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2009; 12:48 AM ET
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wow. spotted myself... it's like where's waldo. No I didn't have a bike... saw a couple though...

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

what was with kocic's body language after de rosario's second? if he was trying to express dissatisfaction with the defending, he could've done so without looking like a fool himself.

Posted by: HWLongfellow | May 10, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Jakovic was amazing. His best performance so far. Especially in the first half, he was dominant back there.

Question: why is Emilio falling so much??

Posted by: StewartDC8 | May 10, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I only noticed Emilio fall once, when a ball was sprung up to him but a little too hard for him to be able to catch up to it, so he flopped for the call.

Posted by: carmines757 | May 10, 2009 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Keep Crayton.

Posted by: granadoskerry | May 10, 2009 6:28 AM | Report abuse

I understand a bit of line up juggling. Give some guys some rest early in the season in order to manage there minutes and trying to see which player combos work. And if the coach is not sold one keeper over the next then I understand the two Kocic starts. But why so much juggling with the backline? Consistency is so important back there. Anybody have any idea why neither Janovic or John started?

Posted by: nyjer1 | May 10, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

The United GM can take his team and get out, absolutely disgraceful walking down the street begging for money, acting like the United is somehow entitled to cash from the District. I was against the handouts for the ballpark and the Verizon Center as well, but at least they have 80 home games a year and bring in much more revenue per game. Heck, there's no guarantee MLS will even exist 30 years from now. DC is a great soccer city, Payne can run off to St. Louis and see how that works out, we'll get another franchise soon enough.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Gee PowerBoater69 (what a cute handle). I can see how big a soccer fan you are by calling them "the United." (rolls eyes). Go away troll.

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 10, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

While I totally disagree with the PowerBoat69's tone he raises legit points. I too have concerns about public subsidies for professional sports arenas, especially in a tough fiscal environment where public services are being slashed and public schools are crumbling. While I keep open the possibility that some professional sports facilities that are in a broader redevelopment context might make fiscal sense for government to help finance, I have yet to see one that brings a return to govt. equal to its investment (Land acquisition and infrastructure improvements like roads, sewage lines, etc. aside). And before girffin1108 questions my soccer credentials, I consider myself a real fan. I've been a DC Uniter fan since day 1.

Posted by: nyjer1 | May 10, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Definitely Kocic was at fault on the first one. But the other two were bad defending, especially the third one. We were going for the win and got caught.

How much would it cost, though, to get Perkins back from Norway?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 10, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The United are my team and I've got a drawer full of t-shirts to prove it. But whether I'm a soccer fan or not is irrelevant to the topic of who should pay for the new stadium. I have no problem with the city covering the cost for roads and other infrastructure, I do have a problem with Kevin Payne whining about the fans being lied to as though he is the leading some sort of human rights march when he all he's doing is demanding corporate welfare. If the United had such a great win-win plan for the District to make money by building a stadium, the team would already have built it themselves; they are just trying to offload the risk to any city or county dumb enough to pay for it.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

This is not about DC government GIVING DC United a stadium. It never has been. DC United is just asking Fenty to work with them. You cannot build something as big as a stadium without the help of the Mayor, his Office of Economic Development and the Office of Planning. If the Mayor doesn't want to help, then the stadium is dead. It's not like DC United can just buy a chunk of land and build a stadium. There's no zoning or infrastructure for something like that.

If the Mayor wants to help, then those city agencies and offices will work with DC United to get a stadium done. DC United will pay for the stadium, the city will have some infrastructure costs, and the things will get done.

But if the Mayor doesn't want it to happen, it won't happen.

Posted by: Alsatian1 | May 10, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

did you see Kocic's quote about the third goal? He said the fans were too loud so they couldn't communicate. What does he think, he got drafted by Kansas City? Thats pretty rediculous

Posted by: jsm3 | May 10, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Can we click on "Report abuse" when someone continually writes "the United?"

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | May 10, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Several defenders napping on counter leading to DeRosario's second goal. On first DeRosario goal, Jakovic has got to either pull up and put DeRosario off side, or play deep enough to clear the ball off a header first time. When you let it bounce in that situation, with a top flight opponent draped all over you, you are asking for trouble. So I don't put it all on the Kocic even though he took the full blame for it. He has a great physical presence but needs work on critical decisions to come off his line. He had several other good decisions/plays last night.

