- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 11, 2011
- 1 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 17, What We Learned
To put it lightly, that was interesting. MLS had a fairly big week for the second week in a row as we gear towards the playoff push here in the second half of the season. The week opened with a massive rout in New York and ended on a high-note (at least looks wise) in Portland.
Plenty happened in between those matches too as there were beautiful goals, statement wins and some bad losses.
1. Galaxy deliver points. In a week that saw both Salt Lake and Seattle push closer towards the top of the standings (Dallas is still there too), the Los Angeles Galaxy needed a big win and got one against the Chicago Fire. I believe there is a reason why I haven’t moved the Galaxy out of the top spot in my Power Rankings in a couple months here. They’re now unbeaten in their last 11 and are quietly staying on course for another Supporter’s Shield win this season. David Beckham’s goal the other night was pretty sweet too.
The bigger question continues to linger in my mind about the Galaxy, how will the CCL disrupt what they are doing in the season here. Their depth seems fine as they’ve had to deal with the loss of Landon Donovan, Beckham and others for extended time this season.
2. RSL Gets Statement Win. If a club ever needed a big win it was RSL. People had been questioning their last couple games against the minnows of the Eastern Conference in Toronto and New England. But Saturday evening against conference foe and rival FC Dallas, RSL got the statement win they’ve been looking for probably all season. Nothing went right for FC Dallas as they had to make some last second changes to the lineup and shots just didn’t fall their way, not to mention a Kevin Hartman gaffe in the second half probably all but killed the game for them.
But not everything is rosy in Salt Lake. Late in the game Jason Kreis subbed out striker Alvaro Saborio who immediately went into the locker room without a word to his manager. Kreis sent someone to look for him and he was gone. Trouble brewing between the club and their DP striker? Something to keep watch over.
3. DeRo sends a dagger to NY. Talk about karma or whatever you believe in. Dwayne De Rosario got just that Saturday against his former club New York. The Atlantic Cup rivalry got renewed in a big way with the trade of DeRo to D.C. for Dax McCarty. Everything seemed to be going New York’s way this week with the massive 5-0 blowout over Toronto on Wednesday but it was DC and DeRo who got the last laugh over the weekend.
Now that good feeling in New York is gone with a loss. DeRo got the better of his trade partner McCarty on the goal and then made his old team pay. Crafty.
4. Cascadia Clash. Anytime the league is showcased on a ESPN or ESPN2 game you hope for the best possible game. Yesterday’s Portland-Seattle game was just that. Tons of drama, rowdy fans and plenty of goals. People couldn’t help get interested in this game and hopefully that can translate into some casual sports fans coming over to our neck of the woods to enjoy what the league has to offer. Sure the Timbers’ two goals weren’t the best but all three of Seattle’s were class.
For one Fredy Montero finally made his return for Seattle. It seemed like Montero had been distant for ages this season but he came alive on the big stage with two nice goals. Anytime your star player can come alive in a big rivalry game like this, it is good to see. Seattle now moves into second place with the win. Salt Lake and Dallas have more games in hand on the Sounders so Seattle will have to continue this current form to stay above them.
5. A Sporting Streak. The streak for Sporting Kansas City now hits 10 unbeaten games. But are we as excited about them as we were a couple weeks ago? Two straight home draws against clubs they probably should have beaten have left me pondering that. Had it not been for a late Omar Bravo goal, KC would have lost to Chivas of all teams at home this weekend.
Still, saying all of that the offense from KC is fun to watch. Peter Vermes has put together an entertaining side that if their defense can continue to come together here, they’ll be a real force in the playoff race this year. I think if they can grab one more quality defender in the transfer market here real soon then they’ll be fine.