The Monday Rear View (On A Tuesday): R-E-L-A-X

Let’s just start things this way, courtesy of a Green Bay QB:

And, I know, that you may not want the whole thing, but here’s the highlights… Or, if you’re an Atlanta United fan… the highlights from the first 20 minutes and the rest of the match…

So, Dear Reader… What say you about the two different matches you saw on a Sunday…???

If the two overlaps that gave Tito Villaba point-blank opportunities that were parried by the all-worldy Bill Hamid in the DCU net, this. game. is. over. That, I think, we can all agree on.

(sidebar: DCU fans need to keep an eye on Hamid’s hamstring/quad which seemed to get tweaked in a scrum in the first half. It led to other players reintroducing the ball into play. Travis Worra warmed up on the side of the pitch getting ready if Hamid couldn’t continue for DCU. It would have been a bit of a drop off, but Worra started in 13 matches in 2016 and had four clean sheets.)

I know that we all look at “Tata” Martino’s game and think something like this every single offensive possession:

((HT: Warner Brothers Pictures))

And, yes, I know that was “Major League 2” instead of the original…

How do you adjust…??? The league now has a book on you as a starting pitcher… How do you change your pitching approach now that folks know what they’re looking at…

Who works…? Who works where…? Who’s healthy…? All that stuff… There’s nothing wrong with trying to run the opposition out of the building, but when the roster isn’t at full song it takes some adjustments.

But, look at the DCU match this way…

It’s not one of those situations where the wheels COMPLETELY fell off, but it is something to look at going forward. DC United stifled Atlanta United in the midfield by clogging it all up- even moreso when they had a lead. The air was taken out of the ball and, when you look at the numbers, it showed. But it showed differently…

If that makes any sense… All the time of possession advantage meant was they held the ball trying to find something to do with it… and DCU wouldn’t let them…

Here’s some empirical proof… thanks to our friends at Analysis Evolved…

Larentowicz. Asad. Peterson. The return of Goslin and Carleton. The DisCo on elbows.

Those questions remain as the team heads to Yankee Stadium and Portland- trying to get some points on the road that they’re not getting (surprisingly) at home…

But Tom Petty presents the last point for the day…

Everything will be okay…

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