On Saturday there were a plethora of news stories around Orlando City's latest match with DC United.
In the hours after the match, MLSSoccer.com posted a piece with reaction from Coach Adrian Heath and some of the Orlando City players. As I mentioned in my reaction post on Saturday, there was a different feel to the match because Orlando City were much more aggressive in attacking the goal. Coach Heath had been very disappointed in the way the home side played against Vancouver FC a couple of weeks ago, but this weekend he was much more upbeat about the performance of the squad.
Likewise veteran MLS players on the roster such as Aurelian Collin and Amobi Okugo felt like the team played better. Okugo told MLSSoccer.com that the club still haven't developed an assassin's instinct in the final third, and I'd have to agree with that. To mix my metaphors a little bit and go from sport to cinema, we've progressed from the shaky-handed security guard that can barely draw his weapon before he gets shot in bank heist films to the body-armor clad platoon of Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars filling the entire frame with laser fire, but somehow missing all the heroes. Now we just need to become the Scaramanga of MLS--the Bond villain, played by Christopher Lee, whose accuracy and reputation was such that he etched the name of his intended target on the bullet he would use to kill them. Here's an idea for the lads: grab a Sharpie before each match and write the name of the opposing keeper on each game ball. Then when he picks it up out of the back of his net he'll know he stands no hope against you.
In a second piece on MLSSoccer.com, they echoed my sentiments from Saturday about DC United keeper Bill Hamid. While supersub Luis Silva may grab the headlines in DC for scoring the winning goal, it was Bill Hamid who had kept DC United in the match long enough for that 91st minute free kick to count for anything. Hamid was tested in every way on Friday night: from diving to block a Cyle Larin header to leaping full-stretch to reach a Carlos Rivas long-range blast, and rapid-fire successive blocks against Rafael Ramos and Kevin Molino. There was another dangerous chance for Molino from a beautiful feed by Brek Shea, but Hamid's "tall skinny white friend saved him," as the inimitable Ray Hudson would put it, when the shot rebounded off the outside post of the goal.
Finally, Reuters had a piece that commented on the injury to Pedro Ribeiro, indicating he left the game due to a hamstring. I've not seen anything speculating on a time for his return, and if there's no word before Tuesday I plan to ask Coach Heath at the taping of his show on Tuesday night at the Harry Buffalo if they have evaluated how long it will be until Ribeiro can return to the pitch.