1.) UP FOR THE MOMENT
Just think of how pumped and excited the Dynamo players had to be to get real live competition and the measuring stick of LAFC.
This was great entertainment and fun to watch! In fact I think it was a great release for all of us to see the Dynamo finally get their first game.
Despite Carlos Vela not being available for LAFC, you are still going up against one of the most unpredictable attacks in the league led by the wide play of Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez.
It is difficult to pass too much judgement after one game put there were real positives.
The Dynamo were engaged, were efficient and timely with their three first half goals and Dynamo coach Tab Ramos put out a lineup for the first time that included both Albert Elis and Darwin Quintero.
The team had some wonderful moments breaking after defending in a deeper bloc which was a response to likely the best possession team in the league.
This is exponentially a far more confident staff which translates. A lot to build on!
2.) MEMO RODRIGUEZ ENERGY/ DROP THE HOME GROWN
Rodriguez was everywhere in the first half. Yes, I know you are going to go right to his goals but his “two way” play is what impressed me and was one a level higher than anything I saw last year.
He is clearly ready for more responsibility!
His pressing play, his tucking in defensively when the ball was lost and overall energy was so impressive.
By the way Latif Blessing will not want to relive his moment of trying to defend Rodriguez.
Now, every time Memo is mentioned it does not have to be led with “homegrown player.”
He is a pro.
3.) TELLING SUBSTITUTIONS
As I have mentioned on Soccer Matters Espn 97-5 having Tab Ramos as coach means a whole new approach, and willingness to trust young players.
What does this mean? It means possibility that has to be earned by youth.
The insertion of Nico Lemoine who was recently signed and Sam Junqua was a statement that all possibilities exist for all players and that includes youth!
The battle for playing time is going to be earned and Ramos has made it clear that you must be “two way.”