This weekend City suffered its worst home defeat of all time, occurring on the opening weekend of play in inaccurately-named League One, the lowest level of English football Norwich have seen in 50 years.
As my mother said:”Colchester? I didn’t know they had a team.” Thanks, mum.
It’s no consolation to know there have been worse moments in club history – barely (this is from 1972):
Fortunately, the Ventura County Fusion – a team I had never seen live until Saturday – provided a partial antidote with a heart-stopping 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Fire in the PDL final with the winner coming two minutes into second half stoppage time. The gutsy Fusion were down to 10 men at the time after a (very) harsh first half straight red and also had two coaches sent off.
What they were playing for
It was a memorable night on a cool evening with a waning amber moon and cars carving through the darkness just over the high school fence on Highway 126. After the game, the Ventura County Fair provided literal fireworks.
* Chivas USA lost their fifth straight. It was a nightmare MLS debut by Chivas USA goalkeeper Lance Parker that began after just 25 seconds; Chivas USA were down by two within four minutes.
*A cracker from Landon Donovan paved the way to the Galaxy’s fifth win in six games.
* The Sol won. Next: WPS title game 1 p.m. Aug. 22 Home Depot Center, opponent TBD.
*Finally, with a goal and an assist, Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers led the Columbus Crew past the inept Earthquakes: