MLS Playoffs: Live Commentary

MLS Playoffs.

First up: Sporting KC hosting the Houston Dynamics.

Game 1

41 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/05 at 6:01 AM

    Did Heitinga not hear Howard? Did Howard not shout? What a cheap goal to concede. Horrible.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/11/05 at 6:59 AM

      Terrible — horrible play. Meanwhile, Everton are doing a solid job in possession, but not creation. I’ve never see a team try to single out a player more for a chance…and that player is Royston Drenthe. Whoa is Everton.


  2. Posted by John on 2011/11/05 at 9:56 AM

    Blackburn have done just about everything but score.

    Meanwhile Liverpool and Swansea had a very fantastic 0-0 game with multiple chances, great saves, good defence and some outstanding passing.


  3. Posted by John on 2011/11/05 at 9:57 AM

    What a miss by Torres…. again.


  4. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/11/05 at 8:16 PM

    Off topic.. TSG, can you go back to the old mobile theme? The comments section is brutal. 1-3 words per line when the comments get indented.


  5. Posted by Jared on 2011/11/06 at 8:12 AM

    Jozy scores for AZ. It was another typical Jozy game where there were times that he didn’t put in the hustle and then he scores a goal by outhustling the defenders to a ball that looked like the keeper would collect.

    His first touch has been very good in the game today. He had one very nice play in the first half where he brought the ball down with his chest while turning towards goal and cushioned it so that he was able to get a shot off.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 8:22 AM

    What a great goalkeeping performance by Al Habsi – has made 3 absolutely cracking saves today. Pity the rest of the team aren’t playing with the same enthusiasm. Wigan have been very poor today. Again.


  7. Posted by Izzy on 2011/11/06 at 9:44 AM

    You really won’t ever so Gomez get a goal like that. He’s a poacher, and if the team isn’t making chances for him, he’s practically invisible. He does show good movement/positioning, and that sort of thing did help us on the equalizer against Slovenia.


  8. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/11/06 at 11:03 AM

    Hard to believe that Fulham is bottom table. How did that ball stay out for the last 30 mins. Dempsey is truly a beast.
    Anyone else get the sense that he and Dembele don’t play well in the same sandbox?
    Just seem to have a dislike for one another that carries over into who gets the ball etc.

    One reason they may be bottom table is Steve Sidwell. I have never liked hm or saw what so many clubs incl Chelski saw in him. He’s clumsy and nervous with the ball at his feet and just doesn’t impress me as belonging anywhere he’s been. That literal tackle at the end was just ridiculously dumb and clumsy.


  9. Posted by justin on 2011/11/06 at 2:08 PM

    anyone know why onyewu isn’t playing today


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 3:01 PM

    Very glad that Carroll was not picked for the England squad. Hasn’t been able to start regularly for Liverpool, so good decision not to include him.

    Good to see Rodwell and Welbeck get rewarded with a senior call up. Pity Wilshere is injured. Can see a glimpse of the team for the 2014, 2016 and 2018 taking shape nicely.

    Hopefully Capello will utilize Adam Johnson more. I like what I have seen so far (and still think Arsenal should have insisted that he was part of the Nasri deal)… time for him to make that step up, and stop talking about potential!


  11. Houston Dynamo will take this one 2-0


  12. Posted by dth on 2011/11/06 at 3:51 PM

    entertainingly open, SKC-HOU so far.


  13. Posted by justin on 2011/11/06 at 4:17 PM

    huge loss for houston, whether you’re rooting for them or not, you gotta feel for them


  14. Posted by dth on 2011/11/06 at 8:13 PM

    Andy Williams has been a defensive liability for RSL. We’ll see how things change heading into the second half.


  15. Posted by cfig on 2011/11/06 at 8:15 PM

    Huge win for the orange, definitely peaked at the right time and this team has come a long way. Losing Davis just sucks though, he’s carried this team a lot of the way.


  16. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 8:30 PM

    Did not know that the Galaxy had a lot of French fans. Interesting.


  17. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 8:36 PM

    That is how to cross the ball in the box. Still got it.


  18. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 9:02 PM

    This is kamikaze football. Very entertaining to watch, but why are Galaxy taking so much risk in trying to get a fourth, where defensive shape and closing the game out should be their priorty?


