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September 12, 2012 03:52 UTC
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SKC’s First Loss at Home

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I had a professor in college that told the class that the day that he returned tests he would not discuss the results of the test and he would not take any questions about the test for 24 hours. He said in the first 24 hours of receiving upsetting news your response will be emotional. After that 24 hours you will be able to approach things with a clear mind.

SKC Update

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I know I haven't been around much but the new job is keeping me way busier than expected. But, I am hoping that I have things in place to at least get back here once a week. Here is some highlights from things that have happened recently in the world of SKC.

  • SKC hit the transfer market and picked up a couple of foreign players to make an impact on the team this season and potentially in the future.

Not Another Stadium

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I know there haven't been much reviews lately, but watching these games have not left me with much to say. I am glad that Vermes is finally out of his 4-3-3 formation, but the lack of tactical changes that he makes during the game make me really frustrated. Either he doesn't think there needs to be any or he isn't seeing when players are getting exhausted (which is another problem in and of itself) and he needs to change the way his team should attack or defend.

Problems with Vermes Formation

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I have been spending a lot of time since the Columbus and Vancouver games trying to figure out what is going on with Vermes' formations. I understand that with the options we have at forward, when they are all healthy, playing 3 forwards is a good idea. But, when we look at the lack of strength in the midfield we have to wonder if the the 4-3-3 formation is really the best formation or is Vermes trying to force these players to play in this formation instead of finding the best formation that works for these players.

SKC vs San Jose

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I have to say that I was probably a little more optimistic about this game after seeing the pounding SKC gave FC Dallas. But, I was also a little worried that Vermes was going to go back to his beloved 4-3-3 formation that hasn't worked well. But, when I saw that Omar Bravo was going to replace Stojcev (who was suspended) I was again excited.

SKC vs FCD Review

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After the poor performance against another bottom feeder team in Chicago I didn't have my hopes set very high for the game against FC Dallas. FCD hadn't allowed a goal in several games and has, in my opinion, one of the best keepers in MLS. And then I saw that Bunbury, Smith, Kamara, and Bravo were all sitting this game out I got really worried.

Can You Believe It?

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First SKC openned thier new stadium and they didn't lose.

Second, SKC went to Dallas and Vermes played a different formation and they scored 4 goals and won!

Third the website seems to be running again so look forward to seeing a report from the Dallas game, and an article on my problems with Vermes' Formation!

Update

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Still having technical difficulties that make it difficult to post. So, here is a quick update on SKC.

SKC lost to Seattle by giving up another injury time goal.

And SKC qualified for the US Open Cup by destroying the Revolution's mostly reserve team 5-1.

Wizards vs. Galaxy Review

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I know that it is too much to ask for a team to win every game, but is it too much to ask for the team to play smart and with heart? As a dedicated fan I want my team, including the coach, to come into each game and play to the best of their ability. And this is where the Wizards have let me down.

Technical Difficulties

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We are having some technical difficulties at the moment but I promise my review of the Galaxy game will be up soon.

Thanks for the patience.

Wizards vs Red Bulls Game Report

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I was away for the weekend refereeing a youth soccer tournament which kept me from watching this game live. But thanks to my DVR I was able to record and watch this game this morning. SKC played a pretty good game and the defense gave up only 1 goal and no red cards. But some of the same problems plagued this team in the 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls.

Collin’s Red Card Reversed

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In an unusual turn of events Aurelien Collin's red card suspension has been rescinded. It was deemed that Collin didn't actually strike anyone and that the referee made a mistake. I am glad that this happened, but what would have happened had the referee not jumped to conclusions.

SKC vs Revolution Game Report

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Another away game, another 3 goals given up, and another red card. These are things that are becoming way to common when talking about the Wizards games. The only difference with this game from the previous is the fact Sporting KC played solid for most of the game. For the first time I don't feel like SKC beat themselves in this game.

Best Change for the Wizards?

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There have been several changes to the Wizards this off season. And now that we have a few games under our belt I think it would be a good idea to talk about what might have been or will be the best change so far. Is it the addition of Omar Bravo, Milos Stojcev, or C.J. Sapong? Or maybe the name, colors, or kit changes?

Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew Recap

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The weather might not have been the best for a game, but it would be hard to blame the poor play from both teams solely on that. The Crew showed why they have only scored 4 goals the entire season. And the Wizards showed why they have given up more goals than any other team.

Formation

Vermes decided after the embarrassment in Vancouver that he would go with the exact same line up for this game.