The universe has a funny way of working itself out, sometimes.
The last match they played? You know it’s that 6-2 loss to, well, us.
I’m not rooting for anybody to no longer have a job, but I am always going to root for defeat of that magnitude.
The irony of the whole thing isn’t necessarily that it was the way they were set up to play under Schmid that did them in. Individual mistakes cost them immensely, and we were very good at exploiting individual mistakes. We’ve certainly played over the win plenty of times, and we don’t necessarily need to rehash that right here.
But every time you feel down about Real Salt Lake, remember that Sigi Schmid’s last match as coach of LA Galaxy ended in Sandy, Utah, after his team scored in the first minute, then gave up six goals. It’s a thing of beauty.
What does this mean for us in the playoff race, you’re wondering. I can read your mind, and I know that’s what you’re thinking. Either that, or it’s what I’m thinking. It’s probably that one. Anyway, what does it mean?
Hopefully it doesn’t mean much. If we drop six points between now and the end of the season, allowing the Galaxy to catch up, we’ll be in real trouble. At that point, it would take a terrible end to the season for us, and a great end to the season from them. Now, it’s normal to see a bump in results after a new coach comes in, so don’t be surprised if that happens. But for us, we should be more focused on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. Our biggest risk is Cascadia.