It's time to talk about Luis Gil again. Everybody's seen that moment from Saturday's dismal, awful, unacceptable loss to Colorado Rapids, but it bears repeating.
Here: This is the build-up to the second Rapids goal. Watch.
This is incredible from Luis Gil. Kid has mentally checked out, it seems: http://t.co/38aPBvg6fj— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) July 12, 2015
The first thing you'll notice is that Gil is static. Just plain static. The player runs from behind him, and Gil is watching the ball — which should be fine, honestly, if he had moved to intercept it. The player just blasts past him. And you know, I can forgive that part if the player defending then realizes the mistake and moves — even showing a little bit of effort would be important here.
So we have to ask now: What happened and why?
The big problem with evaluating what happened is that we don't know. There might be rumors floating around, but there's nothing that we can say definitively. All we really see is that a player has fallen asleep on a player in spectacular fashion.
And the weird part is that Gil was reasonably active on other players — it's not like he came in to the match utterly dejected and looked it. He might not have been the most active, but he still wasn't a sad lump of coal for the totality of his appearance.
In fact, he made that gut-busting run at the end of the game — the loss already sealed — with a Rapids player running the ball into an empty net. Now, that could be him trying to keep up appearances, but it looked more like a player trying to fix a mistake he'd made. I don't know.
We could talk about coaching all day long, but that, too, is hard to evaluate. We can evaluate the on-field product, and if we're being honest, most of RSL's problems have come from individual mistakes — not systemic breakdowns. Where are those mistakes coming from? That's harder still to say, and that's where we start looking around for common factors. RSL coach Jeff Cassar is one of those factors we can look at, but there has to be more.
But when we look at that match, we don't really see the formation as a problem — the tactics are probably fine. The team scored a nice goal and nearly had one or two more, but for the woodwork.
I guess the big questions are as follows:
- Can RSL recover?
- What's next for the team?
- What's next for the players?
- What's next for the coach?