|The man who would be king.|
San Jose 2, Philadelphia 1
I would like to briefly take a moment to eulogize the collective defensive dignity of Freddy Adu and Jack McInerney, if such things ever existed.
Chavez's movement on the right flank was not unlike something one might expect to see at an afternoon kickabout on the dusty backstreets of a Sao Paulo favela. Yes, Adu and McInerney are not defenders. This I know. But even Carlos Valdes on his saltiest day would've been twisted somewhere into the Earth's asthenosphere by Chavez's nifty creation. He received a looping ball from Rafael Baca, an outstanding effort considering it was almost a half volley, and McInerney pressed immediately. Chavez acknowledged the threat and casually flipped to his left, away from goal, and was met by Adu, who made less of an effort to close. Chavez, never pausing, reversed back right, then back left again, then right, and then does something extraordinary. He pivots backward, away from the ball, flips the ball in the direction he cut without looking and runs back onto it in free space after executing a spin. The effect was devastating. McInerney gives us no qualms about his dexterity and falls to the ground. The other unwitting defender, Adu, is beaten just as completely. By the time he looks up, Chavez is five yards downwind.
Best of the Best
- This is absolutely worth checking out.
- I realize I'm about to roast a few keepers in the below section, but I've got to give props to New York rook Ryan Meara, who has quietly been a stabilizing force in the midst of an awful defense. He had the best game of his career Saturday in a shutout win over New England. And with Henry grouchily shuffling off stage left for a few weeks, Meara just became more important than ever.
- You can blame Michael Gspurning or credit the wind, but I'm giving props to Marco Pappa for my MLS goal of the week. It bent around perfectly and dinged off the far post, and any time somebody scores off a corner it gets my attention. Especially in not-so-great conditions.
Funny enough, here's a nearly exact replica from FIFA 10.
A close second goes to Vancouver's South Korean import Y.P. Lee, once a marauding fullback in his prime but who can still do things like this.
Worst of the Worst
- Chivas lost 4-0 at Colorado. So now the Fake Goats suck at home and on the road. There will be blood.
- Will Parchman