2014 MLS Season, Week 5: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS Season, Week 5: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 2, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 4

March is in the books and now it is starting to feel like we’re cooking with some gas here in this season. Most teams are about four games in so the sample size for knowing what they are going to be this season is starting to be pretty solid.

It is time once again for my weekly Five Up, Three Down piece where I look at who is trending up and who continues to trend down. Again, there is no real order to the lists either, I just like to point that out.

Five Up

FC Dallas – They won a wild one against Portland but the more I see this team the more I realize how vital Mauro Diaz will be for them this year. If teams end up figuring out how to contain him, it will be interesting to see what Oscar Pareja does to counter that. So far Pareja has pulled the right strings in Dallas, proving that the talent there just needed the right puppet-master.

Columbus Crew – There is starting to be no doubt about Gregg Berhalter’s side here either. Federico Higuain continues to be a big time leader for this group and more importantly their defense seems to be stronger than ever. Also, you can’t complain with their road record so far, two wins away from the Ohio capital is very impressive.

Sporting KC – They had a couple bumps early on but we’re slowly seeing what this team is really about again here. The defending champs continue to prove that they have the muscle to overcome some adversity here in the early season. I love seeing that.

Real Salt Lake – Unbeaten as well here after the opening month. Jeff Cassar has proven so far that the team is still the star and he doesn’t have to do a ton extra to make them special.

Vancouver Whitecaps – Their play at home continues to be impressive. Their midfield continues to win me over as well.

Three Down

D.C. United – Okay, so it was a draw against Chicago. I think getting the first couple of goals on the season may have been the more important thing though. This club really needs an active Eddie Johnson to succeed though. Right now he just isn’t on the same page as everyone else.

Montreal Impact – They got a point as well but that was mostly due to Marco Di Vaio. I think this group still has a long, long way to go before they will start winning me over here.

San Jose Earthquakes – They just never looked good against New England, and that was at home too. The talent is there in this group but they have to get over this whole ‘Goonie’ stuff. Relying on a late rally time and time again gets old.