Nice turnout for the march. Good job to SEs and BB. Chang is definitely passionate about the team. This is a positive. Nothing is really gained by further negativity on the stadium failures. Time to move forward, recognizing that there is no easy (or short term) solution in this political and economic climate.

Posted by: MR1Caretaker | May 10, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

NYjer1 you have valid concerns, all of the the people who started organizing the march were not marching for a free stadium. Our concerns for a QUOTE ON QUOTE FREE STadium makes us a diffrent animal then what Other sports teams and there fans are. DC UNITED is a about the community, our people of the Washington DC AREA (all backgrounds). Now the post by power boater is just useless, from the moment he refers to our team as THE UNITED. Again If you read the intial post for the MArch on BIGSOCCER it clearly indicates that We were marching to let The local governments know that we are out there, but also put pressure on our OWNERS to keep our team. Making each of them think about us fans when they start negotiating. NO ONE is ASKING FOR FREE MONEY, if thats what your looking for then you can go to our local baseball blog. The baseball deal was the typical Rich owner stealing from the city kind of deal. So far nothing has been given out to DC UNITED, but if a deal is reached you can gurantee that it will be nothing like the whole baseball fiasco.

P.S. I am not trying to disrepect baseball or anything but just using them as example of how 2 teams in one city get completely diffrent treatment.

Posted by: Norteno4life | May 10, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The United fans who organized the march did it for the right reasons, and it looked like a lot of fun. But they allowed their cause to be hijacked by Payne who spent the entire interview on Comcast demanding a payout similar to what was done for Nationals Park and the Verizon Center. I posted many times railing against city money for both of those buildings and the United will only bring in a fraction of the revenue. (FYI Nationals Park was paid for by a special tax that was supported by the local hotels and restaurants, I have not heard of any such support for the United.)

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Powerboater . . you've made your point, thanks for sharing . . don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"It's early in the year and we have to figure out what direction we want to go."

Tommy, early points count as much as late season points.

And at 3-1-5, almost a 1/3rd of the season has been played . . I don't know if that still qualifies as early in the year

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is a an absolute midget! He will have to be replaced!...If we as United fans must put our anger into action, Fenty is the one that must feel our wrath!

Posted by: alan19 | May 10, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

And I am sorry to say, if my choice is between the DC public schools and a new stadium for DC United, I choose the new stadium for D.C. United. At least, D.C. United has a chance for success...

Posted by: alan19 | May 10, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@nyjer1: Who the hell is Janovic? Do you mean Janicki? Or Jakovic?
A typo is a typo, but it's the end of week #9 in the season. Get the names straightened out.

*THE * Power Boater 69 will be *NOW and FOREVER* an idiot.
I'll post the link to the most recent press release which is finalized with THE OFFICIAL stance by the club in regard to the name of the team. IT'S ON EVERY PR THE CLUB PUTS OUT. READ IT MORON.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Powerboater, I agree that there might not be an MLS 30 years on but I severely doubt it. The fact that teams are now in the black almost dooms DC United without a stadium deal. Because there is now proof that the business model works, it would be insanity to keep a team where it loses money when you know it could make money elsewhere. What will DC lose without a team? Obviously not enough to force Fenty to deal with United.

IMO, go back to the start. What does the DC government want to put a stadium in Anacostia? Then try to do it. They are obviously dealing from a position of strength, and face it, we are getting desperate.

Posted by: bdwooton | May 10, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

For all the frustrating mistakes, I'm still seeing great growth on the field - something we've lacked the past few years. Last time in net Kocic blew his crosses and dropped the ball a lot. This game he was better on both fronts, but needs to work on communication. The midfield, for all the bad giveaways, also had some fine ball movement, especially Wallace in the 2nd half. Soehn finally makes subs that make sense and at the right times.

Most of us have been watching this team / this league for years and know that it's better to sort things out now and get hot in September. As long as we're not in last then, I have a feeling that all this tinkering in the lineup and giving lots of players minutes is going to pay off in spades. Think about watching Peralta and Wells make the same mistakes every week, compare it to Kocic and Jakovic. Think about our young guys that were aight (Mediate, Moose, Hot Rod) but not MLS caliber, and compare to Wallace, Pontius, N'Silu and Boyzzz.

Last night drove me nuts, but I love watching this team so far this season.

