Bruce Arena has the luxury of juggling his lineups from match to match-regardless of competition-without worrying about the result, even as he says he goes into every match with winning in mind.
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Jimmy LaRoue is in his ninth season covering soccer in the D.C. and Richmond areas and is an award-winning reporter for The News Virginian in Waynesboro.
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Another strong defensive effort went by the wayside as DC United’s finishing failed them once more, and Chicago’s Damani Ralph capitalized on one of just two shots on goal for the Fire in a 1-0 win before 21,235 at RFK Stadium.
Freddy Adu may be a teenage phenom and he may have scored his historic first MLS goal. However, MetroStars (2-0-0) rookie Fabian Taylor proved in a 13-minute span of the second half why he could have more of an impact on the league’s landscape this season, scoring twice in a 3-2, come-from-behind victory Saturday over DC United (1-1-1).
The teen phenom’s promise will have to wait another day, as DC United franchise legend Jaime Moreno stepped up in his return with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win against 2003 MLS Cup champions San Jose before a capacity crowd of 24,603 Saturday afternoon.
Trying to predict what will happen in the 2004 MLS season is a fruitless, futile and taxing endeavor, so like all forms of exercise, I’ll delay that for the time being. Besides, exercise is always better with a group of people to suffer along with you. Thus, Ian Plenderleith, Mark Bushman and Craig Stouffer, along with myself, will shake off the cobwebs and flex our prognosticating muscles Friday. In the meantime, I’ll present today the Eastern Conference outlook for each team.
Let’s start with a few questions about Freddy Adu.
Whose job will it be to protect the 14-year old star from those envious of him? How will he compensate for the physical play, and is that overblown, as his DC United coach, Peter Nowak, suggests? Can the league shield him from the rigors of MLS action? Kansas City defender Nick Garcia thinks Adu will get his fair share of “beats and bruises.” Will fatigue be a factor for someone who has never played a 30-match schedule? Finally, how will he deal with the on- and off-the-field rigors of being a professional athlete?