- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 29, 2009
- 2 Comments
- 2009 Week 15, Fredy Montero, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, MLS Weekend Recaps, Nate Jaqua
With only a few games to mention this past weekend there really isn’t a whole lot to go into here from week 15 in Major League Soccer. We had two blowouts, another Red Bull loss on the road, and a shocker out west in LA.
Still with those results and the few in SuperLiga there is still some things to talk about here.
Blowouts in Salt Lake and Seattle
One thing we can say is home play will become more vital down the stretch here this season. I do believe we are mostly done with our crazy run of draws in the season. Most clubs aren’t as evenly matched as they were a few months ago with some clubs getting healthy and some losing players to international call-ups and injuries.
That could be the case in the RSL-Toronto and Seattle-Colorado games. A month and a half ago I would have marked both of these as draws. I thought going into the weekend it would be that way in each even though my predictions said otherwise. The RSL result over Toronto didn’t shock me in the least. While I think Toronto is talented their road play suggests they still aren’t on the same level that some think they could be.
The Seattle result was a little more shocking to me. I really underestimated how Colorado would come out in this one and it looks like I got on the Rapids’ bandwagon too early here. Fredy Montero and Nate Jaqua proved to be way too much Sunday afternoon and it is possible to say that Seattle could be going into a path here this summer that could really set them up for a deep run later on this year.
RSL on the other hand needed this 3-0 result at home more than anything. While I know it is a loss to Toronto it didn’t impact their overall standings as much right now as it normally would. The east is still so tight with DC, Chicago, and Columbus playing solid; not to mention you also have to look out for New England and Kansas City still. RSL will have a tougher road getting up in the west. Houston, Chivas and Seattle are all above them and LA is right there in the standings with them right now too.
Crew Rebound Well
Quality result even if it were against the lowly Red Bulls at home for the Crew. The 1-0 win was much needed for Columbus as they move into second place in the east with a couple games in hand. Even if the win was over New York who didn’t play all that bad it still means a good bit of confidence going forward for the Crew. As long as Columbus can make some small roster moves this summer before the CONCACAF Champions League kicks off for them they could very well sneak up and win the east again this season after their slow start.With the way Guillermo Barros Schelotto has played this season it wouldn’t be a shock at all to this guy.
Galaxy Win A Must Need Game
Hard to label a game a must-win in the ladder part of June but for LA the win over Houston at home was a big time win right now for this club. First of all it was without Landon Donovan and it should be a springboard type of game in terms of confidence here. Winning without your best player is one thing but to do it against the league’s best team who had been riding a long unbeaten run is another thing.
Houston looked gassed to me for some reason last night. It wasn’t a terrible game for them but they didn’t pressure enough from their midfield in attack like they normally do. Plus a couple mental lapses caused the game’s lone goal. Kudos to Todd Dunivent for getting in the way and re-directing the short corner kick into the goal.
Only four games but probably one of the best weekends for a four game menu the league has seen in a while. Seattle and Salt Lake have a lot to do with that. 32,000+ in Seattle for their win over the Rapids. And 18,000+ in Salt Lake for their 3-0 win over TFC. LA and Columbus also posted good numbers, 17,000+ for LA and 15,000+ for Columbus. Not bad for a busy soccer weekend that had more people fixed on the US over South Africa.
I won’t go too into SuperLiga since I honestly watch none of it. Chicago and New England move on to face one another in the semi-finals. Two Mexican teams face off in the other semi-final. Either way we will get a US-Mexico final this year. That has to be good for the tournament organizers.