There some goalkeepers in MLS — cough, Bobby Shuttleworth, cough — who tend to go a bit crazy when their defense makes a mistake and they actually have to do something. I, personally, love communication and all that, but hate it when keepers feel the need to lay into their defenders. I just don't see how screaming in someone's face for a couple seconds solves many problems.
I've never seen Tyler Deric as the type to go berserk on his teammates. He did that, however, on Friday against Orlando City.
Let's find out why:
The play in question starts with David Mateos playing out of the back for Orlando:
Mateos (circled) does not appear to be under any pressure at all. That's not really a problem, because he's not in a position to do much damage and the Dynamo are not great at pressing. He has ample time to begin build-up play.
Harrison Heath (black arrow) is stepping to Mateos in anticipation of a pass. The Spanish center back will comply.
Two of the Dynamo's four blocks are on display here. The midfield is in its normal shape, while Will Bruin is up top. At the moment, I see no issues with positioning.
Heath takes a couple touches and almost immediately blasts the ball down the field.
He must have seen some favorable matchups further up — really, any matchup involving Cyle Larin is favorable for Orlando City — because he had the decision in mind before he received the ball.
For reasons that I can not pinpoint, David Horst (circled in orange) is way out of position and is now forced to sprint back with Kevin Molino (circled in purple) on his tail. There is no evidence that suggests he was forced to come so far ahead of everyone else. It appears that he was inexplicably dragged forward by Molino. Deric could not have been happy about that.
Unsurprisingly, the ball flies in the direction of Larin, who will look to win the header over Raul Rodriguez. The goal for Rodriguez at this point is to either head the ball forward himself, who force Larin into doing it. What can not happen is a flick-on from the Canadian, because Darwin Ceren would then be in on a breakaway. Injured DaMarcus Beasley is not winning in a race with the 26-year old Salvadorean. A header forward would snuff out Orlando's attack, as nobody in purple is in a position to receive it. At least that's what I thought.
Rodriguez gets a header forward, and it appeared that Alex would be able to get to it. But the lazy Brazilian is beaten by a streaking Cristian Higuita, and now Orlando have numbers going forward. Larin is splitting the center backs with a very smart run, Darwin Ceren is still occupying Beasley, and Kevin Molino (circled in red) is lurking completely wide open.
Somebody needs to mark Molino. He might just come up later on.
Ceren continues to run forward and then takes a really bad touch that ends up on the feet of Beasley. The veteran left back saw it immediately and stepped in to, presumably, end the attack.
This time, the Dynamo should be able to regain possession. Right?
Well, no. Beasley attempts an ill-fated one-touch pass to an unassuming Alex, instead ending up putting it directly to the feet of — wait for it — a wide open Molino. The Trinidian speedster is now running at the Dynamo backline, and Houston are put into full defensive scramble mode.
Rodriguez (circled in yellow) has to make a decision on whether to challenge Molino or not. It should be noted that Alex and Collen Warner are both within a couple yards of the ball, and that Larin is in the midst of making a run directly behind the Spaniard.
Alright, there's a lot happening here. Let's take it slow.
So Rodriguez (in yellow) decided to step forward. Alex backed off, but Warner remains in the vicinity of Molino, who is taking it onto his left foot and running away from the defenders. Rodriguez has now vacated a bunch of space behind him, and he left Larin unmarked, forcing Horst step over and defend the forward. With Horst marking Larin (in orange), there is now a ton of space in front of Molino (highlighted by the light blue circle). Jalil Anibaba (top left) is all of a sudden realizing he should have been covering that space, and is now sprinting back. He won't get there.
Molino will sprint forward into that open area. Deric, to his credit, will be incredibly quick off his line, getting to Molino before the attacker is able to get off a good shot. The goalkeeper makes a great save, and immediately springs off his feet in the direction of Horst. Deric yells in his face for a little bit before he is forced to defend the ensuing corner kick.
So why did he get so mad? It's because of Horst's lack of effort on the play. See for yourself:
When Molino takes a big touch toward the middle and appears to be going in on a breakaway, Horst doesn't make a move to defend it. He runs with Larin for a second, but when he breaks off his run, Horst basically stands in one spot, allowing Molino to get in on goal and forcing Deric to make a big save.
Goalkeepers don't like that.