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Mark “Yes, I’m in the way” Geiger defeated DC United v Philadelphia Union in a match that featured multiple spectacularly bad calls, six yellow cards, three ejections, two called back goals, one own goal, DC United players fighting with one another, a final ten minutes from bizarro world, and a terrible second half from the Union that displayed the team’s distressing lack of depth of the bench after a first half that displayed the all too familiar inability to finish clear scoring chances. At least we know that a bona fide rivalry is developing between Philly and DC.
Check out PSP’s match report from RFK.
Ben Olsen—”It’s the Geiger show. He wants to make a big call to change games. It’s what they do…Coming back from the Olympics, it was his show tonight. It’s not about the players.”
United president Kevin Payne—”He had a very poor night, not just on one call but on multiple calls…The call on the penalty is like a high school call…He is just back from the Olympics. He likes to be on NBC Sports apparently. He was on it a lot today.”
DC goalkeeper Bill “The Shovemeister” Hamid—”I’ve never seen anything like this. This is the most confusing thing. It was like no one had control of the game.” He added, “I’m baffled how this game got how it was. A lot of things were appalling to see — appalling.”
John Hackworth said, “My opinion is that when two teams play each other it should be about soccer. It should be about good soccer in all ways and I don’t think that was the last 5 minutes. Maybe that’s great for TV, maybe it gets people all excited, but that wasn’t what the game was supposed to be about.”
As for the result, Hackworth said, “I am not disappointed. Would I love three points? Absolutely. The fact is, we didn’t play great in the second half, and that was our fault.”
He continued, “A point on the road in this league is really important. And we haven’t had that. For us to get a point on the road, no matter all the craziness, it’s important for the team.”
Freddy Adu said, “We’re not going to get a lot of chances on the road. We got them and we didn’t put them away. I thought we did enough to get a second goal, and we didn’t get it done. At the end of the day, we were able to hold on and hold on, but we took our foot off the pedal.”
Amobi Okugo said, “Honestly, I think we feel like we could have put the game away in the first half.”
Okugo said miscommunication between himself and Zac MacMath led to the own goal. “I was trying to cover [a DC player] and it hit off my hand and it went in. Maybe I’ve got to be more demanding on my part and take out Zac if need be, or he’s got to take me out just to be safe back there.”
That open play goal that was called back? MacMath said, “He was going for the ball, and I had a hand on it, and when they called it, I thought it was the right call.” Ben Olen’s take? “It was an imaginary foul.”
The second yellow shown to Sheanon Williams? Hackworth said, “It was a great play in my opinion, no a fantastic play, one that Sheanon needed to make and I thought he got all ball in my opinion. It’s a play that any player has to make in that situation, and what happens from there is out of Sheanon’s control, out of my control, but Sheanon gets all ball on that tackle and it’s a good tackle.”
How’d Danny Cruz do in his Union debut? Kerith Gabriel writes that Cruz, “showed tremendous work rate in his outside attacking role and bucked the notion that short attackers can’t hang. Listed at just 5-8, 170 pounds, Cruz muscled his way past defenders and used elusive speed to create space, proving – at least in this match – to be the missing link in the Union’s 4-3-3 formation.”
Chris Vito writes at the Delco Times, “The Union aren’t getting nearly enough of a return on Adu.”
Vito also writes, “For two months, midfielder Amobi Okugo has been masquerading as a central defender. United saw through the disguise.”
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Harrisburg City Islanders clinched the final USL PRO playoff spot when they defeated LA Blues on Sunday night, 1–0. Yann Ekra scored the winning goal. Harrisburg, who tied LA 2–2 on Friday night with goals from Bilal Duckett and Lucky Mkosana, will travel to face Charleston Battery on Saturday night. For a look at the complete playoff picture, click here.
St. Joseph’s women’s team kicked off the season with a 2–2 draw after extra time with American University on Sunday.
The point picked up with the draw against fifth place DC was enough to put the Union into eighth place. In other Eastern Conference action, first place Kansas City defeated last place Toronto, 1–0. Second place New York defeated Portland 3–2. Third place Houston drew 2–2 with seventh place Columbus. Fourth place Chicago defeated ninth place New England, 2–1. Sixth place Montreal defeated San Jose 3–1.
Ticket’s for the USWNT friendly against Costa Rica in Rochester on Sept. 1 will not go on sale to the general public. With some 11,000 tickets already sold through presales, officials at Sahlen’s Stadium are looking to expand capacity. One local report says, “For those who want tickets to the match, the best advice is to get in line early.”
The Huffington Post describes the atmosphere surrounding the Mexico v USA match at the Azteca. Good reading.
The six-year-old case antitrust and racketeering lawsuit brought by the defunct ChampionsWorld LLC against the USSF and Major League Soccer has been rejected by US District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber after he threw out expert testimony supporting ChampionsWorld’s case, “therefore rejecting its antitrust claim and issuing a summary judgment in favor of US Soccer.”
Two other US forwards had a good weekend in Europe with Jozy Altidore recording a brace for AZ Alkmaar and Matt Taylor scoring a hat trick for German third division side Preussen Muenster in a come from behind win over Werder Bremen in German Cup play.
22 security guards were injured in a match that was eventually abandoned in Tunisia following a pitch invasion. No word on how many spectators may have been injured.