Sunday, August 05, 2007

Quick Match Recap: DC United 3 - 0 New England Revolution

That was awfully odd to type, DC United 3....

Due to family commitments, I only caught the last 10 minutes of the first half and the entire second half. I was a little confused when I saw the score line and I though we were wearing our black jersey's. This was a different game from United, one I would like to see more of.

Thomas Rongen mentioned at halftime that United was winning their challenges on the ball first time, which was a different feel for the club from recent matches. Rongen was correct, United looked much better today than they have looked in a while.

Getting Namoff back into the side is a good sign of things to come, but I am still worried about Moreno. He came right now at half time only to have Jay Heaps of Shit drop him like a sack of potato's. He ended up coming off after about 30 minutes play, but I hope that was more for a precautionary move than due to his leg, or his back.

Troy looked much better in the 18 yard box than I have seen in a few matches. He did have that miscommunication with Benny when Smith went flying, but excluding that, his command of the goal mouth was great. He was strong in the air, I hope he keeps that up.

Marc Burch once again showed that he will be one of the four guys in the backline this season. He not only handled himself well on the left side, but he has the ability to move forward and provide pretty good left footed crosses. With Bursch in the back, I feel a little better about our backline.

Overall, it was a good game and a great outcome. Three points that the club needed and great momentum going into Beckhampalooza that hits RFK on Thursday. If we have the same defensive sharpness that I saw today, coupled with the return of Fred, Moreno, Gomez and Gros into the midfield, I think we should see Landy, Soccer Spice and the rest of the Galaxians from LA going down.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the best match I've seen DC United play in, well, months. They didn't completely control the match, but worked the ball well throughout and took advantage of every opportunity (see Gros) to get the 2-0 lead. Then when NE started pushing the issue in the second half, looking like they might get one which could've changed the tone of the game, BOOM the backbreaker by Emilio. And then it was just a matter of weathering the chippy play of NE for the rest of the game. Excellent esp. given that Moreno wasn't up to the task and Gomez was out. Hope they can keep it up.

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