2013 MLS Season, Week 25: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 25: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 19, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 25, Features
LA looks like a team on a mission right now. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

LA looks like a team on a mission right now. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

I should probably start out with a bit of housekeeping news to share. If you see some randomness on this site for the next few days, just ignore it. I’m in the middle of some minor site tweaks that hopefully improve some performance and readability around here.

Anyways, with that said, it is time to dive into a little weekend recap of some sorts. Lots to discuss after another interesting weekend in Major League Soccer.

1. Galaxy bring the heat. I guess we should never, ever….ever count the LA Galaxy out of any match at this point. While this squad has had their ups and downs this season, the recent turn of events out of this bunch have shown me that this is certainly a team that is making their playoff push. Just like in the last two seasons, the Galaxy are positioning themselves for a run, possibly another deep run into the playoffs.

Their win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night wasn’t only just a mad scoring affair out of the two clubs but seeing Robbie Keane score a hat trick a week after Landon Donovan scored a hat trick of his own tells me that teams better watch out with the Galaxy and their attack. Plus, this win to me gives the Galaxy a big edge over teams like Salt Lake for when it comes to pressure packed games like the playoffs. Having that kind of mental edge is huge. 

2. Dynamo spoil Dempsey’s homecoming. I won’t get into the whole Clint Dempsey side of things as the Sounders dropped a stinker in Houston on Saturday, 3-1. No, I’m more interested in what this result means for the Dynamo, a team that I was ragging on a good bit last week in my weekend outlook. I said that I needed to see a good result to feel confident about the Dynamo and their chances this fall and this kind of result proved that at least at home, this team still has the make-up of a very good team. Are they a Cup contender yet? Doubt it, but they are at least positioning themselves for a playoff run, something that Dynamo fans have to feel good about seeing again.

3. Coaching hot seat during playoff push. As with every season, the playoff push in Major League Soccer does usually bring about some changes in coaching from some teams. Teams that had high expectations and fail to reach the playoffs, usually make a change after the season is over. This season will be more of the same as there are a couple coaches firmly in the hot seat as the playoff push is being made. Any big slip ups could result in pink slips after the season is over.

A quick rundown of those on the hot seat include:

Frank Klopas (Chicago) – It is playoffs or bust at this point for the Fire and Klopas. After the slow start to the season and now the sudden slow down in results, the Fire will only be a playoff team if they decide to be one. Seriously. If they show up and play their game and get their new DPs involved, they’ll be a playoff team. But lately, I don’t buy them as one. Which puts Klopas’ job in serious doubt.

Ben Olsen (DC United) – He’s been on the hot seat all year but to be honest, I kind of don’t see D.C. making a change right away once the season is over. The large American youth movement going on with that club may actually keep Olsen in the head coaching spot for another year.

Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – After the hot start to the season it seems crazy to believe that he could be on the hot seat but after a 11-game (and counting) winless run that his team is on, it isn’t out of the question that another year without the playoffs in Dallas could mean the end of the Hyndman-era.

Robert Warzycha (Columbus) – I will ignore the last two results by this club on this one. Many Crew fans would probably be fine with a switch as their new owner takes over and begins to make his team his own here.