I looked through my “Facebook memories” a lot recently. Many throwbacks to player signings from last year, standing on the Berm freezing to death and the general feeling of excitement that came with our inaugural year. I will still maintain that I think we had good reason to feel excited by the signings and buildup last year despite the struggles on the pitch. The extra year now gives us some perspective on what to expect, even as I try to temper my expectation from what I have seen on the field in the past two preseason friendlies it is hard not to think we’re on the right track.
We always maintained on the podcast last year the we need just a few proven producers in this league to turn us into a seriously competitive outfit. With the cohesion we enjoyed in the last few home games of the season, a couple of additions whom are seasoned veterans in this league would make all the difference.
Now I know that I was just as excited about the signing of Gasecki last year and thought he’d be the lynch pin of the defense. I thought Oskar and Musa would be the center backs and Sam would be on the outside looking in. Turns out I was dead wrong and Fink played every minute of every game.
This season seems different. The spine of the team has been vastly improved. The few proven producers we needed will incorporate the middle of the team. Cochran, Bond and Herrera look a fantastic spine and in the two games against OKC and Indy look very dangerous. There was a definite buzz in the crowd at halftime in Evansville. 6 shots to Indy’s 2 and we all knew it was a matter of time before we broke the deadlock. It was great for Herrera to break the seal and Hardware coming in for Renken looked more threatening.
The big winner was Tyler David for me. He looked a lot better starting alongside Chad in the center of the park against Indy and made a case for him to get a starting spot in Salt Lake. Chad and Tyler ran the game in the first half and considering our creative woes last season it was great to see.
Ok, so we tied both games. However we tied OKC Energy who got to the Western Conference final last year, and tied Indy11 who hammered Arizona United a few weeks ago and tied Western Conference regular season winners OC Blues. However it wasn’t like we were hanging on in these games either. We dictated play, we took the game to them rather than chasing shadows. Which is what we did last year when we played preseason against Indy.
I hear it a fair amount actually. “I just don’t understand supporters groups, why the need for them.”
Having 40 of my friends show up in the back end of Indiana on a Wednesday night for a game that ultimately doesn’t matter is why. Proud of you all. The 10 in Springfield and the 40 in Evansville. This team loves us. The players appreciate us. We represent this club in every bit as they do.
I personally don’t care if you “don’t get it.” The players do, and that’s all that matters.
Code of Conduct
Sat at Forget Me Nots talking to a few Indy fans before the game and they mentioned the new code of conduct doing the rounds. I presume they were talking about LCFC’s issuance and the reception it received. I’m not sure if it is league wide and come down from above or not. However at face value, the rules look common sense to me and the Louligans already seem to fall in line with them except for having to designate approved smoke bombers. Not exactly the end of the world.
However the reception it has received elsewhere one would seem it is.
Maybe it’s me. Most of the off season I’ve been more concerned with who the hell will score us some goals, or will the field be repaired in time. I’ve got bigger and better things to bother myself by. It must be nice to have everything go so well on the pitch that signing a waiver to let off a smoke bomb concerns you so much.
Let it go guys. Pick your battles. When you bitch about the crest, then bitch about the owner saying he’s being courted by other cities, then bitch about some plaque, then bitch about a code of conduct…… You will just get to be known as a group of fans who bitch a lot. Pick your battles. They’ll be a time when you’ll need your voices heard over something serious. Don’t cry wolf over every little thing.