I didn’t really have anything much to say in the wake of the loss to L.A., and since sunshine is on some kind of hush hush assignment down near the equator nothing got said. The match was hard for me to watch. The absence of Darlington Nagbe had a profoundly negative effect on our ability to transition the ball out of defense. We lacked pace and this allowed the Gals to smother us in midfield. By the end of the first half it really looked to me as if the end result was a foregone conclusion. We’re playing better than we were a couple of months ago, but we’re still a ways away from being the kind of side with serious pretensions to compete. More on that a bit later.
In more recent news, I am pleased to say that the MLS All-Star Game was just about the most entertaining iteration of this fixture that I have ever seen. Not surprisingly, Portland put on a top notch event. Also not surprisingly, Clint Dempsey got booed during the playing introductions. Too right. I’d boo that guy at his own funeral if they held it in Portland.... Read More →