MLS Weekend Recap: Week 22

MLS Weekend Recap: Week 22

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 17, 2009
  • 2009 Week 22, MLS Weekend Recaps
Chris Rolfe and Chicago are inching their way up the league standings. (Brian Stevens, WVH Photo Correspondent)

Chris Rolfe and Chicago are inching their way up the league standings. (Brian Stevens, WVH Photo Correspondent)

Week 22 in Major League Soccer had two things, results with 2-0 scorelines and red cards. Nealy just as many red cards as there were goals this weekend. Big names saw red while big names scored big goals. The standings are a little different this Monday morning as well which make this year’s playoff race one of the best we’ve ever seen.

While the 2-0 scorelines and red cards were all over the league some things remain the same. Columbus continues to dominate, Kansas City continues to show they aren’t a playoff team, and New York continues to be one of the worst, if not the worst club in league history.

Houston Picks Up Road Point In Salt Lake

This result for Houston was a good one, going on the road in one of the toughest stadiums in the league and picking up a big draw against a club that really needs three points in every home game from here out. Real Salt Lake stumbles against a quality club again at home and it makes their run to the playoffs this year that much harder this morning.

Thing was RSL dominated this game in terms of shots of goal, possession and everything else. They should have gotten three points in this one but give credit to Dominic Kinnear’s bunch for doing whatever it takes to get a vital road point.

Finishing continues to be an issues for Jason Kreis’ bunch. I don’t know if it was the physical nature of this match that made it tough on RSL but seeing chance after chance go away for guys that do know how to finish like Will Johnson just makes me wonder if this club has the mental toughness to reach the playoffs this year.

Chivas Returns To Winning

Leave it to New York to give a struggling club a boost. Chivas USA hadn’t won a game in nearly two months and hadn’t been scoring that much in that time as well. A trip to the Big Apple changed just that as early goals from Maykel Galindo was more than enough to beat the Red Bulls.

Chivas used a weak New York defense to kick start their offense yet again.

Now I’ve been saying for a couple weeks that Chivas hasn’t looked at all like a playoff team since their fast start to the season but even though they were playing one of the worst clubs I’ve ever seen in New York this Chivas group did look like their former self from earlier in the season. Offensively they were clicking and holding possession and defensively they were holding New York off the scoreboard.

New York had their chances but again terrible offenses just fail to score. Chivas didn’t have to do anything special to hold New York from scoring on Saturday. Some are saying this New York side may be worse than that 1999 bunch, from what I’ve seen they may very well be setting record this season for worst record ever. Getting to 20 points is something I’ve mentioned a bunch with this Red Bull club this summer but it just doesn’t look like they have any sort of desire to get to that mark.

KC Continues To Struggle

Even with a week off after a 6-0 beating in Dallas, Kansas City hosted Chicago with a new coach in Peter Vermes. Turns out the Fire who hold one of the league’s best road records didn’t care about the new coach in KC as Chris Rolfe was all over the place for the Fire yesterday afternoon.

Rolfe’s early goal set the tone for the Fire who held possession well and controlled the pace of the game like most would expect them to. Some saw this as a place for KC to possibly step up and get back into the playoff discussion here but from what I saw yesterday there is no way this bunch reaches the post season in 2009. The eastern conference is too tight to begin with and this club just isn’t that good.

Chicago on the other hand looked comfortable in winning yesterday. Defensively they did their best to slow down Josh Wolff who actually stepped up well for the Wizards. Chicago just gave us a reason yesterday to believe they could get into that Supporter’s Shield race now that both Columbus and Houston have some heavy schedules ahead of them. The Fire sit only four points out with games in hand on both the Crew and Dynamo.

DC Stumbles In Canada

Don’t look now United fans but your club isn’t sitting in the top eight of the league right now. That means the season ended today they’d be on the outside looking in for the playoffs. I know I caught some comments over saying DC has some depth issues but if you didn’t see their lack of depth in this one against Toronto then you are too close to the fire.

Toronto played one of their best games this season on Saturday. Had they not I think their season would have been close to being over but now they sit back in playoff contention and look good in the process. I know Chris Cummings bunch knows they have to pick up points at home like this and while teams like RSL struggle to do so, they took care of business when they needed to.

The one went back and forth but possession wins games and TFC did a great job at controlling the pace of the game early. Goals mid-way through each half were more than enough to kill momentum that DC was getting. It seemed that each time DC started to get some possession, TFC would return the favor with a big break on goal or a set piece in a dangerous spot.

Beckham Tossed In Big Loss To Sounders

We’ve been talking for a while now that Seattle needs a big road win to make them look like a playoff team here and this weekend Sigi Schmid’s bunch got just that. A huge road win against a quality team like the LA Galaxy. Sure LA was down a man early with the nasty challenge from David Beckham on Peter Vagenas but Seattle controlled this game like I haven’t seen them do on the road this year.

I think it came down to wearing the road blues for once. I need a Seattle fan to tell me the last time they wore those blue kits, because I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I saw them. They may need to start sporting them more often on the road.

Seattle really dominated this one due to the man-advantage for the majority of this game. LA really showed their lack of depth being down a man in this one plus their offense really never got going with Landon Donovan not a 100%.

Fredy Montero and Steve Zakuani were all over the place and both had solid goals.

It was weird seeing this game go down to a 10v9 when Seattle lost Tyrone Marshall in the 76th minute and Eddie Lewis in the 79th minute to red cards. Not every day you see that many red cards in a game. Then again Ricardo Salazar has been known to show red from time to time.

Columbus Moves Into Supporter’s Shield Tie With Win

While Houston found a way to get a draw on the road in Salt Lake, Columbus took care of business at home against lukewarm FC Dallas. Some thought this would be a game that Dallas would be able to surprise Columbus based on their resent form but going back on the road proved to be a difference for Dallas in this one.

It’s never easy to go down 1-0 after a minute of play but Dallas did just that when Chad Marshall scored another goal to start the game off. Eddie Gaven added one late for insurance purposes. Dallas proved yet again why they are near the bottom of the table due to their set piece defending. They had done well against Houston in the previous week but Marshall’s quick strike showed they are still a long way off from being where Schellas Hyndman wants them to be.

The win for the Crew not only put them in a tie with Houston for the top spot in the league but also extended their home winning streak to 20 games.

  • Alex

    Sounders had never worn Blue prior to the match @ LAG.<br />
    <br />
    Reportedly, the USOC match @ Portland was supposed to be the Blue debut (Portland wears dark green at home), but the Sounders equipment managers failed to pack them. Portland switched to their black alternate kit.

  • Alex

    Sounders had never worn Blue prior to the match @ LAG.

    Reportedly, the USOC match @ Portland was supposed to be the Blue debut (Portland wears dark green at home), but the Sounders equipment managers failed to pack them. Portland switched to their black alternate kit.