Monday, October 24, 2005
Peter Nowak is killing D.C. United
Cheers to the Metros for making my prediction of a Metros - United Eastern Conference Championship at least possible, if not likely.

Jeers to Brian Hall for, well, that entire game. And how is that not a goal?

Cheers to Landon. Welcome back to MLS. I hate it but the best thing for MLS is a Los Angeles - D.C. United MLS Cup. Landon vs. Freddy. Oh, and thanks Landon for speaking out on the playoff structure.

"To be honest, it sucks because they have been, far and away, the best team this season, and what's their reward? A two-game series," Donovan said. "Fortunately and unfortunately, that's what our league is. You don't get rewarded for playing well for 32 games. You get rewarded for playing well in four. You pick and choose your moments.
Good points all around.

But here's my main point: Peter Nowak is killing MLS's only 'superclub' before they got a chance to be a dominant force. The DCenters has a great take on all of this but I'm not partial to D.C. so I don't mind picking sides.

Peter Nowak is wrong.

Sure, he's a great player. Would he make a good gridiron coach? Probably. But he is handling this situation entirely incorrectly.

The primary job of a coach is to win games. Without Freddy, D.C. United did not win on Friday (and should have lost ... thanks, Brian). And with this distraction looming over los capitalinos heads for the next week, when it easily could have been put to bed last week, Peter is jeopardizing D.C. United's chance at a fifth MLS Cup championship.

D says:
Piotr doesn't want Freddy to think he's above the team. I'm fine with this.
Well, guess what, Peter? You're making him bigger than the team. By dragging this out, singling out Freddy and requiring him to apologize, you're making this issue bigger than the team when you should be rallying your team to the cause of winning.

If you don't fix it soon, this Freddy mess will sort itself out. And you can see him four times next year when he's wearing the other team's colors.


Blogger Tacologic said...

Brian Hall is a joke. I wish ther media would fillet him over the call.

12:13 PM  
Blogger D said...

1) I agree on Brian Hall. But let me say that checking the replay, the whistle goes before the ball reaches the box. If it doesn't blow, maybe somebody doesn't drop their marking (since I saw hands going up as soon as the whistle went off).

2) I think we agree on pretty much everything except the precise amount of blame to put on Piotr. But I do agree that Piotr has elevated this way, way beyond where it should be.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Nowak turned around an awful DC United club and instilled in them the discipline to win the championship in his first year as coach. He has the club in good position to win their FIFTH cup in 10 years. (How many trophies have you won, Metros, Metros?...)

I will accept an argument that Nowak is stunting Freddy's career, although I may disagree. But "Nowak is klling DC United"???

Come on, 'dawg.

2:03 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

I say it's fair that Nowak turned United around, got them hot at the end of last year, and pushed them to a title.

Much to write home about, sure (and at least we're still in this year's Cup tournament).

That said, United has a chance to become MLS' first super club, but in order to do that, they've got to not look like a bunch of inflexible hardasses that will make them look bush league in the rest of the world's eyes.

Now, I know in MLS we care a lot about how the rest of the world see us (hence the ChampionsWorld-style games this summer and the Real Madrid debacle) so, as much as I'm not the biggest fan of United, I'm glad to see them become the Yankees of MLS.

But as long as Nowak's being, well, Nowak, and all the world sees is him and United smacking around a 16-year-old kid, then los capitalinos won't make that leap.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddy scored one goal against eastern conference opponents this season, and that was Columbus. He's really that good.

7:55 AM  

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