Wow. Are we really this good? Even without Montero? I keep waiting for somebody to pinch me and wake me up.
With the exception of our standard 20-25 minutes in the middle where we have to pretend we're letting them back in the game, Toronto was pretty much shut down. DeRosario was not a threat. Guevara was not a threat. And their backline and goalkeeper and especially their midfield weren't up to the challenge.
Post-match random thoughts:
- Osvaldo Alonso is my favorite player on the pitch. He's paid $65,000 a year. By the end of the season, that's going to come down to about a penny a touch.
- You know what blows me away most about this team? The workrate. As I said earlier in a GS forum comment: Everybody plays up, everybody plays back, nobody ever stops when they might be needed, and it's rare that anybody on the ball is ever left hanging with less than two options. Two defenders can miss a clearance or a tackle, and there will be a third player there to clean up. Same thing offensively, that second goal being case in point.
That, even more than Keller -- who don't get me wrong, is fantastic -- is the biggest secret to the team's success.
- Please, please tell me that the commentator who said Seattle might be shopping around for a second DP is wrong! Adrian and Co: If you have an extra $325,000 in the salary cap, give it to the players who are currently earning it! Don't search for the player who might make the team one tiny increment better! (Take it from a former Galaxy fan here.)
Now it's time for Le Toux and Nyassi to get theirs.
(But I mean that in the classiest possible way.)
Relief more than euphoria this afternoon. But there are much worse emotions one can have.