- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 17, 2007
- 2 Comments
Interesting weekend we just finished up in the league. We know this much: the east is loaded and getting even more loaded at the top with DC and even Toronto winning, the west is looking oddly enough like it was two years ago when RSL and Chivas entered the league (only to be replaced this year by LA in the standings), and Juan Pablo Angel may be the best scorer the league has seen in some time.
Yeah, it was a good weekend I think for the MLS. I wanted to give some quick thoughts about the weekend’s games…some I saw and some I just had to see MLS highlights on the league’s website.
Columbus 3 – 3 New England:
- Again, something about New England not closing the deal against weaker teams at home this year. I think if Twellman, Ralston, and Parkhurst had been in the lineup the score and result would have been much different.
- Adam Cristman is quickly becoming a top candidate for the league’s rookie of the year
- Schelotto finally looks like he has some help scoring in Columbus. At least the Crew were able to muster a point..that has to be a positive result if you’re a Crew faithful
Chicago 1 – 3 DC:
- The ‘Fire Dave Sarachan’ notice is even more under effect as the Fire get (for lack of better terms) burned in the nation’s capital
- Good to see Emilio score some more for DC…I believe he is breaking out of that early season slump that he was in
- I love the Toronto crowds but I still feel over all that the DC faithful are the best…the best!
- Chicago needs some defense and some midfield control…two elements that are fully lacking right now and it is a big reason why the Fire are seeing the bottom of the standings more and more
Wizards 3 – 3 Red Bulls:
- Can’t say I was surprised with this result at all. Lots of action as both teams found the net more than I actually expected them to…I figured the two better defenses in the league would show themselves but it was the opposite
- The PK at the end was a little shaky but then again so was the ref for the game itself anyways…tough call but it was a good call after reviewing it
- Movsisyan proven to be all the Wizards needed to replace Eddie Johnson yesterday…but will it last in the coming weeks…I highly doubt it
- Angel has scored 9 goals in 7 games…compare that to Eddie Johnson who scored 9 goals in 9 goals…six of those were in two games (I know that is a league record for back-to-back hat tricks…but I think the over all consistency from Angel proves he is much more valuable and a far better scorer than Johnson).
- Decent crowd yesterday in New York too…good to see the 15k+ made it out for the game…
Colorado 0 – 2 Chivas:
- Aside from the horrible announcing it was a good game to watch.
- Brad Guzan may have had the best keeper performance of the season…not bad for a guy who started out as a reserve keeper for Chivas
- The Goats have quietly moved back into the playoff picture as they are in second now in the west…big showdown with Houston next week too
- Galindo now with six goals…got to love the speed of this kid…very fun to watch
- Colorado was definitely missing some key midfielders last night…Beckerham and Mastroeni were noticeably missing in the lineup
FC Dallas 0 – 4 Toronto FC:
- Wow. In all honesty I know I said it would probably be a draw, I wasn’t at all surprised by this result…I figured Dallas would either have a let down like they did or play extremely well and win
- I know they will sound like excuses to most, but going practically cross country from Salt Lake to Toronto in four days isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks and this is the second cross country trip the Hoops have made like this…oddly enough with the same result winning in stunning fashion on a Thursday night game and then getting blown out on the Sunday game (earlier they beat LA 2-1, and then were dumped on by New York 3-0).
- Toronto looked very good all day long, but then again Dallas helped them out a bunch
- Maurice Edu is probably my vote so far for Rookie of the Year in the league…easily showing his worth and reason why he was the number one pick today…
- I think Jeff Cunningham is back to his old form…he looks very comfortable up top with Dichio and the rest of the team…
- Toronto is still on the outside-looking-in for the playoffs right now but there is still plenty of soccer left and still plenty of hope for the Reds…that big road trip coming up will tell us a lot about them
RSL 2 – 3 LA:
- Debut of Abel Xavier was a decent one…but I think the true debut was Edson Buddle cracking his first goal as a member of the Galaxy
- LA looked like a better side today but I can’t say that with a lot of confidence because of how bad RSL played
- I know I have said it before but RSL is lacking a really solid central midfielder right now…Ballouchy is proving to be worthless more and more out there for RSL
- For the most part in the stats department it was a pretty even game…but I felt like every time I looked at the screen to watch the game the Galaxy were the ones with the ball…
- Nice to see Nate Jaqua finally get on the scorers sheet for LA…I believe there is fire lit under him now that he knows Pavon is on his way to LA to play
- You know the league will be happy that LA finally got another win and got out of the bottom of the league table now that Beckham is a mere month or so away from coming over