- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 20, 2010
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- 2010 Week 25, MLS Weekend Recaps
I hate to say my thoughts and notes for this week will be kept rather brief. I honestly wasn’t able to view a lot of this past weekend’s action other than highlights though I did jot a few notes down that I did gather from what I did see.
Seattle’s Hot Feet, Columbus Struggles
I don’t know what is bigger, Blaise Nkufo going from near-bad DP status to solid all in one game OR the fact that the Columbus Crew have been dominated in league play for two straight games giving up seven goals in that time. I may side with the Columbus side of the two though but I’ll get to that in a second.
Seattle with Nkufo’s hat trick was simply dominating and surprising to see in Columbus. I said in my weekend previews that the Sounders could easily win in Columbus since they were able to last year so I wasn’t shocked by their win but I was shocked by the way they did win. I never once expected four big goals on the Crew in Crew Stadium. To see a Supporter’s Shield candidate get dismantled like that in their own building spoke volumes to me.
The Crew have to go back to the drawing board. They rested plenty of regulars last week in the CONCACAF Champions League and won while having their main guys get beat all over the place by a tired Seattle team who had to travel in the midweek to Costa Rica.
Something has to change in a hurry in Columbus with that defense who went from one of the best this season to just middle of the pack. Middle of the pack won’t cut it in the playoffs, which is looking more and more like it will be against this same Seattle team.
Toronto is down but not out
Very gutsy performance out of Toronto down in Houston this weekend. I said going into the game it was one the Reds could and would win and thanks to Dwayne De Rosario I was not wrong about that prediction. DeRo regained his MVP form in his old stomping grounds and helped lead his team to a rare road win.
With five big games to go and a couple of those at home its still not out of the question that Toronto will make the playoffs this season. Five points off the pace doesn’t seem like a lot but with only five games left it nearly a miles away for the Reds.
After gutting their coaching staff last week Toronto got back to basics and it seems the players are a little looser which is going to payoff down the stretch. If anything I see Toronto making it interesting here, which we should all be happy to see.
Western Leaders Continue Rise
First it was RSL with a gutsy win at home against the Chicago Fire then it was the LA Galaxy who fought their way back from 1-0 down with two Landon Donovan goals to beat D.C. United.
Each team seems level to me at this point. I know LA has three more points at this stage in the season but its near level in terms of play on the field. Times like this I wish the league’s playoff structure was a 1v8, 2v7, etc. instead of this east versus west nonsense. To think that the league’s two best clubs may not face each other in the MLS Cup this season makes me upset but at least there is hope for a big western conference final from these two.
LA’s schedule plays nicely for them with four (well three if you count the “road” game against Chivas) of their last five at home. RSL pretty much needs to win out and get maximum points from here out to get home field advantage which at this point is obviously huge for them seeing as how they’re on a league record 23-game unbeaten run at Rio Tinto.
Can KC Make it?
We can’t write off KC just yet. I said going into the weekend that this would be a big week for the Wizards. Three games in a span of seven days with two of them being at home. KC took care of business last night in LA as they beat Chivas USA 2-0. Getting both Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury on the scoresheet was nice to see. That’s a one-two punch that should improve in the coming years for them.
KC has a couple games in hand against everyone right now (except San Jose and Chicago). They have to make the most of it obviously if they want to reach the post season. Kamara and Bunbury are doing their part but its got to improve as KC continues to have one of the lowest scoring attacks in the league. At least their defense seems to be holding strong as Jimmy Nielsen is making a strong case for Keeper of the Year and for Newcomer of the Year.
Don’t Sleep On Colorado
Right now if I’m LA or RSL I would not want to face Colorado in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Rapids continue to get hotter each week (though you could say their last three home games that they’ve won big were against really weak defense). The big thing here is seeing Conor Casey and Omar Cumming scoring, and doing it a lot. Both just added their 10th of the season. With the recent additions to their roster this Colorado team is going to be very tough at beat at home come playoff time. They could very easily be a sleeper pick to make the MLS Cup.