I just wanted to make the title clear. What we saw for most of the second half was how United will finish the season. (Or at least how they want to finish the season.) So what did we see? We saw the offense being directed in no uncertain terms by Hristo Stoichkov. We saw Namoff and Convey respond to Hristo to produce the goal and the three of them dominated the flow of the game. The more effective our offense will be, the more other players will buy into following Stoichkov's orders. The ongoing problem with this team's offense is that there are too few players who are "stars" players who attack the goal on a regular basis. In fact with Olsen out we are reduced to Stoichkov with very occasional independent forays by Etcheverry. All the rest of the players are dependent on someone else to 'start' them. Cerritos, Stewart, Convey, Martins, Quintinilla, Quaranta, Eskandarian, Kovalenko, the defenders, all are looking to work off of that main guy. When Olsen got hurt the team was left with no offensive leadership until Stoichkov returned to fitness. And thus what we saw in those five games post-Olsen was a lot of disconected, mostly uninspired play with the main highlights being Etcheverry's PK fouls. No real combination play. No players working off each other to produce a result. No real leader out there. But that changed with Stoichkov's second half entrance yesterday. He was directing players, pointing at them, demanding runs. As I said above, it was Convey and Namoff who responded the most: Namoff, who was very passive in the first half, causing the team to look like it was playing a 5-0-5 or worse, moved forward to play a deep attacking midfielders role- sort of like what Reyna does with the Nats- due to Stoichkov's cajoling. Namoff became very active, keeping the ball in front of him, playing the very essense of a holding mid, supplying the more forward players a stedy stream of balls. It was Brian who saw Convey break free to the left on the goal. Convey in the first half continued to play the solid yet uninspiring play down the left flank that has become his trademark in the last month. (Solid is used here in that KC wasn't running down his side like they were down Q2's.) He wasn't connecting with anyone really. But when Stoichkov entered the game, Convey moved to play a nominal right wing spot. The reality was however that he assumed the a-mid role, stationing himself most of the time in the middle, the better to connect with Stoichkov and Namoff. On the goal Convey released all the way to the left, while Hristo swung right. Goal. Other players tried to be a part of this offensive hub. Cerritos in particular tried but he was a victim of either poor air play on his part or the victim of who I thought was a sure PK foul by Guitterez when he was elbowed in the head while jumping. If Cerritos had managed to get on the end of a couple of balls we might have had ourselves a couple of goals and the win. Hristo's dominance became especially clear at the end of the game when he started directing Quaranta when he entered the game and also with his gestures at the defense. United was truly his team at that point. And if we are to have any success in the playoffs it will be his team them too.