- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 13, 2009
- 8 Comments
- 2009 Week 4, Davy Arnaud, MLS Weekend Recaps
Again, sorry for the delay in getting this recap posted today. Easter weekend, doubled with the fact I had family come in for a visit this weekend. Needless to say I didn’t have a lot of time to get to this until today.
I feel like doing things a little different too here this week. Instead of the usual game-by-game case I just want to tackle just main points that I wrote down from the weekend, due to lack of time this was just quicker and easier. After this is all posted I will probably follow things up with the goals of the week and a few other things. Also, week four power rankings will more than likley be up in the morning as usual.
As always feel free to post your thoughts from this weekend’s action below.
All the ties
Seven games and five ended in draws; two were 1-1, two scoreless and one random one out west was 3-3. I think the San Jose- Chicago game sucked all the goals out of the weekend. Six goals in that game while the other six combined for eight goals total. I suppose it was just one of those types of weekends.
We are getting there folks. Slowly but surely we are getting there. Bigger numbers this weekend due to 20,272 in Toronto, 23,317 in Los Angeles and 28,746 in Seattle. However still some low numbers like the Crew only averaging around 11k in their two home games this season. I don’t think you can blame the weather either, most people would have been fine with 50 degrees and little wind. I would bet the holiday weekend may have been to blame there.
No More 30-0 Talk
Well, so goes the 30-0 talk in Seattle. Another firecracker of a goal by Davy Arnuad (a very early candidate for league MVP) gave KC another win here in the early going of the year. A lot had to do with the red card early to Kasey Keller (good call) and lack of finishing. Listen folks Seattle was bound to lose a game here this season and we’d be kidding ourselves if we thought otherwise.
Still the club showed some true heart down a man and trying to win that game on Saturday night. Maybe its a sign of how good of a coach Sigi Schmid is because his Columbus teams were always heard to close out against and I think Seattle is turning into just that type of club.
I guess I need to switch the poll over to when will Chivas lose now.
Columbus is still winless.
New York is still winless.
Houston is still winless.
And Dallas is still winless.
All combine for a lovely 0-9-8 on the year so far. Ah sexy numbers there.
No Conde, no defense?
Look at the games that Chicago has been without a strong defender. Both ended in draws, this past week was possibly due to the lack of Wilman Conde. The Fire defense gave up three goals to San Jose, which may be the most confusing club in the league right now. Without Conde the Windy City giants looked a bit rattled in the back, especially in the central part of the defense.
Speaking of San Jose…
I just cannot figure this club out yet. Maybe it is way they play at home versus the road. Or maybe its their attack. I will say moving that if they can Bobby Convey around in the midfield it could pay off better for them offensively. But there was a still an element missing in the midfield after that defensively.
Then again you couldn’t do much about those last two Fire goals by Brian McBride and Chris Rolfe. Both were crazy. But some are saying the loss of Jason Hernandez in the back is starting to catch up. The defense that was so tightly compact a season ago just looks completely different now.
New York, we have an offensive problem.
Remember the line about only one club has reached the post season after going scoreless in their first three games? Well, New York is now scoreless in four. Sure they have one goal in the goals for column but that was an own-goal on Jay Heaps. Offensively this club has plenty of blame to spread around right now. I think the exucse of waiting on the newcomers to arrive is passing and the ones that have been there just aren’t producing.
First of all, for all the speed this club has all over the roster it looks like it doesn’t matter. Dane Richards isn’t playing like his usual self. Dominic Oduro or Mac Kandji need to be on one of the wings if you ask me.
Biggest disappointment in all may be Jorge Rojas. A lot of pressure was put on him at the start of the year and so far he hasn’t lived up to any of the hype. Maybe once Albert Celades starts it will get better for Rojas and New York in the midfield but so far this year they’ve looked down right dreadful.
Also, for all the moves the club made the one that could be the biggest that they didn’t do was finding a partner for Juan Pablo Angel. The guy can only do so much with what he has. And so far this year he hasn’t been able to do a thing.
Toronto we still have a problem…
Okay, Chad Barett is proving not to be the answer. Right now the club can only get so much out of it’s midfield, which is producing all of its goals this season. What they need is two things, a central defender because that defense still lets in easy stuff and a true go-to striker. I know this club has improved this season but letting in a late goal like that to a club like Dallas is not the way a playoff contender should act like.
We can get drunk watching LA
I think we need to start a new drinking game with LA and how their midfield and defense play. But all seriousness aside, LA just does not have the talent to compete with the rest of the league in their midfield or defense. The young talent is there but they are still growing and the older talent is just well…older.
RSL still strong at home…DC still struggling in the Rocky Mountains
What else can you say about RSL at home? New year in pretty much a new stadium and its still the same old subject. But I will stick to my guns about RSL on the road. I still need proof this year that they are a contender by winning on the road. Until I see them win on the road in a consistent manner like they do at home I will have trouble rating them high.
As for DC, they still can’t get over the hump in the Rocky Mountains. Neither Denver or Salt Lake City have been friendly to the Black-and-Red. But it was a bit better out of them this weekend. They took the early lead with Luciano Emilio, who is playing great so far this year, but defenively still giving up crap late. That bothers me.