- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 6, 2007
- 2 Comments
After last nights trashing of the New York Red Bulls, the defending MLS Champions Houston Dynamo fully look like a team that could repeat. On the contrast the Red Bulls are quickly becoming a shade of their former self just as some other clubs in the league are doing at the present time.
It seems as though the clubs that got off to the hot starts in the beginning months are now fading away as the clubs who looked pathetic to begin with are quickly taking over the league standings (see DC and Houston).
Point in case it all started with the Chicago Fire. Three wins out of their first four matches made the Fire a hot topic of conversation around the league, even more so when people brought up Blanco and his impact to the young Fire squad. But as said before, what a difference a month makes for the Fire. May brought a drought to the Windy City and June didn’t bring a whole lot of anything other than a new interim coach. Currently the Fire sit at the bottom of the east and are looking up at everyone, including an expansion club.
But now it seems like two other clubs are slowly following in the Fire’s footsteps. Both Kansas City and New York had wonderful Aprils, most of May was solid but the majority of June was dreadful. Both clubs have seemingly blundered down the standings a bit. Sure both sit tied for third at the present moment but the gap between them and the last place Fire is a mere six points now. Not the safest of distances.
Both club’s current form isn’t grand at all. Kansas City started out with three wins and a loss in April. Followed by a slightly okay May. I believe the big hype was when they beat New England and New York in back to back weeks. But since that June 2nd win against the Red Bulls, the Wizards haven’t won a single game over a stretch of five matches. Only a meager two points to show for in the standings has allowed clubs like a streaking Columbus and an up and down Toronto to quickly catch up in the standings.
New York hasn’t been the best either. They, like the Fire, started out very nicely going 3-0-2 in their first five. And May wasn’t bad either with only one loss and a couple wins to close out the month. Up to that point the defense was the league’s best but once June hit things sort of hit the wall for the Red Bulls. Injuries hurt more than anything most will say but the form of play is definitely showing for as the Red Bulls only mustered a single win in the month of June while losing three and drawing one. Sure, sure, all but one game were on the road some will also say but it is no excuse.
I don’t see either New York or Kansas City as I do the Fire. I know they won’t sack their coaches at this point because of a poor run of play in recent weeks.
New York will be fine once people get healthy and as long as Juan Pablo Angel remains consistent. They have the talent and the depth…not to mention the coach to lead them deep into the playoffs. As far as I am concerned they aren’t pretending at this point but they are struggling just a bit with those who are contending like themselves. However, if last night was any indication as to how the Red Bulls will be playing this summer then give me a game or two and I will rewrite what I just said about them contending.
But as for the Wizards, I fear this club was merely pretending to contend all along. Sure, the lack of Eddie Johnson over the recent weeks is a good reason to as why the club as been so poorly but I don’t think that is the case. Because clubs in their own conference that they should be handling are clubs that are handling them. Its been a bit of the injury bug too I am sure but you can’t always use that as an excuse.
No, in all honesty the Wizards aren’t a contender in my eyes. I think they never were.