DoubleTake #SEAvSKC

Everyone by now should know there is not a lot you can take-away from the preseason or the first few games of the season, for that matter. And with a red card, it’s even harder to find any real predictors of a teams play. Despite that, there are still a few things we noticed here at PitchBlue:

Take 1: Coelho is solid. Yes, Coelho did score this fantastic and timely goal in the 72nd minute of the game last night against Seattle:

But the real takeaway from this game is the ability of Coelho on the ball and in the air. You would not be hard pressed to say the back line resembled a time when a certain bald-headed Frenchman teamed up with Besler.

Nuno is a player brought in to provide depth and experience to the backline. He is solid on the ball and with his feet, and he can win those aerial duels that Ellis for the majority of last year could not. Do we know yet if he will be the starter for the rest of the season? Does it really matter? With Besler, Coelho, Opara, Ellis,

Do we know yet if he will be the starter for the rest of the season? Does it really matter? With Besler, Coelho, Opara, Ellis, Olum, and even Myers…you have depth beyond reason at center back. Keep in mind we are also without the services of EPB, loaned out to Sporting CP.

Do we know yet if he will be the starter for the rest of the season? Does it really matter? With Besler, Coelho, Opara, Ellis, Olum, and even Myers…you have depth beyond reason at center back. Keep in mind we are also without the services of EPB, loaned out to Sporting CP. Regardless, if Coelho is a starter or not, his services will be used quite often over the next 2 seasons, across all competitions.  And any depth issues at centerback have been certainly been fixed.

Take 2: The goal scoring threat from the wings/midfield is still absent, for the most part. We’ve heard all too often that this team can not rely solely on Dom to win trophies. Coelho is the hero this week, but the “Captain Obvious” statement that we have heard so much, was apparent for the first 30 minutes of the game.

Although we were missing Benny and either Davis or Mapp, I think we should expect better from the lineup we had against a 10-man Seattle.  Again, it was the first game of the season.  It feels like every analysis written this week will make that statement at some point.

Other Notes:

Quintilla was quality at times.  Hallisey missed a good chance.  But those are two players that need to have better chances created.  Roger was Roger and Melia was Melia.  We just need a threat like Nemeth to help take some of the pressure off Dom.  As perfect as Dom is for the SKC system, he can’t do it all alone.

That said.  We looked the better team from the 37th minute on.  We deserved three points.  If we can find that second goal scorer, Sporting will certainly be in the run for more trophies yet again this year.

Prost!

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