Maybe it's just me, but I found most of that match to be pretty boring. What I saw were two teams who didn't seem inspired, and a whole lot of players on each side who may have been content with just one point while still at or near the top of the Eastern Conference, and with another game just three days away. In a way, that's understandable this early in the season when some of the other traditional Eastern Conference powers are caught in the lower half of the league. But on the other hand, failing to fight for two more points that are up for grabs is inexcusable.
I'm probably being too hard on the boys. The team knows that the goal of this stretch of 3 games in 8 days was to earn 7 points, and we're well on our way to doing that with a home match against Toronto forthcoming. I also take pleasure from the feeling that we are a more talented team than Kansas City, and we would beat them in a home-and-home playoff series.
1. This was Andrew Jacobson's best match since joining the MLS. The fact that Davy Arnaud disappeared for most of the match had a lot to do with Jacobson.
2. I'm not sure whether or not we actually have a goalkeeping controversy. Different from Kocic, Louis Crayton was in complete control of his box. At no point was I nervous when Crayton came out to punch a cross. He might not be a top 5 keeper in the league, but he's the best one on this team.
1. For the second game in a row, we saw Rodney Wallace score one goal, and make a mistake that led to another. Should we just chalk it up as another learning experience? Wallace has so much potential, and I look forward to the day when he's able to play two halves at the same high level as he played the first half.
2. In our first viewing of Avery John in a United uniform, we saw pretty much what we expected. He's fairly solid defensively, but gives up way too many fouls. He's good depth, but I don't think he'll be beating out Burch for the starting left back job.
1. Luciano Emilio and Christian Gomez had virtually no impact on the match after entering in the second half. That's a bit disappointing from two of our biggest stars, and not a good example for the youngsters.
What I like most about DC United right now is our depth. We've got 22 (out of 24) players on our roster who are capable of starting. This kind of depth would have worked wonders last year in the middle of the Superliga debacle and when we were battling multiple serious and lasting injuries. Hopefully we won't find ourselves in either of those situations this season, but it's nice to know that we'll be able to handle ourselves if we are.
Oh yeah and by the way, wasn't Wolff offsides??