5 early impressions of MLS season
Not quite one-third of the way through the season, yet with a busy summer of international competitions and call-ups on the horizon, here are a few impressions about MLS:
Notable by his absence from Seattle's 1-1 tie with FC Dallas was
Nearly every time he lost the ball and/or hit the ground, he spread his arms wide in outraged indignation, and he and referee
While there's no doubt Ljungberg and his teammates had cause to be upset with Weyland, Ljungberg had begun his protests long before Kovalenko fouled Jaqua. Ljungberg also taunted Kovalenko during the match in a most unflattering manner, and didn't let up after Weyland cautioned him in the 61st minute.
The good news is that Ljungberg is adding a lot of class and savvy to the Seattle attack, and is looking like a pretty solid Designated Player investment. If he can tone down his carping at the officials and not become
There's something missing at Toronto FC, which had a great chance to stamp itself as the real deal with a home game against a tough team, and completely squandered the opportunity by losing to Chicago and the real Blanco 2-0.
A few days earlier, Toronto had run rings around USL-1 foe Montreal while winning 1-0 in the Canadian Nutrilite Championship. But it came out flat against the Fire and after a truly turgid first half, didn't awaken until
TFC did create a few opportunities, and
By winning, Chicago (3-0-6) remains unbeaten and is tied with D.C. United atop the East. By losing, TFC's home record drops to 2-2-2. Yes, it had been on a six-game unbeaten run, but despite the raucous support at BMO Field, TFC has yet to turn it into the fortress it should be.
After being run off the (Pizza Hut) Park for most of the first half by Seattle last week, FC Dallas stole a 45th-minute equalizer from
It never came, and the game finished 1-1. At first blush, the team's switch to a 3-5-2 formation for the second half and the insertion of holding midfielder
Truth be told, Seattle came in shorthanded with Ljungberg not available and the suspended Riley replaced by
Nine games (1-6-2) into the season, coach
Chivas USA got a valuable lesson at relatively low cost on Saturday night at Home Depot Center by letting a 2-0 lead devolve into a 2-2 tie with D.C. United.
The team's remarkable defensive record -- now five goals conceded in 10 games -- has masked a failure to put games away and instead rely far too heavily on keeper
On Saturday, Chivas USA conceded goals in the 77th and 85th minutes to get the tie it probably deserved, especially since
Speaking of statements, props to Kansas City for beating RSL 2-0 with a pair of goals by
He doesn't have the wheels he did a few years ago, yet at age 32, Wolff still has the speed to test MLS defenses, and is league co-leader, along with former U.S. teammate McBride, with six goals. Wolff,
The Wizards' attack lacks a true target striker, which is why they acquired