In the interests of generating conversation, here's my thoughts on the Chivas match. As a quick refresher, I'm overall fairly new to soccer. The first game I ever watched that didn't involve one of my kids was the 2010 home opener at the Linc. I was hooked at that point - came home and bought season tickets that very evening. And I've been learning ever since. So, with that out of the way, on to the match...
- Marfan seems to be a rare player who gets better the closer he gets to the goal line. His footwork in tight spaces is amazing. His assist Saturday evening reminded me a bit of one he had last year, from the left side, where he also faked a defender out of his jock strap and sent a pass into the goal mouth for an easy goal.
- I liked Adu's work on the goal, too. All year we've been crying about Union players taking too many touches. The backheel play there was perfect. I think if he turns, the defender or goalie gets to the ball.
- Adu looked dangerous most of the game.
- Gaddis again impressed me (ignoring the almost-header into his own net, of course).
- Williams goal was pretty; too bad it was offside. (And looked to be the right call.)
- Very un-Keon-like play there on the red. Don't know what he was thinking, but he just can't make that tackle and put his team down a man. Terrible play.
- Speaking of terrible play, Garfan's gotta know better too. I don't care how much Chivas was baiting him all night with rough stuff; when you're already down a man, you can't do anything to cause the ref to reach for the red. Although I am wondering how - after all was said and done there - Garfan was the only card out of the whole thing.
- I had no problem with either red card. Both plays looked reckless enough to me to warrant red. That said... the second red, I think, is at least a bit at the doing of the ref. The match was most definitely getting chippy at that point, and it's the ref's job to get things back under control. That doesn't excuse the dangerous tackle by Garfan, but (in my opinion) the ref could've done more to rein things back in before that.
- I'm not quite understanding why Nowak would choose to sub out Gomez for Okugo at that point of the game. I like Amobi, but I'd rather have Gomez on the field. Other than "Peter being Peter" is there any decent rationale for this move?
- I think Jack McInerney made a spectacular play near the end of the match. He might have been able to take the ball down the middle and get a shot on goal, or at worst a free kick. Instead he took the ball outside and completely killed the clock. Great team-first play, and I'm glad to see him thinking so well on the field.
- Pajoy disappoints me to this point in the season, even though I know that judging him is unfair given the way he's being used. I'd love to see what Pajoy can do with a partner at top.
- Congrats to MacMath on his club-record shutout streak. I'm sorry I doubted you - just a little bit - earlier this year, Zac.
- I really liked having the same lineup two weeks in a row. Too bad that streak will come to an end Saturday evening.
So, there's my thoughts. What did I get wrong? What did I overlook?