I didn’t have many games to watch this week as the European clubs took time off to allow their players to play in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. I wonder what USA players on European teams do when all their teammates are off playing on their national teams? I also tried to watch a Boston Breakers’ game but alas there was no one broadcasting it online.
New England Revolution 3:1 Seattle Sounders (4 Sep 2010) – It didn’t look promising for the Revolution on a four-game losing streak to face one of the MLS’ top teams in the midst of a win streak. Something had to give and it was pleasantly surprising. The Revolution scored three goals and hung on to a slim chance at the playoffs. Even if nothing comes of it this season it was a fun game to watch and offers some promise of the Revolution’s future. Interestingly enough, for all the times you see a scorching shot go just wide or straight at the goalkeeper, the Revolution’s first two goals by Tierney and Perovic just dribbled slowly over the goal line. It goes to show that sometimes good passing and positioning succeeds where firepower fails. Match report.
Ireland 3:1 Andorra (6 Sep 2010) – Ireland’s second Euro 2012 match was at home versus Andorra (they are apparently working their way through Europe alphabetically). Ireland clearly outmatched Andorra and probably could have score more goals as well as not letting their guard down near the end of the first half when Andorra scored their lone goal. Still it was nice to see Ireland get a win and take a lead in Group B. Hopefully this will be akin to “batting practice” allowing the Irish side to build their confidence before facing tougher group opponents. Match report.
I’ve got a full weekend of matches coming up. Woo-hoo!