June 1, 2010
Devo's Direct Kicks - Report Card
The Rhinos got a big three points on Saturday night with their 2-1 win over Vancouver.
After the game, Bob Lilley talked about how things are getting better. But in what has become a common theme, he did have something that he wanted his team to improve upon. This time it was killing the game with the Rhinos not allowing Vancouver a shot for the first 85 minutes and then needing to hold on for dear life after Ricardo Sanchez hit a wicked free kick in the 90th minute.
But one of the things that I like about this year's squad is that they tend to get results whenever Lilley and his staff focus on something.
One of the things I mentioned to Coach Lilley is that they didn't give a goal shortly after the intermission. His response, "Yeah, you liked that" was delivered with a grin.
With NSC Minnesota coming to town on Friday night, hopefully the Rhinos can keep the momentum going and get on a roll with the US Open Cup just around the corner.
News & Notes:
- The USMNT won't be chasing Aaron Lennon around the park on June 12th as Fabio Capello left him off the 23 man England roster.
- Here are the highlights of the US-Turkey game. Suddenly a whole lot fewer people are wondering why Bob Bradley selected Robbie Findley.
- No Short Corners' Video Monday has all sorts of good USMNT stuff from the weekend.
- ESPN is jumping head first into the World Cup coverage with a great piece on Joe Gaetjens & a Homecoming edition with Landon Donovan.
- If you were wondering what jersey numbers the US players were getting, here you go.
- Speaking of Joe Gaetjens, check this t-shirt out. I want one and one of these t-shirts, too!
- The Unprofessional Foul blog has a preview of the USMNT.
- What are the odds that the Rhinos will get Laurie Calloway's Des Moines Menace early in the US Open Cup?
- Shannon Boxx has landed with FC Gold Pride. I wonder where Hope Solo, Lori Chalupny, Tina Ellertson, Eniola Aluko and others will land?
- Clue #2 about the Portland MLS logo is out and this one focuses on the axe.
- If you want a 1 in 600 shot at winning a 2010 Mercedes C300 and you have an extra $100 laying around, check out the raffle the Ravens are holding to help their travel fund.
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