Tuesday Kicker: Five Up, Five Down

Tuesday Kicker: Five Up, Five Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 8, 2008
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  • Abel Xavier, Ante Razov, CONCACAF Champions League, Emmanuel Ekpo, Juan Carlos Osorio, Luciano Emilio, Player Stock, Steve Ralston, SuperLiga

Time for another edition of the stock watch in Major League Soccer. People seemed to enjoy the first edition last month, so I decided to bring it back again like I had hoped.

Anyways, to refresh your memories on how this all works. Everything including players, coaches, GMs, officials, and whatever else I think of are all open for dicussion here in this post. No one is safe, that is unless they are on the rise in the ‘up’ section.

As always, feel free to pipe in your comments about this all.

UP:

  1. Luciano Emilio, DC United: Allow me to throw some numbers out to ya: six games and nine goals. That’s the current pace the Brazilian DP is on right now for DC. It seems like Emilio turns his game around once the summer days started to kick off back in late May.
  2. Steve Ralston, New England Revolution: The last few games have seen Ralston be apart of nearly every Revolution goal scored. Six goals and four assists in the last few games. Its weird that he just keeps getting better with age. Also, I think the move to the center of the park has paid off in a big way for Ralston and the Revs.
  3. Emmanuel Ekpo, Columbus Crew: Continuing to become one of the best offseason finds for Columbus. Ekpo impresses me more with each week. A couple goals, a couple timely assists have kept the Crew on pace to be in the thick of things this season.
  4. Ante Razov, Chivas USA: He may only have three goals on the year but something tells me he is on the way up those charts for the year and for the all-time mark.
  5. CONCACAF Champions League: I honestly cannot wait to see how this new format plays out for the region. MLS has a chance to get five teams involved in the group stages. I know this doesn’t kick off for a while but it deserves a mention since it will play a part in a few clubs seasons.

DOWN:

  1. SuperLiga: Look I loved last year’s edition as much as the next guy. The games were interesting and exciting, the players were amped up for it and it got some decent media buzz. But honestly it comes at a horrible time for the four clubs involved in my book. Most know what I would like to see done with the tournament, maybe I will dicuss that a bit more this week.
  2. Juan Carlos Osorio: The New York boss really isn’t doing anything better than the previous boss (Bruce Arena). His bunch is 5-5-5 with a flagging minus-7 goal difference. Even with the new players coming on board I just doubt it will be enough for this club and possibly his job later on.
  3. Abel Xavier, LA Galaxy: I know the experience is on his resume keeps him in the line up. But when will it come to a point when Ruud Gullit wakes up and realizes that Xavier is letting in more goals than stopping.
  4. RSL Finishing: We know how good this club is at Rice-Eccles Stadium but no matter what field they play on their finishing in the penalty box is down right pathetic at times. This club lacks the confidence to get it done, which doesn’t at all resemble the way their coach Jason Kries use to play in the box.
  5. Chivas Crowds: Its been said before how bad they can be but the last two should have been higher and weren’t at all. Box office numbers at their last two home games, on fan-friendly nights, were listed generously at 13,561 and 16,379. I know some people think I have something against this club but I don’t at all, I pull for them to do well on the field and in the stands. But they just continue to come up short in the ladder of the two no matter how well they do on the field. A move out of the HDC is definitely in order, hopefully real soon.

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