Posted by: eadc | May 10, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

In a previous thread several days ago, someone questioned the wisdom of staging this march four hours in advance of the match. Having been at Lincoln/Bethune Park yesterday, I tend to agree. That is fine for members of the supporters groups and others who are in the habit of tailgating well ahead of the game. But most people just can't lengthen their outing to RFK by that much. I believe there was concern that a march close to game time would interfere with people arriving for the game. However, most people do not arrive more than 30-45 minutes before kickoff. The bottom line is that there were over 15,000 people in the stands last night, fewer than 1,000 of whom participated in the march. I sometimes wonder whether the supporters groups, for all the good things that they do, tend to forget how unrepresentative they are, just as back in 1936, the Literary Digest's editors mistook their readership for the general public.

Furthermore, what is going to be done about the radio/Internet fiasco? This was not the first time this season that Federal News Radio failed to deliver Limarzi to us in a timely fashion. (I am thankful to the person who tweeted to the DCU site a tip about tuning into the Toronto radio station that was carrying the game.) Last night someone mentioned something about paying for the audio feed. That is a ripoff, as it appears that they simply pick up the feed that you can get for free directly from the WFED site (when it is working, that is).

Finally, it was nice to see those TFC fans at the march. They're the ones who should be getting the attention, not the ones whose preferred destination is Columbus.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 10, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

2 things:

1. Alan19- don't you EVER say that kids will not have a chance! As a teacher, I'm sick and tired of hearing people criticize students. I'm not saying that more money is the answer (in fact, better teachers are the answers but that won't happen until teachers are paid like they are supposed to be) but what I'm saying is that every student has a chance to succeed. REMEMBER THAT! Where would you be without your schooling?

2. The first goal was COMPLETELY Kocic's fault. I'm a keeper, and a keeper coach, and he has to get to that ball. If his defender is in the way, he takes the defender out also. The second goal was also his fault. He should've come off of his line to punch that away. It was too close to give the player a chance at a header. Then again, his defense should've been marking, so it wasn't completely his fault.

Posted by: pmtthree | May 10, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Abe Pollen built the then MCI Center with his own money. Any city funding was for necessary infrastructure to support the development. Gee, how did that work out for DC?

And that arrangement sounds an awful lot like what McFarlane and Chang were proposing for the original PP stadium, doesn't it? Unlike the Nats fiasco, DCU was always willing to pony up all or most of the money to build the actual stadium.

Posted by: jburksva | May 10, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The United are not well served by fans like DadRyan who jump on people for minor spelling errors and referencing obscure rules about the team name. The team needs casual fans along with fanatics.

As for my statement about whether MLS will exist in 30 years, I'm sorry if it came off like I doubt it will, I was only trying to suggest that the city shouldn't bet on it.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

PMTTHREE- Don't you EVER tell me what I can and can't say! I have never said the children are the problem...I have always believed that you TEACHERS are the problem! How about we do away with tenure and see if that improves things?

Posted by: alan19 | May 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The United demanded exclusive development rights to some of the most prime real estate in the District, Abe Pollin only asked for infrastructure. Last year the Council gave Abe a $50 million gift for improvements to his arena, a very bad move by the city.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@PowerBoater69 -
Let's try this a different way. It's great that you are a fan, casual or otherwise, but when you come on a forum like this and continuously refer to the team incorrectly, when folks have made it clear what the issue is, it's kinda off-putting. It's akin to mispronouncing someone's name over and over again, when people keep saying it correctly back to you. And it has the tendency to diminish the impact of your points. You might as well post with the ID "RedBullzRule" :)

Posted by: jburksva | May 10, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

And I think it's more than a stretch to consider the property at Poplar Point "some of the most prime real estate in the city." If that were true, it would have been developed already, instead of laying neglected while the chosen developer (i.e., not McFarlane and Chang) bailed on plans for the area.

Posted by: jburksva | May 10, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I hate when the threads get off topic, but Alan, for real? Unless you're working more than twice the hours you get paid for to make sure these kids are getting a fair shake, don't start generalizing about teachers, students or the system. If you want to help the kids in our city out, let me know, I can always use a 2nd set of hands in the classroom or after school tutoring.

Sorry, back to soccer...bring on Chivas.

