Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Friday, April 21, 2006
  Now that's a Classic
I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like lately, but now that I’ve got a few minutes, I’ve got to comment on Saturday’s Derby match at the HDC. Wow!!! Now that’s how to start a rivalry. It's taken a year to get a classic match which makes the meetings a Classico.

Last season, the first 5 (yes, I count the Open Cup) matches between these two sides were a joke. However, Saturday could have gone either way. The Goats must have thought their time had come…but Glen had to snatch it from them deep in injury time.

It’s a game that will be talked about for a long time—much like a game that I’m still trying to forget up in San Jose. About time too. All this talk about the Goats joining MLS and being contenders was starting to really get amusing.

Anyway, I’m glad I stayed up until after 1 AM (I’m in the Eastern Time Zone these days) to see that finish. Well worth the lack of sleep.

It’s funny, I’ve become really positive about the league in general this season…and that match only added to my enjoyment.

Something else happened this week that made me happy. Former Galaxy fan favorite, Alexi Lalas, will take over as the Galaxy GM. Now, I thought it a possibility with the recent developments at the Meadowlands.

I’m not sure how Alexi is on the business side of things. Doug Hamilton did a great job there. However, what Lalas will bring is something Hamilton seemed lacking…and that was being a politician. As great a person as Hamilton was, he wasn’t the public face that Lalas is. Add to that the fact that he’ll be able to attract more media attention to the team. Where can ya go wrong?

So, it’s been a good week there. I need to catch up on some reading to see what else I’ve been missing…but I guess I can’t have everything.
 
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