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Well that wasn’t exactly how we planned it, now was it? If this WAS the way we planned it, we are some pretty crappy planners. The end of the season has made it hard to even remember those glory days of early Spring.
Seven games without a win and a whopping FIVE goals scored in those contests. It’s easy to think we have literally no chance in hell as we go up against a team that has arguably the best player in the league and not to mention two of the most talented American players in recent memory. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice?
But it’s at these times, when it’s most important to remember why we became fans of this ramshackle crew to begin with. It’s not because they were the best team in the conference. We knew they couldn’t spend with some of those big boys, but this team would be ours. They would play their way, put the city on their shoulders and make us proud.
And they have. Did you think we’d be here at the end of this season before we started? No way. Did you think we’d add another stud like Alejandro Bedoya? I sure didn’t. And I think it may set us up for the next few years. A tandem like a healthy (a big if) Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya in the center of the pitch could do serious damage. Then again, we might never see it.
It’s been a long time coming that this franchise returns to the playoffs. I remember that game and while I won’t be there to cheer them on Wednesday, you can bet I’ll be strapped in at home. This is the first time I’ve been excited about them in a few weeks and no matter the outcome I’ll be proud to support the blue and gold.
Let’s put all of that negativity behind us. All of the missed chances and set piece goals allowed and believe in what this team can do. I think we all believe they have the ABILITY to win. But I think what they’re lacking is that belief in themselves. It’s not hard to see why.
Early in the season, they were better than the sum of their parts. Recently, they’ve seemed to lose the spark and that unity that created the early season heroics. It’s almost as if they’ve forgotten. I implore you, send good vibes. This is not out of their hands, this is within their reach. Who cares that we’re the worst playoff team of all time? Who cares that we pulled off one of the all-time back-ins of all time? That doesn’t matter now. And those boys have 90 minutes to remind us that we should’ve known.