Discussion in 'D.C. United' started by Cweedchop, Sep 2, 2002.
Anybody else having trouble getting the Show online?
Is it even on tonight?
I'm not getting a response from the server so it seems that there's either "technical difficulties" or they're taking the holiday off. Too bad, just when we had some good news to talk about!
i heard it no problem. it had to live because they did read emails. a great discussion, even if diceson is nuts to think benching etcheverry for villegas - use etcheverry as a super-sub - and bench quintinilla for zambrano. great shouting match as ed morgans and the others went after diceson.
a great hour for a slow monday night. good job diceson, ed, and the others! now get it on real radio where it belongs
What was Diceson thinking? Or was he stirring up the pot for ratings!
I cannot wait till it goes back live on the air.
People, it wouldn't be Diceson if he didn't suggest something completely insane each and every week..
What he suggests simply won't happen.. He just loves stirring up trouble..
Right . . . and when I suggested on the program a couple of months ago Mia Hamm be used as a super-sub for the Washington Freedom that was equally insane. In the half season that she playd she went something like 9 goals out of 21 shots on goal. Experience with fresh legs works in any league. I'm not a genius or even play one on the radio. This just makes sense when everything else isn't working.
The simple fact is that Etcheverry cannot play a full 90 minutes due to injury or age. A 4-man midfield of Villegas, Olsen, Convey, and Williams in the first half would run the legs off any team in the league. I have a great deal of confidence in the defense being able to hold a shutout through the first 45 minutes. Every coach in the league must respect Etcheverry's abilities. A fresh Etcheverry versus a team thats run for the first half is a good combo to me.
As for Zambrano, that's more for the sake of Moreno. I don't feel that Moreno has confidence in Q2, Lassiter, or Curtis - bad karma or whatever. When teamed up in practice that communications link between Moreno and Zambrano, knowing what the other player is doing without thinking, is much more evident. The second reason is that opponent's must respect the second forward for Moreno to be effective. Granted, no one in the league knows Q2's abilities, and that could be an effective tactic. However, if I were an opposing coach, I'd rather play against young kid with skill who doesn't know who to use it, and not a veteran with more experience.
Don't worry, it probably won't happen unless DCUnited is out of the playoffs. RH doesn't agree with my assessment either.
As far as the program itself, I checked it during the show, and we were broadcasting - thanks for the heads up anyways. Likewise, thanks for everyone taking time on their holiday to listen.
Given the way you phrased the suggestion it makes more sense. That and the fact that it did seem to work for the Freedom.
Having said that, I would not put Marco in as a substitute for the simple reason that Marco is not Mia, i.e. two very different type of players and two very distinct personalities.
As far as Q2 goes, he can hold the ball and make very good passes, something the other forwards cannot, for that sole reason he needs to be a starter.
Zambrano can more easily take advantage of tired legs with his dribbling.
Keep up the good work.
This was an extreme case John..
It worked brilliantly for the Freedom but you do have to remember that Mia was coming off of a serious injury and simply couldn't play a full 90 minutes.. She played one game at 90 minutes and it was readily apparent to both Mia and Gabarra that she wasn't ready to play 90..
It just so happened to work out that the run the Freedom went on to finish the season coincided with the Mia at 45 minutes experiment..
Mia was more than capable by season's end to play 90 minutes, it was that the scenario was garnering some fantastic results and Gabarra felt no rocking of the boat was in order and logically it made sense..
I can tell one thing for sure though, if the Freedom didn't have a player like Wambach attracting so much attention, you would bet the mortgage that Hamm would have been starting the last half dozen matches..
As for your other suggestions, we'll just have to agree that you're simply nuts.....
Diceson, your Etchverry idea is interesting, but I'd say the minueses outweigh the pluses. I thought Villegas was a great late sub vs the Quakes because we were in full offensive more (meaning he didn't have to play defense) and his frenetic energy was very draining on the Quakes. put him in the game at the beginning and his weaknesses get exposed:
-poor defense. Remember the last time we played Foxboro, a 1-0 loss, the lone goal, scored by Kamler, could easily have been prevented if only Villegas had tracked back. And that example of poor defense is not the only one we've seen.
-doesn't combine well with others. Too often we've seen Peter just go off on his own. A fresh defense can eat him up, just take the ball from him and counter.
A tired defense, however, reacts slowly to Villegas, maximizing his effectiveness and making him a great super sub. Given that Olsen hasn't yet shown to be a 90 minute man yet, it's best to sub Peter for Benny.
Villegas is terrible. Diceson is looney.