    • Posted by crow on 2011/11/07 at 8:08 AM

      That’s what I was wondering. Salt Lake could have easily gotten back in that game. What a shot by Espindola! It’s true the Galaxy probably should have tacked on a few more though.

      It was kind of refreshing seeing the wide open 2nd half after having to sit through the Philly- Houston 2nd leg. Philly needed two goals but wasn’t taking any chances going forward. It was as if Nowak just didn’t want to concede another goal.


  19. Posted by dth on 2011/11/06 at 9:11 PM

    Game of the Century….oh wait.


  20. Posted by dth on 2011/11/06 at 9:18 PM

    Because I can’t help but speculate about the future….

    Next year should be really stacked, relative to past standards of play. You have Montreal diluting things slightly, but on the other hand you’d imagine another draft plus homegrown players will make up for it. Vancouver will benefit considerably from competent coaching. If DC bring back De Rosario, the Pontius-DeRo-Najar combo is absurdly lethal. Philadelphia is still quite young. Surely New York cannot underachieve two years consecutively (at least to the same degree). Dallas will get Ferreira back, and benefit from more maturity for its young players (and we might see one of its homegrown legion make an impact). With Seattle, we’ll get Zakuani back–Rosales/Zakuani should be lethal. And so on.

    I think next year will have a thrillingly high standard of play.


  21. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/06 at 9:25 PM

    Why is Lalas such a hater? Is he still bitter about getting managed out of LAG?

    He is so biased with his views, it’s unbelievable. If he’s not careful, and he doesn’t introduce a bot of balance, he’ll get managed out of ESPN too. Ginger twat.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/11/06 at 9:30 PM

      What was he saying?

      Generally I like Lalas. Doesn’t take himself too seriously.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/07 at 11:33 AM

        Just being passive aggressive about “players who make all the money, on the front of magazines etc., getting the headlines”…
        2nd goal was all about the delivery – the header wasn’t actually that good if you think about it. The ony reason it beat Rimando was because of the power, rather than placement – keeper got a hand to it after all – and he should have had no chance. My point is, the power was mainly generated (redirected) from the ball crossed in. How many times do you see a ball chipped in so the forward has to generate power and direction because there’s no pace on the ball? Lalas chooses not to acknowledge contributions of the DPs. He clearly has an issue with Beckham. But he need to be analytical on what happened during the 90 minutes.

        While Twellman was almost orgasmic re. some of Beckham’s and Donovan’s deliveries. Maybe it’s because he was a forward and actually appreciates how hard it is / what an asset it is to have. They make it look easy, but how often do we all complain about “the final ball” be pants?


  22. Posted by Excellency on 2011/11/07 at 7:02 AM

    The Dynamo game was boring, the Galaxy game was exciting.

    MLS needs to continue adding the old war horses from Europe like Beckham, Keane, Henry.

    It doesn’t take many touches from Beckham to have me sitting up in my lazy-boy and paying attention.

    We don’t really need more than, say, two artistic players per team to make the whole exercise worthwhile. but it helps if they are forwards or midfielders. Overall I’d say USA does ok with keepers and backs and there are some half decent mids but forwards are almost non-existent in the MLS. I don’t care if they are over the hill and lost their starting role on a top European team as long as they have character, intelligence and skill.


  23. Watching the second half of the Galaxy-RSL match, I thought Beckerman was the lone USMNT player I’ve seen in these MLS playoffs who looked like he was generally playing at a level above the rest. Still a couple mistakes, etc.

    I think his inclusion in USA line-ups has a lot to do with the fact that he plays the way Klinsmann wants in that position every game, rather than being asked to do the job only when he’s with the national team.


    • Posted by Excellency on 2011/11/07 at 8:54 AM

      He had a good game. He appears to play with more confidence when playing for RSL than USA. It’s easier to make mistakes on the national team because people don’t play together as much and the problem is that the mistakes happen against some pretty good players, if not the best at some stage.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/11/07 at 2:35 PM

      I agree.

      Relative to expectations, I thought Luis Gil also showed well in his cameo. Would love to see Jason Kreis give us a world in which Gil and Morales play regularly together.


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