Metro easily dumps DC Scum, 2:0
April 15, 2017
Ah, the good old 4-2-3-1... How we missed you so! (Now, we realize we spent the last two years crying that Metro's and Marsch's inflexibility is what doomed us down the stretch. Oh, how we needed to have variable attacking formations!) Wonderful 4-2-3-1... Welcome back!
Tonight, the old formation was back in winning fashion, as Metro had no problems beating DC, 2:0. Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored second half goals, as Metro broke a month-long winless streak that was starting to get worrisome.
Other than the formation change, Jesse Marsch made one personnel swap, inserting Muyl for Derrick Etienne. That decision paid off early in the second half. (The first period ended goalless, but Metro looked more cohesive on offense than at any point this year.) Less than a minute in, Muyl rose his head to a perfect Sacha Kljestan corner, the ball went through Bill Hamid's hands and into the net.
Metro doubled the lead in the 62nd, when a Felipe pass sprung Bradley Wright-Phillips. The wonderful Englishman sublimely split two Scum defenders, and slotted the ball through Hamid's legs. (This is where we mention that some are anointing Hamid the next great American goalie, but come on. First goal through the hands, the other through the legs. He is trash. Luis Robles is miles better.)
Speaking of Robles, he didn't have to do much to preserve the shutout, as Aurelien Collin and Aaron Long completely shut down the center of the field. So, an easy, welcome win over the hated rivals...
Now let's see how far 4-2-3-1 takes us before we start crying again...
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Collin, Zizzo, Adams, Martins, Kljestan, Royer, Muyl, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Etienne, Gulbrandsen, Perrinelle.