MLS Week 25 | Review, Preview & Key Happenings
Michael Chapman’s weekly article covering the goings on in the MLS.
Sometimes the hype doesn’t quite live up to the reality. While an MLS match (not involving a club from New York or Los Angeles) drawing 67,000 fans is massively impressive, the match itself may have not quite lived up to the billing. The good news? If you watched any other MLS matches last weekend you saw some really exciting play.
Fagundez beats MacMath near post after long run
Marco Di Vaio opens up the score sheet
Bad Boy: San Jose’s Victor Bernardez was ejected for stomping on his opponent, Kenny Cooper, who was face down on the turf. The red card was more than deserved as he placed his boot on, lets just say a very sensitive area of his opponent. Cooper, who was clearly upset, leapt to his feet, grabbed the center half by the collar of his kit and… well, I sure would like to know what he said as Bernardez appeared to have pissed himself as he collapsed to the ground.
Game of the Weekend: FC Dallas 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes: A home match where the visiting Earthquakes jumped out in front very early on. They were up by 2 within 16 minutes. Yet the Toros pulled a goal back within 3 minutes, when their offensive leader Blais Pérez acrobatically poked the ball past ‘Quakes goalie John Busch. The match went back and forth, with Dallas holding onto the ball and firing a total of 17 shots, 6 on target. It was also very physical with a total of 32 fouls, 3 yellow cards and 3 red cards. San Jose, with a reputation for being overly physical committed 20 of those fouls, including 2 yellow cards and 2 red cards. FC Dallas finally did even things up scoring from a penalty kick that should not have been given. But when you live by the sword, you die by the sword, no? The fireworks started to a great degree after the goal that even things, and you can read more about some of those above in the “Bad Boy(s)” section of the week 26 MLS review.
Surprise of the Weekend: Chivas USA 3-2 NY Red Bulls: The surprise here is not that New York gave up 3 goals, they have done so 5 times this year. The Surprise is that it was by Chivas, who have only scored more than 2 goals twice prior to this match. The Red Bulls have once again demonstrated their season long consistent inconsistency. After a streak of 3 wins and 1 draw, New York have lost 2 and drawn 1.
Key Happenings: This was the week that Real Salt Lake laid down their marker, a Wednesday 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers and a demonstrative 4- 0 win against Columbus on Saturday. They are a full 5 points ahead of LA Galaxy. In Sunday’s clash of the Pacific Northwest titans, Seattle took all three points from Portland in front of some 67,000 fans at the Century Link field, where the Sounders play their home matches. That is not a mistake folks, Sixty Seven Thousand fans in attendance for an MLS match that didn’t involve a club from New York or Los Angeles.
Looking Forward: Friday’s late evening game is a re-match of the aforementioned 3-3 draw between RSL and the Timbers. Saturday sees a battle of two Eastern conference powerhouses as L’Impact face the Union. Also late Saturday evening the Galaxy face San Jose.