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The Revs’ last shot at any hope of dignity this season seems to be gone. 8 points out of what’s probably the most generous and inclusive playoff field in professional sports, the SuperLiga trophy would have been a nice, if slightly sad, little consolation. Something of a round robin dressed up as a champions league for Halloween, SuperLiga pretty much just shows which totally middle-of-the pack clubs from MLS and the Mexican FMF give a crap about showing up to get an arbitrary trophy and $1m that probably won’t get used tremendously well. But as marginal as it would have been, it would have given the dozens of Revs supporters at least a moment of respite in this dire-ass season.
Apparently 10,000-odd souls showed up, which is pretty respectable. Hopefully they were mostly Mexicans or Morelia support so instead of the awkward silence that stifles the stadium as visitor goals rain in, maybe it sounded like a football match.
Nicol’s all-at-once “attack minded” subs of Khano Smith, Zach Schilawski and Roberto Linck can get fluffed as good strategy by SBI and AOL, but anyone watching knows its pretty much a concession or desperation. Sure, lil’ Z is the team’s top scorer this year, but that speaks more to how dire the scoring has been, and his totally sweet opening day hat trick is really making numbers more impressive than they are. Linck is new and I hope awesome, but he’s been on the pitch maybe 5 minutes, definitely way too green to be part of any serious attack. What can even be said about Smith? He runs like hell but forgets that he’s gotta protect the ball. Why he’s even considered before just about anyone on the bench is a mystery.