Saturday, May 27, 2006
Great to be an American soccer fan...
Sorry for my protracted absence. I know you were chomping at the bit for more second-hand analysis ... so I return to give it to you.

One of the few great things about being an American soccer fan, with its derth of coverage and lack of mass-communication is that you can, as I did, DVR the American national team's game and not have to worry about running into the score before you get a chance to watch it later that night.

Impressive, to say the least.

As for teh game, I was greatly surprised that we didn't give up a goal. It was an exciting, entertaining affair in which we should have posted 7 or 8 on the scoreboard but the two we got were nice. It almost looked like a glorified MLS match. Except for the 30,000 in the stands. Cleveland rocks, indeed.

A glorified MLS match, sure, but one thing stood out above all others: Who's this Bobby Convey kid anyway and how can he possibly not be starting on the left side of whatever formation Los Americanos throw out there on June 12. He was Dick Vitale-awesome on Friday night. Super, scintillating, sensational.

I love Bones but in no way should he be starting ahead of Convey right now. The only downside to Convey's workrate is he's blown his load by the 65th minute and he's got to come out. Not bad to put a guy like DMB in behind him, though.

D.C. United alumni continuing to make us proud. It's nice to know that Freddy Adu the previous can lay the groundwork for what's possible with Freddy Adu the present.