2014 MLS Season, Week 3: What We Learned

2014 MLS Season, Week 3: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 24, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 3

The MLS season continues to roll on and so do we around here. Week 3 had plenty to offer as a couple teams remain unbeaten and a few others continue to struggle.

1. Toronto continues strong start. It is only two games. I keep having to remind myself that when I watch this Toronto FC side. But more and more they continue to improve. Most of all it is due to Michael Bradley holding down the center of the midfield. I can’t stress enough what a good holding/defensive midfielder does for any team in this league. Just having him in front of what I thought would be a questionable defense has really improved this club dramatically. That and having a go-to scorer like Jermain Defoe has really made a world of difference in this club.

But how will it hold up for 32 more games? That is the real question.

2. Schedule causes sloppy play. I mentioned it in the weekend outlook on Friday, but I’ll stress it again. It was a damn shame that LA and Salt Lake played again in Week 3 after meeting in the first week of the season. Too much familiarity this early on lead to just some down right ugly soccer on Saturday afternoon. In some ways I give credit to Bruce Arena for fighting RSL’s diamond midfield with one of his own. It worked as it limited what Kyle Beckerman could do and caused some fits.

Now if only that LA attack could get going. That would be another story.

3. Dallas rolls over Chivas. Before this game I was wondering just how real are either team here. This game answered some of those questions I had going into this one, more so on the Chivas side of things. Wilmer Cabrera’s side didn’t look great against Dallas on the road but they did prove to me that they aren’t your old Chivas team here either. They never quit on the night.

Dallas on the other hand was as most would expect them to be in the attack. Mauro Diaz was brilliant in his passing and the finishing is starting to get there. Oddly enough though, Blas Perez is still coming up short on his production. That will need to change going forward.

4. Portland’s rough outing. Caleb Porter’s side once again struggled to find their way this past weekend, this time in Colorado. While nearly all of Porter’s moves in 2013 worked out, things this time around aren’t going nearly that smoothly. This past weekend he moved forward Gaston Fernandez to the center forward spot, which caused him to be rather ghostly in the attack. Steve Zakuani got his first start and looked active but his play just didn’t seem to compliment Fernandez. It is still early Portland fans, I wouldn’t worry just yet that things haven’t totally clicked.

  • seanmo

    gaston fernandez is not a DP for the Timbers – Valeri is only DP currently for PTFC

    • Good catch, I don’t know why I was thinking he was a DP. Cheers.