Monday Morning Free Kicks: Round 1 Recap

Monday Morning Free Kicks: Round 1 Recap

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 29, 2007
  • 6 Comments

I can’t say I am surprised by this past weekend. A couple “upsets” this weekend caused a lot of confusion in some people’s mind about the playoffs and what is to come. Only three goals scored, to go along with one scoreless draw made this opening weekend in the 2007 MLS Playoffs pretty interesting. But really, not all that shocking.

Thursday started the playoffs with a band with the Fire beating DC. Saturday saw just as many upsets as Thursday night. I for one next expected Dallas or Kansas City to win but I wasn’t at all surpried by the New England – New York draw. The only surprise there was the scoreless part of the game.

Starting in Dallas, the Hoops found a way to win against a club that previously they had trouble even scoring on. An amazing throw in by former Houston Dynamo, now FC Dallas midfielder Adrian Serioux set up a sloppy Clarence Goodson goal. Houston wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard even though they outshot the Hoops and mostly outplayed them as well.

Dallas found a way though, that’s something important to think about if your a Dallas fan. They found a way to get a little bit ahead when they needed to most. Now it is on to Houston, a place that they have never won at but I think they should feel like they have some confidence going into the game now that they finally got back over the hump and beat the Dynamo.

Houston had plenty of chances but at the end of the day it was the first Dallas win in the playoffs in eight years. Eight years. Dallas should have plenty of confidence after finally winning in the playoffs again. They will definitely need it though in the second leg of the series with Houston.

Up in New York, the Red Bulls and Revs played to a scoreless draw. New York should have won the game, the chances and possession was there but the finishing was not.

This result was probably the most shocking in my mind from this weekend since both clubs know their way to the net but neither could get the job done.

The series shifts back to New England, where you have to feel the Revs have the clear advantage going into the second leg of the series.

And finally in Kansas City, the 8th seed Wizards may have put the biggest shock of the weekend on Chivas USA. I said going into the game that the Wizards would have a lot to prove and a lot of motivation to show that they really belonged in the post-season. They did a pretty decent job of letting the rest of the league know that they are in it to win right now and now lay down and be happy to be in the playoffs.

Still, if I am Chivas I feel pretty happy to only be down by one goal going back to the place that they only lost one game in all season. KC has never really had great sucess in the Home Depot Center, so the Goats shouldn’t have too much to worry about going into the final leg of the series.

All four series are still very much up for grabs going into this weekend’s play. All the higher seed may have gotten knocked down a bit but they still have the home-field advantage going into the final game of the series, something they should all use to their advantage.

What did you make of these games this weekend? Any surprises come your way or totally expected results?

  • tex

    Can you say no clue? You along lots of other folks had no idea about playoff soccer.

  • steve

    no wins in eight years in the playoffs sounds like no one would see that coming tex…I would say you have no clue about the playoffs either

  • Barefoot

    Interesting Stat. Fouls committed: DAL-23, HOU-8<br />
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    Morrow also pulled Richetti and Ruiz (both uncommon moves). The reason is that they both picked up Yellow cards, and Morrow wanted to protect them as he clearly told his boys the way to beat Houston is to physically beat the crap out of them.<br />
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    Get ready for an UGLY second game on Friday. I expect a 0-0 tie with dallas committing 30+ fouls.<br />
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    Go Hoops!

  • tex

    Can you say no clue? You along lots of other folks had no idea about playoff soccer.

  • steve

    no wins in eight years in the playoffs sounds like no one would see that coming tex…I would say you have no clue about the playoffs either

  • Barefoot

    Interesting Stat. Fouls committed: DAL-23, HOU-8

    Morrow also pulled Richetti and Ruiz (both uncommon moves). The reason is that they both picked up Yellow cards, and Morrow wanted to protect them as he clearly told his boys the way to beat Houston is to physically beat the crap out of them.

    Get ready for an UGLY second game on Friday. I expect a 0-0 tie with dallas committing 30+ fouls.

    Go Hoops!