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KC totally deserved that goal. They bossed the second half
Sloppy in all phases. Was hoping to steal a point but yeah SKC dominated the second half completely.
Well that sucked. I was about to send out the "thank god for Hamid" text too.
Fucking shit performance, tactically and physically.
I was at the game with my son. Sometimes it harder to analyze that way but I came away pretty annoyed with a couple things. The long balls were killing me. I'm OK with a couple long balls a game if there is a purpose to it. Like if a guy is open or has some break away possiblity. Also if you need to relieve pressure it can be OK. But our Defense repeatedly booted the ball up field when we had complete control of the ball. Very early on I mentioned it to my buddy who came with me who is not a huge soccer fan. But even he noticed from that point forward how often they were doing it and how it never worked. All it did was just turn over posession. Ugh. The other thing was the lack of shooting. Especially in the first half there were 4-5 advances into KC's third that just went nowhere. They tried to be Barcelona and pass the ball into the back of the net and ended up with no shot at all.
Otherwise, KC was just all around better. They were awesome with balls in the air. Seems like the entire team has a really great first touch. I think they're much better than they were last year when they won the conference. They'll be amongst the elite all season with LA, RSL and Seattle.
So true. Mohawk guy was the biggest culprit. We'd have the ball, passing it around, and he would get it and launch it 40 yards down the field and out of bounds. It's like he had Tourette's and couldn't help himself from lashing out in a demented fit of kick ball.
You guys definitley watched more DCU than me over the last couple years, but does anyone else think Najar should play centrally as a playmaker behind the strikers? I feel like he's kind of wasted out wide and think his dribbling and passing would put a lot of pressure on defenses if it was coming from the hole behind the forwards.
Najar's dribbling is OK but he doesn't have any patience yet on the ball, better to use his speed and crossing ability on the wings.
Last night we were terrible in possession. We know SKC would press and we had no answer. And worst of all, it's like our guys had no idea we were playing on a slow pitch. Can count the number of times we gave away the ball because of underhit passes. Just awful.
That's Brandon McDonald.
Najar is best in space so I don't think he'd do that great on the inside. He's really fast and he makes great runs down the wing. I don't think he's much of a tight space, precision guy. He often tries to dribble through an entire defense. I was very excited about the quality and depth of our attacking players but last night it didn't show up. Hopefully it was just a bad night.
There were two key differences in the teams last night. First was that we were sloppy with possession and KC wasn't. As others have pointed out, Brandon McDonald and Robbie Russell gave the ball away much too easily, either by hoofing it upfield to no one or attempting sloppy passes to teammates that were intercepted. All the offensive talent in the world - and DC has plenty - can't work its magic if you can't get them the ball. And the second issue was that KC's players have been together for several years, and it showed. Whereas our guys were out of sync and could barely string four or five passes together, when KC got the ball they held it for-e-ver. In the end Hamid almost stole us a point, which is why it sucked to give up a goal so late on something as dumb as poor marking on a corner.
Right now, KC is probably the best team in the East. They have no huge weaknesses, have three very good MLS forwards, and have played together for a long time. The hope is that, in four or five months, DC will have jelled enough as a unit to be the better side.
Agree gocaps1, Not only were we sloppy in possesion, we couldnt maintain it. Period. The only time we maintained any sort of possesion was through back passing to the defense.
I was worried how Kitchen would adapt to playing the DM role + ball winner and he was throughly outplayed by KC's midfield, we were dominated by them.
It's awesome we have all these attacking players, but McDonald playing long balls to them isnt going to win games. Boskovic and Kitchen need to figure out how to maintain possesion.
Can someone tell me the fascination with Kitchen is? Everytime I've seen him play he's been one of the worst, if not the worst player on the field.
Seriously? He was probably the best defender on the team last year, and as a 19 year old. His issue was that last year he got moved around constantly, so he couldn't really settle into any one spot. This year he should be able to focus on the d-mid position, which should allow him to increase his performance there much more quickly.
The worst thing about that longball "strategy" is that it came against KC - a team filled with enormous guys. We were dwarfed at nearly every position. The play where Bunbury trucked the hell out of Woolard to power a header on net (and get a great save out of Hamid) was almost comical, like watching Shaq dunk over a point guard.
Not to mention De Ro and Salihi are both relatively slow so why would you kick a long ball for them to run on to? I don't think it was a strategy, I just think we were overrun in the midfield and we didn't have a plan B. That's on the coach
At the 11:15 mark of this video is Councilman William Cole from Baltimore talking about the United possibility. He is the councilman for downtown Baltimore and the Fed Hill area. Basically MD is discussing the ordeal in the current general assembly, so more should be known about their pursuit within the next month.
Hadn't seen this.
Edit: link does appear to work if you click it.
Either this website doesn't exist or is not currently available.
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Filler. He was pretty good for Orlando last year, but I didn't think he was their best player or the player with the most ability to move up in level.
Yea I assumed with his resume he was more cover for our 9,000 players who may have international duty than anything else.
IIRC Neal is left-footed, so he makes more sense to sign for the needed cover at left back and midfield than Ryan Richter, who is right-footed. That's basically all I got. I've never seen Neal play :)
Is tonights match @ LA not televised? Cant find it on DirecTv.
Same old dcu: can't finish on frame when right in front.
And apparently all you need to do to get a forward over "confidence issues" is pit him against DC's back line.
At times it looks like dcu is just jogging while la is playing full speed. It's almost like they think it is still preseason.
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