Tagged: MLS

“Match Week”: Jason Discusses The All-Star Game

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((HT: Fox SportsSouth))

Jason had another tour with Brittany Arnold to discuss everything involving the #5Stripes as they head toward their match in Orlando this weekend…

The question was about the guy above and his impact to the team…

For the record, Brittany will be on SDH Wednesday morning at 930…

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“The Monday Rear View” Looks At A Complete Effort

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That guy had a full day…

And SDH will be the firsts to say the league had it wrong…

THIS ONE IS THE GOAL OF THE WEEK

Don’t misunderstand… this first one was ridiculous… Just not AS ridiculous…

And, yes, Kevin Egan it was a peach… as he channeled his inner Martin Tyler on the call… absolute purity…

But the entire evening was worth hanging on to for different reasons…

The Anthem… which should be in the supporters’ hands from now on…

The crowd… who gets major props for hanging out in a monsoon and a stadium clearance…

And the sign of the Waffle House marquis with “Atlanta United- 200k served…” is pretty accurate… and very clever…

Tata has a great first touch… still…

And WHATCHA GONNA DO???!!! WHEN GRESSELMANIA RUNS. WILD. ON. YOU.

Honestly, the only thing missing in one of those celebrations is the ripping of the kit- which, admittedly, would send the crowd into abject hysterics…

And, maybe, a little flexing pose-down for good measure…

But, as we write, NYCFC is heading to town and they’re hot off a big win in Orlando- which was regarded as one of the toughest places to play in the league…

Here’s how 3 were put on the board pretty quickly…

((HT: MLS))

But the field will be just a BIT wider and more suited for Atlanta United play…

What’s past is past, but it’s a good reference point for the future…

What do you remember the most…??? And what will you take with you..???

 

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…

Atlanta United Now Knows US Open Cup Path

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The grid came out Thursday morning for the next few rounds of the all-in tournament

Here’s the look…

So, all we get is the chance of another New York Derby, another round of Cascadia, and Atlanta United taking on either Charleston or the Jacksonville Armada…

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Whaddya think…???

The Monday Rear View: Montreal Screwjob 2.0

Okay, folks…

The first thing that came to mind was this…

Admittedly, here’s the highlights of the match and there’s a lot of them. But there are a lot of different ways to look at them… Thanks to our friends at TSN and MLS

So, here’s some random thoughts… If LGP gets a red, why didn’t Cabrera for his clip in the midfield…??? Why wasn’t Piatti carded for being, well, Piatti…???

I could see the notion of a penalty in all of this on the joust with LGP, but not a red. It seemed like there was enough competition scrambling for the ball to go around…

But that’s just me… It might be you as well…

It’s easy to say that United got screwed on a last-second, deflection of all deflections by Jackson-Hamel. And it was the definition of fluky… That is easy to see…

The larger question is: Where do you go from here…???

The loss has to be shaken off sooner than you think because the road trip to Rio Tinto is not going to be an easy one… Evidence below on a much-improved (for whatever reason) Mike Petke-led side now… thanks to our friends at Altitude Sports:

Do you burn the tape from Montreal…??? Don’t think so… maybe just the last four minutes…

We learned that Kenwyne Jones can work up top. We learned that this side can stay on the edge, but we also learned that United are getting an instant reputation (earned or not) as a chippy, physical side that will mix it up when they have to…

Which leads to all those cards and the unnecessary reds that are getting dished out…

We also learned that Mark Bloom can work and we also learned that Chris McCann needs regular minutes.

One last thing, well actually two…

I CAN’T WAIT for the tifo in the Woosnam End for the first home match back for the guys and where’s the “Bless Your Heart” chant that I am calling for, y’all…??? Actually, I just remembered… There has to be a red card AGAINST Atlanta United for that to happen…

On to Rio Tinto, y’all… Then, the boys are back…

And speaking of embracing the heel, let’s just go all-in shall we…???

Steve… Here’s your intro music for the home return…

BLACK AND WHITE WARM-UP KITS FOR EVERYONE!

