North Carolina 3 – Edmonton 0
Starting with the good news, as is polite – Sean Fleming – a name I haven’t heard in a long time. When I saw the announcement I had to investigate. And it was everything I had hoped it would be.
Sean Fleming had made numerous visits to Yukon when I was a young player. And though I very much doubt that I was ever at the front of his radar, we spoke, and he asked me how things were, and really, truly meant it. Considering how much he got around, I found it astounding how close it seemed like he was with the players he met. Not only that, but he was instrumental in many of my close friends successfully pursuing college scholarships.
As far as I’m concerned, FC Edmonton couldn’t possibly have made a better hire. Quite frankly I could fill an entire article with good things to say about Sean Fleming, but as an Academy hire, I probably should keep it brief. I can so rarely say this, but in this case, I can personally vouch for this guy and say Fath and Ball just landed, what I feel, is a slam-dunk.
The game itself was one to forget. It’s too bad. I took a little hiatus because I honestly couldn’t think of anything else to say about the team the last few matches, but they had come in playing well (on the road, anyways).
It’s not like Edmonton was exactly “festive” today, in their defence (but they didn’t exactly give the fans reason to be either). Buddy on drums was back there again, doing his thang. But what else is it going to take to liven the place up. A luau? Pineapples and a toasty warm pig roast to stand around? I’m not even sure if I’m kidding.
They had a good little win over the Deltas, and tied this exact same team a week ago on the road. One has to wonder if they didn’t get quite the home cooking they thought they might. I don’t even wanna talk about excuses, though. I’m just sad.
I’m really trying not to pick on Miller any more, but I can’t say I understand his comments before half time. These guys didn’t need a tongue lashing as much as they did a pick-me-up. And I’ll even defend him and say he’s definitely feeling the pressure and this is at least partially my fault. But what would have Zambrano done? I feel like he would have came in and patted a few guys on the shoulder and tried to cheer them up.
The only one who seemed to be having fun out there was Dustin, bless his little Salvadorian heart. Look how much fun TFC are having, chicken and the egg, I know, but one has to wonder.
I won’t even get into the disgusting display of unsportsmanship shown by Colin Clarke to Ben Mckendry late in the game when FCEd was making a push. For all his faults, Colin Miller wouldn’t have done that. Good on you for punching it out of his hand Mckendry. What a fucking punk.
The sounds of the game were telling and the whole experience left me reminded of a little quote that’s been ringing around in my head the last few days:
“Do you change the steps to the dance of life, or does the dance of life change your step?”