Posted by: eadc | May 10, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I would like to thank the loyal Toronto fans who marched in the parade. Thanks for the support.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | May 10, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Repeatedly referring to "the United" is like calling Muhammad Ali "Cassius Clay." It's disrespectful.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

PB69: I really have never wanted to be that "kind" of guy toward you brother. I do feel an affinity for all United fans, but as a couple of people have pointed out, your ignorance after being repeatedly corrected is irritating and disrespectful. You know you've been up to this same game for what feels like ages. There's nothing obscure about the "rules". It's THE CLUB'S preference. Isn't that the final say? Please don't mistake me for the grammar police. I butcher the English language on a daily basis.

You've had some interesting points at times man, but your infatuation with rubbing everyone the wrong way just pisses people off.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The personal attacks really have no place on this blog. Clearly, folks are worried about losing their beloved team. We all probably agree about that. But there clearly is disagreement on how to prevent that, the role in local govt in preventing that, and whether DC should have turned away from the PP proposal. Enough said about all that.

Now back to what happens on the field. Why did coach put that backline on the field?

Posted by: nyjer1 | May 10, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to everyone that took the time to March and/or attend yesterday's match. I hope that soon we get wind of new stadium developments in or out of the city. And while I'm in general disagreement with using public funds to develop private entertainment venues, our DCU organization has done a lot for this community and it is my opinion that we have not been treated with an equal amount of attention and respect from the city.

Let's GO United and bring on Chivas!

Posted by: TheGreat8 | May 10, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Your player ratings are usually pretty spot on, but you totally missed the boat with kocics and Jakovics ratings. Jakovic was maybe a 7 in the FIRST half but he was a 2 at best in the second. That averages out to about a 4!! you can completly hang the first goal on Jakovic. All he had to do was get his head on the ball and no goal. Instead he let the ball bounce (the first of many times he did) giving DeRo time and a chance to get his boot in. You could blame Jakovic for the second goal as well. Were was he on the corner? He was the biggest back on the pitch, and does not even challenge for the header? kocic was solid, I would give him a 5 or 6. Hee just needs games. Crayton was obviously pissed about being on the bench. he was showing his frustrations durring warm ups, and while sitting on the bench. A bit childish if you ask me. There is a reason we are carrying 3 keepers right now...none of them have clearly shown that they are the clear cut #1. The third goal was a complete colapse of team defending. Wallace should have just fouled the guy that got the ball that started the whole move before he got to midfield.

Posted by: jjfooty | May 10, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you start an email campaign too. Each Ward Representative could receive a stack of emails pro the new stadium and getting land for it from all the constituants. They could all get together and give a huge stack to the Mayor.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | May 10, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Good work Milos "the fans were too loud" Kocic! That might be the whine of the year.

I wish we had Stefan Frei

Posted by: diego_r | May 10, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was a weird hip-thrust that Kocic did after the goal...

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan: Enough for today. :-) I've got grilling and yard work to do. We'll have to meet up at a game, I'm sure you're a blast at a tailgate.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 10, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching Sounders/Galaxy this afternoon?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

PowerTroll69 has been doing this for a long time -- usually over in Fisher's or Nakamura's blog. When you argue with him or try to get him to stop calling the team "The United," you're giving him what he wants.


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | May 10, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

PowerBoater, I think you're missing the point here. This ain't about DCU being handed a stadium. Payne has to take a public position demanding equity with the Nationals and Wizards (and yeah, Pollin built it with his own money but DC Govt made the prime real estate available to him despite some public sentiment and then paid for infrastructure development).

But the single biggest issue has NOT been Govt being unwilling to pay even part of it. It's local govt. (and DC Govt has been the worst example) saying "sure, we'd love to have you, we want a stadium to happen" and then not working with DCU to make sites available. The last example in DC involves Poplar Point which irrelevant of funding, Fenty decided to open up the highest bid (which was not McFarlane/Chang). But that project has now fallen apart so DC Govt.'s insistence on the highest bidder has now led to stadium, no money to DC, no jobs to local residents (and the Ward in Poplar Point was enthusiastically behind the stadium).

We could debate how to pay for a stadium. But that debate can't even happen when DC Govt won't even work with the team to make a site available. And make no mistake--no stadium happens of any sort (including Verizon Center) unless the DC Govt. makes space available.

