--- Donovan v. Twellman! DREAM MATCH~! Kickoff is NEXT
FIRST HALF: San Jose is in their BLINDINGLY WHITE uniforms despite being the visiting team. That's okay, though. If the pros don't pay attention to the home team color rules, I don't have rag on our high school team about it. New England threatens early, mucking around in the box but not able to put anything in. Revs breakaway ends questionably with a spill in the box in the 5th minute. Local fans are irate about the lack of a call, and rightly so. Earthquakes get their first opportunity in the next minute, but a foul by Ching sends it back the other way before they can strike it between the posts. Revs with a shot on goal at 10'. Onstad makes the easy save. BEAUTIFUL diving header from Rusty Pierce keeps a San Jose cross from reaching Donavan, probably saving an easy goal but giving up a corner in the 12th. New England threatens again in the 15th minute. This time it's Agoos clearing it out of danger. The Earthquakes almost put one together, but Ching bangs it off his shinguard wide to the left. Whoa...Agoos cut his hair. Like, wow. San Jose's Waibel gets a yellow in the 21st minute for hammering Kamler into the turf. One of the commentators remarks that he "saw that on Smackdown this week." San Jose actually ended up getting the free kick as it was Kamler who committed the foul that initially brought out the whistle. Nice to see some officials who know what they're doing (as opposed to whoever it was that sent off Joe-Max a few weeks ago). Joe-Max takes a shot off a direct free kick that turns into more of a pass, but Onstad is right there to collect it. Revs continue to threaten into the 28th, but nothing develops. Mullan rips a shot off from just outside the box in the 29th minute. Brown is beaten, but the ball drifts just wide to the left. I still can't get over Jeff Agoos without all that hair. San Jose gets a good opportunity off of the a corner in the 33rd. Brown first punches it out and then gets to watch it sail over the crossbar after a shot by Waibel. I hate it when nothing really happens for a few minutes, and my screensaver comes on. Twellman has a very good chance in the 40th minute with a diving header, but Agoos is right on top of it and keeps Twellman from getting the angle he needs to put it in. Questional foul in the 42nd by New England leads to a San Jose free kick, and Ching heads it into the back of the net. 1-0 Quakes. Wait a minute on that, though. Replay reveals it to have been off of Llamosa. The goal is credited to Ching anyway. 4th official signals for 1 minute of stoppage time to the first half. It starts off with another Quakes free kick from almost the same spot. This one sails over the goal and out. Half ends without any more chances.
HALFTIME: MMM MMM PEANUTS. You know what I hate? People who are too fucking lazy to take the freshness seal off of things and just punch a big hole in it. I mean, seriously, GET OFF YOUR FAT ASS AND WALK THE LITTLE PIECE OF TIN FOIL TO THE TRASH CAN. Wynalda interviews Ching on the field. The OFFICIAL MLS STATS MAN has recinded the earlier call and credited the score as an own goal. Tommy Smyth corrects himself from last week. Turns out MLS actually does have a system of reviewing the performances of their officials. That's SUPERGREAT.
SECOND HALF: No substitutions during the break. Quakes threaten early, earning two quick corners, but can't connect with the goal. Play is briefly stopped as Ching takes a stiff arm to the face from Llamosa. Ching gets quick revenge, however, as Mullan crosses it and Ching PLANTS it into the goal with an easy header. 2-0 Quakes. Franchino lets frustration get the best of him and gets a yellow for push and hold. Revs sub in the 58th: Noonan for Kamler. Donovan breaks away in the 59th, but Pierce strips him and sends the ball out of bounds. Second sub for New England at 64': Hermandez for Cullen. Beautiful sidefoot cross by Donovan in the 67th minute, but Adin Brown is there to rob Ching of what would've been another easy finish. Twellman gets his first good opportunity in a while in the 70th minute. The ball, however, sails over the crossbar for a goal kick. Joe-Max delivers a blistering shot from way outside the box. Onstad saves it, but almost gives up a goal off the rebound before his defense can clear it. Ching breaks away in the 74th, but the ball is too far ahead of him, and Brown collects it easily. Earthquakes shot on goal in the 77th comes off of a miscommunication and ends up just dribbling towards the net, helping Brown make the save. San Jose is in full time-wasting mode now. Final New England sub in the 83rd minute sees Harris come on for Llamosa. Game has degenerated into New England mucking around in the midfield, eventually making a move towards the box, and seeing that ball quickly sent out by the San Jose defense. Once suck ball in the 90th goes the other way on a break, but San Jose is too winded from transversing the entire field to finish it. We're into stoppage time now. New England free kick at 92+' goes right to Onstad, and he secures the save. San Jose the other way sees Donovan with an opporunity, but he launches it WAY over the cross bar. Agoos flattens Twellman going the other way. Ensuing free kick clears everyone, but also clears the cross bar for a goal kick. After said kick, the referee blows the whistle, and we're done. 2-0 Quakes.
San Jose improves to 3-0-1 with 10 points. New England falls to 1-2-1 with 4 points.
-------------------- COLORADO RAPIDS 1:2 NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY METROSTARS
SCORING SUMMARY: COL: Roberts - 41' (2nd of season, 2nd of career) MET: Mathis - 51' (1st of season, 40th of career) MET: Ziadie - 62' (1st of season, 1st of career)
DISCIPLINE SUMMARY: CAUTION: COL - Henderson - 22' CAUTION: COL - Rizo - 43' CAUTION: MET - Ziadie - 58' CAUTION: COL - Mastroeni - 73' CAUTION: COL - Kotschau - 79'
--- COL: 0-2-1, 1 pt MET: 2-1-1, 7 pts
-------------------- DALLAS BURN 0:0 D.C. UNITED
SCORING SUMMARY: No Goals Scored
DISCIPLINE SUMMARY: CAUTION: DC - Etcheverry - 29' CAUTION: DAL - Johnson - 41' CAUTION: DAL - Suarez - 53' CAUTION: DC - Olsen - 94+' CAUTION: DC - Stoitchkov - 95'
--- DAL: 0-1-2, 2 pts DC: 0-1-3, 3 pts
-------------------- COLUMBUS CREW 2:2 KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
SCORING SUMMARY: KC: Preki - 47+' (PK) (2nd of season, 67th of career) CLB: McBride - 49' (2nd of season, 52nd of career) CLB: Martino - 55' (1st of season, 3rd of career) KC: Conrad - 89' (2nd of season, 3rd of career)
Just my luck, he was my #1 pick in my money league. On the plus side, I don't think you can do much better to start off the season than the game that aired last night. Maybe it's because I'm a bit biased towards bruising, low scoring games.