- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 2, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 7, What We Learned
After the tough week Major League Soccer had to endure in week six, this past week was a big of a change, well in some ways at least. We did however see more of the same as Philadelphia won yet another 1-0 game, D.C. United began looking like their 2010 self again, and New York continued their dominate ways.
Either way you look at things week seven was a change of pace and down right interesting from start to finish.
1. Nasty Weather Dampens Galaxy. Say what you will about the LA Galaxy but the weather last night in Frisco screwed them over. Then again they screwed themselves over by not warming up properly or enough before the two sides came back on the field after a hour-long weather delay. I’ve honestly never seen a weather delay like that in person until last night but give credit to FC Dallas for staying hungry in that one and getting the game winner. As for LA the trip back west won’t be a fun one after this game.
2. Castillo Nets First Goal. Like I said, last night was very interesting here in Dallas. Nasty weather, full stadium (for at least the first half) and two solid goals from FC Dallas. Shea’s game-winner was nice and all but seeing the 18-year old Colombian Fabian Castillo get his first goal with Dallas was a sight to see. I think it is very safe to say Dallas has a good future at striker ahead with this kid. He was dangerous on and off the ball last night and if he continues to score nifty little goals like his first, we’ll be well on his way to becoming a big star in this league.
3. Dynamo explode. I said back at the MLS SuperDraft that the Dynamo got an absolute steal with Will Bruin and the kid is starting to deliver. It may still be very early and we did see a hat trick out of a rookie last year (New England’s Zach Schilawski) but I don’t think Bruin will fade into the distance after netting the three goals here. But aside from Bruin, the Dynamo’s offense is really coming to life here, mostly because their midfield is playing with confidence and is controlling the games here. Defensively they aren’t too shabby either. I said at the start of the year that they’d be a contender in the East and they’re definitely looking that way.
4. Union continue pace. It may not be uber impressive or sexy but the Philadelphia Union are getting it done. 1-0 each time. Say what you will about it but being a man down for 45+ minutes on Saturday and still coming away with a win isn’t something to shake a head at. Well the officiating in this one was something to shake a head at though. The red card to Jordan Harvey was weird and the PK call that gave the Union the win was even worse. Thing is I doubt Peter Nowak and company will complain too much about those things. They got the win and more importantly, they got Sebastien Le Toux scoring again.
5. Trouble by the Bay. San Jose commented all week how they were going to make changes and make the Philly game mean something. In the end they still didn’t show up and Frank Yallop is getting closer to that all too dangerous hot seat. His club hasn’t even looked good since their week two win at Dallas, and even in that game they weren’t all that impressive. Something has to give though here with the Quakes, they have talent, that is for sure, but what they continue to lack is that go-to guy in the middle of the field to be their general. It comes down to leadership and they are lacking it in a huge way right now.
6. Renteria Silences Critics. Talking last night at the Dallas game with New England writer Kyle McCarthy, we both agreed on one thing, we try to avoid Columbus games when we can. This one was no different but looking back on it the Crew needed a game like this. Their defense had been strong for weeks now and it was time for their offense to flex their muscles a little bit as well. While a brace from Emilio Renteria wasn’t all that impressive, it was something that needed to happen. I knew playing a team like Vancouver could raise their confidence and it did. The Crew looked more hungry in their attack and at the end of it they got the three points.
7. Rodgers keeps the Red Bulls going. I think this one could have easily been a 3 or 4-0 affair as the Red Bulls definitely dominated possession. Luke Rodgers was the only one that could make a break through though as he took a nice pass from Dwayne De Rosario. KC did however look better in the second half as their offense put some pressure on the Red Bull back four.
8. Sounders move on without Zakuani. I’ll let the video below speak for itself. This on just deserved to be added here.
9. No place like home for Portland. I seriously think in some magical way that Portland could very well go undefeated at JELD-WEN Field here this season. Their biggest test to date was Real Salt Lake, a team that on most days would thrash this Timbers side but it wasn’t in the cards on Saturday. A Kenny Cooper goal was all that was needed by the Timbers as they held on for a shutout and a huge win. Call it a post-CCL hangover for RSL or whatever but Portland looked good at home yet again here.
10. Chivas turns things around. Don’t look now but Chivas USA is on a five-game unbeaten run and are winners of two straight. Robin Fraser has his club going in a positive direction here and a good part of it has to do with Heath Pearce in the central part of their defense. Something about that shift in formation is working for them right now. What is even more impressive is the attack he’s getting out of Alejandro Moreno and Marcos Mondaini. Those two looked very good together on Saturday.
11. Revs turn around for the wrong reasons. Just a week after looking like they could be headed in the contenders side of things in the Eastern Conference, the New England Revolution laid yet another egg on the season. Defensively it was one of the worst games I’ve seen out of them in some time. Mental errors were seen all over the pitch and as far as their offense goes, it was lacking due to service.