- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 6, 2009
- 10 Comments
- Eduardo Lillingston, Gerson Mayen, Jonathan Bornstein, Preki, Sasha Kljestan
Fast starts don’t always happen in Major League Soccer. Usually it takes most clubs a few weeks into the season to get use to the new year before they start to reel off the points. But every few years a club comes hot out of the gate like this year’s Chivas USA.
I went out to do a little digging on how some clubs (most MLS Cup clubs) have done in recent years out of the gate and turns out last year our eventual MLS Cup and Supporter Shield champions Columbus Crew started out last year in similar fashion.
What do I mean by that? Well let’s look at it, Chivas USA has taken in 19 out of 24 possible points after eight matches. The Crew did the same last year after eight matches.
Other clubs that have started off quick after eight games like Columbus did have either made it to MLS Cup (New England in 2005) or won MLS Cup (Kansas City in 2000).
So this brings up an interesting thought. Will Chivas follow in the same steps as Columbus and win the double this season?
A lot of soccer is left to be played but so far Chivas is well on their way to at least a 50 point season. Which should definitely be plenty of points with the amount of draws this season to get them into the playoffs, let alone an automatic bid out of the west.
Most clubs however typically cool off in the summer and more than likely Chivas will do the same. It will be interesting to see how things go without Sasha Kljestan this summer when he is potentially with the US National Team. Also should say Zach Thornton cool off or the defense get hit with an injury to someone like Jonanthan Borenstein, how Preki gets his club to respond will be key. So far he has been able to do that this year with some of the injuries his club was facing at the start of the campaign. He’s gotten newcomers like Gerson Mayen to step up and produce as well as Mexican striker Eduardo Lillingston.
I think a big reason too is the fact that Chivas has finally found an idenity for themselves in this league due to Preki’s style of coaching. As Preki continues to push the right buttons things continue to look more promising by the week. And as we keep going here more things will continue to be on their side.