And with that…………………things are back to normal. After a shock (yet memorable) victory over the neighbors earlier this year, it seemed that maybe times were a changin. Well, after tonight’s lackluster showing (what else is new for our Goats); it’s safe to say the neighbor’s dominance over the Goats reigns supreme. At no point throughout this match did it ever seem the Goats wanted the victory. At no point was there any urgency to try and score a goal. This examiner lost count of all the “wake up calls” they endured after saves from the goalpost and botched offsides calls from the offiicials. Not once did they try and take advantage of the situation. Same ol’, Same ol’ from our boys in red and white.
Down 2-0 early in the 2nd half after goals from Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, Paolo Cardozo managed to pull one back. But at no moment did this examiner foresee a comeback for the team that has yet to score more than 2 goals in a match all year. No matter how many chances they got, it just wasn’t going to happen. And low and behold, Landon Donovan was able to add the exclamation point late in the 2nd half to finish off the Goats, 3-1. It didn't help matters either that one of the better Goats all season long, midfielder Ryan Smith, was carted off the field with a leg injury in the contest.
No, I won’t sit here and call for a coaching change. No, I won’t sit here and say that the team needs new players. Everything needed to win matches like these is already present. But for the love that is good in the world, “can you please get it together?” Your fan base deserves better. And don’t point us to a 1-0 win over Portland and how that was a page turner. Dallas just beat them 5-0. That match proved nothing. And before it's brought up, the Semifinal run in the Open Cup proved nothing as the Goats beat lower division teams in their run. It was an MLS team that brought all of us (players and supporters) back to reality with a 4-1 shellacking courtesy of the Seattle Sounders.
What did we learn? The Goats are nowhere near a playoff caliber team. Give them a punching bag and they’ll make the bag look like a contender. Give them some real life competition, and they'll fold like a deck of cards.
Up next for the Goats is a trip next Saturday to face the same Portland Timbers side who just suffered a 5-0 loss. Statistics would say the Goats would win this (evidenced by a 2-1 win at Jeld Wen Field earlier this year). But I’ll wait and see how the match goes (and in person no less) before any declarations of victory are made.