Not a Loss.. but Not Good Enough

As the Brits would say, the maths have not been crunched, but August 19, 2017 will pretty much go down as the day that Orlando City's MLS season died. All year we've heard the excuses from players and coaches... "If we could get some calls to go our way," and, "If we can get some good looks at the goal," and, "If we can get some playmakers," we were told, "then we can still make some good things happen."

Well, tonight we had the perfect storm. We made the midseason moves to bring in Dom Dwyer and other talented players; we got our share of calls from the man in the middle of the pitch; we even got a man advantage for the last 13 minutes of regulation (plus an extra Seinfeld episode of stoppage time); and at one point we had three strikers: Cyle Larin, Carlos Rivas, and Dom Dwyer on the pitch... and we STILL couldn't put more than one goal in the net.

Not. Good. Enough.

We led in shots 20 to 4 (shots on target 8 to 2). We led in possession 55.5% to 44.5%. We led in passes and percentage:

  • 411 / 85% to 333 / 77% overall
  • 265 / 75% to 182 / 70% attacking half
  • 140 / 75% to 78 / 55% final third
  • 23 / 26% to 8 / 25% crosses

... and we couldn't put a winner into the net.

Not. Good. Enough.

The team continued their anemic offensive output that we have seen all season. With Giles Barnes 2nd half equalizer, that makes 26 goals in 25 matches for the season--for the entire roster. Half the strikers who have ever worn the crest for either Barcelona or Real Madrid would be tarred and feathered by the fans in the village square if they couldn't manage more than that many goals on an individual basis over 25 matches, let alone the entire club's roster.

Not. Good. Enough.

And so, my friends, I say that this may be the last day that you will see the purple tophat at Orlando City Stadium the rest of the season. I'm retiring my City kit for the season. I'm retiring my City scarf for the season. I'm retiring my City tophat for the season. Oh--I'll still go to the MLS matches, but I'll wear my Orlando Pride kit and my Orlando Pride scarf and my Orlando Pride fedora.

Why? Because that team is serious about winning. Because that team understands how to execute the fundamentals. Because that team has a sense of urgency and imposes their will to win on the opposition. I expect that when I pay my money to go see a team perform, that they will not merely get the ball in the same zip code as the goal. I expect that they will put the ball into the goal. Multiple times. Every match. No excuses. Anything less is simply...

Not. Good. Enough.