Carry on… Play it safe, everyone… We’ll be watching!

The Monday Rear View: Swim Move Or Red Card…???

To use the word “gut check” seems to be a little trite…

But there is something to admit, when Atlanta United went a man down, the team got a little sand in the cleats of Big Red and got out of town with a 2-2 draw…

((HT: MLS))

Two draws on the road in two tough environments- and two roadtrips to go in two more tough environments- Montreal and Rio Tinto…

But with the absence of Yamil Asad (and the #FreeYamil hashtag wandering around already even if the suspension is stuck at only one match- as it really should…), it will be interesting to see how the team lines up in a winnable match against a team that looks like the middle of the field is not their friend so far this season.

Winless in their first five and only playing their second match at home all season, Stade Saputo is one of those places that can come up and bite you. They should be without Marco Donadel who picked up a red on his own in the Impact match against the LA Galaxy- a possible turning point in that match as well.

Don’t think that the team can just go into Saputo and come out with three points…

You know what it feels like, Dear Reader, when you’re only in the middle of something that’s going to be a drag. You look for the end of the road…

Can’t do that this week or next if you think that you can beat an internal goal before your task started… Can you…? Especially if you’re in the top half above the red line…

We’ll see how they respond… One last thing…

Here’s the question that has been burning up every Atlanta United social media element since it went down…???

SDH’s Jarrett Smith called this a “swim move.”

The refs called it a red card… what say you…???

The Monday Rear View: The One-Point Win

I think it’s safe to say the animal does, in fact, exist…

When Atlanta United and Seattle Sounders FC had a lot of their heavyweight players coming back from the most non-direct flights possible to SEA-TAC, the folks that crossed the SDH path thought that the match wouldn’t go any higher than 2 goals for the winner…

It wasn’t even two goals total, but understand… we did indeed see something…

((HT: MLS/FS1))

The backline was in tact and the early returns on that were essential in the dynamic of keeping the Seattle offense from going as berserk as they are know to go when allowed (the Clint Dempsey entrance being the prime example).

But we also saw some things in Atlanta’s makeshift 5 that were ahead of the back- and that says a lot about the roster and how it was built- specifically for situations like reverb off international breaks… and there’s a lot there to keep the style that Tata Martino wants from the beginning of all this…

Here’s Brian Schmetzer after the match…

((HT: Seattle Sounders FC))

Yes, going all out with the pedal down without Josef Martinez for the rest of this roadtrip will be an interesting experiment for the mix-and-match lineups put forward. But, as Greg Garza says, being at Bobby Dodd meant a lot for getting the team prepped for the Linc.

And that’s something else for Atlanta fans to take in from the match on the road…

The team got used to being in a loud barn- so they could be in the same kind of loudness in more hostile environments and be prepped all over again.

Dear Reader, we might have seen a mythical beast in Seattle and it might exist again in Toronto, Montreal, and Rio Tinto for all we know- although you’d like three points more than one any match you see…

Understood…

But a one-point win might prove more beneficial mentally even if it doesn’t look that way in the standings…

On to Toronto where the early weather reports for the Lakefront are temps in the low-40’s by match kick. Go ahead and subtract another ten degrees for wind chill… The only thing missing at BMO would be snowfall…

But Atlanta United has already seen that, right…??? How’d they do then…???

“Soccer Down Here Daily” For March 24

The rundown for the Friday show:

Jason and Jon discuss the Panic Room from the Josef Martinez injury from international play last night and are joined by the AJC’s Doug Roberson to discuss the BIG match-up in San Jose and what it would mean NOT to qualify…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/soccerdownhere/2017/03/24/sdh-daily-march-24-international-break-usmnt-and-atlanta-united

“Wall Pass Wednesday” is up and running!

Here’s your replay of “Wall Pass Wednesday” at SDH Daily
Jason and Jon take a look at your tweets, questions, and everything else going on that you have questions about in the soccer universe!

Listen, like, and take part!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/soccerdownhere/2017/03/22/sdh-daily-march-22-wall-pass-wednesday