By Chris Reiko
Running back scoring in MLS, Qwest Field is not good for Sounders FC, Stefan Frei connection with Switzerland World Cup team. Sharlie Joseph hidden comeback, Kheli Dube waiting for orders, arguing Ljungberg and Zakuani, who is happy with finishing by Oduro, and lots of dancing by Player of the Week Emilio Renteria in MLS Alphabet – Week 9. Enjoy.
A – Absurd of the week – Seattle home field advantage does not exist – said Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid. “He told us we’ve got to have more pride,” Zakuani said. “We can’t have teams coming in here expecting to win. Teams can’t come here thinking this is an easy place to pick up points, but we’re on the verge of making it like that. We’ve got to stop that. He told us some harsh truths.” TRUE, lately visiting teams have been playing very well at Qwest Field. Is this beginning of the campaign for a grass field in Seattle? Sounders you had better be quick if this is the case, because a few more loses at home may result in missing playoffs in November.
B – Barrett, Chad – Toronto FC striker, he scored game winner against Revolution, but “The Biggest Loser” is the Reality Show that he’d most like to appear on. To improving his effectiveness in the box, I will suggest that he get associated with a reality show with at least a different name. “I think Chad has been working hard. It’s up to him how far he wants to go,” TFC’s coach Preki told reporters after Saturday’s game. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t go to “The Biggest Loser” show 🙂
C – Cruz, Danny – Houston Dynamo midfielder. Just 20 years old, Cruz had solid game and first MLS goal against United, but his speed is not a surprise. Believe it or not, he almost become an NFL running back. Cruz began playing soccer as a freshman as an offseason conditioning program for American football … Lettered three years in American football and was an all-region running back as a freshman.
D – Dynamo beat D.C. United two-nothing, and United were lucky to get nothing, cause for that kind of game they should be charged by MLS minus 3 points J
E – Espindola, Fabian – Real Salt Lake midfielder. When everybody on the field was about ready to settle for a draw on the road against Chivas USA, his speed was used to score game winner and take 3 points to Utah.
F – Frei, Stefan – Toronto FC goalkeeper.
Saving Kheli Dube’s shot with his face must wake him up, because he was sharp to the end of the match. Great game by the 24 yr old goalie, originally from the very clean country of Switzerland. During the World Cup he is going to root for the Swiss team where his cousin, forward Alexander Frei, is a key player and a captain of Switzerland.
G – Goose bumps in Seattle. “During the national anthem I was getting goose bumps,” San Jose’s goal scorer Chris Wondolowski said. “Looking around, listening to the crowd, it was unreal. It made me want to come out firing. I think that first 20 minutes, their crowd really helped us.” Yeah, but goose bumps didn’t bother Wondoful Wondo when he scored game winner in 11th minute.
H – Houston fans they are lucky. Despite injuries and World Cup calls, they have already 16 points, great coach, great team, and great MLS All-Star game vs Manchester United in July. What a good reason to move to Houston and weather is a little better than in D.C. too.
I – Iro, Andy – Columbus Crew defender has been a big fan of Juventus FC from Torino since he was a little boy. His Italian powerhouse side that he is rooting for, had big problem scoring against New York team on Sunday, but he actually scored against Red Bulls on Thursday. His favorite video game is “Winning Eleven.” He already scored 2 goals as defender this season and he is in Winning Eleven from Columbus, so this video game could be good solution for some other MLS defenders.
J – Joseph, Shalrie – welcome back big fellow. Question is why Revs been hiding his comeback right to prior game? Together with coach Steve Nicol and all Revolution fans I am glad to see him back. His place is definitely on the pitch, few games will do as good as any rehab. Against Toronto, he had trouble asserting himself as he usually does, but his teammates were forgiving under the circumstances. “He’s rusty,” his teammate Phelan said. “We can’t expect him to step right back in and lead the team to victory. We shot ourselves in the foot today. That’s not Shalrie’s fault.” Joseph’s return, regardless of Saturday’s result or the present winless streak, which now stands at seven games, “is only going to benefit us,” Phelan said.
K- Kheli Dube, Revolution forward for shot right on the Toronto keeper face. I wonder if we ask him to repeat that shot on some of the referees. Can do it? If you have in mind any candidate for a Kheli Dube “special” please comment below.
L- Ljungberg, Freddie – Sounders star midfielder.
As always instead focusing on creating scoring chances Ljungberg often argued with the officials during the match against San Jose. He picked up the ball and spiked it in frustration at one point. He tugged on his jersey and berated the referee’s assistant then gave some to referee Alex Prus. “If throwing his hands up motivates him and makes him work harder, it’s not an issue,” Schmid said. “But if arguing with the referee takes away from time that you could be helping the team than it is an issue,” added Sounders coach. Sigi is right.
MY MESSAGE TO FREDDIE: Freddie, MLS is still a growing league and for your salary of 1.3 million we expect a professional star like you self to manage your emotions. We all know how good you are and that you can do a little more for his team than diving and arguing with the refs. If you could use the same energy and creativity, when focusing on passing and creating scoring chances, it may help Sounders too.
