2014 MLS Season, Week 2: What We Learned

2014 MLS Season, Week 2: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 17, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 2

After a wild week one in Major League Soccer, week two was a little more of what we might expect this season to be like. Tight games, plenty of excitement and of course some questionable calls.

I spent most of Sunday reviewing the weekend’s games, so here are some take aways that I gathered from it.

Houston is batting 100%

The Dynamo have had two home games to start the new season and they’ve certainly made the most out of it by winning those games. Will Bruin is playing like a new man this season, which is refreshing to see. He scored the game-winner against Montreal this weekend, in a game that was much tighter than their win in week one over New England. The Dynamo aren’t going to wow anybody with their play, just like we might expect out of a Dominic Kinnear team. No, instead, they’ll grind their way to results. If you slept on this team in preseason, they’re giving you every reason to change your mind about them right now.

Defoe with a dream start

You really couldn’t have asked for a better start to this new Toronto FC era. Jermain Defoe scored two goals in the first half to help lift Toronto FC over Seattle in a massive season opener for the Reds. This new look Toronto squad finally has the midfield bite that they’ve lacked over the years to be successful in MLS. Michael Bradley did all the dirty work but it was second year Homegrown midfielder Jonathan Osorio who did the creative work to set up Defoe.

I still worry about that Toronto defense but after one week they have a lot of momentum to be excited about.

Awkward moments

Can we seriously get rid of the in-game interview with a head coach? During the wild San Jose-RSL game, Quakes manager Mark Watson was being interviewed on the sideline when RSL’s Joao Plata scored a goal. It is moments like that and production like that, that really hurts MLS for the viewers at home. Seriously, drop the in-game interviews please.

Philly in good form

I don’t think the Union are going to be world beaters this season but the midfield is finally enjoyable to watch and it is leading to good things in the attack for John Hackworth’s team. Amobi Okugo looks solid at center back as well for the Union. If anything, this Union squad will be a contender in the crowded Eastern Conference.

How wild is San Jose?

If anything the game to watch this weekend wasn’t Toronto-Seattle. It was San Jose-RSL. Aside from the awkward thing that I mentioned above, this one had a ton of excitement and of course some late heroics from San Jose. Their live and die by the late goal works for them but I have to say it is something that teams do expect and can counter against in the long run.

Still, saying that, is there a tougher team to beat right now on their home turf than San Jose? I really look forward to seeing what they can do with that home field advantage next year in their new stadium.