I didn't do one for the Toronto game - I was mostly away from a PC that week - but now it's back in the saddle and all that. As always, just my observations. I like conversation, so if I'm way off base on anything, feel free to comment and tell me why.
- I need more McInerney. And more Martinez. Pajoy can ride the bench, as far as I'm concerned. It was great seeing M&M (and later, Hoffman and Hoppenot - H&H?) making runs and getting behind the defense. Of course, it would've been nice if one of them had finished, but I'll cut them all some slack for their first time with extended minutes.
- Sure seems to me that Carlos Valdes has reason to complain. At full speed, it sure didn't look like a penalty (and I haven't seen a replay of it). That said, just becuase it was a bad call doesn't mean the team gets to avoid playing defense on the ensuing free kick. Of course, the play looked to be offside from our vantage point. And it looked like the sideline ref and field ref couldn't agree about it.
- Does anybody know if Hamid's voice is now an octave higher?
- I loved Hackworth's first two moves off the bench. While I thought M&M played very well, neither is used to going a full 90 just yet, and getting young, fresh forwards out there really put some pressure on DC. But... I didn't like the third move. I would've preferred to see Torres come on for Adu - for much the same reason. Young, fresh legs to pull the strings on the attack. But I guess that's why Hack gets paid the big bucks to be the coach and I'm just a schlub on the internet posting thoughts...
- While the Valdez call was brutal, that isn't what lost the match. Not putting the ball in the net in the first half is what lost the match. They made things a bit too easy (relatively speaking) for Hamid.
- I think it's cute that MacMath and Valdez have matching headgear!
- On a personal note, thank you to Keon Daniel for coming over and signing an autograph for my daughter.
- Similarly, thanks to Chandler Hoffman for doing the same after the USOC match vs. Rochester.
- And on a final personal note, my daughter declared on the way to the match that she's no longer mad at McInerney for taking Le Toux's number. So she was happy to see him starting and playing energetic soccer.
- And I'll leave off with a question. If the Uniion are going to play a 4-3-3 (which seems to be what they've done since the match against the Pink Cows), why do they insist on announcing their starting lineup as a 4-4-2?
So there's my thoughts. As always, I'm happy to have discussions - especially if I can learn something from them. So, bring it on in the comments!