M- Magee, Mike – Galaxy midfielder / forward scored his first goal of the year in the 17th minute on an easy finish. Is very hard to make to Galaxy roster, but 25 yr old Magee is still there.
N – Nicol, Steve – Revolution coach for his postgame quote “We’re mad at the moment because we just lost the game, but we’re not dumb enough to think we’re just going to mosey on and win the next one,’’ Nicol said. “We’ll win the next one if we pass the ball better — that’s the key. When we passed it, on the occasion that we did pass it properly, we looked like a football team. But when we don’t then we don’t look good. “Just generally, we just have to be better, start to finish. If we had the ball 100 times, then we passed it properly 10 times — that’s not a good ratio – said coach Nicol.
O – Oduro, Dominic – Dynamo forward scored beautiful goal and had few chances. Overall very impressive game by 24 Ghanaian forward . They are saying in MLS that if he can finish his chances he will be playing in Europe long time ago. Besides opposing teams, his girlfriend is the only person happy when he is not finishing.
P – Preki – Toronto FC coach for a quote “Sometimes it’s not really pretty, but I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty.” Did TFC ever played pretty, or have I missed something? Good coaching again by Preki, Toronto played without Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman, but managed to win. Of the 11 goals Toronto FC had scored in Major League Soccer outings this season entering Saturday’s game, De Rosario had scored six and set up another three. Thanks to Preki magic tricks, they can win even without DeRo.
Q- Qwest Field – Sounders FC stadium “I think every team comes in here and is excited to play here,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “It’s different for them. This is not the atmosphere they have at home. For them, it’s a thrilling, exciting experience that sometimes works against us.”
How did this happen? How could the best soccer experience in the country turn toxic for the home team? How could all this noise, enthusiasm and passion work against the Sounders?
“Because of the crowd and the expectation of how they play, you maybe get a little anxious when there’s 35,000 people willing you on to score,” said San Jose coach Frank Yallop. “You get maybe a little anxious in front of the goal.”
Unbelievable, I am just waiting for Sigi’s request to play rest of the games away from Seattle. Btw, what about opinion from those 36 000+ great fans? I wonder what they think about it? I just can’t believe, Sounders are about to start complaining about their own crowd?
R-Renteria, Emilio – Columbus Crew forward. Venezuelan international striker scored twice in his last 2 games and automatically became player of the week. Both goals are very important, but the one in Kansas City was the decider. “The difference is that now I am playing,” Renteria said of his transition from a confused bench-warmer last August to game-changing scorer. “I like it. I can face the goal. I will keep learning more and working hard so I can dance more on the field.” I can see more dancing coming from Renteria this season.
S – Scheduling and to be exactly MLS scheduling. At least yellow if not red card should be given to the person or department responsible for scheduling Sounders vs Earthquakes game in Seattle. This game was scheduled almost at the same time as biggest game on the planet, the UEFA Champions League final from Madrid. Credit to Seattle fans, almost 36,000 have chosen to watch coach Frank Yallop and forward Chris Wondolowski live on Quest Field instead of Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho and Diego Milito on LIVE TV.
T – Tony Tchani – just 21 years old Red Bulls midfielder from Cameroon scored his first MLS goal, and he scored against currently MLS best team Crew on Thursday. 1st round and 2nd overall 2010 MLS SuperDraft pick has already 6 games and making progress every time he is on the field.
U – United for a minute they had really a great chance to win in Houston, but then the game started
V –Vermes, Peter – Kansas City Wizards coach is sitting on very warm seat. After winning the first 2 games of the season, all the sudden Wizards forgot their winning formula. Last time they won was on April 10 and looks like their next win might happen not sooner than June 10, 2010. Wizards are ahead of 2 difficult road games this Saturday at RSL and week later at BMO Field in Toronto. On June 10 they host friendly Philadelphia.
W- Warzycha, Robert – Columbus Crew coach.
Getting 6 points in 2 games is nothing really new for the Crew, but this time they did on the road and with many absences from the roster. That is an occasion when coaches are building their names. Warzycha earned credit and big time respect all over the league. With two key players Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall called for the World Cup, at least 2 injured, with suspended playmaker Guillermo Barros Schelotto he went with his team, sent his young lineup on the pitch and comfortably beat the Red Bulls, 3-1, at their home. Three days later in Kansas City Warzycha and Crew impressed again and got the win over Wizards. “We want to play attractive, unbelievable soccer,” Warzycha said. “But sometimes that’s not effective. We’re scoring goals. I can’t complain.”
X – How many red cards did refs show last weekend ? None, zero. We are making progress in discipline great job.
Y- Yallop, Frank – Earthquakes coach. His excellent job on keeping winning spirit and smart roster management keeps San Jose’s winning streak. Thanks to Frank’s strategy, Earthquakes look like playoff team again.
Z- Zakuani Steve – Sounders striker keeps talking without scoring. “It’s the same story,” Steve Zakuani said. “We create chances, but we’re not scoring. Something has to change, but I don’t know what it is.” Steve, are you talking about change? If you don’t start scoring instead talking next thing Sigi will change, would be the forwards.
Who would you add to this week MLS Alphabet, any suggestions? – please comment below
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