2014 MLS, Week 2: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS, Week 2: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 19, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season

March is rolling on here as we head into the third weekend of the season. Time once again for a Five Up, Three Down post to look at who is hot in Major League Soccer and who is on the opposite end.

Once again, there is no real order to both lists, so don’t read into the order as any sort of ranking.

Five Up

Houston Dynamo – Two wins in two games at home to begin the season. I keep saying that no one should sleep on Dominic Kinnear’s squad this year and so far I’m feeling good about that comment. If Will Bruin continues his current pace he could make Jurgen Klinsmann have to notice him a little more for this summer (he’s still a long shot, I know).

Philadelphia Union – Another solid performance by the Union, this time in a win at home over New England. The Union midfield continues to improve as they learn to play with one another. That is a dangerous thing too, if this group gels quicker, they could make some serious noise in the East.

Toronto FC – Yep, the massive spending paid off, or at least for one week it did. Jermain Defoe looks like he could score 15 or 20 goals this season with the pace that he is on at the moment. But keep an eye on Jonathan Osorio here, this kid is something special in the making.

FC Dallas – Sure their two games weren’t anything to truly write home about but Oscar Pareja has installed some grit and determination into this group that hasn’t been seen in a long time. Then again some of that may have to do with adding players like Hendry Thomas and Adam Moffat to the midfield. Also, keep an eye on Matt Hedges, he’s doing some serious work there in that defense.

Chivas USA – Is this group for real here? Honestly, I think their level of play is worth watching here this season. The only thing to worry about for the few Chivas fans out there is that depth. It is super thin.

Three Down

New England Revolution – Two ugly performances and apparently there is a locker room rift going on with Jose Goncalves. Ouch.

Montreal Impact – Two losses in two games isn’t quite the way they would have liked to start this season. I think the loss of Marco Di Vaio is pretty obvious here at this point. One more game and he’ll return.

Chicago Fire – The more I see this team the less sold on them I am.

  • TSN3

    i like this 5 up 3 down format. works for me. Keep up the good work Drew.

    • Thanks! I can honestly say it is so much easier to write than a weekly power rankings poll (those are a beast these days).

  • TSN3

    …or try a soccer themed variation: “4-4-2 Wrap”

    4 – good
    4 – bad
    2 – teams/players to look for next week


    • Not a bad idea. Might have to keep that in mind for a weekend recap.