WASHINGTON — The idea of building a team around a strong spine won’t win any points for originality. But if executed properly, it almost always brings results.
It doesn’t take much for D.C. United supporters to turn misty-eyed and nostalgic about their club’s effective central partnerships of the past, with names like Etcheverry, Harkes, Williams, Olsen and Gomez mentioned readily and reverentially.
As the United States national team's blog points out, all 18 players on Saturday's game day roster are based in Europe. (Brek Shea and Heath Pearce, the only two representatives from Major League Soccer, will join the squad in Philadelphia after their club match over the weekend.)
No, not much changed this week in the MLS Power Rankings. RSL are still on top by our count. But would an FC Dallas win over Colorado next weekend change our tune? Perhaps. Or maybe RBNY-RSL matchup at Red Bull Arena this week could be the one to send shockwaves through the rankings.
WASHINGTON – Jaime Moreno en la cara de D.C. United, el capitán del club, su vocero y uno de los últimos lazos que quedan del brillante pasado del equipo.
Sin embargo, también está en el banquillo del último equipo de la MLS a menos de un mes de la culminación de su carrera en United, lo cual es una difícil realidad que golpea su instinto competitivo, especialmente a sus 36 años.
WASHINGTON -- Jaime Moreno is the living embodiment of D.C. United, the club’s captain, elder statesman and one of the last remaining links to the club’s brilliant past.
However, he’s also stuck on the bench of a last-place team with less than a month left in his United career, a harsh reality that chafes his competitive instincts even – perhaps especially – at age 36.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once called this time of year “squeaky bum time.” And there were some squeaky bum matches in MLS this weekend, no?
D.C. United made one goal hold up—finally—against the Colorado Rapids, reigning MLS champions Real Salt Lake won another game on a late header, and the 10-man LA Galaxy managed to pull out the 2-1 over Chivas USA in the SuperClásico.
Most goal-scorers explode into life after they find the net – leaps, fist pumps, racing away to celebrate with fans, perhaps even performing a few dance moves.
But there was nothing of the sort from Danny Allsopp at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night.
When the big striker scooped the ball into the net to hand D.C. United a hard-earned lead over the Colorado Rapids just before halftime, it represented a major breakthrough for him and his team. However, he simply turned and walked back towards the center circle as his teammates arrived to congratulate him.
MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 1, COLORADO RAPIDS 0
Si hay algo bueno que tiene la MLS,
es la paridad de la liga, el hecho de que cualquier equipo le puede ganar a
cualquiera en un momento determinado, sin importar lo que diga la tabla de posiciones.
Esto volvió a quedar demostrado la
noche del sábado en el Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, donde el colista D.C. United
venció a domicilio por 1-0 a los Rapids, discutiblemente el mejor equipo del
momento y, salvo una debacle de proporciones épicas, uno de los ocho
clasificados a la Liguilla.