IMO yesterday's game in the swamp was auspicious. How you might ask? Because we scored four goals and none of the goals had Moreno or Gomez involved in their making. In fact it gets even better since besides no involvement by our Big Two, there was no involvement by Adu, Gros, or (an injured) Quaranta either. Contrast that to last year where most goals easily had either Gomez and/or Moreno in their making and of the rest, practically all had Freddy, Santino and/or some Gros involvement. So what could it mean? It means that the team looks like it is finally getting back to it's form at the end of 2004. Remember MLS Cup in 04 and how the goals didn't come from Moreno and Gomez? What's important here is that with more players feeling comfortable in attacking, opposing teams can't shut down the team by taking either of the Big Two out or by taking an area of the field away from United as the attack is now genuinely coming from all angles of the field. Yesterday I was particularly encouraged by Carroll's offense along with Benny, neither of whom were much of an offensivive presence last year. Having them attack is like a baseball change-up, right down the center of the plate, but at a different speed then what the opposition thinks it's getting (from Gomez and Moreno) so it gets through. The play of the game for me was Carroll running over Wynne before passing the ball to Walker. Well that or Carroll to Olsen to Esky for the Red bull goal. If Benny and Broan can continue to do that then opposing d-mids and CB's can't focus on Moreno and Gomez so much. And having Adu on the wing makes more space for all the central guys even if he isn't directly contributing towards a goal as he stresses out the right side of the opposing defense. That's similar to what Stewart got into late in 04 and is huge, particularly for Eskandarian. Back to the 4th goal: I'm sure Wynne was worn down by having to track Freddy all game when he then had Carroll in his grill. And honestly I see the team as still feeling it's way. If you go back to those late 04 games you see the players passes were better then what the team is doing so far. Back then, when the team got into a groove, the passes were not only generally accurate but were precisely to the right place for the receiver to do something with it. The passes seemed so often to be not only on the far side of the defender but also on the receiver's preferred foot so they could then in turn do the most with the ball. That hasn't happened yet so much, though it's starting to in spirts. When this team gets into midseason form it could be quite impressive.