MLS Weekend Recap: Week 14

MLS Weekend Recap: Week 14

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 22, 2009
  • 2009 Week 14, Jason Kreis, MLS Weekend Recaps, Omar Cummings

A lot can be said about this past week for Major League Soccer and soccer in the US in general. Going into the weekend most had written off the US national team until the Brazil-Italy result became a good one for us. Some folks had worries about the MLS clubs going into SuperLiga play but after a solid 2-1-1 record in the opening set of games, the league can probably bet on another all-MLS final this season.

I must say it was a busy weekend for me personally. I am a couple days away from becoming a homeowner for the first time so I honestly didn’t see nearly the amount of soccer that I wanted to because of that very reason. So excuse me if some of the recaps here are brief.

From the 3-0 win over Egypt for the US to the surprising results in San Jose and Dallas. This weekend had a lot to look at from every angle for a US soccer fan.

The Turnaround of Some Sorts

I wonder if it was a bit of the heat, or luck, or a possible turn around that we are starting to see out of Real Salt Lake. They went down to Houston and got a quality 1-1 draw out of the trip. Now the reason why I am curious about this result is for the fact that they let in a late goal thanks partly to a late red card. Houston was able to battle back and continue on with their unbeaten run here.

Is it a bit of luck to get a quality result though like that in Houston? I think it could be said that it is but it does show that Jason Kreis’ club has a long way to go before they can be called a contender here this season. Not closing out games like that can come back to haunt you in a big way later on this season and right now they are doing themselves no favors by only getting draws here. The west is just too good this season to not capitalize on three big road points in Houston like that.

Colorado Seems Legit

While in the west we have a strong Houston and Chivas squad along with a fairly decent expansion team in Seattle. One club is going unnoticed in a good way and that is Colorado. While most will look into their 3-0 win over DC over the weekend as just another win over DC at home because United was tired from their draw in Seattle in the midweek and that DC never plays well in Colorado. Excuses or not, Colorado looks more and more like a legit contender here this season. Without Conor Casey we again saw Omar Cummings step up and give DC’s backline a headache all game. I also enjoyed seeing him link up a bit with Pat Noonan who provided a decent spark to his new club in the first half.

Colorado won’t get a lot of love until they win consistently against the bigger clubs of the league like Houston, Chivas and Colorado but they did step up and hammer a quality DC side over the weekend. That’s plenty for me to realize that they are legit enough right now.

Some Luck Changing In Dallas

I guess Schellas Hyndman finally realized that his young bench was pretty good. Adding Brek Shea and Eric Avila late in the second half sparked a big time come back over the defending champs for one of the more surprising results of the weekend.

Avila’s goal was something else too. While it could be seen as a selfish kind of play on his part I had no problem seeing him take that play on his own. Honestly I’d love to see more of the young guns in Dallas on the pitch. The future of that club is there but it is just taking Hyndman too long to figure that out.

As for Columbus, this club needs some sort of boost. While I believe they are still good I just worry about them in the long run here.

Fredy Gets The Best Of New York

The Red Bulls looked pretty good for 20 minutes Saturday but then fell asleep late in the first half and Fredy Montero made them pay for it. I thought Seattle’s road performance wasn’t bad while the home performance of New York was still lacking a big pop. The mental state of that club has to be extremely low at this point. I wonder just how much longer Juan Carlos Osorio will keep his job because his seat has to be burning hot right now.

Super Start For MLS in SuperLiga

A 2-1-1 start to SuperLiga isn’t bad at all. The only loss was a 10-man Chivas squad who just looked old if you ask me on Saturday. I think the one club that has a real shot to win it all is Chicago. And to be honest the tournament needs a club like Chicago to win it due to a guy like Blanco being there. That’s the only way the tournament will even have any value because right now it seems very weak.

Kansas City showed up nicely in their SuperLiga debut out in St. Louis. New England showed a lot of grit at home in their opener in the 4-2 win. I don’t know what it is about playing in New England for Mexican clubs but it sure does bring out the worst in them.

Butts-in-Seats Look

A typical weekend that saw decent numbers. Only Dallas was sub-10k as usual here. Even New York saw a decent figure of 14k for their match against Seattle. I would have like to have seen a better number in Colorado. Maybe now that the Rapids are playing more home games here their numbers will go up.