Sunday, July 20, 2008

Kansas City Wizards 3 - 3 Columbus Crew

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

Fan Favorites
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.

Everyone else
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).


  1. Saw the game again last night after reading your notes. Regarding the 1st goal for the Crew, Morsink has his back to the play since he's the post man and is taking the instructions from Hartman, therefore he can't be the guy on the ball; that job is for the forwards like Lopez or Arnaud or evwen Watson since he's the shortest guy on the field and not someone you want on the wall; still good play by Barros-S.

  2. You have a valid point, but I singled out Kurt for 2 reasons.

    He was already there hugging Scheletto and looking like he was the one that was keeping the shot from taking place. He stood there long enough that most of the other Wizards had already walked to their posts and then he walked away. He should have stayed long enough to get the official stop from the ref or at least make sure someone took over for him.

    The other reason is like I said, to me he is playing in place of Zavagnin and Kerry would have made sure that someone did it if he did not.

    I am not sure if there are official assignements for things like that but I think I will ask that question.

    Even with my thought that Kurt should have prevented it, others could have done so also.

    I do think Kurt has his best game with the Wizards so far.

  3. Good Point; but speaking only with college experience level, my keeper had his post guy and if he was on the field he was the guy to set the wall with the keeper; one thing he did do was make sure that if he was on the ball make sure someone took his spot when he went to start making the wall (Watson was nowhere to be seen on that play).
    I'd have to say that with so many young players CO might need to talk with Kevin and some of the players and figure out their positions on set pieces; example: Watson should have been on the ball for that shot and maybe not in the goal for the 3rd goal (maybe more towards marking the short play near the corner).
    Live and learn with a young team.

  4. I don't like the "Fan Favorites" "Hate" section. There are a couple people who post the same thing continuously, sometimes regardless of the facts. I've been a fan of Roger Espinoza's play if not his temper even before this game, and certainly don't hate Kurt Morsink.

    I'd just stick to player ratings (maybe with some sort of cumulative ranking so you can track who is continually underachieving), and not try to interpret the fans feelings based on one message board.

  5. I do understand your point about not using the word hate and that bigoccer is just a fan forum, and a limited number of people posting at that.

    Since a lot of the people that read this blog come from bigsoccer, I am trying to provide a bit of that counterpoint (maybe not well since I am not a great writer).

    I tried to point out that these players that are most consistently (fair or not) complained about on the that forum played well. Or at least 2 of 3 did.

    As for the format, I have not really found one consistent way to do reviews yet. I do not want to do them just like everyone else does. I will keep doing them in different ways until I find that way that feels right for me. If I wrote it today, it would have been in another form.

    Thank you for posting your comments.