Thursday, September 24, 2009

9/24/09: Not Their Night Is The Best Way To Summarize The Crew's Cruz Azul Defeat

Sometimes it's just not your night... Crew just need to shake it off, qualify by beating Saprissa next week, and find a way to deal with Mexican teams in the knockout round (Pic on right by Sam Fahmi)

Sometimes it's not your night no matter how hard you try. Doesn't matter if you're playing footie, trying to pick up some hottie, or trying to put together a badass tifo.

Here's a personal example.

Yesterday at 2:45 p.m. I was blow drying (with my mom's hair dryer) the 10 two sticks I made Tuesday night(a depiction of Elmer Fudd in the middle as a huge two stick, then 8 two sticks of rabbits perishing in different ways- their cartoon depictions vegetarians and peta lovers- Azul's mascot is a rabbit, and two bullseye two sticks). The project was quite last second and spur of the moment as I put them together from 1 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday night. Then I whoke up, figuring the two sticks would be dry and spent Wednesday until 2:30 p.m. working on my Master's research project. At 2:45 I figured I would go check out the two sticks and came to find that none were dry and I had a problem. And, at 3:00 p.m. I was frantically rubbing the wet paint in with the dry with my hands, trying to do anything to have the paint dry. Finally, it was good enough and I affixed all the banners at 3:30 p.m. til 4:15, hurried to my car, and drove 3 and a half hours at 80 miles per hour to make the game. I was outside the stadium at 7:40, ran into the Lowe's next door at 7:45, bought two big pvc pipes for the Elmer Fudd huge two stick and then adhered that together in the Lowe's parking lot. Then I carried it all into Crew Stadium at 7:59.

All that work (trust me try to make 10 two sticks and one huge one in half a day) and not so much in return in terms of display, as everyone in the Nordecke was rightfully miffed after thirty minutes being down 2-0. I only lifted the Elmer Fudd one while getting help from probably 3 or 4 others. So, about half of the dang things were not even displayed.

I guess, on those ones that weren't even raised, I might have been better off flushing my money down my toilet as it would have saved me the effort, lol.

In comparison, The Columbus Crew threw the kitchen sink against Cruz Azul playing with only three defenders. The Crew hit the post three times, meaning if their shots would have been a foot lower, a foot to the right, or a foot to the left the Crew would be walking away with a 3-2 win. Instead, Cruz Azul made the three back formation pay, finishing their two and only two solid opportunities. Even after that, the whole Crew team worked their tails off especially Moreno, Rogers, Schelotto, Burns, and Renteria late in the game. The Crew outshot Cruz Azul 22-13 in the game. But it just wasn't going to happen no matter what.

And, it's fine. Cruz Azul has and deserves first place. Columbus who beat Saprissa at their Monster's Cave last week, will have a good chance of beating them at home next week to clinch second place in the group. Saprissa(now with four points) tied Puerto Rico (now with two points) 1-1 on Tuesday night, lColumbus has six points with two games remaining. The top two teams qualify.

Once the Crew likely qualifies next week, then the Crew can work on how to deal with Cruz Azul and other Mexican opponents in the later rounds. I have a feeling Columbus will figure it out sooner or later. The main objective with group play is getting out of your group. The Crew would receive no major advantage or golden token for finishing first.

Every team that makes it out of their group is going to be difficult, so first or second isn't really going to matter come the end of the knockout round.

HIGHLIGHTS (If you were not in the Nordecke yesterday):


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