Puerto Rico did what it had to do last night. They got the goals they needed to have a chance in the second leg. More importantly, they did not concede any. The 5-time CCC winners will now see of they can get the three goals they need to advance next month at the Azul. Santos was able to pull off the miracle in their second leg vs. Montreal, partly because Montreal ran out of gas in the second half. It also helped that Santos have very good strikers at their disposal. The Islanders, though, are more compact, and will be more match fit.
But Torreon is not Mexico City. The knives hit the lungs much quicker in the capital than they do in the Comarca. But let’s not kid ourselves, Cruz Azul is not Santos. At least not offensively. They do not have the players to launch a heavy artillery attack on the Boricuas like Santos did on the Impact. The guerreros has proven goal scorers in Vuoso, Benitez, and Quintero. Cruz Azul has Luis Landin up front, but not much else as far as strikers. Now midfielders, they have in abundance. Nevertheless, it will be a great second leg.
Santos and Atlante are in the midst of very mediocre seasons domestically, so they might as well field full strength squads in their semi final tie that begins tonight in Torreon. Other than grow about a foot, was does the Hobbit Bermudez have to do for SGE to take notice. He is quick, great on the ball, has good vision, is an accurate passer and has a five star nickname. Should it matter that he is only 5’ 4”? Does anyone remember Alain Giresse (also 5’ 4”)? He seemed to do alright.
Gio got scored in his debut as a starter for Ipswich Town-- a 1-1 draw vs. Burnley. Ipswich’s manager, Jim Magilton, seemed to be impressed… “When Giovani lands on the ball you think something is going to happen and we haven't had that sort of player this season.
He has that ability.”
Gio looks to be making the best of his newly minted opportunity. "I'm very happy to be at Ipswich, there is a good atmosphere around the Club and I'm enjoying my football. That is came here and now I look forward to Watford on Saturday and trying to get three points."
Could it be that Ipswich has a taqueria that serves a machaca estilo pirata and jarritos to wash it down?
Regardless, it’s good to see Gio regain some confidence.
Rafa got a 2 game suspension for his idiotic cleating of Tim Howard in Columbus last month. The penalty definitely fits the crime. It boggles the mind how a player that performs at such a high level with his club repeatedly looks like such an asshat when he plays for his national team. It's time to strip him of his captaincy.