A couple of things fresh on my soccer mind for your to opine on or respond :
1.) The stadium does still remain the biggest piece to this 2012 soccer season and no one can deny the excitement and all the possibility that it opens for the growth of the Dynamo as a brand and the overall sport of soccer. Don’t get your goad up about the fact that other events will take place in the stadium. It is a necessity. Sixteen Dynamo games won’t cut it financially and American Football, rugby, concerts like the recently announced Sugarland are a part of the stadium. These additional events which bring more foot traffic and dollars was a must in getting the stadium deal done.
2.) How about those El Salvador players? Would Jamie Alas, Isidro Guitterez, Lester Blanco, and Andres Flores fit with the Houston Dynamo.
One thing is for sure, the Dynamo staff might just be monitoring them this weekend as they play to go to the Olympics against Honduras.
A player from El Salvador that could produce on the field here in Houston could be a great draw for a city that many from the Central American Nation call home.
3.) After the stadium the the next most important issue that fans of the Dynamo go directly too is a designated player or player additions.
The Dynamo continue to look for additions to the club and a midfielder and striker are coveted. The fact of the matter in MLS is that you can improve on the fly.
The Dynamo are organized, competitive game in and game out and might be seeking out more of the cutting edge during the run of play. Most coaches that I talk to in MLS do not like playing the Dynamo. Still, does the cutting edge and more playmaking and ideas come from Luis Camargo and future acquisitions?
4.) Barcelona can’t score against AC Milan. Is this really the end of the world? I guess we are so conditioned to seeing the Messi led Barca score bushels of goals and when they don’t come we get reaction. Still imagine if AC Milan were to get the game’s first goal at the Nou Camp in the second leg? I still see Barcelona advancing against the Italians.
5.) Inability to play 90 minutes. That was sort of the theme for the U.S. in their loss to Canada and their unfortunate draw against El Salvador. Did we see some moments of brilliance? Yes of course we did. Did we see naive play, frenetic defending, sub-par goal-keeping and a times the inability to wrap a pair of arms around the game from a control standpoint? Yes.
In the end it was not enough. For those that have focused on the goalkeeping error of Sean Johnson take a look at what happened with a soft U.S. midfield prior to the Jaime Alas goal. Not sour grapes but Alexander Larin of El Salvador absolutely cracked Terrence Boyd across the face and should have been sent off, sure this could have changed the mentality and comeback spirit of El Salvador.
In the end this is a re-boot for U.S. soccer much like the 1998 World Cup, 2006 World Cup. A missed opportunity for experience in a large event but a “real” opportunity for U.S. soccer to continue to look at itself and the future. Hint…..all roads lead back to player development system in our country.
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