Davis up for Goal of the Week

8 09 2008

So it’s time for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week again – and a Dynamo player is up for it! Here are my thoughts on the nominees:

Dan Paladini (Chivas USA): Against a severely depleted Toronto FC, a power strike between two defenders. It was alright.

Jason Garey (Columbus Crew): Chests the ball down and strikes past Reis, who was doing the splits. I might be tempted to vote for this one, but the Crew wear all yellow, which is just ugly; so I just can’t do it.

Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake): Beautiful little one-two (I think that’s how you type that out) to set up the strike, bounce off the right post into the net, and it’s Real Salt Lake scoring away (which almost never happens). But Johnson seems almost angry-happy about the goal, kinda like an “in your face” sort of celebration. I’m not a fan of that. So no voting for Johnson.

Santino Quaranta (DC United): This one is tough for me because if credit were being given to Dyachenko, I might have to strongly consider this for the grit and persistence he displayed in retaining possession. But since Quaranta would get the credit, and though it wasn’t a bad goal, I’m still going to have to pass on this one.

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): First, bad idea to have a game at 2 in the afternoon in Houston. I was sweating like a whore in church just sitting there. But both teams played hard, and Davis had a nice first touch strike around a defender and over Hartman who was making some brilliant saves all day long. I like it (surprise, right?).


Sierra Mist GOW Thoughts

18 08 2008

Another wonderful week of soccer has past, and now we should vote on the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week.  To help those of you who will never watch all videos, I think you should vote for Ricardo Clark.  I’m going to claim that it is just a coincidence that he happens to play for the Dynamo. But here are my thoughts on all of them.

Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew): nod for first goal in this MLS season, but that’s about it.

Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas): nod for 100th MLS goal, but then he clumsily falls on the goalkeeper.

Ronnie O’Brien (San Jose Earthquakes): One touch over Matt Reis (who I feel is just behind, in my non-biased judgement, the best damn goalkeeper in the league, Pat Onstad) – so not bad

Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo): Beautiful. First of the season. 25 yards out (actually remember being at the game and thinking, what the hell is he doing from way out here…oh…scoring a goal).

Mike Magee (New York Red Bulls): Beats defender in foot race to the ball (good), but not a super exciting shot (no need since he beat the defenders).

Dynamo stomp the Crew

2 08 2008

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Pictured here: Mullan walks all over a Crew member the way Houston walked all over Columbus. Our ball-handling was clean and polished; our Boswell-led defense was down-right cerebral; and our entire team (particularly during the first half) had their eyes open for potential goals, captains of opportunity (rather than formulaic). [Please excuse brevity. & typos; typed this while walking to the car.] Read the rest of this entry »

The First Half Was Dynamo!

2 08 2008

Two goals: Davis with a brilliant shot, Ching with a simple goal (but they count just as much!). Columbus: nil and clearly being dominated. Having a great game: Jaqua and Mullan; having a PHENOMENAL game: Geoff Cemeron!
I’m expecting half-time subs to rest some of our guys up for Tuesday.The subs came later in the second half, later than I would have expected.
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Starting 11?

2 08 2008

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At Robertson Stadium. The starting 11…unclear. Based on the warm-up formation, only nine starters can be clearly identified. A death in the family has pulled me away from the news wires, so without knowing the details of our players’ health, it’ll be interesting to see who DOES end up starting. Read the rest of this entry »