Fans and players suffer in Eastern Conference First Leg/ Thoughts on the “battle” !

Now let me first say that I would not want to be the person scheduling the MLS regular season and playoffs.

This message is not mouth-to-mouth explicitly to its world. It got dear next working crime that the supper spurs too severed one of the communities in my partner.

I can’t see this as any easy job but yesterday I felt for the players of both the Houston Dynamo/Sporting KC and fans alike at BBVA Compass Stadium.
For that matter I felt for the league that I have so come to care about and have been involved with since it’s inception.

More often than not decisions seem to be taken for the benefit of issues not related to the quality of product on the field and the player in mind.

Oh, yeah, can I mention that this game was on national television as well. An opportunity to show off the quality of your league to those who have yet to come on board.

Trotting players out that were playing in their 3rd game in 9 days is just insanity, insanity to expect players to be able to produce performances that are worthy of the playoffs.

So we got a grind em out, survival based type game with both teams leaving the field feeling content and looking for a “spa day”.

At BBVA Compass Stadium it was a match that was mostly about the “long throw in”, set pieces and fatigue players dropping like flies.

It was also a game where the risk of injury to fatigued players is also a factor.
Fortunately for Ricardo Clark of the Dynamo who suffered a sprained MCL he will have 13, yes count em, 13 days to recover before the second leg.

How bizarre is this scheduling?

The future has to be filled with more authentic soccer decisions being made for the integrity of the sport, decisions that are made to give coaches, managers the best possible opportunity to perform to the best of their ability.

For the record the Dynamo and Sporting KC drew 0-0. Here are a few things that stuck out:

The Dynamo and manager Dom Kinnear started Omar Cummings up front in place of Giles Barnes who has faded out a bit in recent games. Cummings is becoming an x factor in playoffs after scoring two monster goals against New York.
He had an occasional flash and earned a few free kicks.
Will Bruin had a long range hit that came close in the first half.
Mike Chabala answered the left back position question by playing solid and secure after not logging many minutes this year.
The Dynamo had to move from the 4-4-2 into a 4-3-3 after a 23rd minute injury to Ricardo Clark.
Kofi Sarkodie was just a hair offside in the first half or the Dynamo would have been up.
Sarkodie has been a shining light at right back and seems to be growing in confidence by the game getting into the attack.
Boniek Garcia’s free kick was saved by Jimmy Neilson.

For Peter Vermes the manager he has to be entirely content to go back home to Sporting Park with a 0-0 scoreline. I still think this team is average going forward during the run of play since Kei Kamara moved on and is very dependent on the set piece and long throw in.
Graham Zusi is the lifeline and the modus operandi for opponents is to take the edge off his game and make others try to come up with plays. Thus we have seen a bit more of Benny Feilhaber.
Claudio Bieler the Argentine striker did not play in this game but something tells me we will see him in the second leg.

This is a development in the game that is sad to see on my part.
The players runs up the field, gets a rag, drys the ball, wastes time and then hoists the long ball in to the box to the sound of cracking skulls……ok I am being a bit dramatic with the cracking skulls but the players know the tv camera’s are on them and it is sad that we may see players starting games because they have a long throw in as opposed to the ability to get forward from the left back position.
Do we have Rory DeLap formerly of Stoke City to thank for this?
I do understand it is part and parcel of the game but it wastes time, destroys rhythm and cadence of the game.
It is just another way to stop and start the game .
Still I am seeing it at every level of the game .

Dynamo/Sporting fans turned out in strong numbers for this Saturday playoff match and it looked great on national tv. They deserved rested players at their best.

It is down to one game to go to the MLS Cup Final for both the Dynamo and Sporting KC.
Tonight it is Portland and RSL in the West on Espn 8 Eastern time.

Twitter: GlennDavisSoc

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  1. brent says:

    Don’t forget how bad the pitch is. Not only the schedule, but playing on that pitch is a danger to the players. Bad schedule, bad pitch, bad ref, bad game. It is sad that when watching SKC, I am left wishing my team had that nice of a pitch to play on. The stadium can be as nice as any, it is what is on the pitch that brings fans to the game. Players slipping all over the place, divots every 2 feet, might as well play on dirt. At least then we wouldn’t have to see football lines.

    Aside from all my complaining, we can take them at home. Stay composed, don’t let in an early goal, and we got this! Lets go boys!

    Where was that Mike Chabala in the Champions League, did not see that performance coming.

  2. tinman says:

    The MLS does not always put its best foot forward.
    Why is it easier to watch foreign soccer teams on TV, than our own league?
    The dynamo need to sub more during the season. I know we just got in by a hair but the guys are wearing down and getting hurt. if u do not trust your bench than get some players u do trust.
    Glad to hear that jason Johnso got called up.
    Will the dynamo create a semi pro team to fill the gap in player development?

  3. Jeter says:

    What plans are in place to care for the pitch next year? If Houston makes it to the playoffs next year will the fans, television, and the players suffer the same torn up field? Is college football going to be a main fixture throughout the existence of BBVA Stadium or is there an expiration date on their use?

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