Posted by: JoeW1 | May 10, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Powerboater has been making the same tired points for months -- totally ignoring the reply comments that point put that the team is not asking for any government to eat the cost of a stadium, or to finance it out of an operating budget. Powerboater also deliberately tries to tweak us by referring to DCU as The United. Whatever point that he might want to make is rightfully dismissed thanks to his lousy attitude.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Powerboater69 is a RICHARD.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder Fred did to earn a 7 rating -- and I cannot get past the blunder Burch made which led to the 2nd goal == at least as bad as the mistake Kocic made on the first goal.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If the United had such a great win-win plan for the District to make money by building a stadium, the team would already have built it themselves; they are just trying to offload the risk to any city or county dumb enough to pay for it.

Posted by: PowerBoater69
I agree that the general populous has more important things to pay for especially in DC, but what you said is ignorant. The team tried to build a stadium and the owners were willing to be the main developers, but the DC Stadium Authority did not allow it. Get your facts straight.

Posted by: no_recess | May 10, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

To be honest I think Powerboater is probably the most open minded anti-stadium person I have come across and I give him credit for at least coming on these blogs and reading about soccer.

Most die hard Redskins fans just laugh at the mention of the sport.

The biggest problem is United has never clearly stated what they want the public to pay for and the Post/Times have never clearly given us any of the details. Both stadium supporters and detracters have one thing in common...lack of information. Until United and the city come clean with the numbers any debate about financing is pointless.

As for the top two teams in the East...well played! Maybe one day we will figure out how to defend against DeRo so we never have to watch his stupid celebratory dance again.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 10, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

eadc- I'm with you, I hate when threads get off topic. My fault.

alan19- You are right, I shouldn't yell at you for your given right to your own opinion. I agree though, that teachers should have to prove their worth. Like eadc, I could always use extra help.

Vamos DCU!

Posted by: pmtthree | May 10, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

No worries...Its this damm stadium situation, has got us all in a twist...The stadium will not be sacrificed at the expense of the public schools and vice versa...Its a loaded debate framed by short sighted politicians who want to deflect from the fact that they have not done their job well and taken their voters for granted.

Vamos DCU!

Posted by: alan19 | May 10, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Seriously though, where was MAC yesterday? I saw KP, and slick Willy. What's up that?

Did any news source pick up this thing? I guess I should go check

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Most of us have been watching this team / this league for years and know that it's better to sort things out now and get hot in September. As long as we're not in last then, I have a feeling that all this tinkering in the lineup and giving lots of players minutes is going to pay off in spades. Think about watching Peralta and Wells make the same mistakes every week, compare it to Kocic and Jakovic. Think about our young guys that were aight (Mediate, Moose, Hot Rod) but not MLS caliber, and compare to Wallace, Pontius, N'Silu and Boyzzz.
Last night drove me nuts, but I love watching this team so far this season.
Posted by: eadc | May 10, 2009 11:25 AM |

Absolutely. I love this team always, but this year, almost every match has been exciting. Like United of old, I never stop thinking they can win it or tie it up.

And as for the schools comments, to compare the two issues is absolutely asinine. I find it interesting that in highly affluent municipalities, one seldom hears calls for the heads of teachers, or to do away with tenure for teachers. School systems have generally worked out what works for teacher retention and effectiveness. Impoverished inner city areas with high crime rates, incarceration rates, unemployment rates, and other social pathology have the deck stacked against them from the start. Don't blame the teachers. Don't blame the students. Blame the politicians, judges, and voters who allow these collective injustices to continue to influence the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. This is not the way it has to be.

Posted by: vivzig | May 10, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't even read your points. You're trolling and you know it. Enough already.
How about taking a mortgage broker job in KC and running up and down the sidelines with your kids and supporting THE WIZ???

Posted by: lprevolution | May 11, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The PowerBoater69 is none of the above. the PowerBoater69 has no power, no boat, and evidently has not gotten 69 in a long time.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 11, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see what Emilio did to earn a 5 (rather than a 4 or worse). I guess it's not his fault the team decided to play long ball for a stretch, but still.

I have to mention the great shot Quaranta took; curled away from him, right toward the upper corner of the goal; the keeper managed to save it somehow, and this ain't horseshoes, but yow, great shot.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 11, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

PB69 is obviously trying to annoy everyone so, do the obvious. Ignore him and he will eventually stop it or go away.

Posted by: blackandred777 | May 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I was glad to see N'Silu playing again. In the Houston game, I was impressed and he played well again, against TFC. This team is a hundred times more aesthetically pleasing to watch, than last year's squad. I only hope we can keep all these young guys, with all the expansion drafts coming up in the near future.

Posted by: IrishCR | May 13, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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