Black, Red, Blue and Principe
Peurto Rico at FC Edmonton
It was Ben McKendry’s first full start for the squad, not a bright and sunny, but a blustery and bleary as is not completely uncommon for this time of year in old Edmontonia.
Gene Principe was in the commentary box again, which gave an odd feeling to the broadcast. Like you were sitting down at some semi-distant relatives and for some reason your hockey friends wanted to sit down and watch soccer. He’s more knowledgeable about the game than I would have given him credit for.
“Would Tyson Farago’s big boot be a factor in this one?” was a question I was hoping not to hear, but it came, in some fashion. It’s not that I don’t like a big boot. We all like a big boot every once in a while. But it wasn’t what I had hoped to be talking about.
But I’ll give Farago credit at least, the goal was a defensive blunder that he had no chance on, and other than that, he looked solid. He held on to quite a few at the end that many keepers might have parried out for corners, and it’s that type of veteran move that can add up over the course of a season.
Still liking the look of the new formation. I’m not even sure I’ll be able to remain objective as 4-5-1 is my personal favourite formation. The boys came out of the gates well, but as the clouds lifted, so too did Peurto Rico’s spirits.
I’ve noticed it a few times, and I’m not sure if it’s just my imagination, but is Galvao crying wolf every once in a while? Whether successful or not, I would be surprised if it’s something that will endear him to the locals. It would be a shame to see him not fit on over something so minor; he might be the most technically gifted player on the team (other than Corea, anyways).
Speaking of Corea, I would love to see him tuck in more when the Eddies don’t have the ball. I find he tends to get lost out on the flank every once in a while, and it’s a shame when he’s not getting enough touches on the ball.
The Eddies had on their black and blues tonight, and racked up a few yellow’s before the half, including one that Ledgerwood didn’t deserve (the female referee had an otherwise excellent game).
We had a few solid chances in the first half but it was a midfield battle, and give PRFC credit, they came to grind one out (and they’ve been hot). Great little move by Ameobi to create the goal for Fisk. Great little unselfish play at the end to find Fisk in a more central location. Two thumbs way, way up.
The Peurto Rico goal came fairly early on in the second, and, as I mentioned earlier, it was something that Watson and Diakite needed to sort out. Shouldn’t be any free headers in there, but they know that already.
Watson was actually really unlucky not to bury one in this game in fact. The Eddies really turned it on at the end, and if it wasn’t for a couple stellar saves from Spangenberg at the other end it could have finished 4 – 1 instead of 1 – 1.
As far as Miller goes, my one(minor) complaint is that he could have got Eustaquio in there a little sooner for Mckendry. I appreciate the gesture of giving Mckendry nearly a full first start, but a super sub needs at least 20 minutes to get the job done(no wonder he took a yellow!), and a super sub never seems to hurt in a draw.
Ledgerwood saw red in the end, and on some level he really should know better, and on some level I really can’t blame him for being frustrated. I love the passion, but he’s gotta know when he’s on a yellow.
And two thumbs way way up for the 3 sets of drums I saw at the end there. That’s one more than I remember there being.
Do your absolute best to limit the dad jokes, Gene.