When the springs season ended I thought the short preseason lead to a shaky second place finish and things would be better in the fall. The reality is the team has continued to play dismal defense and 1 win, 3 losses, and 6 draws has them on the way to possibly finishing last in the fall and missing the Championship. Tonight displayed all the failings; bad marking, possession but the inability to break through a strong defense, and no will to play the ball wide. At least Holt played a stronger game than recent goalkeepers have and Starikov a few others played with a full 100% effort. With Ledesma playing [as a sub] for the first in over a month gives me hope that the team will, at long last, make one last attempt to salvage the season. Arrango returning to last year's form is a must. As is finding a defensive cohesiveness that has for so long eluded them. Full credit to NC; they played smart tactically and their defense was outstanding; that Slyvester was never truly tested proves how good the players in front of him were. Da Luz and Gorne both finished their opportunities with ease.