- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 29, 2013
- 1 Comments
- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 22, Features
A wild weekend in Major League Soccer. Three games with late goals and one with seven total. Time to take a step back and figure it all out.
1. Parity reigns supreme. So get this. MLS has 10 teams within FIVE points of the top. After that there are 12 teams within SEVEN points of the top. How insane is this season’s playoff race really going to be here? All I can say is just hold on to your hats, boots, whatever because this race is far from over.
You could make an argument that in both conferences, the races are seven clubs deep, eight in the West if you want to actually include San Jose who scored a big win over Portland this weekend. Only three clubs in MLS are truly out of the running right now as Chivas, Toronto and D.C. have a very little shot at the playoffs right now with the way things are going above them in the standings.
We’re going into August folks. A month that usually dictates who will get hot before the playoffs and who will miss it entirely.
2. A wild night in Harrison. I assumed going into the weekend that the showdown between New York and Salt Lake would be a good one but I didn’t expect what we ended up with. A seven goal, wild affair. Dax McCarty’s game winner sealed what was a fun and crazy ride. Alvaro Saborio netted a hat trick in the losing effort too.
The two sides combined for four goals in the final ten minutes. Some folks are calling it the game of the year right now, while others are (rightfully so) moaning about the officiating that changed the game.
New York showed their offensive muscle that we would expect out of them. Tim Cahill looked good despite an injury, Fabian Espindola scored two against his old club and Thierry Henry showed us why he is such an important player to this club. All came up big in a big time game. But I do ask you this, would this one have been different if it were played in Salt Lake? You bet, I would imagine it would be flipped around in RSL’s favor but that is just how this season is going for everyone it seems.
3. The Rapids are coming. One of the toughest teams in MLS to figure out at the moment may still be the Colorado Rapids. Hard to believe it but they are sitting in second place in the West and are just three back of the Supporters’ Shield race.
While their recent run has been impressive they are still a tough team to take truly serious here. Consistency across both sides of the ball are still a factor for me when I look at Oscar Pareja’s club but saying that their result over LA this weekend may have been a turning point. A shutout at home against a good offensive side is what they needed. I still believe they lack a defender in the back that can shutdown teams and a striker up front that can make goals out of nothing.
Either way though, it is certainly time to take the Rapids serious here this season. This weekend also didn’t hurt for them that Vancouver, Portland and RSL all lost their games. The downside though is that they’ve played more games this season than anyone else.