That's the topic of our story in today's paper.
However, space didn't allow all of the comments from always-interesting Peter Vagenas. So here's more from him:
On what makes a good corner kick: In soccer terms, you have to beat that first guy: hit the ball over the first guy and give your guys the opportunity to score a goal. Otherwise, you’re starting a counterattack the other way and that’s a big problem.
Strength accuracy does play into it. Goalkeepers are so good at this level that if you float something in there, anything in their radius they’re going to come out and catch. And in that case you might as well not take it: It’s a wasted corner kick.
On where the kicker should go: The guy taking the corner is usually aiming for the near post of the far post. The near post is right by that first defender, the far post is usually a little farther behind. Some teams are very good at them. For us – and it’s not to say one thing has been bad or the other thing has been bad – but we haven’t had near the success that we’ve wanted. Sometimes the service is perfect and the runs aren’t there, sometimes the service isn’t great and the runs are perfect. It’s something where everything has to meet for a goal to happen.
On the receiving end: There is so much pulling and fighting going on where if the referee wanted to he could probably call a penalty every single time. So you’re aiming for spots and it’s up to the guys on the team to get there. Guys don’t necessarily run to the same spot because they’re usually marked by the same guy, so you want to mix it up and hope they get a step on (their defender) and at the same time the ball has to be there. It’s definitely an art form, it’s definitely a weapon. Off the top of my head I think probably the Houston Dynamo over the last couple years have probably been the best team in terms of overall set pieces. They are someone that we always have to look at. I think their service has always been pretty good, and their runners and their guys in the air have been pretty good.
On the additions of Jaqua and Nkufo: It’s much better to be aiming for Nate Jaqua than for me, for example, in the 6-yard box. (Guys of all sizes can be dangerous) but obviously the big guys help. Getting Jaqua back – and someone like Blaze, who at the 6-yard box likes to get on the end of things. (Or) they’ll draw the other guy’s best defenders, which might free up some of our other guys.