- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 13, 2007
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Being on the road over the weekend I wasn’t able to catch the games I wanted to see live but I was able to see highlights, box scores and some TIVO action of some of the games. Four games didn’t seem like much action but there was plenty of it.
Columbus 2 – 3 Dallas
Dallas sneaks out three points in this thriller of a game. Many felt that without Juan Toja, the Hoops wouldn’t be able to control the midfield or anything in this game. In some cases that was the case and Columbus should have left Frisco with three points.
Say what you will about Dallas but they do have the heart of a champion right now. They never seem to be completely out of a game and now they sit atop the league table with 36 points. Not to bad after 20 games if you ask me and they have a game on hand against Houston who now sits in second with 34 points.
Dallas was a man down for a the last portion of the second half. Columbus wasn’t able to capitalize on the final minutes of having an extra man on the pitch. Carlos Ruiz scored the game tying goal, his forth of the season before Clarence Goodson netted his first of the season in extra time to put the game in the bag for the Hoops. What a turn around for Goodson who was like a goat to Dallas fans last season. Not the case at all this year as he has been one of the best defenders that Dallas has in the back.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto increased his assist tally on the season to eight. With ten games left for the Crew, I am beginning to wonder what his final tally will be on the season. I am thinking he will finish up with at least 15 assist on the season.
Columbus is still in the playoff hunt despite the loss. They currently have 26 points on the season with ten games left. Five games at home and five on the road for the Crew the rest of the way out. September should be a month that they can get plenty of points to secure their spot in the playoffs as Colorado, Toronto and LA are all on the schedule. Dallas has ten games as well but six of those are at home.
Houston 0 – 1 Colorado
Didn’t catch any of this game and it looks like I really didn’t miss much at all. Houston’s tour of the Rocky Mountains hasn’t gone as planned as they have now dropped two games to two of the worst clubs in the league (1-0 loss at RSL last week). Bad way to lose on an own-goal too.
It could possibly be the too many games in too short of time for the Dynamo here as of late. That should change in the coming weeks though as their September schedule is relatively short compared to the rest of the league with only four games. That should ease up on things. Though four out of their last five games on the season are on the road. Judging by the last two games on the road, Houston fans may be a little worried if things don’t change soon for the Orange.
I am beginning to wonder if this win will save Colorado head coach Fernando Clavijo’ job for the rest of the season. It is probably safe to say it will sadly enough. Colorado is only five points out of the last playoff spot but they still aren’t scoring goals for themselves. Though looking at their remaining games there should be chances for points as they play the Galaxy twice, Chivas at home, RSL twice and Toronto at home. You would easily see the Rapids contend for the final playoff spot with the schedule that they have.
Toronto FC 0 – 3 New York Red Bulls
This loss may very well be the final straw for the Reds at getting into the playoffs this season. Bad loss on the road to a team that they could beat. However the injuries and suspensions caught up to the expansion squad and New York made the most of it on Sunday.
Juan Pablo Angel scored his tenth of the season. Nice finish too by the way. But Jozy Altidore’s second goal was pretty special to watch I think. This kid is really something and could be just the player that lifts the Red Bulls in the playoffs and in the stretch run to finish the season.
For New York, getting their offense clicking again was something they needed. And lets tip the hat to the defense, a shut out is always something to enjoy. Things are slowly coming around for the Red Bulls I think.
Like I said about Toronto, injuries have killed this club and it may be too late for this club to get a run to get into the playoffs. They do have six home games left on the season, all mostly win-able games if the club is healthy. The road schedule stinks a little bit with trips to Dallas, DC, Colorado and LA. Could see wins in Colorado and in LA but I doubt Dallas or DC will drop a home game to Toronto at this point in the season.
LA 0 – 1 New England
No David Beckham and yet still 30k+ were on hand for a pretty good showing by the Revs. Beckham sits on the bench for this one as he was a game-time decision. I was a little surprised to not see him on the active roster for the game and possibly be a sub.
Very back and forth game as LA actually showed some offense in this one but in the end New England gets the game’s only goal thanks to Taylor Twellman, his ninth of the season. Very typical Twellman goal by the way too. LA’s defense played like LA’s defense, by giving up on the play really.
Let’s face it, LA has no shot at the playoffs this season. This club just isn’t that good even with a player like Landon Donovan, who really isn’t playing like Landon Donovan. Still, 15 games left on the MLS season slate, but another three or four other games to be played as well, two on the road, maybe three depending on SuperLiga. Galaxy have needed points on this road trip and so far out of three games they have only gotten one point. Not good enough when there is so much ground to be made up at this point.
New England is looking good however at this point. Ten games left, six are on the road though but they are all win-able games for the Revs. New England really is one of the few teams that is controlling their own fate at this point in the season. Good teams know how to do that and New England is a prime example of how to do so.
More to come today…so keep checking back…