I have been extremely busy since game time so this is the first chance I have had to give my take. Been to birthday parties, rehearsals, traveled to every corner of the city, took non-soccer related photos, dealt with WAY too many rude people and worked on expanding some horizons. Sorry this is so late…
The Wizards do not seem capable of playing an entire 90 minutes. I think it is approximately 75 minutes for most games. They just seem to fall apart for 15 minutes or so. Sometimes it is the beginning of the game like the 6/14 embarrassment or the very end of the game like July 4th in Dallas. To be fair that was a great goal by a desperate team.
On Thursday it was a 12 minute 3 goal span that took the Wizards from riding the 2 goal advantage to being down by 1.
The first goal scored by Scheletto just should not have happened that way. It was a nice shot and may have been a hard save for Kevin, but give him a chance and don’t let him shoot while Kevin is setting the wall. Who the heck was supposed to be that annoying stand over the ball and tick off the other team guy? If I was on the field it would be me because I annoy a lot of people. If Kerry Zavagnin had been there I am sure he would not have let them take that cheap shot. Kurt, if you are going to play in Kerry’s place, then you need to play as smart as he would.
The second yellow goal was another mental lapse. Scheletto throws in to Rogers who gives it back while Jack Jewsbury watches from several steps away. Jack can not close in fast enough to prevent the pass to Moreno who manages to get it past the scrambling Kevin Hartman. Michael Harrington try a slide tackle on Moreno and may have actually touched the ball into the net himself but I won’t point that out to the official scorers (I am probably wrong anyway). Conrad and Hohlbein were of no help either.
The Crew’s third goal, I will lay the guilt for that one square on Jimmy’s shoulders. He knows better, he is a better player than that. Marshall made a nice header that Kevin had little to no chance of saving.
3 goals and 12 minutes; that is all it took to go from the high to the low.
Now, on the bright side, the team did not give up after that. They settled down and while Hartman still need to make a few really good saves, overall they tended to get the better run of play.
The re-emergence of the Wolff.
Man it was good to see a forward that actually knew how to run to space. We haven’t really had that since, oh, I don’t know. Since Josh Wolff? I know if Eddie had that ability with his speed he could have scored twice as much. Sealy did not seem to have that ability on a regular basis.
The guys fans love to hate (at least on BigSoccer)
Kurt Morsink – Great game, well at least a very good game. Kurt played a good defensive mid and that allowed him to contribute to the attack. He had some part to play in each goal KC scored.
Roger “the Red” Espinoza – He didn’t hit anybody. Instead he hurt them with his play and scored a beautiful goal from his slashing run. Best game yet.
Ryan Pore – Sorry Ryan. I don’t think you played badly, but you didn’t help your case like Kurt and Roger
Jimmy Conrad - Could have been a little better this time out Jimmy. Still loved…
Kevin Hartman – A little unusual when you can tell a goalie good game after giving up 3 goals, but Kevin is not your usual keeper. I will not blame him for goals (maybe a little on the first one).
Claudio Lopez – Looked good most of the time, I think I still like you in midfield.
Davy Arnaud – Good showing by Davy, prefer him in right mid feeding Josh.
Kerry Zavagnin – Always plays smart, wish we could see more of you.
Jack Jewsbury – Good game offensively but not so great defensively. Should have 3 assists.
Michael Harrington – Not Michael’s best game. Needed a sub at end of game but did not get one.
Aaron Hohlbein – Nothing stands out which is good. Part of the defense so at least a little guilty by association.
Lance Watson – Lance was the surprise move by coach to catch the Crew off guard,
Sascha Victorine – Been so close to scoring the last couple of games and came so close but Frankie beat him to it.
Josh Wolff – Good showing, keeps up the tradition of scoring in the first appearance for Wizards forwards (Wizardscharter approved).