Sunday, October 16, 2005
Holy Cheetos
Today's game between the Metros and Chivas might well have been the most exciting regular season game in MLS history to have been broadcast on ESPN2. Usually we end up with horrible, boring games as the league's primetime advertisement but this time we got a must-win that either team could have won.

Wasn't the most technically beautiful encounter but, hey, when the ball hits teh woodwork four times and Tony Meola 2005 looks like Tony Meola circa 1994, sometimes it's just meant to be.

The thing that struck me in this game is how bad I expected the Metros to be this season.

Remember back at the beginning of the year when the Metros got the season underway? There was no way Djorkaeff would be any good, and even if he was he wouldn't last through the season. Abbe Ibrahim? Tim Ward? Zach Wells? Galvan Rey?

Even though Wells didn't stay as the starter, he held the team together early on. Galvan Rey played well enough not to be a huge punchline and the addition of Razov gives the Metros someone effective up top.

I think it's impressive that the Metros made the playoffs. And, even though Kansas City has done nothing to me personally, I'm glad they didn't make the playoffs. I just couldn't stand to see a playoff game with only 20 people in the stands this Saturday that wasn't televised.

Well, the playoffs are here. I, for one, am excited to get it started Friday night. Should be a good game!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way Zach Wells held this team together at the start of the season. He gave up a lot of poor goals, including 2 against KC in the second match of the season.

Everyone wrote this team off, but they battled, and they stayed there. If it wasn't for some mental mistakes, the Metros would have been on New England and DC's point levels.

8:15 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

That's being too selective.

What about his two penalty kick saves? Through June the Metros were 5-4-5. Not fantastic but in only five of those games did Zach give up more than one goal.

I think he did a pretty good job. I certainly wrote off Metro at the beginning of the season and I think they did a great job to battle back without the benefit of, say, a Colrado who had two extra games against Chivas and RSL. And, Metro got Chivas in las Rayadas first game with Palencia and Garcia.

That said, I don't think Metro had a shot of challenging the Revs and D.C. this year.

8:32 PM  
Blogger scaryice said...

Meola was an improvement over Zach, bottom line. Oh, and I emailed you about the BASAs.

2:45 AM  
Blogger maradawga said...

No doubt Meola has been an improvement as the season wore on, I'm just saying that Zach was a nobody at the beginning of the season and he acquitted himself well enough.

12:15 PM  
Blogger D said...

Dawg -- Much as I hate to credit any metro for anything, I agree with you here. Anonymous can point out that 2 goals against KC. I can remember him standing on his head against DC saving something like 20+ SOGs. He played acceptably, much better than anyone had a right to expect.

12:57 PM  
Blogger bdure said...

Wells played well, but Meola had a great second half against D.C. United in the game before this one.

I think Meola may have cost them a point or two when he first got back into the lineup. I was thinking at the time that they should pull the plug on the season and let the youngster play.

Still wondering where they'll go now that they're in the playoffs. But they managed to get even their cynical fans excited, and that's an accomplishment.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fish said...

In a game of Sunday's magnitude, Tony's experience clearly showed. He willed the team to victory. Could Wells have produced the same kind of performance? I agree with Beau that Tony cost the Metro a few points (1-0 loss at Columbus), but results are all that matters. Can't wait for Saturday.

2:14 PM  

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