Week 21 Thoughts and Notes

Week 21 Thoughts and Notes

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 23, 2010
  • 2010 Week 21, MLS Weekend Recaps

Brian Ching and the Dynamo looked a bit like their old self on Saturday. (Getty Images)

In seven games this weekend we saw 25 goals. Just like that the goals came from no where it seemed. Some were goal of the year material (see Brian Ching’s second goal), some were total gifts and others were just run of the mill goals that got the job done.

Week 21 was an interesting week that saw some upsets and some big time wins for several clubs. Was it shocking to see San Jose upset LA at home? No really. Was it surprising to see Toronto drop a game so badly at home to New York? Not at all. Seeing Chicago and Houston combine for seven goals on Saturday evening didn’t shock me considering each club’s defensive issues this season. And then there was D.C. getting a rare win on what has been a dreadful season.

Playoff Race Gets Tighter

For Houston, Kansas City and San Jose this was a big weekend. Each needed three points and got it at home in various ways. Each are in that group of clubs battling for two or three playoffs spots that are really up for grabs. Right now I view LA, Columbus, RSL, NY, and Dallas as the “in” crowd with Chivas, Philadelphia and D.C. as the “out” crowd. Everyone else is in contention at the moment with New England coming very close to that “out” crowd.

San Jose was able to ride an early goal to victory over the league-leading LA Galaxy. Chris Wondolowski continues to find ways to score for the Quakes and these recent additions by Frank Yallop are helping out in a big way. I’m not totally sure however what to make of their DP Geovanni just yet. His limited minutes didn’t really prove anything to me but given time I think he’ll still be a solid addition to a club that could end up being very dangerous late in the season.

Kansas City tightened up things out east with their 4-1 blowout over New England. Now only five points off the pace for a playoff spot the Wizards have hope yet again after a couple games of disappointment. The goal outburst was definitely needed for Peter Vermes’ team too. All I want to know is who is Birahim Diop and where did his brace come from? It looks like if KC has any hope its with him and Teal Bunbury up top.

And as for Houston it was one of those games. A goal here, a goal there and somehow a Brian Ching hattrick. It was one of those performances out of Ching that we just come to expect. And that second goal was a thing of beauty. Just pure class. The only difference in this game was the lack of defense. Even if this win helps Houston out in the point standings their defense still worries the heck out of me for their playoff hopes. Then again so does the Fire who really missed out on a huge chance to come that much closer to a playoff spot this past week.

11-game Streak for Dallas

Never thought I’d say or even see an 11-game unbeaten run for FC Dallas but here we are, the club is hot and could possibly continue this run given their remaining schedule. With only two, yes TWO losses on the season you have to even consider FC Dallas and their players for even more right now this season. David Ferriera is a MVP candidate, Schellas Hyndman has to be considered for Coach of the Year and I still believe the club has every right to be in a serious discussion for the Supporter’s Shield race this year.

Maybe its because I’ve seen plenty of this club this year, far more than any other but I still feel the way I did about them back before the start of the season. They have the schedule and the roster make-up of a very dangerous side that could go very far this year. Sure folks here in Dallas haven’t picked up on it but that’s partly because the main media here in town could care less (Rangers winning, Cowboys season about to start, high school football just started). I hate to say it but the club probably needs a better run than 11-games unbeaten to get folks attention here.

Red Bulls Romp At BMO

Yes the Rafa Marquez goal was indeed a golazo! The Red Bulls found a way to do what no one else had done this season at BMO Field, find a way to win and silence the crowd for good. Toronto basically self-destructed itself infront of their home faithful on Saturday. It wasn’t a collapse either it was just one of those days where nothing goes completely right. Maybe they were a bit gassed from the Champions League battle earlier in the week and maybe its just the sign of things to come out of New York. Like it or not these Red Bulls are going to be very tough to beat late in the year with performances like this one.

  • Concerning the Toronto match, I would say that it is more of a sign of things to come for NY than a Toronto Flop. Marquez and Henry are really changing the Red Bulls and how people feel about the MLS. However I’m sure Toronto was tired from the Champions’ League match, which was a pretty entertaining one.