The Weekend: Live Commentary

RSL vs. SJE For Table Topping

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Crow on 2012/07/14 at 7:21 PM

    What a final 15 minutes to that Union game.

    Okugo finally exposed in defense. MacMath a great save. Then a Brad Guzan moment on the corner kick. Antoine Hoppenot is quickly taking over for Le Toux as french cult hero. Love his attitude.

    Zarek Valentin was torched tonight!

    Donovan Ricketts all star!!! Actually he did make a nice save on Pajoy.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/07/14 at 8:31 PM

      Okugo was exposed? Goal was Keon Daniel’s and MacMath’s fault. And he was fantastic other than that, surging out of defense to provide disruptive runs and playing the last-ditch defense you need when you play a high line. I was very impressed with him.


      • Posted by Crow on 2012/07/16 at 6:24 PM

        I could see why you interpreted my comment that way but I meant that Okugo had been nearly perfect in defense until he was caught ball watching vs Di Vaio and then MacMath made the Dominik Hasek/Jonathan Quick esque save.

        I can’t believe how well Okugo has been considering he is a midfielder.


  2. Posted by dth on 2012/07/14 at 8:10 PM

    Gavin Wilkinson apparently not willing to shoot Old Yeller and sit Jack Jewsbury.


  3. Posted by s44 on 2012/07/14 at 8:45 PM

    Holy crap Becks…


  4. Posted by dth on 2012/07/14 at 8:49 PM

    John Spencer’s job is really in trouble here.


  5. Posted by Nelson on 2012/07/14 at 8:57 PM

    I was about to say running riot for LA but could this be another San Jose- game?


  6. Posted by Nelson on 2012/07/14 at 8:57 PM

    San Jose-esque*


  7. Posted by dth on 2012/07/14 at 8:59 PM

    Kyle Martino’s tactical analysis is a little off, I think, and I disagree with his analysis of Nagbe tracking Beckham. The problem with what they’re instructing Nagbe to do isn’t tracking him–that’s a regularity in any top-flight league for creative players to track deep-lying players and disrupt early play, and Martino can pop in a tape of USA-Italy and watch Dempsey track Pirlo if he wants a familiar example–it’s that Nagbe’s tracking him all over the field sometimes. Either Nagbe isn’t being disciplined, or Gavin Wilkinson is an idiot for not properly delineating zonal responsibilities.

    At any rate, Martino’s idea for the two pivots in the 4-2-3-1 to track Beckham outside of their zone is an excellent way to open up space between the lines and undo the whole point of playing a 4-2-3-1 in the first place.


  8. Posted by scweeb on 2012/07/14 at 9:16 PM

    So hard to be a RSL fan and watch this game.


  9. Posted by dth on 2012/07/14 at 9:36 PM

    Somewhere, Arrigo Sacchi is weeping at the distance between the lines both teams are leaving (POR-LAG).


    • Posted by Alex on 2012/07/14 at 11:55 PM

      That is the funniest sentece I’ve read all night. If this were big soccer I’d rep you


  10. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/07/15 at 1:21 PM

    waiting to see this Henry as #10 experiment unfold. not looking good so far IMO


    • Posted by dth on 2012/07/15 at 1:22 PM

      Wait, Henry isn’t playing as a double pivot with McCarty? (who’s playing well…)


  11. Posted by dth on 2012/07/15 at 1:24 PM

    Backe is an incredible coach. As in, it’s incredible how, when things are going well, he’s like, “Well eff it, let’s CHANGE EVERYTHING.”

    The Marquez/Holgorrsen combo at CB is also pretty ill-conceived.


  12. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/07/15 at 1:33 PM

    already looking better in this 4-4-2 with Letoux outwide. goal!


  13. Posted by dth on 2012/07/15 at 4:50 PM

    Vancouver going for Kenny Miller. Think of Miller as the svelte Kris Boyd. Not sure how he fits in or why you’d want him–isn’t Mattocks and Hassli more than enough on the striker front? Unless they’re switching to a 4-4-2, which, fine, except why bother switching from a 4-3-3? You were doing fine in that.

    Looks like Rennie’s caught the Backe bug. Don’t dooooo itt….


  14. Posted by dth on 2012/07/15 at 6:25 PM

    Bill Hamid with a bad challenge, but really all Robbie Russell’s fault. Challenging Jack Jewsbury for worst Old Yeller of the league.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/07/15 at 6:37 PM

      Don’t think I’ve seen a fullback picked on so blatantly since Spector v. Argentina.


      • Yep, Russell leaves much to be desired. Olsen needs to put Korb back in the lineup, I’m pretty sure he and Woolard are capable of playing both fullback positions.

        Camargo with the assist to Bruin to put Dynamo up 2-0. That red card hurt. DCU could’ve really used a point on the road. Still a long way to go though.


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