Here’s my final thought on the DC-Real Madrid match. Thank God it’s over.
FedEx Field is an awful place. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for the Meadowlands where the future World Cup final will likely end up rather than here.
I think the main point to take away from the match is one for Real fans, which is that the most dangerous player for Real and the one who made the most difference was not one of the flashy, new galacticos, it was Robben, part of the often-maligned Dutch faction at the club. Robben deserves to start for a club of Real’s stature, whether it can happen at Real where his stature (but not effectiveness) is dwarfed by Raul, Kaka, and Ronaldo, remains to be seen.
What, you want me to say something about DC United? There’s nothing to say. They weren’t embarrassed. Mission accomplished, I guess.