2013 MLS Season, Week 11: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 11: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 13, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 11, Features
Sporting KC ended Houston's impressive home streak over the weekend. (Photo by Mark Shaiken - WVHooligan staff photographer)

Sporting KC ended Houston’s impressive home streak over the weekend. (Photo by Mark Shaiken – WVHooligan staff photographer)

Boy, Week 11 blew right by us didn’t it? With 15 games stretched across the entire week and weekend, a lot happened throughout the league.

Lately I have been doing my weekend recaps in a bullet point fashion but with so many games this past week, I think it is best to give a good overview of what happened in general in the league and how it effects things going forward this season.

I may still do some bullet points later on some of the games. We’ll just see if there is time for that later today or not.

Cream rises in the East

Take one look at the standings this morning. Good, now come back. How about that four team log jam at the top? Sporting KC made matters more interesting last night with their 1-0 victory IN HOUSTON. Yes, the Dynamo finally lost a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium after going unbeaten in their last 36 games there.

It was an up and down week though for the top clubs in the East. Most did well in one game but stumbled in the second. Take New York for instance. They looked great on Wednesday at home against Montreal, winning that one 2-1 in a thrilling finish that nearly saw Montreal tie it up. But then they go out on Saturday to New England and struggle in that one on their way to a 1-1 draw. Yes, they did come from behind in that one but the larger picture is clear, they still have plenty of work to do.

Montreal had an up and down week as well, losing at New York before coming home and winning another close won over Real Salt Lake.

But no one’s week was quite as wild as Houston’s was. They dominated D.C. United on Wednesday to the tune of a 4-0 win in RFK Stadium. But come Sunday they let Sporting KC get the best of them on their home turf.

If anything we have a four team race in the East for now and that is a cool thing to watch. But don’t sleep on that fifth place race just yet either. I have a feeling both Columbus and Philadelphia will be battling it out for a while in that position.

Don’t Sleep on the Timbers…or the Sounders

Caleb Porter’s club was really unlucky not to rivals Seattle as the only teams to win both games this week. They looked good on Wednesday in Dallas, becoming the first team all season to get a lead on FC Dallas first (yeah, Chivas beat Dallas back in week 2 but they had to do it in a come back fashion).

But on Sunday it was all Portland against Chivas. Good on the Timbers to go out and play impressive too to keep within six points of Dallas in the West. The attack was fluid and strong and when Porter is able to get bench and reserve players like Kalif Alhassan involved and more production out of a former defender like Rodney Wallace, you know things are going well for them.

Don’t look now but the Timbers are unbeaten in their last nine.

The same can be said about Seattle as of late. Unbeaten now in six games, the Sounders put an absolute beating on conference rivals San Jose over the weekend. And that was San Jose with guys like Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon back from suspension. Sure, the Quakes lacked Marvin Chavez but I doubt he would have made that big of a difference in this one.

Mauro Rosales had possible his best game in weeks while Lamar Neagle picked up a brace in the 4-0 victory.

The West may be a little different standings wise with Dallas far out in front but don’t let the Sounders’ placement in the standings fool you, they’ll be in the top five before the July transfer window opens up. You can count on that.

Other thoughts:

– Colorado is in third place in the West? Seriously? Kudos to Oscar Pareja and his staff for getting that banged up group of players to play that well. Young players are stepping up (hello Dillon Powers) while the defense is playing better each game. I still think they’re playing a bit over their heads at the moment but if they can keep it up and get healthy, they could be a very dangerous club to face later on.

– D.C. United continues to struggle. Seven straight losses now. Ouch.

– Struggles in LA? Maybe, but the more I watch them the more I think that they won’t win a third title with Carlo Cudicini in goal. That dude just gives up points for them.

– Chivas officially back down to the bottom of the West. At least their few fans can point at New England, Toronto, Chicago and D.C. that they are at least a point or so better at the moment.

– Good on Vancouver to break their league skid with a big win over LA. Now they must quickly turn their attention to Montreal in the finals of the Canadian Championships.