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SDH Saturday SoccerCast: Midland-Odessa FC vs. Detroit City FC

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((HT: Fox Sports Detroit))

And then there were four…

For your ¬†SDH Saturday SoccerCast, it’s one National Semi-Final in the NPSL

If you listened to “Soccer Down Here” daily this week, you heard Sockers FC head coach Matt Barnes discuss how hard this match is going to be…

He’s short-handed and heading to Keyworth for the match with Le Rouge…

Kickoff is 7:30, pre-game a little before

Enjoy, y’all!

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And, remember, the other semi-final between Elm City and CD Aguiluchos will be over at theonlinesportsguys.com at 7:30 as well…

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Longshore Previews Atlanta United and NYCFC

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((HT: CBS46 Atlanta/Emily Gagnon’s Twitter))

Atlanta United color commentator and SDH Top Dawg was a guest with Emily Gagnon on the Saturday Sports product discussing the United-NYCFC match and was asked about the absence of “Tata” Martino on the touch line…

Kickoff at the top of the hour on ESPN and 92.9 The Game

NPSL Northeast Week 11 Review/Preview

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In the Northeast/Atlantic Blue, it’s Elm City Express that continues to impress in their first season- a 4-point weekend with a draw against Hartford City and a win over Seacoast Phantoms put them on top (10 points). Creative Motion Video has the Hartford highlights

Brooklyn Italians beat Cosmos B to stay second (6 points) and Cosmos B (4 points) turned around and beat TSF FC. TSF, Greater Lowell, and Seacoast Phantoms all have three points this season to date. TSF beat Greater Lowell and Phantoms beat Seacoast Mariners in a cross-over.

This week, Brooklyn hosts TSF and Elm City in a big early-season match-up. TSF also travel to Phantoms Sunday. Cosmos B goes to Phantoms and host Greater Lowell.

Atlantic White has Hartford City, Stockade, Boston City, and Rhode Island all within a win in the standings. Stockade had a 6-point week with wins over NYAC and Rhode Island. Reds started their week with a win over Seacoast Mariners.

This week, Hartford City hosts Stockade, the Reds hosts NYAC, and Boston City hosts Mariners.

The Keystone Conference got underway with some biog numbers last weekend. Junior Lone Star put 4 on Buxmont Torch for a win. Clarkstown put 5 on Greater Binghamton. West Chester United put 4 on Hershey FC…

And Electric City and NJ Copa drew at 1… watch that match here…

This week, Buxmont visits Hershey and West Chester. Electric City goes to Binghamton and Clarkstown hosts NJ Copa.

In the Mid-Atlantic, Fredericksburg played twice winning at Legacy 76 and losing to VBC FC. This week, FC Frederick starts their season- hosting Legacy 76.

Another Episode of “When Electronics Fail”

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A lot of you in the SDH footprint knew about (and were, probably, present) when this happened over the weekend…

But this one happened in Chattanooga… same issue, same solution…

Good on you both!

Nicely done… and the HQ thinks that the solution might be right in front of us all for future anthems…

The Monday Rear View: Get Back…

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WHATCHA GONNA DO, BROTHER…???!!!

The short answer is: “Get Back…”

After six of seven on the road, it’s time for the Concrete and Cherry Pie kits to be put away more often than not…

And, prevailing opinion taking hold here, the team might be a week or two away from being at full song since the Minnesota United match- and we all know how that went. First things first, though, congratulations to The Ol’ 2-4 for this moment in Portland

Going deeper here… it’s something that the side can file away as an interesting wrinkle to the line-up. With Gressel and Almiron switching places on this run- Gressel inside and Almiron out- it gave the opportunity that created the goal. The defense went with Almiron as Gressel leaked in behind and shot with his left.

1-nil…

And you have to give it up for keeper Alec Kann, who is making it very difficult for Brad Guyzan when he shows up- even as United asked if Middlesbrough would let him go early… and they STILL said “no” after being relegated…

The fans didn’t want him around any more, did they, after 2 nutmegs in the 3-0 loss to Chelsea…???

But back to Kann… four more saves to boost his total to 34 and this one late kept it tied at ones… thanks to the Timbers their own selves…

Possession was taking advantage of the situation in the midfield left by the absence of Darlington Nagbe and Atlanta showed patience and pace. Just “SHOOT,” okay…???

But Adi made no friends on the Atlanta side with this page out of the Maradona playbook: Hashtag “Sistine Chapel”

And Alan Kelly made no friends- especially after not calling… what’s the word we’re looking for… oh, yeah… “A LOT!”

And that’s one of the more tame responses… Here’s the highlights to watch stuff for yourself, thanks to ESPN and MLS their own selves…

And, if you want to itemize the whole match go here- until it gets pulled…

The match with Houston could be FIFA 17 revisited with all the speed around- Quioto, Elis, Manotas, and Cubo Torres versus Atlanta…

Find your seat belts, y’all…

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:

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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…