Chicago Fire v LA Galaxy Thoughts

21 October 2007

The thoughts live from the just completed Chicago Fire/Los Angeles Galaxy game.

The first half had to be one of the most lopsided first half's I've ever seen. Chicago has almost all the possession and didn't allow LA to take a sniff at goal. I thought Wanchope should have had a penalty decision go his way, Carlos Pavon booked, and Peter Vagenas sent off for a blatant stomp on Cuauhtemoc Blanco. However Chicago missed way too many chances...chances they have to score on. Barrett and Wolff had probably the two most open chances in the game yet they didn't score. If your missing open goal mouths with shots your only going to give Los Angeles more resolve to keep fighting and that they are doing. The second forty-five sets up for the tensest forty-five possibly in the history of Major League Soccer.

It took seven minutes into the second half, but another close penalty decision. Barrett goes down, but Cannon has every right to collect the ball. The no call was the correct call.
In the span of thirty seconds, both teams shoot from outside the box. If you can't hit em from inside the eighteen with any luck, what makes you think all of a sudden you'll have success from distance?
Donovan is not having a good day from corner kicks...that and he really hasn't seen much of the ball. LA have finally realized that they have to set up the attack using Cobi Jones.
This second half looks like the exact opposite of the first half...and now with Beckham on the park it's only going to get more interesting to see how LA sets up the attack. If I'm Chicago, you are wishing you had converted on at least once of those chances in the first half.
Joe Cannon with one hell of a save to deny Conde and then Wanchope goes over the bar. Is that the best Chicago can produce in the attack?
It's taken 20 minutes in this second half but Chicago are starting to turn the screw again...when I type that Brown is called for a foul that should give Beckham a golden chance to put the ball in a dangerous spot. Well it did get into a dangerous spot but Carlos Pavon can't get the ball down.
Hey ref can you start calling this game down the middle? Blanco gets taken down and yet you call play on?
Carlos Pavon is getting closer and closer to goal than Chicago has all game long. If LA win this, it will Chicago's problem for not putting one of those chances in.
Blanco gets a free kick 26 minutes into the second half in a great spot. Why he didn't take it I'll never know as Segares goes over the crossbar on a ball that was never dipping.
Wanchope, rule of thumb...if the keeper is going to ground...CHIP THE BALL OVER HIM. At this point if LA win I wouldn't be shocked.
Beckham, that shot fifteen minutes from full time was just comical.
Blanco first off makes Klein his friend...then his pass to Conde forces Joe Cannon into one hell of a save as the one timer is parried out for a corner. The possession has turned again on it's heels as it's switched sides of the park.
Cobi Jones, the best at baiting players into giving up a free kick. This time it was John Thorrington and the free kick ends up across the face of goal in yet another tense few seconds for Chicago fans.
Wilman Conde...the keeper goes out to the penalty spot and the best you can do is kick it at him? Your kidding me right?
And now Matt Pickens gets punched in the face by Edson Buddle and no card...what a joke. It should have been a yellow at best.
Chicago are starting to lose their shape...and defend way too deeply. Not good signs at all.
Conde gives up a free kick and it's in David Beckham territory. Final minute of normal time and here we go. Cleared away temporarily but not from danger. An LA foul off a throw in makes sure that danger is averted.
I give Carr credit for trying at goal...but in stoppage time, knowing a draw puts you in, wouldn't you just kiss the corner...MAYBE NOT. OFF THE GOAL KICK CHICAGO TAKE IT AND LOS ANGELES ARE OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS! JOHN THORRINGTON TAKES THE BALL FORWARD OFF THE CHEST AND DOES WHAT HADN'T BEEN DONE ALL GAME AND CHIP IT OVER JOE CANNON. IT WAS A GOAL OF GOALS AFTER DAVID BECKHAM SCREWED UP THE PASS.
So one Manchester United player screws up and it's the innocence of youth that puts the Galaxy out of their miseray. John Thorrington, who was on the youth team at Manchester United when David Beckham was there puts the side Beckham is currently on out of the playoffs. Chicago were the dominant side on the day even though for about 25 minutes in the second half LA turned the screws and created several decent half chances, nothing though of a serious threat. Had Chicago taken advantage of everything they had in the first half, that late goal in stoppage time would simply be a mute point. That said congrats are in order to the Chicago Fire for clinching the final MLS playoff spot...thought finishing seventh in the final table standings.

2 comments:

Anonymous October 22, 2007 at 10:10 AM  

Why isn't this posted on EPL Talk?

The Third Half October 22, 2007 at 12:40 PM  

Because the last time I checked, Chicago and LA are members of MLS, not the EPL. Kartik knows full well he has my full permission to use anything I post on here regarding the MLS on MajorLeagueSoccer Talk and on USSoccerSpot.

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