Well, it's been awhile. Sorry I haven't been posting as much lately. It's not that I've lost my passion for United (eff that, United 'til I die), it's just that...
... I have two jobs.
... I like girls, and I like dating them.
... the DCU blogosphere (let alone the MLS or USA-MNT blogospheres) is oversaturated, in my opinion. The blogo-niche I aim for with these words is already filled-- brimming, even-- and well it should be. But, y'know, jobs and girls do take their precedence in a young man's life. They beckon, and I cannot ignore.
On the realz, what I'm trying to say is this: I'm too busy and you guys are too good. I'll step out of the limelight and enjoy it all for awhile, if you don't mind.
But that doesn't mean I've stopped having an opinion. If you'll indulge me, I have a few words about the DCU-RBNY
Great stuff. Great, great stuff. Chicken soup for a Black-and-Red soul, that stuff. Sicknasty methamphetamine for a jonesing tweaker, that stuff -- especially after the past couple weeks, watching the USA fail to score (up until this past Sunday) and half of Europe fail not to score (up until France-Italy tomorrow).
[By the way: Raymond Domenech, a word, please? Here, come closer: You need to give your boys some goddamn Wheaties or something, Raymond, because the ship is sinking and you've shown no signs of being capable of setting it aright. The French cock is no longer crowing; it is crying. It weeps at the mediocre football you're playing. Les Bleus are in a terrible situation. Fix it. Now.]
Anyways, D.C. United. Quick quibble:
I can't fully agree that Fred and Quaranta contributed through flank play. With Gallardo's presence absent for the match and Dyachenko unwilling or unable to provide something similar, Fred and Quaranta allowed themselves to fill the vacuum and consequently play as dual, ambiguously central pseudo-wingers. By this I mean that despite their deployment on the wing, Fred and Quaranta's most significant contributions to the flow of the game came as they distributed from the center of the pitch, and this, I feel, reflects upon their true natures as central playmakers and not as fringe wingers.
This conclusion reassures me that DC has adequate cover for Gallardo when he must be absent, but also scares me that we are not utilizing Fred and Quaranta to their full potential. Solution? Let the potential go untapped, and hope that somehow Fred and Quaranta can further adjust their talents for deployment out wide. Either that, or make Tommy play DC in a 4-2-3-1 (a la every Portuguese club in Football Manager 2008) on a more regular basis.
Just a quibble. That's all. =)
Shout outs to DCenters, BDR, Shatz, and Fullback (and Goff and BtB, and even Ives, to some extent). I've been trying to keep the blogging tradition alive, only to realize that you guys make it thrive. Holla at yo boy.