Some of you may have thought that the loss to LA drove me into exile. Others may have surmised that I abstained from writing any DT posts for fear of completing 1,000 words of only tears. Still, a few might be asking who the hell I am.
The answer is no, a little bit, and...me.
The whole truth is that, foreseeing the impending addition of Omar Cummings, Dynamo Theory sent me undercover to Jamaica to get a better understanding of our newest striker. In the guise of a man on his honeymoon, arm-in-arm with his smokin' hot wife, yours truly braved 6 AM departure time, a flight showing only "Arthur Christmas", and Jamaican traffic in order to serve you, the reader.
Sort of. Okay, that's a lie. But a convenient one. It turns out, my trip to Jamaica consisted of teaching bartenders how to make a mint julep, sitting by the beach, and trying to drink away any moment of my first semester in medical school. Regardless, I'm back, baby. With a fresh tan, a ring on my finger, and some statistics that will blow your minds.
Our fearless editor already gave us some insight as to what type of player Cummings is, but what type of goalscorer is Omar?
As that linked story points out, Omar is essentially Carr 2.0. In my mind, he's what Calen could become with another year of experience, and what we had all hoped he could be barring that fateful injury. Now that Omar is here, he's our guy. For a quick comparison of their 2012 season:
Cummings: 6 goals, 2 assists in 23 starts (28 total games)
Carr: 4 goals, 2 assists in 17 starts (26 total games)
Playoffs- 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 starts
At first glance, their stats are essentially even. Cummings ended up with about 200 more minutes played for the season, while Carr played on a team that was, for all intents and purposes, better at giving him opportunities. If we delve a bit more into the goals scored by Omar, some interesting insights can be gained.
- 3/25 vs. NYRB: Perfect finish on a breakaway down the middle of the pitch. I would hesitate to call this very un-Kandji-esque.
- 4/2 vs. Chicago: Nice run into the box, stopping short of the defenders to find space and bury the cutback.
- 4/21 vs. LA: What can only be described as a beastly run and finish.
- 7/7 vs. Seattle: Came on as a sub to pull one back.
- 7/14 vs. S. Oklahoma: Classy finish near post on the break.
- 9/23 vs. Vancouver: Put back a rebound from an extremely tight angle.
- 3/10 vs. Columbus: Should have had 2-3 goals. Missed on a breakaway.
- 8/4 vs. RSL: Started at the top of a 4-4-1-1.
- 9/14 vs. LA: Came on as a sub.
- 9/30 vs LA: Extremely active throughout, including this great hold up play.
- 10/6 vs. San Jose: Another great hold up play.
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