The idea behind this is pretty simple: whether you’ve seen the game in question or not, results provoke a gut-level reaction. It can be a “wow,” a “meh,” or even an “I told you, you twit,” but there’s always something. That’s what comes below: a kind of “say the first thing that pops into your head” reaction to the scores and highlights from Week 3 in Major League Soccer (MLS). For the record, I catch only two or three games a week, which leaves several games that I “see” exclusively through print and/or highlights. That’s not going to change; if you’re watching every MLS game, every week…I dunno, seems like a cry for help…or maybe a sign that you really need to tell family and loved ones something…like maybe that you hate them? Just thinking out loud there…
Anyway, I’m a day behind on this due to scheduling difficulties (what happened? I’m guessing you want to know less than I want to tell you.) Expect this item every Sunday in future, when all the results from the week are in. I’ll come back later today (possibly a lot later) after I do a bunch of reading on how everyone out there – or everyone I read – viewed Week 3 in Major League Soccer (MLS). By that same token, anyone wanting to flesh out the (very) quick impressions passed on below should feel absolutely free to do so; that could be part of my researches. Finally, I’ll get into more detail on the games I did catch over the weekend in that later post – in this case, Colorado v. New England and Columbus v. Chivas USA.
Moving on…and, what the hell, let’s start at the beginning of Week 3. MLSnet.com match reports (which I have not, and generally struggle, to read) are embedded in the scores:
Kansas City Wizards 1-3 New England Revolution
I’ve heard talk of two Gambians, faster that a sirocco, more lethal than the cobra; must check this out. KC seems like their old selves again…thank god.
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Chicago Fire
The cliché goes that a low score doesn’t always make for a dull game. I’m thinking that in this case it did. Still, Chad Barrett, goal-machine? I’m seeing him among the leading goal-scorers; when do the other six seals break?
Columbus 4-3 Chivas USA
What…was….that? I don’t know what’s weirder: Columbus exploding on offense or Brad Guzan looking a little shaky in goal. Again, I’ll go deeper into this game later, but the top-shelf quality of Chivas’ goals jumped out at me…as did the vulnerability of their defense.
New England Revolution 0-1 Colorado Rapids
I blabbed about this elsewhere, but here’s my dominant impression: I don’t buy Colorado, their record notwithstanding. Expecting New England would be tanked after playing midweek, I didn’t expect much from them – I called a draw here – but, given the way the game played out, the Rapids stole this one. Put another way: I buy Colorado’s defense, but they don’t impress me going forward…still. Oh, and the Gambians did deliver…even if not on the scoreboard.
Kansas City Wizards 0-0 Houston Dynamo
Without highlights and having yet to read anything, I’m coming at this one blind. Still, what the hell is going on with Houston? And what does this say about the Wizards – aka, the Flavor-of-early-April?
FC Dallas 2-0 Red Bull New York
Is it possible a Red Bull fan compiled the highlights posted on MLSnet.com? If not, Dallas played the rope-a-dope, but on the knife’s edge – i.e. it looked like New York was all over them, but couldn’t break through. That’s a sad statement, by the way, knowing what I know about Dallas’ defense. It also says good things about Dallas’ attackers: it doesn’t matter how few chances you get, so long as you put ‘em away.
Real Salt Lake 4-0 DC United
Ho…ly…poop! Call this the shock of the weekend – hands down. What to say about DC’s Defensive Horrors Roadshow? It’s a good thing Jose Carvallo has his mom in his corner because he may get deserted after this one. Then again, I’d only fault him on Espindola’s goal, though; he had plenty of accomplices for the rest. My hatred for turf has really grown lately and DC clearly struggled with it. Still, they barely looked like pros out there. Oh, and Beckerman had a nice pair of goals.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-3 Toronto FC
Thank god. It’s OK to call LA the worst team in the league again. That defense looks every bit as dodgy as most parties feared it would…yikes!
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