Sunday, September 23, 2007

Wizards Given Taste of Stoppage Time Winner

Last week the Wizards scored twice in second half stoppage time to get the full 3 points off Columbus. This week, the Wizards were on the other end of that result. Tied with Chivas at 1-1 in second half stoppage time, Ante Razov curled in a great shot from outside the box to give Chivas their first win against the Wizards, 2-1.

The way the Wizards played last night, this was a rough result. They'd been able to hold the Chivas attack in check for much of the game. The first half, the Wizards dominated the flow of play and were able to hold possession like I haven't seen them do most of this season. Inside the first few minutes, Ryan Pore could have put the Wizards up 1-0 when he was put in alone with Brad Guzan, but Pore scuffed his shot wide. Pore left the game soon after with what was said to be blurred vision from a knock to the head. This brought on Eloy Colombano for his longest run of playing time since joining the Wizards.

In the second half, the Wizards continued to have the run of play, Eddie Johnson had a shot saved by Guzan, and the majority of the play was in Chivas end of the field. In the 69th minute though, against the run of play, Chivas found the opener as Razov had the easiest of finishes after a cross had beaten the Wizards defense. The Wizards didn't take long to respond, though, as Jose Burciaga found Johnson on a ball over the top. Johnson turned Claudio Suarez inside out and shot, only to have it deflected onto the cross bar, where if then fell to Colombano, who tucked it away to level the game. After the goal, Chivas began to get more of the possession and continued to attack. The Wizards were able to absorb most of the pressure, except for that late strike by Razov.

3 Stars of the Game
1. Ante Razov - Chivas - Two goals for the Chivas forward, on this two best chances of the game. Other then that, though, Jimmy Conrad and Nick Garcia held him in check.
2. Eloy Colombano - KC - Got well over an hour on the field last night, and probably proved that he deserves to start. Played incredibly well, taking players on, and putting in good crosses. Got off the mark with his goal too.
3. Carlos Marinelli - KC - Showed the poise and control in the midfield that he showed earlier this season. Didn't try to do too much, but was very active playing great balls through most of the game.


The Manly Ferry said...

I am not seeing how Colombano doesn't start; certainly he's better than Ryan Pore.

Mike said...

I see no reason why he isn't starting, it's made no sense to me why he didn't start ahead of Pore. He really needs to see more of the field.