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 – no Dynamo =(

25 08 2008

So there was the lovely Dynamo 4-0 win against Chivas on Wednesday, followed by the ugly 3-0 defeat against the Red Bulls on Saturday. And Jeff and I have both had to work really hard the past week – so few posts. In short, the week started out good and ended crappy. So to cheer myself up, I decided to watch the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week nominees and vote, even though no Dynamo made the cut. See, I can support other players from other teams… Read the rest of this entry »





Ivan Guerrero: Anti-Quakes and Fire? Or Just Pro-United?

1 08 2008

No, I’m not talking about the natural disasters (of course he is anti-disasters, right?), but the San Jose Earthquakes and the Chicago Fire. Our friends over at Behind the Badge posted a lovely introductory video of Ivan Guerrero (below). He talks about how it is difficult to only practice one day with a team before playing in a game with them, but that he’s a professional and is ready to play. Great! I can get behind professionalism. When asked about the trade from San Jose to DC, his response: For me, [DC United] is the best team in the league. Yes, that is DC United who currently sits 11 points off the lead in the East (admittedly 7 points above former team San Jose), has lost their last 4 games, and currently has a losing record for the season in MLS play. But evidently, San Jose can suck it (my editorial comments, not the comments of Ivan Guerrero). Read the rest of this entry »





BREAKING: Blanco suspended for 2 yrs from US Open Cup

30 07 2008

The US Soccer Federation adjudication and discipline panel has ruled that the Chicago Fire’s DP and leading man, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, has been banned for 2 years from US Open Cup play as punishment for his conduct at the July 8 quarterfinal game. More details below…

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A Win for the Dynamo, A Win for the Internet

24 07 2008

It was a late night for Dynamo fan, an even later night for DC United fans in attendance, but it all had a glorious outcome.  The Dynamo won a 2-nil game because of a brilliant goal from Brian Mullan in the first half an additional goal from some other player in the second half.  However, nearly three hours seperated the first and second halves with torrential downpours separating the two. As confusing as this was to those of us watching at home on TV in Houston (thanks much to the blog over at The Chron for keeping us posted; we’d have been lost without you), it had to be really bad for the DC United fans who waited it out in the stadium.  Rumors that that select DC United players provided hand-jobs of appreciation to the fans who DID stay for the entire game now seem to disappointingly unsubstantiated. The win is nice for the Dynamo becasue it puts tied for second place in our conference, which is nice for the Dynamo but highlights the startling difference between the Easter and Western Conferences this season.  …And we’re not THAT far away from these numbers mattering; but we’re not there yet.  For a wrap on the game, the score and a run-down of the numbers, I’ll refer you to Forever Orange’s post.

 

However, the greater victory of the night, which can only be called magnanimous, belongs to the internet.  After rehearsing in other platforms and applications, the authors of No Hands Ball have decided on the blog’s home: WordPress.  Both authors are registered, ready to go, and the content being generated in the final days before going live and public is the real deal folks. Will this be noted in history as the moment that changed EVERYTHING? Yeah, pants down, no question about it.





Waiting on the Rain

24 07 2008

It’s raining in D.C. and the twice postponed MLS Dynamo-D.C. United game is in jeopardy of being called. My coauthor, a rules expert, says the game can be called at the and the 1-0 Dynamo lead would stand as the final score.