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Superliga Matchday Two: New England-Santos Laguna

Second Half

After listening to Telefutura’s announcers spend the majority of the first half talking about Sven, the camera pans to him in the pressbox. Much like his time in England, the dreams and hopes of a football mad nation are on Mr. Eriksson. The last time he wasn’t quite up to the job. Has he learned anything this time around, or will he continue to be a great club manager who is somewhat lost at the international level? New Engalnd’s goal was a thing of beauty and quite frankly what we expected in our preview show: the speed of the Revs and the style of African football played by Nyassi, Mansally, and Dube is unlike anything most Mexican teams ever see. Not only the speed but the type of movements on the ball and the supporting runs. Kheli Dube knew where to be positioned for the cross and credit to Pat Phelan the former TFC man for the well sold dummie which seemed to freeze Oswaldo Sanchez for enough time to give Dube a chance to pick out the target and nail home the goal.

New England was outstanding in the second half. Yes they were a man up, but the style of play was dictated by them as was the pace of the match. A great start to the championship for the Revs and Steve Nicol.

First Half

A hideous looking turf surface, a first for Superliga. Santos looks lost early on because of the turf and New England started slow as well. I’m watching all of the Superliga matches in HD, which is a bonus of Telefutura except when subjected to a match on turf when I wish I didn’t have HD at all. The build up play was slow early in the match. Add that to a home crowd in Foxboro that is half asleep especially when compared with the ruckus atmosphere at RFK last night.

New England’s spacing much like the DC’s yesterday was poor. A lack of definition to the shape of the side is a typical trait of New England though and unlike United they seem able to cope with players bunched up and guys seemingly out of position. Chris Albright has been solid at the back for New England and Michael Parkhurst as expected has been a rock at the back for the Revs. Matt Reis’ save on Oribe Peralta was the highlight of the first half before Juan Pablo Rodriguez unfortunate sending off. That having been said the carrying on off the Santos players led by Mexican-American left footer Edgar Castillio was childish and beyond typical dissent. After that The Revs seemed to gain a spring in their step that should serve them well in half two.

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  1. Kartik

    July 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm


    I respectfully disagree. John’s opinions are always well reasoned although at times we do disagree. Here we disagree strongly.

    You and John both are entitled to your opinion which may bear out about New England. For me right now they are the MLS side looking most likely to make noise in this tournament.

    DC on the other hand seems to make the same mistakes the last few times they’ve played Mexican sides. Considering DC dominated the Copa Sudamericana matchup with Guadalajara last year at RFK I expected a great deal more from them Saturday night even without Gallardo.

    Chivas was game. They played about as well as they can but with salary and squad limitations plus no DP for a while and injuries to the likes of Galindo they are out gunned in this event.

  2. USA in 2010

    July 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Thought the Revs looked solid.

  3. LJ

    July 14, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Hey Kartik

    You and your colleague the Third Half to get on the same page. I quote:

    * I would assume Steve Nicol is not happy with how this first game went. Yes, they got the goal but beside Nyassi, I cannot think of a single bright spot on the pitch for New England. If it wasn’t for the stupidity of Juan Pablo Rodriguez, this game probably ends on a nil draw. Really New England had 3 decent scoring opportunities, the same amount Santos had as well.

    Yet you talk about how New England dominated the game and is off to a flying start. You laud individual players, literally half the new england team!

    How could two people watching the same match come to such a differing conclusion?

    For the record I agree with John. New England probably loses 1-0 if the guy isn’t red carded.

    You rip DC when they played much better than New England.

    You praise Chivas when Pachuca could have scored 5 goals if not for the new keeper.

    Are you losing it? I used to find your insight on the money until this weekend when you’ve misread three of the four superliga matches! Maybe that HD you have been talking about plays tricks on your eyes and you need to watch the matches through the lens your accustomed to.

  4. The Seven

    July 14, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I think everyone in the tournament cares about it at least from an MLS perspective. Money is one thing but the prestige the league currently lacks and could gain by winning here is a whole other thing worth fighting for.

  5. eplnfl

    July 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Did either of these teams really care about this match. Especially since the MLS teams gets nothing if they win!

  6. Larry Ro

    July 14, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Parkhurst for the USA!

  7. Torres

    July 14, 2008 at 12:22 am

    did u not claim santos was the best mexcican side in superliga? did they have a shot on goal after the reis save?

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