2013 MLS Season: March Stock Report

2013 MLS Season: March Stock Report

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 2, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Stock Reports, Features
LA ends March as the only unbeaten squad in MLS. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

LA ends March as the only unbeaten squad in MLS. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

As I’ve mentioned on here several times to start the new season, Power Rankings are now gone from the weekly schedule of posts. I got tired of doing them and felt that over the course of the season that the first month and last month and a half were a bit of a waste in doing them anyways.

So, that left a cavity in the plans. After some thought I settled on an idea that hopefully you all will enjoy. Each month, once the dust settles on the few weeks worth of games, I will go back through and give a stock report of some sorts. It may take a couple of tries to get this where I’d like it to be but hang in with me, I think over time this will prove to be more useful than a weekly ranking.

I should also put it this way too, there is no real order to this. I’m going to be grouping teams in different categories. So don’t get hung up on if your club is listed fifth when in reality they are the eighth or ninth best team in the league based on the standings (just an example).

Got it? Good.

Top of the heap

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]If these clubs were a product, I’d be buying what they are selling.[/box]

Montreal Impact – I think the SKC loss opened some eyes as to how to beat this club but take that game out of the mix and this was clearly the top team in most people’s opinion in the first month of the season. They are sound defensively and they do their game plan to perfection. It isn’t pretty but four wins in five games proves it was effective.

LA Galaxy – If I had to do a PR for Week 5, LA may be my number one. Sure, two draws in four games but that goose egg in the middle of their record suggests something otherwise to me. They can still win no matter who is playing. Landon Donovan has returned and once Robbie Keane is healthy, this club will be scary. Let’s not forget they have an open DP slot to use this year as well.

FC Dallas – The fact that they haven’t played to the best of their abilities so far this season is a bit scary to think of here. Four wins in five games is impressive for this club given Schellas Hyndman’s history of slow starts. People slept on this team from the start for good reasons but the offense is beginning to click and the defense may be the best it’s been since 2010.

Chivas USA – I never thought I’d include them near the top, ever this season, but here we are. Chelis knows what he is doing and his brand of soccer is working with this bunch. The collective group is better than one or two parts. They aren’t pretty in what they do but the stats are speaking for themselves here with 10 goals after five games.

On the edge of the top

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]Clubs here are good enough to buy up if they were a stock.[/box]

Sporting KC – Their first couple of games weren’t their best but the win over Montreal proved one thing, they won’t be going away anytime soon. The talent is there and if the reports that Kei Kamara is indeed returning to KC are true, they’ll be even better.

Houston Dynamo – They don’t lose at home. Period. But the road story is going to tell the tale for this group in 2013. If they can pick up points away from BBVA Compass Stadium, they’ll be a Supporters’ Shield contender.

More info required

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]Take a gamble with one or two but not with all of them. Gotta get more dirt on these clubs before I know to buy or sell.[/box]

Columbus Crew – I said it before the season, this team would be either really good or stumble through the season. I’m starting to lean towards the former there as they’ve shown some glimpses of how good they can be when everyone is healthy or not called into international duty.

San Jose Earthquakes – We know how banged up they still are at the moment. But once players get healthy will the sequel that the club promoted all offseason begin?

Real Salt Lake – They’ve been good in stretches and bad in stretches. That is called growing pains. Still, with all of that, this is a contending team. They just haven’t figured it all out yet.

Vancouver Whitecaps – First two games were solid, both being wins but the last couple games have shown that this Whitecaps side is still very much a work in progress.

New York Red Bulls – I like this group, I really do. Once everyone is on the same page and healthy they will rise up in the East.

Philadelphia Union – Looks good at times and then awful at times. At least the Freddy Adu situation is resolved.

D.C. United – Injuries could be the death of this club in 2013. Still, there is talent there that will carry them far.

Seattle Sounders FC – Sure, its been bad so far. But I don’t put a ton of weight into this month for the Sounders when the CCL is clearly more important. The wins will come, this team is too damn good not to pick up plenty of them in 2013.

Toronto FC – They are still a playmaker and a striker away from being good. I actually like where their defense is headed, so it is at least an improvement over 2012 in that regard.

Hey at least there is no relegation

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]You can touch them if you want but I wouldn’t come close to them for now. [/box]

Portland Timbers – I think this club will make a break through eventually. The talent is there and they’ve shown that they will at least be competitive in games.

New England Revolution – One of the best defenses in the league at the moment (only two goals given up), but one of the worst offenses in the league (1 goal scored).

Colorado Rapids – Injuries have really hurt them so far. Still, they have some early returns from rookies Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown that fans should be able to smile about.

Bring me that wooden spoon

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]Sell, sell, sell. [/box]

Chicago Fire – Probably the biggest surprise to start the season in my book. They should be so much better than they are but clearly something is amiss.