2014 MLS Season, Week 7: Five Up, Three Down

2014 MLS Season, Week 7: Five Up, Three Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 23, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 7

I didn’t get around to posting a weekend recap from this past weekend, apologizes for that. Monday was a day off for me and that meant time to enjoy some free time and not be on a blog all that much. Anyways, it is time for my latest Five Up, Three Down here as we move forward into the final weekend of April.

Again, there is no meaning to the order on these two lists.

Five Up

1. FC Dallas – Dominated an exhausted Toronto side at home over the weekend. Their defense is still a cause for concern as they have yet to earn a shutout on the season. But that offense continues to click at a high gear so it may not be a big issue. Mauro Diaz and Michel are masters at set pieces and for Dallas fans it is really fun to watch.

2. Seattle Sounders FC – The more I watch Seattle the more impressed I get by them. Each week the Sounders prove that they have the talent and even the depth to really make it this season. In a make or break year for them, they’re well on their way to making sure folks know that they are one of the best teams in the league.

3. Real Salt Lake – Still unbeaten on the season after seven games. Another solid performance over the weekend against Portland too. Nick Rimando was his usual beast self in goal and that defense is really proving to be a big part of why this club is so good. I do wonder about their offense clicking for the full season though but for now, defense does win in this league.

4. Sporting KC – Dominant at home against Montreal. Four goals is what we’ve really been waiting to see out of this bunch and it looks as though Dom Dwyer is finally turning out to being the guy there in the KC attack. But don’t sleep on how important Benny Feilhaber is turning out to be for that bunch. Also, that defense is still absolutely ridiculous.

5. LA Galaxy – Yes it was a bad draw away from home. But there are still glimmers of how good this team really is with each passing game.

Three Down

1. Montreal Impact – Things continue to go from bad to worse for this bunch. Defensively it just isn’t there and the attack just doesn’t look like it has found it’s way this season.

2. Portland Timbers – They’re so much better than their record suggests. At least they are showing little spots where they can be good and where they will eventually make a breakthrough. Caleb Porter just has to work on that defense more than anything else though. Right now that group just isn’t a title worthy defense.

3. Chivas USA – It feels like ages since they actually won a game here this season. As good as those first couple weeks were, they’re back to being the same old Goats.

  • KyleRiese

    Agree with all of these. If Seattle can fix that defense I could easily see them in the MLS Cup, but RSL and SKC are probably the two best teams at this point and are surely the favorites to have a repeat in the Cup.