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More Weekend Thoughts

  • A disappointing performance for DC United yesterday was made much worse yesterday by the outstanding performance of Christian Gomez and the goal scored by Facundo Erpen. Neither player would be in MLS if not for DC United’s superior scouting network, yet both players burned DC United on Sunday.
  • Scouting is something that DC United has shown it superiority to the rest of MLS through the years but player development is rapidly (no pun intended) becoming the province of Colorado. With consistently the best reserve side and a real youth academy setup, the Rapids under owner Stan Kroenke are using the European/Latin American model to cement the clubs fortunes longterm.
  • FC Dallas has issues once again with Kenny Cooper playing too wide and the team itself trying to make one pass too many. San Jose may be an expansion team but that is not going to work against a team built from the back like the Quakes.
  • Dave Van Den Bergh showed his quality and usefulness again on Thursday Night. Leave it to a top manager like Juan Carlos Osorio to find a role for him that Bruce Arena couldn’t.
  • I’ve seen some reports about the behavior of the Toronto FC fans on Thursday night. Some praise them as the best fans in MLS. Others as potential hooligans. While I’m cautious about both views, I’ve interviewed previously and maintain an ongoing conversation with Dougie Brimson who is quoted in the second story. Brimson is the author of many books about the subject most notably March of the Hooligans. In the very near future we will have him on the American Soccer Show to discuss these issues.
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  1. Brian

    May 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Here’s a little something from the University of Houston Police blotter:

    08-518 – Riot/Disorderly Conduct/Aggravated Assault – 5/3/08 9:42 p.m. – Entrance 11 – Edmund – Several visitors, attending the Houston Dynamo game, were involved in a riot. The visitors were fans of both playing teams. While attempting to break up the riot, it was found that one individual was stabbed in the back by an unknown individual. During the course of the investigation, four individuals were also issued Harris County citations for Disorderly Conduct. The incident occurred at 9:42 p.m. 5/3/08.

    Seems the UHPD has a broad definition for “riot.”

  2. Football Detective

    May 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    DC seems to have stopped developing American talent once the Virginia (and Arena) connection dried up.

    They’ve scapegoated Erpen, Boswell and other defenders in past seasons but now we see their defensive problems run deeper.

  3. Papa

    May 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I am no fan of Colorado, but I am impressed with what they seem to be doing with their youth development. That far more impresses me than DC’s ability to bring in quality foreign talent (not to take away from that ability, because they are great at it–usually–and it is impressive). It helps raise the overall quality of the league and that is important.

    I love DC, but would much prefer to see them make some real strides towards American player development. I feel like developing the American game will lead to the greatest success for the sport in the the future. Our league will steadily grow, because I think the guys over at MLS are doing a good job for the most part, but I really believe that it will take some real strides in improving our National Team before this league will be taken seriously from both inside and outside the U.S.

  4. Liverpool John

    May 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    United is nothing short of disgusting right now.

    Franco Neil serves no purpose.

    Gallardo is slow and old.

    Perlata is terrible.

    And we gave up Gomez, the best player in the league.


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