2013 MLS Season, Week 23: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 23: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 5, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 23, Features
We'd be kidding ourselves if we thought this weekend was about anything more than Clint Dempsey. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’d be kidding ourselves if we thought this weekend was about anything more than Clint Dempsey. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Yes folks, there was some Major League Soccer action this past weekend. Hard to believe it right? I’ll talk about Clint Dempsey but I’ll also dive into the week that was in MLS.

1. All about Dempsey. I won’t beat around the bush. This entire weekend was lost on the Clint Dempsey story. He’s back in MLS and he is a Sounder. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t get some goosebumps during his unveiling at CenturyLink Field. The story was fun to watch, seeing how it blew up Twitter and a few Sounder blogs.

So now that Dempsey is back in MLS, what does that actually mean for the Sounders and the rest of the West? It will be tough to tell really seeing how he is in preseason form and the rest of his club is now in mid-season form. But Dempsey is a top flight guy that will get up to speed soon enough and contribute for the Sounders. That attack is scary good with Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans, and Mauro Rosales. Throwing in Dempsey to that mix just sounds scary. 

2. Wild, wild west. With Seattle catching up to folks and now San Jose also in the thick of things with Chris Wondolowski back and scoring, the Western Conference is packed. Eight clubs smashed in a race for five playoff spots. Eight points separate first place from eighth place. Three points separate second place from sixth place.

In a league where parity is king, the West is a prime example of how anything can and will happen. Those nine teams continue to beat up on one another here. This past weekend was a good example of that with Seattle beating Dallas and San Jose beating Chivas. The rest in the mix drew one another to keep matters close.


3. How bad are Montreal and Dallas? Two clubs that were very much in the thick of the Supporters’ Shield race at the beginning of the summer are now fighting to just remain in the playoff race period. As bad as Montreal and Dallas have been these last two months, it is weird to say that they’ve still both only lost six games this year. Only the Portland Timbers have lost fewer games in 2013.

Yes, even New York, Salt Lake, and Kansas City have more losses than Dallas and Montreal. But the form is the factor in both sides. Injuries played a part for each club but neither look like contenders at the moment. Dallas has failed to score in their last five games while Montreal is allowing an alarming amount of goals these days. Both polar opposite of what we saw out of these clubs early on this season.

At least for Montreal they are still in the top five in the East. Dallas fell hard and fast in the standings and now could possibly be passed this weekend by both San Jose and Seattle if they aren’t careful.

Maybe tactics need changed in both locker rooms. Or maybe it is a larger more negative picture for both clubs. A fact that maybe they just weren’t that good to begin with. Or that neither coach is doing a good enough job at the moment and should be on the hot seat.

What ever the case may be, both clubs need to act fast to change where they are going.