2013 MLS Season, Week 35: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 35: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 28, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 35, Features
Mike Petke and New York celebrated with their first trophy yesterday. ( Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Petke and New York celebrated with their first trophy yesterday. ( Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The regular season has come to a close. We finally know the ten teams that will be participating in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. So many things happened in the final week of the regular season too, hopefully I can touch on at least a few of them.

1. Red Bulls finally win a big one. It has been a long, long time coming for the New York faithful. In 18 years, the New York club had yet to win a major trophy in Major League Soccer but that streak ended on Sunday as the Red Bulls finally won a Supporters’ Shield trophy.

New York didn’t just win on Sunday, they won big too, over the Chicago Fire who saw their post season dreams come to a quick end. New York knew what they had to do going into the game, just win. Salt Lake made sure to put pressure on them last Wednesday and Sporting Kansas City added to it on Saturday. A win was what they wanted and a win is what they got.

Mike Petke went from being the coach no one wanted in the Big Apple to the guy that helped guide them to the top of the table. At the end of the day, he has turned out to be the right guy to have in charge there. 

2. Camilo is golden. I thought Mike Magee would have the Golden Boot wrapped up on Sunday after his early goal for the Fire against the Red Bulls. But Camilo came through in the end with a hat trick on Sunday evening against the Colorado Rapids. The Brazilian ended the season with 22 goals and six assists. Which may beg the question for several media voters this week, is he MVP worthy?

Time will tell on that front but the interesting thing to note from this is that along with his 22 goals, Magee’s 21 and Marco Di Vaio’s 20, the league ended the season for the first time since 1996 with three 20-plus goal scorers. That is impressive.

3. Worst to First. The Portland Timbers had little trouble on Saturday night against Chivas USA. If anything their 5-0 win was a statement to the rest of the Western Conference that they are peaking at the right time as the playoffs begin.

I think between Portland and Colorado, those are two clubs I wouldn’t want to be facing in the coming weeks. Portland for one has the home field advantage with their crowd. Colorado on the other hand is a talented young bunch that will be difficult to beat in a two-game set should they beat the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

4. Bracket set. This is a really exciting playoffs for MLS. Good knockout round matches this week with Colorado-Seattle and Houston-Montreal. Semifinal matches with SKC-New England and LA-RSL. The potential for a Portland-Seattle showdown too is very fun to think about.