2014 MLS Season, Week 3: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS Season, Week 3: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 26, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 3

The month of March is quickly coming to an end here. So far we have seen three weeks worth of games and overall I can still say that it is very early to predict anything long-term for this season. Saying that though, I do have my latest Five Up, Three Down for you all this week.

Remember, the order of each section has no meaning.

Five Up

FC Dallas – The Oscar Pareja era has gotten off to a pretty good start. Two wins and a draw on the road in KC is not a bad way to begin the year. The offense is clicking at home under Mauro Diaz. Fabian Castillo is finally living up to his true potential. The defense still has some work to do and if Pareja can keep Hendry Thomas out of trouble on the field and find a way to keep Andrew Jacobson and Adam Moffat healthy long-term, this team will be solid this season. I do really wonder what they’ll be like when Raul Fernandez and George John get healthy though.

Seattle Sounders FC – Aside from the Toronto loss, the Sounders look like the team that I thought they would here this season. Tough offensively, solid in the back and their usual tough self in the midfield due to Osvaldo Alonso. I still view them as one of the more dangerous sides in all of the league just based on talent and depth alone.

Toronto FC – Two wins in two games. You can’t argue with what you are seeing on the field with this bunch. Michael Bradley is making all the difference in the world for that defense and the duo of Jermain Defoe and Gilberto appeared to work well on Saturday against DC. The true tests are coming up though given their schedule.

Columbus Crew – Another team sitting at 2-0-0 on the season. Gregg Berhalter is doing some solid work early on in Columbus. There is still room for improvement all around but having a strong defense again in the back has been a massive (no pun intended) help. Also, kudos to the Crew faithful for their turnout this past weekend. Very strong signs that they are on the right path in that town again.

Sporting KC – I know the CCL loss was tough and they do have a loss to their name from the season opener in Seattle. But this team may finally have a breakthrough on offense after this last weekend. Sure it was a penalty kick goal but it was a goal from a forward none the less.

Three Down

Montreal Impact – Three losses without Marco Di Vaio wasn’t the way to begin things here this season for Frank Klopas. But what is more troubling is how the defense and midfield are performing. The more I look at this team, the more I wonder if they have enough juice in the midfield to really allow Di Vaio to be himself when he returns this weekend.

DC United – Another loss here in the early part of the season. They did look better on the road in Toronto but they still have a long way to go before we can say they have gotten back on the right track.

New England Revolution – They did look better against Vancouver, I’ll give them that much. But there is still a ton of work to do in that midfield. It just lacks a serious bite.

  • stlwildcats

    No rookie report this year? I enjoyed it during last season.

    • http://wvhooligan.com Drew Epperley

      I am hoping to get to that in the coming weeks. Just eye-balling the first three weeks, not many rookies have played yet unfortunately.