- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 9, 2007
- 4 Comments
Something can be said about defense wins championships. Last night New England’s defense showed why they have some of the top defenders in the league by outting the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Championship. The shots were there for the Fire but none could find the back of the net thanks to the Revs defense.
Yes, Taylor Twellman’s goal was special but you have to think this was a pretty special win for the Revs as well. Think about it, this is their third straight trip to the MLS Cup, and the forth in five years. That is something that not even DC has done before. The only thing left to do is get the stigma of being the MLS version of the Buffalo Bills off their backs in this year’s Cup.
Did Chicago go for the kill too early with putting Pablo Wanchope in the lineup to start? I am not sure really, he did get some decent chances but I think he would have been better served off the bench in this one. Chicago definitely needed a second half spark and I think he would have given it to them.
Chicago’s run is over, but you have to think that they paved the way for another New England trip by beating DC in the opening round. Not to say that New England wouldn’t have beaten United but having the home field advantage certianly paid off in this one for the Revs.
The Revs now await tomorow’s western clash with Houston and Kansas City. I still believe (just as I did before the season) that the Revs will meet the Dynamo again in the MLS Cup.
In other MLS news, I caught this tid-bit from a San Jose newspaper this morning. The most interesting part was the quote from Landon Donovan about Frank Yallop. The quote comes pretty far into the article about Frank Yallop rejoining the Quakes.
“As a person, I’m glad [Frank Yallop] got away from this…” Landon Donovan
Mainly Lando is talking about how hard of a season it was for Yallop and how he wasn’t really able to coach in LA due to other people…*cough Alexi Lalas cough*.
You can read into this however you want. It still makes me believe Lando could be on his way out to San Jose. Say what you want about LA wanting to keep him but I think after the last two seasons in LA for Lando he may be wanting a change back to where things were good, San Jose. It doesn’t hurt that his coach during those good times was Frank Yallop either.
Just one man’s opinion, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Donovan be the centerpiece of the San Jose expansion this coming season. They will be wanting a big name player to draw in the crowd and I think he is a big enough of a name to draw in the folks for some games.
As of now there is really no other player out there that I could see going to really kick-start the Earthquakes expansion better than Lando.