>Since this wasn't on tv.....
>DC United 0
>0-0 at half time
>How can Dallas lose to KC 1-0 and then 3 days later just
>run the best team in the league (to date) out of the Cotton
>Bowl in the second half?
I think that the loss on Saturday night against one of the worst teams in
the league got the boys' heads ready for last night's game.
>Get well soon Eddie Pope and Carlos Llamosa. Moreno went down
>in the 22nd minute with an injury, replaced by AJ Wood and
>Etch picked up a red card. No big deal, he was headed to Bolivia
>anyway for the next six weeks after this match anyway.
Well, Etcheverry may have bigger problems than that. Burn GM Billy Hicks
said in this morning Dallas Morning News that he thought that Etcheverry's
hard tackle from behind on Leonel Alvarez was "blatant" and that he'll be
sending a tape of it to the league office for possible further punishment.
Moreover, Etcheverry refused to completely leave the field, stopping at the
entrance to the player tunnel behind the south goal. This, despite the best
efforts of Burn staffers to urge him to head to the dressing room.
This provoked the first stadium-wide chant I've ever heard at the Cotton Bowl
in four seasons as a Burn fan: "Culero." Etcheverry stood and watched the
rest of the match there. People around me quipped that he was waiting for
Leonel to come off the field at the end of the match for a little added
"entertainment," but it appeared that standing there cooled him off and he
went into the dressing room with the rest of the DC United squad at the end
of the match.
>Big challenge ahead for DC United-No Etch and Moreno for six weeks
>and at least four players will be out due to USA duties this
>Mark Dodd is back I see according to the lineups on the DC website.
Well, only temporarily. Before Saturday night's game, the word was that Dodd
was going to get a start to give Jordan a rest since the team was going to be
playing three games in eight days. Jordan should be in goal on Saturday night
>Thoughts from anyone who was there (Dustin, Stan?).
Well, if you ever get to see a tape of the match, don't bother with the first
half. It was a rough, tedious affair played mostly in the midfield. The
second half was a lot more action packed, with both teams playing their
respective games: DC United would play a possession game, stringing numerous
passes together and working the ball forward. Meanwhile, Dallas would hold
their defensive shape, often winning the balls in midfield, and launch
In other words, it was another example about why the "time of possession"
stat that MLS keeps is absolutely meaningless. I believe that I read on the
United list that the time of possession was 64% for United and only 36% for
the Burn. Well, it's like that every week for Dallas. The boys let their
opponents fart around with the ball in the midfield all they like, but they
do a very good job of shutting the door in the last third of the field.
They then launch a quick counterattack. And that's how they killed United
last night. All three goals were off counters.
Oh, one more thing. Noel Kenny completely lost control of the match. The
perfect illustration of his refereeing came in the second half. As Jason
Kreis was bringing the ball up the right side, Geoff Aunger coldcocked him
in the face with his forearm. A clear red card. However, it did not even
merit a booking in Kenny's mind. However, the yellow card came out not two
minutes later for Ted Eck -- for dissent. The match was rough-and-tumble
on both sides and I'm a bit surprised that Kenny found the intestinal forti-
tude to send anyone off, let alone Marco Etcheverry.
Thanx, = Dallas Burn = Record: 8-6, 22 points
Dustin Christmann = 1997 US Open Cup = Last: 6/16, 3-0 win vs. DC United
= Champions = Next: 6/19, at Colorado