If they were being honest many watchers of MLS would admit to focusing more on the US Mens National Team’s friendly against Germany this past Sunday. Hopefully that did not mean they failed to tune in to several MLS matches this weekend. If so then they missed several enjoyable matches. New England continued their youthful Revolution. Vancouver stopped a team of charging Red Bulls in their tracks. Montreal made an Impact against Sporting KC and Salt Lake proved they were for Real against San Jose. Atiba harris
Bad Boy: Former Newcastle #9 Obafemi Martins was dismissed in the 71st minute for what could be called an accidental kick to the head of his opponent while trying to stand up. Was it unfortunate for the Sounders forward or a wise decision by referee Ricardo Salazar*, you be the judge.
*Salazar is known around the MLS as giving “soft” red cards that get rescinded.
Game of the Weekend: There were some very good, very close matches this weekend but for me the best match of the weekend was the Colorado Rapids v. FC Dallas. Although the first half was very nearly a dreadful stalemate the second half was action packed. A back and forth, fairly wide open affair, at least from an MLS point of view. Colorado at times played an offensive style that former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis, and only he, would love. Take a look at exhibit A:
Surprise of the Weekend: The hurting that the Revolution put on MLS 2012 Champions Los Angeles Galaxy. The young squad demonstrating a devil may care attitude and the type of tiki taka style (there’s that phrase again) that is quickly making New England a neutral’s favorite club to watch. The kid that everyone is talking about right now is eighteen year old Uruguayan-American Diego Fagundez. The midfielder extended his goal scoring streak to four matches and won the MLS Player of the week with his one goal and two assist performance against the Galaxy. But it isn’t just the kid causing people to pay attention. Midfielder Lee Nguyen, forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Juan Carlos Toja all seemingly pulling the strings out on the pitch. In their last five matches the Revs have lost one, drawn one and won three, their last three matches played.
Key Happenings: The Red Bulls lost their first match in their last eight played. Meanwhile the Montreal Impact won their third straight and in doing so jumped to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Over in the Western Conference the other shoe finally dropped on Chivas USA’s charismatic manager “El Chelis” and then rudderless the Goats went on to lose their fifth straight match. The team responsible for that loss was Seattle’s Sounders, who rebounded from their first loss since week four.
Looking Forward: The Union take on the Crew on Wednesday night [three goals in six minutes gave Philadelphia Union a 3:0 victory over Columbus Crew]. The youth movement in New England looks to continue when the Revs take on DC United on Saturday night. Meanwhile on the left coast Seattle take on Vancouver late Saturday night in another match that helps to determine the Cascadia Cup champions of 2013.