2013 MLS Season, Week 21: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 21: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 22, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 21, Features
Dallas and Montreal played to a snoozer of a 0-0 draw on Saturday. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Dallas and Montreal played to a snoozer of a 0-0 draw on Saturday. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

It is almost the end of July. This season is just speeding by here. Time to take a step back though and figure out what we learned during Week 21 in Major League Soccer.

1. Day of draws. It seemed as though early on Saturday that this was going to just be one of those weekends in MLS where everything ended level. In total we only had four draws on the weekend but it certainly felt that at least two other games could have gone that way. What does this say about the state of the league? Not much, it is summer and teams are getting tired legs out there on the field. Players are injured so the level of competition is down a bit. Or one could say that teams are just at the point where they totally get one another.

Either way, this was a fairly boring week in the league play thanks to those games ending in a draw.

2. Right call in Salt Lake. I know some RSL fans will hate seeing this but I had no issue with both yellow cards to Chris Wingert on Saturday against Sporting KC. Yes, they both changed the game for RSL and what they could do but at the same time both were calls that had to be made.

Let’s look at the first one.

Questionable? Yes. But it is a call you have to make. Wingert crashes in on Kei Kamara pretty recklessly. 

Here is the second one that led to the red card.

Again, questionable? Yes. But it was a stupid foul to commit for a veteran player that is already sitting on a yellow card. You can’t tug a player’s shirt like that and not get away with it.

Sure this play changed the game as right after the red, Sporting KC tied up the game. Later on, with the man advantage, they would win it all. I get the frustration but I would want the ref to make those calls on my team, no matter how annoying or cringing they are.

3. And the right call in LA. The first time I watched the replay of the Jose Villarreal goal against Vancouver, I was shocked. My initial thought was that he was offside. But good of the refs to get together to talk it out to make sure that Gyasi Zardes did not touch the ball before Villarreal did. It was a close one for sure and it certainly felt like Instant Replay that we see in the NFL. But honestly, I would rather see refs get the call right by talking it through with one another and killing a minute off the clock rather than just a rash decision by the center official to not review it.

4. Stick a fork in Columbus. The two stoppage time goals allowed by Columbus proved one thing to me, they’re done. Finished. Not going to contend this season at all. It is a shame too as they have the talent to be good in this league but they lack some dynamic in their midfield that can carry them in games like that one Saturday against New England.

  • emg117

    No issue with calls on RSL (but I do with the no-calls on KC), but big issues on 7 minutes of stoppage and allowing Opara on the field after he shoves the player that the ref is talking to