Know your MLS -- Five things to take away from Week 6
You remember Porter, right? He's the highly respected University of Akron coach whose little Zips can play with the big boys of college soccer. D.C. United waved stacks of cash and oodles of opportunity last year at Porter. He declined -- and what a prescient choice it was.
Maybe he just wanted to stay at Akron. Or maybe he studied United's roster and realized a move to RFK was a potential career killer. D.C. United, with five losses in five games, is the first team in 15 MLS seasons to be shut out in its first three games at home.
Management is in a pickle here. Yeah, they could do the usual thing and fire the coach. Since
So, will management fire management? Because the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better. Two important offseason additions --
There was one indispensable midfield figure punching up the offense and supplying killer service on set pieces in
I see much of same in the New York Red Bulls this year.
While a 2-0 road win against slumping D.C. was almost a given, don't underestimate what a win at RFK means for the Harrison tribe. It was the first time New York has ever posted a winning shutout at RFK, where the franchise is a meager 7-23-4 all-time.
Yallop's coaching career survived, if a little stained. Off he went to San Jose to build an expansion team there. Perhaps he was still punch-drunk from the whole Galaxy beat-down. Whatever the reason, he tried to make
In 2009 we watched as
Here we are today -- a more joyous day around Buck Shaw. Corrales is back home at left fullback. Convey is back home at left midfield. Not coincidentally, with players in comfortable spots, San Jose is 3-1-0 since the season-opening stumble. Equally important, Yallop's men have two consecutive shutouts at home.
Big thanks for the weekend's 1-0 win over Colorado goes to -- guess who? -- Corrales and Convey. Their gritty work against Colorado's
San Jose still has some issues to sort out. They need another center midfielder, for instance, because unlikely hero
And what to say about Dallas? They may be the league's most skillful team in possession over the first 100 yards. But get them near goal and mystical forces of mayhem take over. They absolutely overwhelmed New England, even before the Revs went down to nine men. And yet, thanks to more gruesome finishing and to