Posted 2011/04/27 by cosmosredux in Uncategorized. 19 Comments
Nearly there for RSL as they look to take the unprecedented American step into the Fifa Club World Cup.
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/04/27 at 7:16 PM
Anybody by any chance have a quality stream that can be viewed from outside the US without paying?
Posted by MJ on 2011/04/27 at 7:24 PM
I don’t know about outside the States but, since it is for CONCACAF, I imagine it would work. You have to register but it’s free and working great for me (Worked great on the first leg too).
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/04/27 at 7:54 PM
Yeah, that’s blacked out for me. I appreciate the help, though.
Posted by dth on 2011/04/27 at 7:59 PM
myp2p.eu appears to have several decent streams.
Will RSL be able to come back? On one hand had bulk of chances; on other Monterrey definitely won the second part of the first half.
Posted by john on 2011/04/27 at 8:00 PM
Well they are up against it now. What an awful time to give up a goal.
Posted by Rob on 2011/04/27 at 8:43 PM
Won’t they win it all even if they lose 1-0?
Posted by scweeb on 2011/04/27 at 8:45 PM
Posted by Steve NJ-DC on 2011/04/27 at 8:59 PM
Ugh, what a terrible show of diving by Monterrey. Not a particularly beautiful game by either team. Overall disappointment. Fun though.
Posted by Ufficio on 2011/04/27 at 9:25 PM
They just can’t continue to allow time-wasting tactics to be effective. If Suazo wants to roll around on the ground for a minute in stoppage time, let him. The ref should go over, show him that his watch is running and tell him that the exact amount of time he spends writhing in agony will be added on top of the announced stoppage time. Problem solved.
But when a guy rolls around for a minute, and you blow the whistle at 4:12 rather than 4:00, you’re just rewarding his behavior.
Posted by dth on 2011/04/27 at 9:00 PM
Thinking back to that Alfonso Modelo interview in which he talked about the #10s and #9s. The #10s were definitely up for it today; the #9s were not: Saborio was immobile and Espindola had one of those Jozy-esque games in which his overall contribution had some things to commend it, but just missed. too. many. chances.
The saddest thing about this loss is I’m not sure when MLS will get back. The four teams going in are Galaxy, Dallas, Sounders, and Rapids. FC Dallas looked like a nice bet before the season began but kind of stumbled in integrating themselves and now have lost Ferreira for a time. The rest I’m less than convinced by. Maybe 2012-3.
Posted by dth on 2011/04/27 at 9:13 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot. FIRE BOB BRADLEY! BORNSTEIN SUCKS! THIS IS STEVE SAMPSON’S FAULT!!!!
Posted by john on 2011/04/27 at 9:16 PM
I blame Robbie findley….
Posted by Jay Bell on 2011/04/28 at 12:09 AM
The Sounders will take the competition seriously. Injuries and schedule congestion really caught up to Seattle down the stretch last season (and Montero’s dip in form).
You would think that the Galaxy do not want to get embarrassed yet again this year. Leonardo went down, but you would think the additions of Cardozo, Lopez and Hejduk provided a bit more depth than the team had last year.
I have concerns about Colorado, but they are now much deeper than a year ago. They kept the team together and brought in Nyassi, Nane, Marshall and Folan.
Dallas is the most concerning with their recent form and Ferreira’s injury. We may get a true test of their depth and a test of their academy’s products.
No team looks like they have the potential to make an RSL-esque run though.
Posted by dth on 2011/04/28 at 8:17 AM
Seriousness is only part of the problem, though. The Sounders have looked better on paper than on the field for a while now; Galaxy are old and somewhat slow; Colorado seems a bit too Neanderthal in its tactical approach. Dallas theoretically has the best talent, I think, along with great depth but they’ve had an unfortunate beginning to the season, with those red cards and now with Ferreira’s injury. But Fabian Castillo…what a talent he is.
Posted by john on 2011/04/27 at 9:01 PM
What a gut check loss for RSL fans.
Posted by Alex on 2011/04/27 at 10:32 PM
Posted by Mike Mc on 2011/04/28 at 12:55 AM
This is disappointing but this was a huge step for MLS. We had a team make it through a VERY long and grueling group & knockout stage tournament all the way to the final and push probably the best team in Mexico right now to the brink.
In my mind the next step is to beat a Mexican team in Mexico, which has yet to be done by any MLS team. This has to happen before we start seriously comparing our league with FMF.
But I think this is great. Hopefully after seeing what RSL has done teams from MLS competing in this tournament will at least push to make it out of the group stage to save a little face. And if RSL could make it all the way to the final do you think Galaxy will bend over and take another spanking from a USL team like they did from PR Islanders and getting booted out of group stage?
Ultimately until this tournament attracts real money from sponsors and MLS fans pay as much attention to this as they do to the league then most participants from MLS probably won’t make it a priority like RSL did. Their rosters just aren’t large enough and the cap makes sure that they aren’t deep enough.
Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2011/04/28 at 10:15 AM
The best part of this final was how it seemed all of MLS came in to support RSL.
The worst part was the final loss.
As much as I was thinking to myself a win would show the world the progress MLS is making, this loss, in these final two games, now has me thinking MLS has a ways to go yet as a rested, “class of MLS” team, lost at home to a Mex Prem team that has been struggling of late. Not an unexpected reaction by me I suppose, and perhaps not fully accurate, but there is some truth there too…
Posted by John on 2011/04/28 at 10:22 AM
Well it does have to be said that while RSL look like polished veterans to fans of the MLS, they were in unfamiliar territory on this one.
Commonly we talk about teams not “being ready” or having enough experience to win championships. Perhaps some of that was in play here.
Also, they didn’t get thumped in any of the games, they held their own and played very well for the most part. They had a breakdown at the end of the half and Suazo is absolutely world class, you just can’t let goals in like that.
Part of the beauty and pain of Soccer is in that 1/100th of a second that determines 180 minutes of a two legged affair. Sometimes it goes your teams way, and sometimes it doesn’t.
I don’t think that anyone could say that Monterrey outclassed them, they just took advantage of their opportunity, whereas RSL did not.
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