I've been overwhelmed for the last two weeks with a CP cover story that hits the streets Wednesday. It's about deadbeat taxpayers
and hopefully will prove semi-amusing and informative. It better
anyway, because it nearly proved permanently debilitating. Only Big
Gulp-size helpings of Robitussin and enough chewable vitamin C to
recreate the pyramids allowed me to survive the last week.
Hence no blogging.
But while I was floating my way through this period of journalistic
hell, the MLS season started. Last weekend--hunched in front of my
computer, covered in a blanket, unshaven for lord knows how many days,
clutching a bottle of Robitussin--I managed to take in at least part of
four of the week's opening matches. Here are a few random thoughts.
I think that Michael Bradley
kid is going to be a pretty fine player for the Metrostars. So they
might suck a little bit less than anticipated. But it's tough to take
too much away from that game given the horrid rain and wind.
I never should've picked Andy Herron
for my MLS fantasy team. I guess I figured someone would have to score
goals for Chicago now that Damani Ralph is off somewhere in Russia and
Herron seemed a likely candidate. But he was ineffective and visibly
flustered against FC Dallas and I developed a strong dislike for him.
He sulked off the field in the 66th minute. Nate Jaqua
was much more dangerous--at least in the first half. Now Chicago has
signed this Slovak dude, Lubos Reiter, to bolster the attack. Herron
might soon find himself on the bench. Chicago will probably not score
How is it possible that D.C. spent the entire off-season basically
trying to fill one exceedingly important spot--central defense--and the
best that they could come up with was an undrafted 22-year-old out of Florida International University
? A defense featuring Bobby Boswell, David Stokes, and Nick Rimando is scary.
Taylor Twellman was an absolute beast in the second half against San
Jose. It was inevitable that he would score. And he did, slotting home
the equalizer with a fantastic touch to beat Pat Onstad. (It was the
MLS goal of the week
He's going to score a fuckload of goals this year. I really like that
New England team. They play with a lot of emotion. The addition of
rookie Michael Parkhurst in the back might give them enough defense to
contend for the MLS title. But Marshall Leonard
is a horrible, dangerous player.