2013 MLS Season, Week 12: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 12: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 20, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 12, Features
Seattle walked all over Dallas this weekend. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY)

Seattle walked all over Dallas this weekend. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY)

There are plenty of points to go over from Week 12 in MLS. Both conferences saw games that helped tighten up each race. One quick look at the standings this morning and you’ll see that as the month of May draws to a end here, there is still a ton left to be played this season that will determine the playoffs and Supporters’ Shield.

Eight teams within six points of one another at the top of the table is pretty impressive to see. Eventually those games in hand by several clubs will come into play and be even more vital as this season rolls on.

All we know is summer is right around the corner which means things will really heat up in MLS. Here are some items that I took away from this weekend’s matches.

Sounders charging forward

Plenty of goals for Sigi Schmid’s club in the last couple of weeks. Eight at home to be exact. When things click, they just click and they did it this past week against the league’s top club in FC Dallas.

Seattle’s offense just found easy ways in and around Dallas on Saturday night to get to the 4-2 result. They went up two and then for a short spell allowed Dallas back into this one before they quickly gobbled up the lead and then got an insurance goal late once Dallas was down a man and were looking gassed.

The Sounders are rolling at the moment after their slow start. With no Champions League games this fall on the schedule, I think you can expect this team to really be a player late in the season for the Supporters’ Shield now. Yes, they still have about 10 points or so to go to catch up with Dallas but games in hand are there and their momentum is certainly getting bigger by the game.

As good as that game was for the Sounders, I’d be a tad fearful of that 20 minutes or so to start the second half. They brought Dallas back into this one and give a ton of credit to Dallas for battling back as well. Michel was a monster on set pieces as usual for Dallas and Seattle had no answer to him. How about that corner kick goal too?


I have a feeling most people won’t be high on Dallas after this loss but they shouldn’t be in my book (not to play any homer card since I cover them and all here). They lost this one without George John, Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira. Heck, those last two made this trip to Seattle and didn’t play. Dallas had been getting results these last couple weeks without those three and this loss was sort of expected on the road out of this bunch.

New York pressing forward

Six wins out of their last eight for the Red Bulls. Impressive to say the very least. I have to admit though, I was waiting on another win over a quality club like LA. Tim Cahill’s late goal was just enough on the afternoon for the league’s showcase game of the weekend on ESPN2.

New York is just doing the little things right at the moment. As long as Jamison Olave stays healthy, that defense will continue to pound away results. That is key, more so than Dax McCarty’s health at the moment in my book. Olave makes that entire defense collectively better.

I do still wonder what this whole week meant for LA. They grabbed a big win on the road in the midweek in Philadelphia before stumbling on a stoppage time goal in New York. In a way they were seconds from just getting another result, and ho-humming along for another week here. Still, getting out of a tough stretch of road games on the other side of the country for them was something this schedule put in front of them. In a way they handled it pretty well. Still, they’ve lost three out of their last four, so there is some puzzling stuff going on with this group.

Other matches:

Columbus 1, Toronto 0: Another loss for Toronto, this time with some new faces too. Yeah, just not going to get there with castaways from the EPL.

Vancouver 2, Portland 2: A wild game, one that will be talked about more by other folks. I didn’t get to see it but apparently there were some iffy calls in this one as well.

Philadelphia 1, Chicago 0: Same result as the weekend before. Jack McInerney is on pace to be the league’s youngest Golden Boot winner.

New England 2, Houston 0: Huh? A second straight loss at home for Houston. Something is not going right down in the Bayou City at the moment.

San Jose 1, Colorado 1: I feel like I’ve seen this result somewhere else with the Quakes. Down a goal, battles back in the second half. Yawn.

D.C. 1, Sporting 1: Hey, the losing streak is over for DCU!

RSL 4, Chivas 1: Time to wake up and watch RSL again, they are getting results while no one is looking.