2013 MLS Season, Week 10: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 10: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 6, 2013
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  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 10, Features
CJ Sapong and Sporting KC dominated Chivas USA this weekend. ( John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

CJ Sapong and Sporting KC dominated Chivas USA this weekend. ( John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

One thing I failed to really take note of going into the weekend was how many games we had in Week 10 that were inter-conference battles. We had a total of six overall stretching from Thursday’s game in Portland all the way until last night’s game in LA.

Out of those six, the East racked up some serious points against their Western foes, going 2-1-3 on the weekend with the lone loss coming in a Toronto defeat at Colorado. Not bad Eastern Conference, not bad. Before we dive into the busy Week 11 that has many mid-week games and a full weekend slate, it is time to quickly recap those bullet points from the past weekend.

New England 0, Portland 0

– Bobby Shuttleworth had a monster game on Thursday, nine saves in goal. Not bad considering he had some of his key defenders out for this one.

– Portland had a whopping 22 shots fired in this one but none were good enough to get by Shuttleworth. The Timbers really dominated this game in the midfield and created a slew of chances but the finishing on the night was suspect.

– New England still needs another striker to focus their attack on. Too many games we see Jerry Bengston come and go and while Saer Sene is still getting healthy to play a full 90 minutes, something needs to be added to this attack.

New York 1, Columbus 0

– Tim Cahill is finally, finally showing off why he was brought over to this club. He scored his third goal in the last two games and really has started to impress me here. New York also moved into first place in the Eastern Conference following the Montreal Impact’s draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

– Luis Robles also has a nice game in goal for the Red Bulls, saving a PK as well on the day. He didn’t have a ton to deal with on the afternoon other than the PK as the Crew offense just seemed to struggle to find themselves on the afternoon.

– If you haven’t taken note of Josh Williams for the Crew, begin to do so. He is quickly becoming one of the league’s more underrated fullbacks. Despite the loss, he had a very strong day in defense for me.

Philadelphia 2, Seattle 2

– Wild afternoon at PPL Park. Seattle goes up, then Philly goes up and then Seattle comes back. Oh and some red cards were mixed in as well. I don’t think DeAndre Yedlin’s red was a good call, maybe a yellow card at best.

– Danny Cruz had probably his best game in a Union kit with his two goal effort. Pretty crazy that he went from being booed earlier in the game to being a hero with the brace.

– Absolutely horrible marking by Philadelphia on the first Seattle goal. Eddie Johnson had all day to head home that corner kick. Also, what the hell was Zach MacMath doing two feet into his own goal on the play? Just weird. I’m starting to wonder if he is the right keeper for the job there.

San Jose 2, Montreal 2

– More Goonie fun. Montreal coughs up a two goal lead late as San Jose once again finds some magic in the late stages of the game. I’ll continue to say this about San Jose, they don’t quit, but that magic will surely run it’s course here against the league’s top clubs. Montreal did have a midweek game, so I am cutting them some slack here.

– Sam Cronin has really stepped up lately for the Quakes. His stoppage time goal was solid but his play overall was quite impressive as he had a motor in him that just didn’t quit on the day.

– Nice to see Marcus Tracey make his debut for San Jose too. He’s still a guy that you have to wonder “what if” about here.

Colorado 1, Toronto 0

– Not a shocking result by any stretch. It just took Rapids’ fans a little longer than they would have liked to finally get a goal from Edson Buddle. His late goal was all the Rapids needed on a night that saw Toronto really bring very little to the table.

– Clint Irwin had a strong performance in goal, making four stops. He made some things look easy on the night too.

– Has Robert Earnshaw gone cold or what? Just nothing in the last few weeks. He had such a strong start to the season and now he has quickly faded away and that is not a good thing for Toronto fans. They need his goal scoring abilities.

Real Salt Lake 2, Vancouver 0

– Big performance for RSL in this one. I expected a closer game but RSL really dominated this one. Luis Gil had a solid game, Joao Plata had a couple assists.

– Vancouver may blame the midweek game against Edmonton for their lack of energy in this one but really they didn’t come to play at all. RSL had the midfield possession and really created some good chances on the night. This outing for Vancouver looked similar to what we saw out of them a few weeks ago in Dallas. Just a weak performance all around.

– Vancouver did wake up a little bit in the second half but just not enough. They need to do better at playing for a full 90 minutes as a team rather than just a flurry of 20 minutes here and there.

Sporting KC 4, Chivas 0

– I think clubs have figured Chivas out again here. This performance by Sporting KC was pretty evident that we probably over hyped Chelis and his squad during their couple weeks of solid play back in March. El Chelis’ side have not won since March.

– Sporting just had the type of performance that we come to expect out of them. Dominant in the defense, and strong up front. It is dangerous to think what this club might be able to do with Kei Kamara back too.

– Chivas was never going to win even with Dan Kennedy on the field. His red card certainly didn’t help matters out.

Houston 1, LA 0

– Revenge for the Dynamo after losing two straight MLS Cups in LA to the Galaxy. As good as the win probably felt for Houston fans, I won’t be reading into it all that much. LA had two rookies on the field and no Robbie Keane.

– Landon Donovan misses another PK? Yikes. Even Bruce Arena is now saying that something may have to change there. Maybe a Juninho or Mike Magee to take the next PK?

– Andy Driver’s goal was one of my favorites from the weekend. But his performance really drove the Houston attack. With the Dynamo missing Brad Davis, it was refreshing to see someone step up in his place.

  • Glad to see we have the same feelings on MacMath…

  • The Sporting 4-0 win was also with Meyers, Besler, Feilhaber and Sapong either resting for Wednesday or starting on the bench. Chivas was beat before they got out of bed.