Sunday, June 04, 2006

Simply Fantastic

I was quite pissed off after the Crew loss to DC earlier in the week. You might remember, my rant. However, I was extremely thankful that the Crew had another game in short order. I thought it would show us a great deal about this team. They had easily their worst performance under Sigi Schmid and had to travel to Dallas to play the Western Conference leaders. If ever a test of character was to come for this team it was this game. And holy shit, did they ever respond.

The Crew played what may have been their best game of the season. The 2-1 victory has virtually erased the DC debacle from memory, proving that it was an aberation for the team. I wish I taped the game. I wish I was watching it again right now. The defense was spectacular all night. Chad Marshall and Marcos Gonzalez were simply incedible. Six string keeper Noah Palmer was fantastic. Richie Kotschau looked like Ronaldhino on his goal. Jacob Thomas struck a free kick as good as any you will ever see, and Leo Bisaku nodded in the rebound. Did you know that Bisaku is Croatian for sensation? You do now. Grabavoy, Reitz, Gaven fantastic. Jason Garey? The kid is gonna be a beloved star in Columbus for many years. He gets what it means to put on the black and gold and represent Columbus.

Honestly, this is the type of game that makes you believe your team has a chance at winning the whole thing. They were that good. What is most encourging is the way they bounced back from the DC loss. They have 4 goalkeepers injured. They just gave up 5 goals in DC. They are playing their second game in the heat on the road in 4 days. They could have packed it in and felt sorry for themselves. Under a different coach that may have happened. But Sigi is building something very special with this team. They are 4-4-2 now. With all these injuries. With only 4 players remaining from last years team. This team hasn't even got it all together yet. Watching them come together is going to be very exciting. This is probably the most exciting season as a Crew fan I have ever had. You know that their is a plan. You know you have the best coach in MLS. And you look around at your team, at all the young talent, and you realize these guys are learning on the job. It's only gonna get better.


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