Saturday, September 22, 2007

Crappy Day For A Game

I'm in Salt Lake City for the Real Salt Lake - Colorado Rapids game in just a few hours. It's raining out with a 50% chance of rain throughout the rest of the evening. It's in the mid 60s so not too bad but not too great. Going into this game with the Rapids injuries I had a feeling they'd play it safe and try to grind out a draw. Wait, let me phrase that more optimistically, I had a feeling going into this game the Rapids would approach the game cautiously, make sure their opponents didn't score and choose when to go forward wisely....

....ya, that just doesn't work. I thought Clavijo's approach in this game would be to not risk a loss. And with this rain on the turf I suspect it's going to be all the more likely that this is going to be a long boring match with a moment or three when tempers boil over a bit. So it goes.

Friday, September 21, 2007

World's Best Goalkeeper?

Who do you think is the best goalkeeper in the world right now? Who At All The Pies is taking you vote. Let them know who you think it should be.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oct. 7 Double Header

Thanks to FC Rocky for reminding us of the double header for the Rapids on October 7th. LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN: The Rapids Reserves will face the Toronto FC Reserves on Oct. 7 on the back end of a doubleheader with the first team at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Fans holding tickets to the Rapids game will be able to stay for free for the reserve game. The Rapids tried this before, but the visiting team canceled. FC Rocky was very disappointed. So this is a welcome defelopment.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Amazing Accuracy

If you haven't already seen it, check out the 3rd goal. It's a 50 yard pass by Dani Alaves that goes exactly where it needs to go for Kanoute to put it away for Sevilla's third goal. It is an absolutely stunning display of accuracy on part of both players.

Mourinho Leaves Chelsea But....

As you know, Mourinho has left Chelsea. The question is, as Who Ate All the Pies points out, did he leave on his own accord or did Abramovich give him the boot? I wouldn't be surprised if Mourinho finally said enough is enough. It's been clear that a couple transfer windows that Chelsea hasn't been buying the type of players that Mourinho needs for his vision of the team.

What do you think? Did he leave on his own? Or is this own of those "mutual agreement" firings?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Thunder To MLS Follow-Up

Last week I mentioned that the word on the street was the Minnesota Thunder were about to get new owners [props to Throughball for flaggin' it; and props to the usual MN folks, too]. The change in ownership still isn't official nor is it clear that the owners, if the deal goes through, can get the team a new stadium built in 2 years plus get the team into the MLS. But seeing it mentioned again, this time by the Twin Cities publication City Pages, helps one stay hopeful.

Dario Sala's Cousin?

Is this Dario Sala's cousin in goal? No, but the guy who decked the GK and started a huge brawl in the Venezuela - Panama "friendly" just might be.