Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DC United win vs. New York Red Bulls, 5-3

What a freakin' crazy match. DCU jumps out to a 4-0 lead within the first half hour, but then lazily(?) lets the Bulls back in it? Matches like this I think help to make our starting XI all the more clear in some situations, and cloudy in others. The argument of Jakovic versus Janicki may have ended tonight. But how do you decide between starting Pontius, Barklage, Fred, Khumalo, or Gomez, all of who looked fantastic in this match, in a crowded attacking midfield that also includes Quaranta and Wallace?

I'm a bit upset because I had an opportunity to go to this match, but decided to do the responsible thing and write my "final take home exam" paper. Damn UMD for interfering with my DCU. So I was following the match on twitter. Anyway, can't wait to see the video highlights. Until then, let's keep this real simple.

Chris Pontius, Boyzzz Khumalo, Christian Gomez, Brandon Barklage, Fred

Josh Wicks

Greg Janicki


D said...

If you saw Fred miss his first sitter, you would downgrade him for that alone, goal or no goal later in the game.

Shatz... said...

Now that I've watched the highlights... Though I totally agree with you that Fred's shot over the bar may have been "most amazing miss of the year, if not this century", I would bump him back into the top shelf based on his beautiful cross to Pontius on the fifth goal. Crossing like that is seldom seen in this organization.

But after reading your match review and Goff's, the only changes I might make would be to add N'Silu to the top shelf, and John to the rail.