2013 MLS Season, Week 24: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 24: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 12, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 24, Features
Landon Donovan's hat trick proves he is still MLS's King.  (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Donovan’s hat trick proves he is still MLS’s King. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Another week down in Major League Soccer. Week 24 came and went and saw the playoff races tighten up just a little bit more.

Let’s get down to a few points from the weekend.

1. Donovan continues to be king. Sure, Clint Dempsey made his debut for Seattle this past weekend in Toronto. He showed well but no one can deny what Landon Donovan did Sunday in Dallas. Three goals in a dominant effort that shows me that Donovan is still the king in MLS. His first goal was all about effort, the second was just a pure bomb that few keepers in the world would be able to stop and the third was all about a gritty effort.

Donovan is in the last year of his contract with LA and it is still hard to believe that he isn’t the league’s highest paid player after seeing a performance like that one in Dallas. FC Dallas didn’t have an answer for him on the night but unfortunately for Donovan and LA, the Galaxy defense couldn’t handle defending set pieces well enough to leave Texas with more than a point. 

2. KC comfortably rolls by New England. I was wrong. On Friday, I said that New England would go into Kansas City and upset Sporting in their own park. Boy I was wrong in that prediction. Kansas City came out on Saturday night and steam rolled over a good New England defense to the tune of a 3-0 beating.

Kei Kamara continues to impress with each game though as he added in two goals for Sporting on the night. He has seven goals since re-joining SKC back in May. Very impressive indeed.

The Revolution, who have lost four of their last six, are starting to not look like a playoff contender to me anymore. I may need to go through each conference and handicap these races but if I had to right now, New England’s chances wouldn’t look good. Offensively they’re starting to get back to the point where they can’t hit anything and defensively it appears that teams have figured them out.

3. Salt Lake back on top. At least for now they are. RSL’s 1-0 win over Houston at home did come with a question mark behind it with the lone goal coming off a penalty kick by Alvaro Saborio. Olmes Garcia continues to be a dangerous addition for RSL this year as he was the root of the PK call when Adam Moffatt took him down in the penalty box. Garcia was undercut by Moffatt as he went up for the ball. I’ve watch the replay a few times, to me, that isn’t a penalty.

Still, RSL continues to grind away results here as they inch closer towards a Supporters’ Shield trophy for the first time in club history. Sometimes it isn’t about how you win or who you beat, it is just about the three points. RSL has 41 points, the first team this season to break the 40 point barrier. In years past, that is usually a good sign that you’re going to win the Shield if you are the first to break that barrier.

4. And about Dempsey’s debut. Yeah, I mentioned it already but I guess I’ll go more into it here. Dempsey came on earlier than expected for Seattle in Toronto as Omafemi Martins left the game early with an injury. Truthfully there wasn’t much to Dempsey on the afternoon. He looked decent in spots but you can tell he isn’t 100% match fit just yet.