What did our beloved Claret and Cobalt do the evening of March, 10th? They did what they trained for. They did what they most wanted. They did what they are capable of. They “came to score” (The Aggrolites).
Well, well! The playoffs are finally here! How exciting this must be for everyone. It's exciting for me, I know.
Let's get things rolling, shall we? We'll start with some links.
I appear on LAGalaxy.com discussing the Western Conference playoffs with four other MLS bloggers. Some of them seem to think Jason Kreis has the toughest coaching job to make the finals — I, of course, disagree. This side sort of coaches itself by now — at least when those motivational sorts of issues crop up.
I've also issued a tactical preview over on RealSaltLake.com, wherein I ramble about stopping wide play, our defensive preparations and stance, and finding the right balance.
The rest? Well, I might as well just make a list, eh.
Moving on, let's talk lineup — it might be our "best XI," which is a scintillating thought.
In goal, Nick Rimando is inevitable. In front of him, we have our first big question of the night. Beltran and Wingert will patrol the flanks, Nat Borchers will knock away the crosses, and, well, somebody will partner him. Whether that's Olave, Schuler or Watson-Siriboe, I don't know. My money's on Olave, but I've never been very good at betting.
In the middle, our first choice four: Beckerman, Johnson, Grabavoy and Morales. To my mind, it's the perfect midfield to face Seattle with, as we'll have a good chance to retain possession throughout and really boss the affair. The relationship between Johnson and Wingert, and Grabavoy and Beltran will be essential as they communicate defensive needs when we're not in possession.
Up front? I laugh. Is there an option? Espindola. Saborio. Goals, assists, and some counterattacking options. This one's obvious.
Prediction? Best XI. Win. Let's go.