Last night OCSC suffered their worst loss of the season so far, and as fans we can only hope this is as bad as it gets for the rest of the season. Of course, we're only a few weeks removed from seeing NYCFC lose 7 -0 to their cross-town rivals the Red Bulls, and the same Dallas team that won the match against us was beaten by Houston earlier this year 5 - 0.
I'm not sure if I'm trying to reassure myself that as bad as it felt it can get worse, or if I'm trying to reassure myself that every team in MLS lays a few eggs during the season. Either way it's not helping, because there's really nothing good you can say about that awful match last night... almost nothing--except it's over.
- It's Finished - The match is over. It was a big stinking pile of rubbish and it's done.
- Joe Bendik - I've had to say it before, and I hope I won't have to say it again, but the goalkeeper is the only one who looks like he was actually working for a paycheck last night; the other guys pretty much looked like they were standing around to watch Dallas play.
- Winter has Gone - As a sports fan, it's sometimes our duty to become melodramatic and engage in hyperbole. This is one of those times. One can look at the way the team failed to show any effort from last night's match and say that Adrian Winter was the only field player that was holding the team together in a semblance of an attacking unit.
- Kaka Leaving the Game - Coach Heath made a double substitution at half. One substitution was to take out Kaka, and it was reported later that he left the game because of a strain to his calf. The other starter who came off was Tommy Redding, the 2nd-year home grown product who was beaten a few times defensively by speedy Dallas attackers, but who seemed like he actually cared about trying to get a result. He picked up a yellow in the first half, and as poorly as the whole team were playing, I think this switch was the coach's way of trying to keep the youngster from picking up a red card in what very much felt like a lost cause match from the way the rest of the team were failing to play.
- The Game was Worse than the Score Indicates - The scoreboard may have read 4 - 0, but the game wasn't that close. Dallas dominated possession 56.6% - 43.4%; Dallas outshot Orlando City by a 19 - 3 margin, and within that, Dallas had a 10 - 0 edge in shots on target. The only stat that Orlando City led was a 6 - 0 edge in saves, and that's because Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz didn't have anything to do all night.
- Horrible Defense - Dallas had all the easy shots on the night in large part because the Orlando City defense was so slow and lethargic by comparison to the speed of the Dallas strikers. Our defenders were also caught out of position many times, especially on set pieces, and on at least one of the goals every defender completely failed to anticipate the very obvious run that Dallas was setting up with a deep pass out of their defensive end of the pitch.
I've been disappointed with the performance of the team before, but I've never quite been completely heartbroken. Until today. And judging by my twitter stream during the match last night, I know I am not alone. Normally with a team I follow I would dread the opening of a transfer window, but now I'm really anticipating it. With Adrian Winter leaving the team for family reasons last week, there's not really many other players I would be super sad to see leave the team the way they were playing last night. If we can unload some of the high-salary guys that appear to be doing little more than leaving sweat stains on the armpits of their kit on a regular basis and get some more hungry, more energetic players in the squad, I'd be willing to call it an upgrade.
What about you? What were your thoughts from last night's match? What is your favorite meme to let the team know how you feel today after that loss? Let me know in the comments!