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Not one comment on what was a fantastically-entertaining MLS game between Portland and the NYRBs last night?
DA - those MLS videos don't work in my browser, but I'm going to assume your first link is to one Silvestre's egregious mistakes. Talk about a nightmare of a half.
Was too busy watching the CONCACAF U-20 final. That was pretty entertaining as well. I'm not sure if that helps or hurts the hipster cred vis-a-vis MLS.
I found it really nice to see what a large percentage of our (the US) team was composed of Hispanics of relatively diminutive stature.
Wow close to 15 minutes of Gary Neville crapping on both teams' defensive approach. I didn't think Monreal had any fault in the first goal but I'll defer to his vastly superior knowledge.
I don't like that United lineup, but the old bastard knows better than I do.
I can't believe he dropped Rooney and is playing Giggs. I guess Giggs is going to try and harass Alonso.
Best guess on the Utd lineup: he's worried about Real's counters, so he's going to let them have the ball and just sit deep. Since that's what Real wants to do too, this could be a very boring, cautious match.
How on earth is that given as a red?
Intent isn't a requirement. It was certainly reckless.
Intent doesn't matter.
Yeah, the de Jong kick was straight to the chest and I think it was a lot more reckless than this one.
Also, the kick did not hit the chest, it hits Arbeloa's arm as he flies by.
You don't go studs up over the waist with a player anywhere near you and expect to stay on the pitch.
I can see that point of view, and I agree as a general rule when a player knows the opponent is nearby. In this case though I think it's extremely harsh because there was no indication that Nani had seen Arbeloa. A yellow is justified, but a red is far too much.
You go flying with your spikes high you can't complain too much. I thought it was a solid yellow even though I'm not sure Nani was innocent. He pushed off with his spikes. Yeah, I don't think he saw him, but he did push off and his spikes were high. It was very much at a minimum a yellow, and as high spikes are such a dangerous play, and its a fool's game to judge intent, I had no problem with the red. You let your fate out of your hands when you go high with your spikes, no sympathy from me.
The red card is obviously the big story, but I think it's unfairly crowding out the story of what a ridiculous game Diego Lopez had. He got off his line very well to stuff a couple of one-on-ones, made some great reaction saves, and commanded his box well, too. You can't ask for a better performance from a keeper.
"Every call has gone Real Madrid's way?" Other than the red (which is obviously a big deal), I haven't seen any particular incorrect calls. Just because a ManU player goes down in the box and doesn't get a penalty doesn't mean "every call has gone Real Madrid's way".
Wynalda's commentary was also typically ridiculous.
An excellent performance, but I think ridiculous is a better term than you meant, between punching Vidic in the head then falling down after he saw Vidic down, wasting several minutes off a shoulder check from Van Persie that was nothing, and spending 3 years before every goal kick.
Surely NBC can get better talking heads than Fox, right?
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