We here at the Murga Report love the second home game of each new season. While the first match at McKalla in 2023 felt like a celebration of the end of a long off-season and also a bit of a family reunion, the second match just felt normal. And we love the fact that standing under the verde lights and losing our damn minds for two hours feels normal. Now let’s get to the numbers!
What Songs Were Played, and How Many Times?
Random thoughts: It was a short setlist on Saturday, with only sixteen different songs and chants being played. After consulting the archives, it seems that this is the fewest number of songs performed at McKalla since April 10 of last year. Once again there was no sign of “Colors” or “Is This Love?” which is certainly noteworthy, but also no “MVP” chant as our man Sebastian had a relatively quiet night on the pitch.
Also, after last week’s post mentioned that no new songs were played in the home opener, a Person Who Knows Things reached out to the Murga Report to inform us that new songs are indeed actively being practiced and that at least one debut is upcoming. We shall wait with bated breath.
What Songs Were Playing When Austin Scored
Random thoughts: There certainly isn’t any indication of a sophomore slump for “Ole Ole Ola,” which has come out of the gates strong once again in 2023. While it would have been absurd to expect a start as torrid as it had in 2022 (four goals in the first three matches), going two-for-two is a tremendous feat in and of itself. This is only the eighth time since the start of last season where a song contributed to an Austin goal in back-to-back games. In the history of the Murga Report, only twice has a song made it three matches in a row with a goal: “Dale ATX” against RBNY, San Jose, and Sporting KC, and… “Ole Ole Ola,” in the first three matches of last season.
What Songs Were Playing When Montreal Scored
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Due to the obscene number of goals that Austin scored at the beginning of last year, at no point in 2022 was “Alright Alright Alright” not the most-played song of the season. So it’s a bit jarring to see it in fifth place on the season total chart after two matches in 2023. Still, we expect Zardes and Rigoni to start finishing some of those big chances that they’ve been creating and for things to start feeling quite alright in the south end once again.