Oddly enough, this is the backup goalkeeper. Reid made the switch at the beginning of the tournament. Strange time to make a goalkeeper switch after going with Aviza in net virtually the whole season.This UConn D and goalie are GOOFY. No attention to detail. So many breakdowns this year.
They are deep but Reid is too stuburn to use them, like senior Burges who started every game last year and did great. Now never sees the fieldI watched back the last part of the 2nd half and OT's because UConn soccer has become my annual sadistic way to torture myself.
1. Yes they played on Tuesday. But they always run out of gas in the 2nd halves and OT's. They were dominated by UCF and were holding on for dear life. Either they don't recruit enough depth or are not as well conditioned but it seems it always happens which is why Reid hates playing 2 games in 3 days. Well Ray, do something about it.
2. The player who scored the winning goal only was on because his teammate went down with cramps in the 2nd OT. More evidence the program is cursed.
3 . 2 seperate UConn players stopped the clock in the final minute by fouling needlessly. Including on the winning kick with 16 secs left. They gave them a free kick for no reason when they should have been just playing for PK's. That's a Ray Reid team in a closing moments of a big game. Not doing the little stuff. Kick the ball out of bounds. Kick it down the field. Kill time. Get to PK's. They couldnt do it. They fouled. And gave them a free kick with 16 secs left and lost. That's a Ray Reid team for you. That's why their hearts get ripped out every year. Little things. Smart things. Go back and watch the final minute in on the AAC youtube channel and see for yourself.
Very true. the yearly pattern I've seen is that Reid will substitute some early in the season, but as the season progresses he will use less and less bench players, gradually getting down to possibly two or three subs. It's like he wants to use subs the way they are used in pro soccer, where there are rules limiting the use of the bench. In a setup like that, former starters like Burgess have a tendency to almost totally disappear.They are deep but Reid is too stuburn to use them, like senior Burges who started every game last year and did great. Now never sees the field
You're right. They have been successful at fluky goals, and as such, should be rewarded with another 5+ seasons with Reid as HC...You hope they miss the tourney?? Who says that? Be as critical as you want, but to hope for them to not get some recognition for what they have been successful at this year is just poor form.