All we are is dust in the wind
At this point, we’re Chivas East. Okay okay, I’m emotionalizing the season so far too quickly – and we’re not TFC, but that’s the only team we’re currently better than. The panic button is being pushed, now if Nowak would only stop sitting on it, this team could possibly do something.
So, what have we seen (and haven’t seen) this season:
5 Goals – yes, i looked it up, I don’t even believe it myself. 3 by Gomez (1 pk), 1 by Adu, and 1 by Pajoy… yes, we all forgot about that one. 5 goals in 8 games, this sounds like last year! Shocking isn’t it. Only problem is … well 1) We’re not the same team as last year. 2) we’re on the losing side of the “let’s hope to eek this one out” mentality.
9 goals against us – only 3 of our 5 losses were results of multi-goal losses. Portland (away), Colorado (home), San Jose (home). Aside from the San Jose ‘can’t play a repeated play worth a shit’ defensive lapse, Portland and Colorado when you think about it – we would be expected to be scored on multiple times. It’s just the team and the arena that come into play where the league aware fan expects certain scores, just because they know what the other team is capable of… and the hope (at this point only hope) that our own team can combat against it.
And as an aside, fuck Lenhart, seriously.
18 Shots on Goal - we are currently averaging 2.25 shots per game… ON goal.. that’s not even counting total shots. Fairly pathetic. 69 (woot) shots total by the statistic count. That’s 1 out of every 4 shots is hitting the keeper (or just about). It’s not too shabby, but you would expect a better result out of it. Downside, we’re getting shot on close to double the amount of times we shoot.
Youth and future of the team - what of it? Me and JH were discussing, and due to possibly coming off as racist I refused to post the “joke” picture (of yet he said I have the ultimate trump card, but we’re not gonna get into that) – but what did Mwanga do? I mean, really. Did he commit warcrimes? Acts of atrition against Nowak? There has got to be some reason – and match fitness really can’t be an excuse – as to why Mwanga is barely getting ANY time on the field. Yes, I do believe the kid is over-rated, but apparently Nowak is over-rating Pajoy. Something has to change, and Mwanga is long over due for his shot at it – as well as Martinez. Seriously.
Possession – lack of it. San Jose gave me flashbacks of points in my life where the older kids would take my toys and just taunt me with them, never letting me get anywhere near them. And I would then walk away defeated – much like what happened to the Union. To see another team control the ball so much (multiple other teams mind you) to the point where watching is no fun anymore, really let’s the ‘eff’ bombs flow. Cause at that point, we don’t know who to blame – players, the coach’s strategy, the other team actually being better than us? It’s a conundrum for a fan, and it’s upsetting with the high potential and a possible fluke of a sophomore year.
Discipline – 1 game, 2 straight red cards, a coach suspension, and a sick feeling in your gut. The red cards went to Keon Daniel – who has proven that not only has he overcome Dengue Fever, but he is one of our best players on the field, and an overzealous Garfan – who on a team that doesn’t do much, anything is noteworthy. Garfan being suspended an extra 3 games is only arguable due to the fact that it is the same time of suspension for a brute like Rafa Marquez, otherwise, Gaddis is in the wings and not only shows promise, but that he can handle himself (as long as it’s not late in the game).
Nowak’s suspension came from trying to protect Garfan from an onslaught of non-penalized Chivas players literally attacking Garfan after his red carded challenge. This is a plus – why? It showed Nowak actually gives a shit about something. What, we still don’t know.
Hackworth aptly named – As much as you tell the press you want an attacking team, and you want the team to shoot more, you’re still just a lacky for the strategies that Nowak wants to implement… and you confuse our players. Sadly though, setting up what looks like an attack minded line up does not actually relate to the results on the field – note shots, as well as goals. In the 2 games you were in charge of, San Jose and Seattle, there was only one goal (a retaliation goal no less) and a lack of possession and..well… shots. Granted – the Union did make an effort against SJE… with 10 shots (attempts) total, versus the 6 that was at Seattle – the week after you say “you want them to shoot”. Well done, well done indeed.
ADU-it – haters gonna hate. Just like Ruiz, attempting to drive someone out with potential when they don’t see results (of which is the team’s fault). Let’s face it, next to Keon, Adu is the next best player not counting defensive (he would be after Torres, but Torres is out for a bit). You may think he’s over paid, or dribbles to much one-v-one, but you can’t deny he’s trying.
Pa-no-joy – I don’t know about you, but I’m glad we replaced a successful poacher like Ruiz with an unsuccessful poacher like Pajoy…
Potential – Remember, ever since this team started, it’s been a team full of potential. And at the moment, that’s all we are. A big stinking pile of potential where you have to stop and ask “What is it that will turn this ship around”.