Talk about a wild night huh? Two games were played, one was delayed until today due to a crazy snow storm. One thing is clear after last night though, anything can and will happen in these playoffs.
I have one key thought from each game (even including the DC-NY one) to share with you all this morning.
1. United-Red Bulls winner has inside track to host MLS Cup.
Yeah, hard to believe it but the winner of this series tonight has the inside beat on hosting a MLS Cup. Sure a lot can still happen, they could lose to Houston in the Eastern Conference finals (which at this point isn’t too shocking). Their game last night was postponed due to snow as we all saw and in the end the delay opened some doors for them thanks to San Jose and SKC being eliminated from the playoffs.
2. SKC stumbled offensively.
The weak spot all along was the offense for Sporting Kansas City. Lack of finishing, depth off the bench in the striker spot came back to haunt them. They got a 1-0 lead but couldn’t overcome the two-goal lead that the Dynamo had built up in the previous leg of the series. We all said that the second goal scored in Houston was huge and it turned out to be just the case.
Now SKC heads into the off season again after a defeat to the Dynamo. This team is still extremely talented but you do have to wonder if it is time to pull the trigger on landing a big time scorer or possibly a midfielder that can ignite the offense again.
3. The Goonies magic runs dry.
Hey, I hate to say I told you so…but….yeah…I told you so. Look it wasn’t rocket science or some crazy math formula that made me think the Quakes were vulnerable in this series with LA. It was the fact that they had been living so dangerously on the edge for so long that made me feel that way.
San Jose had a staggering number of late goals scored this year and they got one in LA to open the series. The more I watched that first leg of the series the more I felt that late Victor Bernardez goal was a gift.
Last night it turned out to be the case as Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Mike Magee (who else!) made sure they took the early lead and didn’t look back. Three big first half goals did the trick and the late goal by San Jose just wasn’t enough as the magic had already run dry.
– Does San Jose and SKC have the depth for next season? That will be a big question going into the offseason for both since they are each going to be in the CCL next year. Right off the bat, I’ll say both have some work to do to be able to compete in the CCL.
– Poor finishing doomed San Jose last night. Sometimes big scorers go dry and Chris Wondolowski picked a bad time to go that way.
– LA is peaking at the right time folks, so look out!
– Houston could quietly get back into the MLS Cup again with that talent they have.