One my favorite recently discovered words is “pantsed.” As in, DC United absolutely pantsed the Galaxy today in front of nearly 36,000 and full network TV audience. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as player for player, United simply is superior in every position but Beckham’s and possibly in goal. Today we saw yet another case of DC’s attack simply being able to wear teams down and cover up for what are still glaring inadequacies in the backline.
I keep reaching for teams, in and out of soccer, that this United sort of compares to in talent and temperament. When you see performances like today, it’s hard not to think DC could win the title playing the kind of attacking soccer we saw today. That being said, can this kind of high-risk attacking stuff succeed deep into the playoffs and into cup finals? I don’t know, which is why the team the ’08 United team reminds of most is the “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams of a few years ago. United still does so much wrong. It still has huge problems in goal (though Wells was good today), they still have consistent breakdowns in front of goal, and yet… it’s possible to believe that United could score its way out of these problems. My other thoughts:
- DC’s defense, and especially Peralta, are still prone to about 2-4 total lunkhead breakdowns per match. I do believe that it will kill us in the playoffs, but for nowthe team is surviving and thriving despite it.
- Wells did absolutely everything needed to do today and I will give him full credit for it. You can’t fault him for the goal and he came up with a few spectacular saves today especially the tip while backing up from Landon’s shot.
- Gallardo played his best game yet in a United shirt, simply pulling all the strings in midfield while tracking back defensively as well. Anyone who is not on the Gallardo bandwagon by now is either blind, stupid, or a Brazilian.
- Yet again we’ve seen teams simply give up at RFK when that combination of adversity, DC’s attack, and traiditional DC weather all arrives at once. Landon clearly lost his head after being the recipient of an absolutely red card-worthy people’s elbow from Gallardo and never really was as effective again.
- Beckham did not have the fitness to move around the conditions presented. You can play that stationary role of spraying cultured passes from the center of the field, but especially in the second half, he completely isolated and useless on the wing while standing 30-40 yards away from play
- Ben Olsen – What can you say? Just seeing come on to the field will be one of the highlights of the season for many foDlks in DC. Hopefully we see a lot more of them from him.