- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 14, 2008
- 4 Comments
- MLS Weekend Recaps
Kind of weird only having three league games this weekend but in a SuperLiga driven weekend, the regular season games that did take place came in strong. I will admit, I hardly saw any SuperLiga games this weekend, for reasons that I kind of went into on Friday about the event. There are no games on English TV here in the States and I honestly don’t want to take time to listen to it in Spanish on the always odd looking Telefutra.
But it did look like the four MLS clubs held their own pretty well with the Mexican clubs. Two wins and two losses isn’t too shabby. I guess Houston waited to open up some goals in this competition instead of in the MLS season. Four goal game from them was a real shocker to me.
Anyways, I did however see a majority of the action in the three league games. The weekend bill wasn’t the sexiest of the season but it did provide a little insight. Some games were more frustrating to watch (offensively) and some weren’t too bad. Some were tough to listen to (Chicago-Toronto, I really dislike FSC) and some were pleasant to hear (San Jose-Colorado…can’t recall the announcers name but damn he brought some good energy).
Something weird has taken shape out west though, while in the east the race continues to tighen up with each game.
So what did I see from each game? Let’s get into it shall we?
Colorado Rapids 1 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes:
- Not going to lie, this game was a bit frustrating to watch. Offensively speaking neither team has or had for that matter much going in this one. Lots of bad misses or just no solid build up.
- Some decent midfield play out of both clubs but at times I felt it was a little jammed in the middle of the park. Don’t know if it was the shorter field or what but it seems like things just had no direction for either club at times in the game.
- Its probably a mixture of tough defense on San Jose’s part and boring possession on Colorado’s part that really made this a bland game.
- But the two goals were decent enough to talk about.
- The Ryan Johnson goal was just a rocket of a header. One of those that you sit back, see the replay and just say “daaaaamn!”
- The Conor Casey goal was a bit different. San Jose coach Frank Yallop thought Casey pushed one of his defenders off (which he did) to get to the ball. Should it had been a foul on Casey? Yes. But those kinds of judgment calls rarely happen in this league or any for that matter.
- Will Darren Huckerby really be the cure to some of the offensive problems for San Jose? Depends on where Yallop wants to play him, on the wings, or up top? I honestly question if he is going to be a better striker or a better winger but for now he will be a striker. Its not the service that is lacking, its the finishing.
- Is Colorado going to make any moves to beef up that attack? Probably not, their issues resign still in the midfield and in defense in my book. I wouldn’t hold your breath too much on any sort of big changes though out of this club right now. At least my normal grapevine from that area hasn’t lead me in on anything with them.
Chicago Fire 2 – 1 Toronto FC:
- Absolute tough break for Toronto in this one, but at the end of the night the Fire just wanted it that much more than they did.
- Great atmosphere for this one too. There is reason why Toyota Park is one of the better MLS stadiums going.
- John Thorrington continues to become one of my favorite players in this league. Loved the hustle and energy he brings to the game. Why isn’t Toronto asking for him in the McBride deal? I think they should after this game.
- Even in the loss though I thought Toronto keeper Greg Sutton had one hell of a game. Loads of big time stops. Now I don’t know if the Chicago attack was to due with that and their somewhat lousy finishing but Sutton was big in a lot of big time spots.
- Maurice Edu had a couple of great chances in this one, one that hit the post was just too damn close for Toronto fans.
- Chris Rolfe’s early goal may be my pick for goal of the week. Just a solid strike.
- Anyone think Cuauhtemoc Blanco put this past week’s crap in DC out of his mind? Or were all those misses due to that crap he threw at DC players? I couldn’t tell really.
- So Toronto’s young goalscorer on the night may end up being the steal of the history of the league. Abdus Ibrahim showed exactly why Dallas drafted him so early and why so many people had such high hopes for this 17-year old. I have an idea on how Toronto can repay Dallas later on though. Great to see the kid playing and scoring though.
- With the loss, Toronto drops yet another road game but fear not Reds fans, that was one of the better road performances I’ve seen out of this bunch. Even without some key players (Danny Dichio for starters) I felt the Reds were very much in this game…mostly thanks to Sutton.
Real Salt Lake 2 – 0 Columbus Crew:
- So yeah, Real Salt Lake is now sitting atop the western standings. Yeah, that feels weird saying too because it isn’t the start of the season either. They really are leading the west and are actually, currently, forth overall in the league. Parity anyone?
- Not a great game by any stretch but RSL made the most of their chances in this one. They tend to do that pretty well at home too. I wonder if they are hoping for a delay in opening their stadium with the way they play in Rice-Eccles.
- You know I want to like this RSL team, I really do but there is still something about them that I just can’t get behind. Its something I can’t lay a finger on either but just a feeling deep below. I think its one of those feelings like I’ve had with clubs like Colorado or New York over the last couple years. They seem to be good on the surface but deep below they are missing something. Then again, I’ve seen them in person too so my perception of them is a bit different than of others that I haven’t seen.
- Columbus honestly wasn’t in this one. Not one of their better games.
- The Crew really never put it together in the midfield or in attack. The first half out of the Crew made me wonder if they forgot to send some players to Salt Lake or what. One shot on goal in the first 45.
- Sweet free kick goal by Javier Morales. Though he needs to send a “thank you” card to Frankie Hejduk for moving in the wall to allow the goal though. Had Hejduk stayed in place this game probably would have been a bit different.
- Nice goal from Robbie Findley as well, he better be taking Nick Rimando out for dinner or something though. Too bad Rimando didn’t get credit in the assist column for that one as well.