2013 MLS Season, Week 7: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 7: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 15, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 7, Features
New York looked good, real good on Saturday in D.C. (Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports)

New York looked good, real good on Saturday in D.C. (Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports)

Here we are, the middle of April. We’re not seven weeks into this season and judging by the standings in MLS, it is anyone’s race still. Week 7 brought lots of draws, little in terms of goals and some decent drama.

While most of the sporting world was focused on some golf tournament in Georgia, MLS rolling into the middle of the second month with a bunch of draws during the first round of games on Saturday. Some of that was due to injuries on key players, while the rest had to do with the fact that some of these clubs are just pretty evenly matched at this point in the season.

Whatever your take is, the week in MLS was rather dull until Thierry Henry skipped a shot past Bill Hamid.

For another week I am going to stick with various points that I took away from each game. Just a quickie recap in some ways to save a little time so I can get to some other posts that I want to write out today.

Philadelphia Union 1, Toronto FC 1

– First draw of the weekend and probably a better game than most had imagined.

– Toronto got ahead with Robert Earnshaw’s fifth goal of the season. But it wasn’t all meant to be for Toronto as they still struggle at closing out games. If Toronto could figure out how to play for a full 90 as a team, they’d be pretty damn dangerous in an Eastern Conference that is still pretty open.

– If you aren’t watching Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney, you need to stop what you are doing and catch a game. The kid seriously has some talent and is doing just enough to get plenty of press because of it. He doesn’t do anything ridiculously special but sometimes guys that can just score goals don’t have to be anything more than just that, someone who scores goals.

– Joe Bendik certainly had a strong game in goal for Toronto. Good for him, I know he has Stefan Frei waiting behind him to get back on the field and he is making it super tough on Ryan Nelsen to pick a starting keeper each week.

Seattle 0, New England 0

– More trouble in Seattle? Seriously, the offense was just sloppy at times and bad on Saturday afternoon. The chances were good but the finishing just was not. Tough considering that their two main strikers were out hurt though. Steve Zakuani as good as he is just isn’t a true striker in MLS. His play on the wings is what works.

– Nice to see Saer Sene back on the field for New England. That should help their attack in the long run with him back on the field. Still, they were held scoreless which isn’t a good sign this early in the season that they aren’t creating enough chances on goal.

– The Revolution extended their goal-less drought to 388 minutes, but they’ve still allowed just two goals this season, the fewest of any team. So there is that.

Vancouver 1, Salt Lake 1

– Nick Rimando had one of his best games despite giving up the PK goal late in the game to Camilo. He practically stood on his head for a couple of his stops.

– Neither team really impressed on the day. Both had their chances but neither really showed that they had the momentum to win this game. Vancouver did look better late when they pressed for the tying goal.

– This is another game where Salt Lake just took the foot off the pedal for enough time to allow the other side to score. A troubling thing if you are a RSL fan. They have enough veterans on this squad to correct that trend but early on this season it has been a troubling thing to watch.

New York 2, D.C. United 0

– Even with the injuries and issues so far this season for the Red Bulls, this was a game that they truly showed how good they can be when things are clicking. It wasn’t a totally dominant effort but it was a good enough effort to grab three points on the road against a rival. Can’t ask for more than that.

– Thierry Henry’s goal was a typical Henry goal. Tough bounce for Bill Hamid to deal with too.

– Troubling offensive stats for the Black-and-Red. D.C. generated three shots on target in this game, just three. Through six matches they have scored two goals too. The defense isn’t good enough at the moment to keep the ball out of the back of the net and the offense isn’t doing enough to help out. Yikes.

– I’m starting to really get a sense that the longer Dax McCarty is in New York and Dwayne De Rosario is in D.C., that New York got the better end of that deal. Sure DeRo won a MVP award once he got to D.C. but it has been all Dax ever since.

FC Dallas 1, LA Galaxy 0

– The first half really had nothing in this one. Neither club created any good chances while the fouls were all over the place.

– Second half had all the action. Two penalty kicks thanks to two dives. Two penalty kick saves as well. Justice served in some ways.

– The red card on Leonardo had to be called whether Bruce Arena like it or not. Sure Blas Perez hardly got touched but you don’t get those calls if you don’t try is what I always say. Still, the man advantage nearly didn’t pay off for FC Dallas as LA really pressed with Landon Donovan in the midfield.

– Dallas remains the leader in the league with 16 points now but does anyone even believe that they are the top club yet? I still doubt many will once the usual Power Rankings come out today and tomorrow. The thing is, FCD still hasn’t played their best and most complete game of the season yet. Let that sink in for a moment.

Colorado 1, Chivas 0

– Clearly the shock result of the weekend. Most figured Chivas would dominate a Rapids squad that is still severely banged up on the season.

– Clint Irwin continues his impressive form in goal for the Rapids. Lots of big saves from him in this one.

– Did the week off hurt Chivas USA in this one? They played some friendlies and scrimmages in the time off but it seemed as though they weren’t as good with their large amounts of possession as we’ve seen in the past. That has to be a credit to the Rapids defense too.

Montreal 1, Columbus 1

– Game got pushed back due to snow in the area on Friday. Probably a wise move as things looked better on Sunday for this one.

– Goals traded between the clubs were expected. Each team seemed to sit back a little bit in this one, just hoping for that one pass that would open the attack up.

– Dominic Oduro is looking good here for the Crew at the moment. Nice goal on the afternoon as well, just beautifully taken.

– Montreal’s defense looked much better in this one than what we had seen a couple weeks ago in Kansas City. You’d expect that too after a week off.

Houston 2, Chicago 1

– Another late goal that keeps the unbeaten streak at BBVA Compass Stadium alive. That streak is now a new MLS record at 35 games. The result allowed the Dynamo to rise above Real Salt Lake into sole possession of the all-time MLS record for home wins, the third longest such streak in all of North American sports.

– Brad Davis had a monster of a game. One goal, one assist. His service really opened up the Dynamo attack on the afternoon and Chicago really struggled at dealing with him from the wings.

– Chicago’s speed from the bench nearly helped them leave with the upset win. The Fire are improving here even if the results aren’t showing up at the moment.

– Nice to see Will Bruin scoring again for the Dynamo.

Portland 1, San Jose 0

– Lovely free kick goal by Will Johnson. Easy bet to win goal of the week too.

– The three points put Portland into third place in the West. Yeah believe that. The West is jammed packed at the moment between second place and seventh place.

– San Jose didn’t show a ton in this one and the red card to Alan Gordon certainly didn’t help. You should expect a couple more games added to that suspension too for his slur at Will Johnson.

– Chris Wondolowski was moved into the midfield with Steven Lenhart and Gordon on the field. It looked good at times but in other instances it wasn’t nearly effective enough going forward. Again, the Gordon red card didn’t help things either.