2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 9, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 5

Now that the rivalry weekend is done and in the books, it is time to look at who is doing well and who is not with out weekly Five Up, Three Down.

Just a reminder, the order of each list has no meaning, so don’t read into that.

Five Up

FC Dallas – Yes, a red card helped them out when they needed it most, but this team has proven that they are willing to put the peddle to the floor when the chances come. I still want to see what this team can do at full strength though, Oscar Pareja is so close to having a fully fit roster for a change.

Real Salt Lake – The other unbeaten in the league. RSL continues to appear like a club that no one really wants to take serious just yet. News flash, everyone should.

LA Galaxy – Odd scheduling has only allowed us to see them three times this season in league play but this past weekend was enough to make me a believer in them again. So good on the ball, their passing looks even better this season.

Toronto FC – While the blowout in Salt Lake is still fresh in my mind, the win on the road in Columbus with a slew of reserves starting is a rather big deal to me. Their defense may actually be good after all here.

Sporting KC – Another solid draw for this bunch. I still think their depth will show through in the end in the East.

Three Down

Montreal Impact – Slowly looking better here, at least to the point where they are at least earning points each week now. The Jack McInerney trade is a big one though for them, as they needed some depth up front and some new blood. It was a really good move for both club and player.

New York Red Bulls – Hard to really gage where this team is going at the moment. Winless in five games is never a good way to start a season but given how they have only lost one of those games I am willing to bet they won’t be in this down category for much longer.

Portland Timbers – Had they won the game against Seattle on Saturday, they would have avoided this area. But given how they really blew their chances late in the match and still are without a win this season, they have to be here. Caleb Porter has a lot of work to do in front of him here.