Preseason Results: You Know - For Kids!

Although plenty of games have been played, several more come this weekend with the Disney President's Day Soccer, there'll be more to report in a space very much like this one come Monday. But the teams inked in for DisneyFest include Red Bull New York, Real Salt Lake, the Houston Dynamo, and the Chicago Fire.

I wish none of them luck...well, except maybe the Dynamo, who are relying on this tournament to get them riled and ready for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup game against Costa Rica's Puntarenas FC.

I'll touch on RBNY's preseason rip in another space; after that, though, the most interesting result came less because of the score itself than some chatter that followed. I'm referring, of course, to....

Columbus Crew v. Real Salt Lake
To begin, there's some wonderful, "homer" coverage at work on this 2-1 win for the Columbus Crew. Depending on whether you read the report from the Deseret News or the one from the Columbus Dispatch, you'll walk away thinking either of the teams did better than the other. (NOTE: The Dispatch's report doesn't seem to have a unique url; if you want to read it, click the article about "midfielder injury.")

But it's a single line from the Deseret report attracting most of the, well, ridicule:

"We go in, we win our first 45 minutes, and that's a win for us in my opinion, and that's all that matters," said Real midfielder Carey Talley. "This is preseason, there would be a lot more pressure on (the second unit) if it were league points and I'm sure they'd do better. But it's new guys trying to get mixed in with the guys battling for positions."

Among those having fun with this is Ian Plenderleith ( is hard to spell) over on; I'll let him speak for himself.

Chivas USA
In the only other preseason results I'm going to touch on here, Chivas USA dropped a game to the U-23s by a 2-0 scoreline. Given that Sasha Kljestan missed a penalty, one has to wonder about the comparative magnitude of this one.

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