2014 MLS Season, Week 1: What We Learned

2014 MLS Season, Week 1: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 10, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 1

The opening weekend of the 2014 season was certainly one to remember. Plenty of goals, interesting plays and fun times with replacement referees to discuss.

I took a few things away from what I saw this weekend from around the league. But the key item I keep stressing when I look at everything is that this is only week one, it is still very early to truly know where things are going this season.

Lots of goals

Four goals out of Houston and Vancouver this weekend, three from FC Dallas, Chivas and Columbus. While I expected some goals going into the weekend, I didn’t see this kind of outburst coming. The road teams this weekend (outside of Chicago and RSL) looked pretty dreadful. Home teams as one might expect controlled the game and really took it to their week one opponents.

Houston and Vancouver really stick out with the four goals though. Will Bruin had a game for the ages this weekend, naturally that happened seeing how I replaced him on my MLS Fantasy lineup on Saturday morning with Obafemi Martins. Bruin always burned me in the past when I would remove him from my lineup, and his two goals and one assist against New England did it again.

I don’t know what to make just yet of New York or New England in those losing efforts. Both have better defenses than what showed up on Saturday but both had some key players out as well. New England though I will say is missing a serious bite in their midfield. They just never looked like they were going to control things in that one.

Rimando denies history

I love watching Nick Rimando in goal. He doesn’t have great size or anything like that compared to most keepers in this league but what he does have is an amazing ability to come up with big stops in key moments. He did just that on Saturday against LA. He denied Landon Donovan of a big moment. And again late in the game on a penalty kick he showed yet again why he is the top keeper in this league.

Upgrade in Frisco

While the defense was iffy at times for new manager Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas proved that their offense is going to be a lot of fun to watch in 2014. Fabian Castillo is playing better than he ever has, and his first goal of the year proved that. Mauro Diaz is a special kind of player that can make anything happen (see is free kick special for proof). And then you have guys like Blas Perez and potentially some of their newcomers in David Texeira and Andres Escobar.

Not to worry 

While plenty of teams looked bad in week one (looking at you D.C. United), we have to continue to remind ourselves here that it was only week one. For all of these teams that were in action over the weekend, there are still 33 more games left to go. We know the way the playoffs are set up that teams can still have a slow start and make the playoffs. I don’t see that changing this season either.

A few notes

Seattle – Boy this team will be fun to watch once everyone is clicking on the same page.

SKC – I’m not worried about them giving up a late goal on the road to a team like Seattle. The talent is still there, but I do wonder if they have enough fire up front to really go the distance this year

Columbus –¬†Federico Higuain sitting deep behind the attackers in the midfield? Hey, it worked.

DCU – Some things change but others remain the same. That is the expression right?

Montreal – Justin Mapp looked great but that defense has a lot of work to do. If they aren’t careful, teams are going to score a lot of goals on them this season.

NY – The attacked looked weak without Thierry Henry. But hey it was a game on turf so that is the best defense against this team right?

Portland – Still has plenty of issues to deal with on set pieces. Philly could have easily won this game in my mind.