Entries by Jimmy Laroue

Finishing Fails United Again In Loss

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.

A Taylor-Made Debut For Fabian

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).

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Fire Power In The East

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.

Protecting Freddy: Whose Job Is It, And Is It Necessary?

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?