Friday, July 21, 2006

Huge Game



Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Toyota Park.

DC United is running away with the best record in MLS. The Fire needs a win badly to help its playoff chances. Any Fire fans out there who have been ambivalent about actually heading out to a game, well, this is one to go to. Come on out. Be loud.

11 Comments:

Blogger Bill-DC said...

There are around 30 members of D.C. United's supporters group, Screaming Eagles flying up tomorrow.

Normally I'd make this trip and I did from '98-01 but with a little one here, stuff like road trips are a thing of the past for the time being.

This is a HUGE game for DC. One, they still have last year's 4-0 playoff ass kicking by the Fire at RFK in their heads and two, I think the Fire are a decent team and a good test for DCU, especially in the Fire's new digs.

Enjoy it. I wish I could make it.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tottito10 said...

I’m guessing your “hiatus” had something to do with not being able to find the words to explain Italy’s success against Germany and France, but that’s just a guess and I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, I’m just now getting a chance to respond to your typically lame statements about Italy on your July 10 post. Here are three quotes of yours and my questions to you following each quote.

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QUOTE 1: “They dove and feigned injury more than anyone other than Portugal…”

QUESTION 1: What do you have to say about France? They scored a combined total of two goals in the semi-final and final rounds. Both goals came off of dives that led to penalties. I can’t wait to see your response to this.

QUOTE 2: “Before the semifinal with Germany, the Italians sent FIFA the videotape of Torsten Frings putting his hand to the face of an Argentine player, which in turn had Frings, one of Germany's most important players, suspended from the match with Italy.”

QUESTION 2: When will you be making a correction to this statement? Not only was that tape being played all over German television (in addition to Italian television) prior to the suspension, it has also been accepted by all (except you, apparently) that the Italian federation was not responsible for Frings’ suspension.

QUOTE 3: “In the final, Materazzi coaxed Zinedine Zidane's now infamous head butt by allegedly calling him a "terrorist", or some other equaly racist slur. Gee, racist taunts coming from an Italian. I'm shocked. (No, I'm not.)”

QUESTION 3: Again, when is the correction to this ugly, dirty, ignorant, stupid statement going to be made? Zidane has officially confirmed that MM’s statements had nothing to do with race or terrorism.

Anxiously awaiting your response...

11:22 PM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

tottito: I don't thing UK was out two weeks because he was worried about what he posted here and what you think. Your little nation won so just enjoy your title. About time your team won a PK shootout anyway.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

Ok, that said here are the line ups for tonight's game:

DC:
GK-Perkins
D-Namoff
D-Boswell
D-Erpen
MF-Olsen
MF-Simms
MF-Carroll
MF-Gomez
MF-Gros
F-Adu
F-Moreno

No Eskandarian, who has six goals. He missed last week due to a red card and United didn't miss a beat, beating the Crew 3-2. Erpen had a couple defensive lapses last week. Hopefully he's recovered. Olsen's been playing well of late since his return from National team duty.

Fire
GK-Thornton
D-Robinson
D-CJ Brown
D-Segares
MF-Guerrero
MF-Pause
MF-Gutierrez
MF-Thiago
MF-Mapp
F-Herron
F-Jaqua

Don't know what's going on with them but they are clearly a lot better than their 5-7-5 record indicates. I guess opening and playing what, eight straight road games has a lot to do with that.

Like I said earlier, United will be fired up as they still have 4-0 in the back of their minds. It will be a great game. UK, hopefully you can make it out there.

7:29 AM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Thanks for the preview. I'll be heading out to the game in a few hours. Should be fun.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Tottito10 said...

Bill-DC,

"Your little nation won so just enjoy your title."

Little nation? That's a really weird thing to say... not prejudice like U.C., but very weird.


"About time your team won a PK shootout anyway."

Soccer fans know that Italy won its last shootout prior to the France match. They beat Holland in a shootout in the Euro 200 semi-final. They made all four PK's they attempted. If you add the five from a couple weeks ago, that's 9 in a row they've made.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

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2:37 PM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

Admit it, Italy cheated against Australia with a nice dive that got them a PK. That was utter garbage. Let's hear your thoughts on that match fixing scandal? That's big time messed up.

Enjoy the tainted title though. I will be watching your little nation and hope they get their clocks cleaned in Euro 2008.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Tottito10 said...

Bill-DC,

I had previously suspected that your knowledge of soccer was restricted to the MLS and the U.S. national team levels... your last post has confrimed my suspicion. I can't decide if your comment was an example of pure soccer comedy or pure soccer ignorance. Perhaps I'll decide by this post's conclusion. Let me take a wild guess: You are one of those people who actually thought the U.S.' world ranking prior to the World Cup was legitimate.

Anyway, to your question...

What do I think of the match-fixing scandal? I think it's shameful... absolutely terrible. I hope the guilty parties pay the appropriate penalties and fines. However, since you consitently need to be informed of important facts, it's important to point out that the scandal has nothing to do with any players in Italy or from Italy. It has to do with old, rich, cheating men who probably never put on a uniform once in their lives. But again, just so I'm clear, I think the scandal is awful. Anyone knowingly involved in the scandal should be banned forever in my opinion. If this happens, Italian soccer will only become stronger in the end.

Here's another piece of information you appear to be lacking: the scandal in Serie A has nothing to do with the Italian national team. I thought even the casual observer was aware of this, but apparently I was wrong. So just to clarify, Serie A and the Italian national team are two completely different things. How you think Italy's title is tainted is beyond me. I doubt even U.C. agrees with that non-sense. That, clearly, was a display of pure soccer ignorance. I still haven't decided on the previous comment, but I'm leaning on the side of pure comedy (hey, that means you're funny and that's not a bad thing).

That said, I respect the fact that you are trying to grasp the concept of soccer. Most common American sports fans don't give a damn. Good for you!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

Maybe I've been to hard on you but I was furious with the PK call against Australia, that's why I made my tainted title comment and I took it out on you. Sorry man.

I know the difference between Serie A and the Italian Nats. I think four players on the Italian National team played for Juventus and team were affected by this as their professional lives were at stake. Now that Juventus has been demoted to Serie B and given a 30 point penalty, it will be interesting to see just who sticks around.

I knew the US was over rated going into this World Cup. Fifth was much too generous. I was thinking had the talent to at least go to the second round but fifth? No way. They are now ranked 16th, which is still too generous.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Tottito10 said...

I apologize too.

I just don't understand why people don't get so furious at the two penalties France were given against Portugal and Italy. Both of those were bad, bad calls. I realize they weren't in the 93rd minute, but goals are hard to come by in the knockout stages and it proved to be Portugal's undoing (who actually outplayed France).

10:26 AM  

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