Saturday, May 30, 2009
drubbed in Texas- Houston 3 TFC 0
That was beyond awful. It was as if TFC fans and players were united in the worst way. We were having our faces rubbed in it. Dare I say our limitations are greater than our dreams. At least that is true tonight in Texas.
Sure it is possible that the team came out flat. It is also possible that the team saw the Vancouver game coming up on Tuesday as a much more important one and therefore pulled back (rested Dichio, subbed Robinson as a precaution).
It also possible that Houston is truly that much better than TFC. Houston demonstrated a scoring touch and a killer instinct on free kicks that TFC only dreams about. The Dynamo scored three goals in a flurry and were never even slightly worried after that.
If anyone brings up the weather I will start to scream. Sure it was hot, but it's going to get hot and hotter all over the continent. It's called summer. If TFC cannot compete during the hot months you can kiss the playoffs goodbye.
One positive I can think of is just a negative in disguise. Adrian Serioux was mistreated in the first half by the ref at both ends of the field. The defensive calls were of the phantom variety and then Serioux had a goal disallowed in the dying seconds of the half. At half time I was betting on a second Serioux yellow ahead of a TFC goal...at least Serioux stayed in the game.
Despite allowing three goals, Frei did make that toe save and kept Houston off the scoreboard in the second half. If he had melted it could have been so much worse. I guess that counts as another in the positive as negative in disguise category.
I think giving Vitti and Ricketts the second half was wise. This was their (last?) chance to show some offensive spark. Neither caught fire, but then Wynne and Barrett had already set the bar pretty low. Changes just have to be made.
May the game against the Whitecaps on Tuesday be a completely different story.