- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 23, 2011
- 2 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 10, What We Learned
The end of the world didn’t come this weekend which was nice but at the same time it also brought us some very tight games in week 10. In all, week 10 in Major League Soccer went nearly as I thought it would on Friday. Close games, plenty of draws and a couple close wins by some clubs.
There were four games decided in the late stages, two 1-0 nail biters, and one apocalyptic-type storm that caused a lengthy delay (for the second time in recent weeks). Yeah it was that kind of week in MLS.
1. Weather madness again in Frisco. There was no late heroics after the lengthy weather delay this time for FC Dallas. I’m sure Real Salt Lake was more than pleased to get their first point ever in Frisco though. On a night that lacked a lot of punch in the game, it was the weather that provided the biggest spark. Sadly enough the only real treat of the night was the three fans that made their way onto the field during the weather delay. It was funny and harmless, none provided any danger to players since they were off the field in the locker rooms but at least it kept those like myself entertained in the pressbox.
2. Not so SuperClasico. A lot of hype (as always) went into this past weekends meeting between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. What turned out from that match was a rather dud of a game. The early Chad Barrett goal proved to be enough for LA in this one as they sat back on the lead for the rest of the game while Chivas tried to press on for a game-tying goal. This rivalry at least used to have some flare as the teams would get physical with one another but this one wasn’t like that at all. In fact it lacked that element all together making it just another ho-hum of a game. Robin Fraser’s team played well but in the end they just lack that one attacking piece that could help move them up the standings here. LA on the other hand is still sitting fine with 23 points on the year.
3. Squeaky-bum time in Seattle. Talk about leaving it late Seattle. They went 90+ minutes without a goal to show for and just within the blink of an eye Jeff Parke snaps a header that Sounder fans will likely never forget. Kansas City for a change showed their defense had some effort that could keep with a top-level club but their offense disappeared. It seems as though the games that the Sporting defense comes to play the offense forgets how to score. But when the offense is on, the defense is getting hammered. Either way the long road trip is killing this club while the Sounders get the three points and make the West that much tighter (three way tie for third between Portland, Seattle and RSL right now).
4. Red Bull defense showing issues. This game had it all, extremely early goals, late finishes, penalties, drama, the works. In all this was the game of the weekend for the league in my book. Dane Richards opened up the game with a goal in the first 40 seconds, yes seconds. But the Red Bull defense is starting to look shaky here. Another game where they give up multiple goals, one being another keeper mistake. Some are stating to think that Rafa Marquez is showing his age here and that could be the case. Maybe a move back into the defensive part of the midfield is in order for the veteran. With the Gold Cup on the horizon, we could see some interesting games out of this club.
5. Time for a change in Chicago. Another rough showing by the Chicago Fire. Manager Carlos de los Cobos continues to find ways not to get his club in the best position to win, only then to blame some players for lack of effort. While I agree the effort has been lacking out of some guys, its his tactics that are putting this club in a major hole. Right now the Fire haven’t seen a W since March. If things don’t change soon enough we’ll see our first coaching change of the year.
6. More JELD-WEN Love. Watching the Portland-Columbus game Saturday night, once again the Timbers found a way to get the three points. This was a physical game with the Crew and one that was actually good to watch. Had it not been for a big Troy Perkins save this one could have ended on level terms. The Timbers made the most of their chances while the Crew struggled to get anything going offensively. I’ll keep saying it though, until they get a win on the road it is tough to really take this club that serious here. But have no fear Timbers fans, I’m on board with this club. The defense has taken better shape in recent weeks with guys like Eric Brunner stepping up and the play on the outside with Jeremy Hall and Rodney Wallace improving.
7. San Jose makes a turnaround. It may not be pretty at times but the San Jose Earthquakes are coming back into the fold here. Or at least they are making it interesting. Biggest reason for that turnaround is the better play of Chris Wondolowski. You shut him down, you shut down the Quakes. It is as simple as that. But when he is on like he has been for the last three games, the Quakes are all the better for it as they’ve gone 2-0-1 in their last three games.