Nothing surprising here. 2 goals, 1 assist, and he managed to live up to al the pre-game hype and more. Great for him, but the real test comes agaisnt Real Salt Lake this week.
Meanwhile, the other Freddie (who may get outperformed by his younger teammate unless he stays healthy all season) is set to play this week. It remains to be seen if he will be starting or not, but from what we’ve seen of Brad Evans so far, it’s nothing to cringe about if he doesn’t start. It does set up some interesting competition all season, as Evans, fresh off of winning a championship with Columbus, is not going to be accepting of a backup spot. There are other battles too. The impressive Zach Scott who managed to contain all the Red Bulls speed was actually seen as backup to Nathan Sturgis, so it’ll be interesting to see who starts there. Also, Zakuani could take over Nyassi’s starting spot as he suffered some knocks. Either way, it’s good to see these players have to fight for their spots in a very deep roster instead of being handed it.
Speaking of rosters…http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2009/03-March/Kevin-Forrest.aspx
Even more competition, as now we have Montero, Jaqua, Levesque, and now Forrest. Good to see. As the roster fills up, it is interesting to see if Jeff Parke is going to sign, although he now would seem to be a backup if he did sign. Either way, the defense should be given a lot of credit for maintaining such control over a team that the only clear opportunity came when Kandji outmuscled James Riley. No doubt RSL will create much more trouble, and we’ll see after that game if a new signing if needed in defense. It’s all shaping up to be an exciting season as things are now, so lets hope for no major injurues or suspensions.