MLS Weekend Recap: Week 3 Thoughts

MLS Weekend Recap: Week 3 Thoughts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 12, 2010
  • 4 Comments
  • 2010 Week 3, MLS Weekend Recaps

KC folks are stoked, their team is good. (Brian Stevens for WVHooligan)

As cool as it was to have eight games in one day it made it incredibly hard for some fans like myself to follow each game. With as many as five games going on at the same time it made for a hectic evening in Major League Soccer on Saturday. But let’s just go ahead and say even with all the craziness going on it was pretty damn cool to see all those games in one day.

I spent a while gathering notes yesterday and this morning on the games I missed. Looks like I missed a decent bit while I was at the 2-2 draw in Frisco between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. New England pounding Toronto, KC getting by Colorado, San Jose shocking Chicago, LA downing Houston on the road and RSL getting a late draw like Dallas did over Seattle.

Busy day but still loads of fun.

1. Bouna Time No More

Sure the Red Bulls were a west coast trip for the second straight week but let’s just go a head and say it again, this Red Bull club will not have a shot at being as good as some folks out there think they are if they continue to start Bouna Coundoul in goal. We saw his blunder against Chivas on Saturday, and boy was it ugly.

I’m not so sure Greg Sutton is a better choice but I’m sure his hands are a little better than Coundouls’ here.

Another couple things we noticed were that the defense has plenty of holes in it after rookie Tim Ream and Mike Petke. Those two are solid but the wing play is weak for the Red Bulls in the back. Also, just like we said going into this game the offense has some issues as well. They had won two straight by only scoring two goals in those games. Not exactly lighting up the scoreboard like some would lead us to believe.

2. Le Toux The Hero

We said in November after the expansion draft that Seattle leaving Sebastian Le Toux open for Philadelphia to pick would come back to haunt them. He proved just that on Saturday in his three goal effort over D.C. United. The first goal was early and exactly what the home side needed. It got the 34,000+ at the Linc going. But it was his second and third strikes that were something special.

3. A Mess In Washington

So United keeper Troy Perkins took the blame today for the loss in Philadelphia. Not so sure it really mattered that he did but at least someone is. Either way we look at it this D.C. club is awfully bad. Its not really the players on the field stinking up the place but its the coaching and the management that is leading this club down a dirty path here. It seems like we expect this club to be good year after year but let’s face it this may be one of those years where D.C. is just bad throughout.

Some are calling for some heads today too. Either it be Kevin Payne, Curt Onalfo or whoever else, some United supporters want changes fast before it is too late. You can’t blame them either in three games the Black-and-Red have given up a league high nine goals. That’s just ugly.

4. You called me crazy in regards to Edson Buddle

I don’t know how many people said I was crazy for asking if Edson Buddle deserved a look at for the US Men’s National team after his week two performance. Now it seems as though I’m not as crazy after week three and another two goal effort from Buddle. Yes three games in and Buddle leads the league in goals with five, matching his total from a year ago. Yes it is crazy but something about the way Buddle is playing right now just works.

Others in contention for a spot on Bob Bradley’s roster this summer haven’t done much so far this year after strong seasons in 2009. Conor Casey and Jeff Cunningham each have a goal from the PK spot while Robbie Findley is having trouble just seeing playing time in Salt Lake.

Still I think even if Buddle keeps on this pace Bradley won’t call him in next month. Just a hunch.

5. Keeper Issues In Week 3

Wonder what was going on this past week for the keepers around the league. Either it was a late goal that tied games for the other clubs or it was just mental issues. We mentioned Coundoul earlier but let’s not forget Philadelphia’s Chris Seitz error against D.C.’s Jamie Moreno. Then there was Chicago’s Andrew Dykstra’s mishap that lead to a goal from San Jose’s Artuo Alvarez.

One of the worst in my book though was Pat Onstad’s positioning on Buddle’s first goal. Never before have I seen a keeper of Onstad’s stature give up a goal that easily on the near post. Just plain criminal.

6. Teams Will Wish They Had Schilawski

We know Toronto’s defense is awful right now but something about the goals that rookie Zach Schilawski scored for New England on Saturday looked very un-rookie like. No, I’m not calling for Bradley to call his name for the USMNT any time soon here but I can imagine most MLS clubs wishing they had looked at him a little closer in the draft this year. His finishing doesn’t look like that of a rookie. It comes to show yet again that Steve Nicol and his staff just flat out know how to work the draft in their favor.

7. Telefutura Games and Their Gate Issues

Has anyone noticed this yet? All three Saturday afternoon games for Telefutura have been terrible at the game. First it was Dallas and their 8k number, then it was Colorado’s 11k last week and this week in LA it was Chivas getting about 12k or so against the Red Bulls. Too bad these schedules with this Spanish channel are set in stone here but it seems like this is a terrible time of day to have a national broadcast. Maybe it was the pickings for slim for this channel early on in the season but so far it hasn’t made the league look good.

8. Dallas Looks Hungrier In 2010

Two straight home draws never look that great but FC Dallas is looking better than their 2009 counterparts. Schellas Hyndman put it best after the game tying goal by Eric Avila, this club wouldn’t have been able to make a comeback like that last year. Point blank his club is hungrier than we’ve seen them before. Yes there are still some defensive issues and some gaps up top but their possessing the ball better than most teams in the league right now. Its just a matter of time before the use that possession to their advantage.

9. Some Good, Some Bad

I think it is safe to say that the LA Galaxy and the Kansas City Wizards are good, possibly really good. Go ahead and lump Columbus and RSL in behind them too. On the other end its a toss up for me between D.C. and Toronto for who’s the worst. Neither are looking too good these days.

  • 3rdstringindoorgoalie

    I was at the houston game and could clearly see the foot of space Pat was leaving on the near post for Buddle, just waiting for him to slip it through. hot mess!

  • I haven't seen anybody claim that the Red Bulls are lighting up the scoreboard. And as to their defensive weakness, IMO it's a problem only on the right side, where Jeremy Hall continues to prove that he is not a defender. Miller has been mostly solid.

    Point about Condoul is well taken but I think they are on the record as saying he will be given the chance to remain as starter in NY. Whether that is a poor decision only time will tell, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Jens Lehmann. It seems that they'd rather spend their money in midfield – a smart decision IMO because after Lindpere, who looks pretty solid, they are still desperately short of quality in the middle of the park.

  • 3rdstringindoorgoalie

    I was at the houston game and could clearly see the foot of space Pat was leaving on the near post for Buddle, just waiting for him to slip it through. hot mess!

  • I haven't seen anybody claim that the Red Bulls are lighting up the scoreboard. And as to their defensive weakness, IMO it's a problem only on the right side, where Jeremy Hall continues to prove that he is not a defender. Miller has been mostly solid.

    Point about Condoul is well taken but I think they are on the record as saying he will be given the chance to remain as starter in NY. Whether that is a poor decision only time will tell, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Jens Lehmann. It seems that they'd rather spend their money in midfield – a smart decision IMO because after Lindpere, who looks pretty solid, they are still desperately short of quality in the middle of the park.