Know your Major League Soccer -- Five things to take away from Week 3:
You have to admire the bit. United's goalkeeper apparently tried to absorb the brunt of the fan and media maelstrom about to spill D.C.'s way, hoping to subtract pressure from the rest of the side by shouldering the blame. Nice try, Troy, and points to you for jumping on the grenade.
But if you saw the match (as 34,870 did at the Linc -- nice one, folks!) you know better. Where to begin with this United mess?
In no particular order:
On the attack, heralded striker
(By the way, did FSC announcer
Oh, and speaking of Perkins' bold move and other stand-up guys: I got on Union manager
He had three MLS forwards in a January training camp who had a realistic shot of making this summer's final 23, presumably auditioning for a spot or two that would be available for strikers from the domestic league. Two of them,
Bradley leans heavily on the significant time he and others in the national program have spent evaluating players -- not just talent, but attitude and ability to assimilate, etc. -- over the four-year span of the World Cup cycle. Buddle generally hasn't been part of it.
Frankly, it would be very unlike Bradley to summon Buddle. But at some point, the U.S. boss simply won't be able to resist.
While we're at it,
Perkins, as noted earlier, will have better nights. Houston's
The boo-boo of the weekend was from Philadelphia's young No. 1 in goal,
However, the most expensive error belonged to Red Bulls goalkeeper
New York looks like a pretty good team under manager
Fellow rookie and former Wake Forest teammate
Opara will earn his paycheck by defending, but a few more match-winners like Saturday's authoritative header sure won't hurt. Meanwhile, hometown rookie
FC Dallas rookie