Okay, nine mathces is slightly past the midpoint of the season, but whatever. Half of the home schedule is over. And I may be the only person still paying attention to the Metros on this webiste, but that's never stopped me from talking to myself before.
The 2-3-4 record gives the boys nine points through nine matches. That's not great, but when compared to the nine points in each of the past two full seasons it is an improvement.
Goal scoring is still a problem. While 0.9 goals per game is up from 0.75 in 2007 and 2008, it remains well below this season's league average of 2.1. With the more offensive play we've seen this year, I would have hoped there would have been more balls in the backs of nets. The 7-0 pummelling in New Orleans skews the goals against. I don't know what the heck happened there. The Jesters are a superior side, but they were held scoreless here the other night.
The pitch continues to be a disgrace. Even though the Metros still play in sad old Ezell Park, at least the field was usually in pretty good shape. I don't know if it is not being taken care of anymore or it is being overused. I doubt if there is anything that can be done to improve things this season, so we'll have to put up with watching soccer as if it was being played in an weedy, muddy open field somewhere.
Despite the doom and gloom, things are looking up. Looks like the playoffs are probably out of the question again, but the matches have been more entertaining this year. Fourth place in the division and best-of-the-rest is about all that can be reached, but it is doable. Let's see if Richie can get push the boys to some more goals and more wins.
You know, say what you will about America. Thirteen bucks still gets you a hell of a load of mice.
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