Sunday, March 22, 2009

Post-game tirade

Some of the stuff that won't make the match report...

During the post-game press conference, Washington Post reporter Steven Goff asked DC coach Tom Soehn about goalkeeper Louis Crayton. Josh Wicks started for DC and Milos Kocic was on the bench, so no Crayton. Goff asked what many of us were probably thinking, and Soehn apparently did not like the question. He told him that Crayton wasn't here, so to talk about the game.

In the locker room, Soehn apparently hadn't let it go. As Goff and others were talking to Chris Pontius, Soehn and Goff had some more words, though it was more Soehn unloading on Goff. Soehn told him to talk about the positives and then dropped this on him:

"Focus on the fucking game," Soehn said before he stormed off into the coach's office.

It's unfortunate when you are doing your job, and you're one of the best in the business doing your job, and to have the coach unload on you like that. And really, all Goff was doing was asking him a legitimate question.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Soehn also had a long terse conversion with the officials after the game as well. You could see some of it on TV as they were showing random shots of players milling around.

Phillip said...

To be fair, DC was fucked out of 3 points by our great league officiating.

Anonymous said...

Pretty much. From the far side, that looked like a handball...until you realize it was Wicks' hand that I saw. The Wallace call was ridiculous.

I thought Donovan's goal was nice, again from the opposite goal side, until I got home and checked. He looks offside to me.

Anonymous said...

Check the goal again. He was clearly onside!

Nicole said...

Go see the highlights - Donovan was clearly onside.

Poor Goff. He deserves better.

Soehn must be already worried about his job.

Anonymous said...

Goff is overated and a douche. I and numerous Dc fans quit reading rag negative bias blog crap awhile ago!!! Soehn was right that he should focus on the game, and not stirring up crap like he always does. ZZZZZZZ to Goff.

Anonymous said...

DouChebag United fans get sudden-onset PMS when anyone actually questions the mistakes the management, coaches, and players make. Their collective ego and self-worship makes Jose Morinho and Chelsea fans look like early Woody Allen.

Steve Goff is the closest thing the US has to the soccer media in the rest of the world. He asks the questions that hurt. Why? Not because he "hates" DC United, but because he's a real journalist. And DC is actually very lucky to have him.

Granted, most DC fans don't blame Goff for reporting the bad news. But the ones who do set a high water mark for idiocy and arrogance. No wonder everyone else in the league regards them as a joke.

Anonymous said...

I and other DC fans believe Soehn should have gone along time ago. 2 full seasons as the coach of DC United and the guy still can not figure out how to build a decent backline or acquire a quality goalkeeper. Goff does his job and he is professional about doing it (for the most part). Soehn may not be around after the all-star break if he does get the proper results expected this season.

Tom said...

Goff should know this comes with the job. Most sports writers know that a coach or players will at sometime unload on you. Especially after a having the ref steal 2 points.

scavendish said...

Goff is the gold standard for soccer reporters in this country.

There's a certain irony to calling someone a douche from an anonymous post. Probably means you're too much a douche to do it under your own name.

rockus said...

What is really so legit about the question? To what end does it serve? I am personally not a huge fan of the Goff so I won't be here to defend him. I have heard that Crayton was injured. Sohen made it clear enough to me on his Washington Post Live interview that it wasn't going to be Crayton. Read between the obvious lines of the interview. The United Mania pod also stated Crayton had an injury. So whats the deal with playing Wicks. He is on our team. He is the obvious choice for our #2 keeper at the moment. And most of the time Goff does act like a Douche, but most reporters do. He was a douche asking a douchy go no-where question. Vamos United!! Great game!

Anonymous said...

Goff is a pompous prick but I agree that Tommy should have kept his cool and he'll definitely get the axe if he doesnt get the team to the playoffs.

What's with the poor Goff comments, the guys a pro, god forbid someone makes him sweat once in a while.

Ives > Goff

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Here's my guess: Crayton and Soehn had a very heated "discussion" before D.C. United left for California. Crayton, who is recovering from a strained hip flexor, wanted to play but Soehn refused to let him. They argued and Soehn left Crayton in D.C. as punishment. Goff, not necessarily knowing about this possible "discussion," asks the question. Soehn blows his stack (I was there).

The worst part is that Soehn went after Goff in the locker room when Goff was all the way on the other side and talking to somebody else. Then Soehn called Goff on his cell phone about two hours after the game to rant some more (I was there).

People who know me know that I have a temper. But for a coach to lose his temper after the first game is unsettling. Besides, it's not like Soehn has never been around a bench or reporters before.

All Soehn had to do was to say, "I would rather not talk about Crayton" and let it go at that -- or just flat out tell the truth. He didn't need to blow his stack. Most of all, he didn't need to go after somebody once he made his point.

Either something personal and not related to soccer is affecting Soehn or he is feeling unbelieveable pressure from United management.

Anonymous said...

Goff is a pro, and he had a right to ask the question. As for the poster daying Ives > Goff, please, Ives is a total homer who does nothing in his power to ask the tough questions.

Anonymous said...

If Goff is one of the best in the business then the business is in bad shape. Goff is spoon-fed all his stuff from the United front office, and it shows. His reporting has gotten lazy and he seems more interested in publishing his opinions in his blog than real analysis in his reporting.

Anonymous said...

Goff is one of the best in the business?? He's the one who was forever pimping Freddy Adu as the hope of American Soccer. I wonder who paid him more the post or Nike?
Goff has yet to grasp any of the fine points of the game and I doubt he ever will.

scavendish said...

Actually, no, that was Kornheiser and others pimping him as the next savior of the game, demanding that Nowak start him.

Goff just reported on Adu for what he was -- an insanely hyped player who was the youngest to ever play in the league.

Anonymous said...

Wow. DC fans need to learn the Offside rule. Check the replay again. He was clearly ONSIDE when the ball was played to him.

brucio said...

do you notice how all the people who fling mud at others and call them "overated", "douche", "pompous prick", "total homer", "lazy" and "yet to grasp any of the fine points of the game" all post as "Anonymous"

what a bunch of self-aggrandizing losers

at least bueno, goff, ives etc all post their names and don't hide

and thanks to rockus for posting his name

El Hocicón said...

Okay Brucio, I'll post my name. Goff is a great reporter and Ives is a total homer.

joel es latest soccer news said...

Soehn should be upset at his team for allowing them to rally.

Milton said...

here's blowing your stack (and this was before a game was even played). now that's a rant.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/10/02/audio-joe-kinnear-swears-an-amazing-52-times-in-a-five-minute-rant-at-the-daily-mirror-115875-20767990/

Anthony said...

Granted I am a DC fan who has lived outside DC since June of 2000. But I have thought DC is lucky to have Goff. He is a real soccer reporter.

And frankly, I have never heard any DC fan get negative on Goff.