MLS Hot and Not: One Month In

MLS Hot and Not: One Month In

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 20, 2010
  • 2 Comments
  • Alessandro Del Piero, Bobby Convey, Curt Onalfo, Edson Buddle, Jeff Cunningham, Julian De Guzman, Peter Vermes, PGE Park, Robert Pires

I know I’ve been a bit light lately in my posting. Hopefully this week will make up for that. The last couple days I’ve put together a list of the ol’ sports writer staple, a hot or not list. Some folks may love it while others may not, whatever. I’m a list guy so I like writing them.

Anyways we are a month into the season now with most clubs having four games under their belts (only one has two – Columbus). My list below is not just players but coaches, GMs, stadiums, fans…pretty much anything I felt was relevant here.

HOT NOT
Edson Buddle – Clearly the easiest person to put on a Hot or Not list. Buddle’s seven goals pace the Golden Boot race so far. Jeff Cunningham – Aside from a goal from the PK spot Cunningham has yet to get going here. Dallas fans should recall that he did most of his scoring after June last year. He just takes some time to get going I suppose but he better not go too long here as his coach is already calling him out.
Peter Vermes – His Wizards are doing well early better than most expected them to be this year. He added some good parts in the offseason like Ryan Smith Curt Onalfo – Maybe there was a reason why KC got rid of him last summer. Can’t say the moves that were made this winter were all his fault but its safe to say he had some pull in someone them (ie. Adam Cristman, Kurt Morsink
Underhyped Additions – The list is starting to grow with guys like Ryan Smith, Lovel Palmer, Joel Lindpere, and the Brazilians for LA. Overhyped Additions – It seems nearly everyone D.C. brought in hasn’t worked out so far. Wasn’t Danny Allsopp suppose to be a big scorer?
Eric Solar/Hans Backe – It may be early but this partnership is starting to show that it is going to be a good one in New York. It will be interesting to see how they’ll do once some DPs come in this summer Mo Johnston/Preki – So far this partnership isn’t panning out like some had hoped. The fans in Toronto are tired of the change and quite honestly deserve a quality product.
Bobby Convey – Once the goat in San Jose, now it seems as though things are starting to turn around for him and his club. Julian de Guzman – Possibly the biggest waste TFC has ever made.
Schedule Makers – I think the break in June will be good for the league and it’s players. Schedule Makers – But saying that it’s left us with seeing Columbus get two weekends off way early in the year and Toronto playing a double dip in one week that sees them go from Toronto to Colorado in four days. Hard to travel west in one of those swings, not to mention play in altitude.
Rookies We Don’t Know – Steve Beitashour from San Jose continues to give Frank Yallop solid minutes each game. He had one of the better games this past week for any defender really. Rookies We Do Know – Haven’t seen much out of Danny Mwanga in Philly or Dilly Duka in Columubs.
PGE Park – Packed in 15k+ this past weekend in the USSF Division Two. Boy they can’t come into MLS soon enough. Dicks Sporting Goods Park – Fans will blame the poor gate numbers on other sports in town this past weekend but its coming down to an ownership that really doesn’t give a rats ass about this club anymore.
Robert Pires – Solid DP rumor, got money he’ll end up in Philly or Seattle. Alessandro Del Piero – NY is a target and now that Juventus is playing at Red Bull Arena this summer this rumor will be all the rage. Honestly, I don’t buy him being a good fit for New York or the league.
MLSSoccer.com – Yes there are still miles of issues with this new site but honestly, if you fish through it now it’s gotten better. Stats are working and pages are looking better. It just takes time folks, just takes time. MLSSoccer.com Haters – I know I was part of the haters or bashers early on but come on folks let’s move on, nothing we can do about it now.
  • Jason

    I partially agree with the Onalfo comment but at the sam time the guy has gotten the wrong end of te stick in both places he's been. Look at Vermes this year: he was Onalfo's technical director and should have been in charge of acquisitions; the best he could do for Onalfo was a bunch of overrated South Americans and Claudio Lopez; this year that HE is in charge KC has 9 foreign players. Sounds to me that Peter wanted Curt's job.
    Now in DC Curt has Kasper; need I say more? If those 2 players are all you are allowed to get he's kind of screwed isn't he? Can you blame him for trying to get a couple of backups that he knows vs. unknown trialists that might give him nothing. Morsink and Cristman aren't the best, but they have showed the willingness to fight, when other players on the team show nothing and we do appreciate that here in DC.
    Onalfo isn't a good coach but with this kind of support coming from the top you are not setting him up for even the slightest chance of success.

  • Jason

    I partially agree with the Onalfo comment but at the sam time the guy has gotten the wrong end of te stick in both places he's been. Look at Vermes this year: he was Onalfo's technical director and should have been in charge of acquisitions; the best he could do for Onalfo was a bunch of overrated South Americans and Claudio Lopez; this year that HE is in charge KC has 9 foreign players. Sounds to me that Peter wanted Curt's job.
    Now in DC Curt has Kasper; need I say more? If those 2 players are all you are allowed to get he's kind of screwed isn't he? Can you blame him for trying to get a couple of backups that he knows vs. unknown trialists that might give him nothing. Morsink and Cristman aren't the best, but they have showed the willingness to fight, when other players on the team show nothing and we do appreciate that here in DC.
    Onalfo isn't a good coach but with this kind of support coming from the top you are not setting him up for even the slightest chance of success.