Will Hesmer seems to be back to his Goalkeeper of the Year self
I'm not going to do attendance shtick anymore because that's really Soccer Insider's thing, but perhaps MLS could have picked a better game to showcase opposite the NFL draft on Thursday night? Sounders fans are predictably upset about the two penalties called by Terry Vaughn, but perhaps they should be more upset about their goalkeeper body checking their opponents in the box.
This match was dominated by the Red Bulls in the first half, but was closer than it should have been in the second. Sebastian Le Toux continues to prove that French strikers are better than Australian strikers by getting himself into good position to score an easy goal. Only a terribly timed handball by Michael Orozco kept NY in front.
Colorado's midfield (half of which played in New England last year) was much better than New England's midfield (half of which shouldn't be playing anywhere this year). All three goals in this match were scored from well outside the box, proving that its actually sometimes a good idea to shoot. United players, please take note.
RSL hasn't won a match in 4 weeks now. For how long will they still be considered "one of the best teams in MLS"? Those big defenders sure do like giving up penalty kicks. Perhaps they don't realize that Nick Rimando is only a PK saving machine in the playoffs? Will Hesmer wants another Supporters Shield. Bad.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the two teams with the best goals against average in the league played to a scoreless draw. Edson Buddle's streak of consecutive games scoring comes to an end, but the Galaxy were still the first team to earn a point at Community America. Best chance of the night? Kei Kamara's attempt to score with his underarm in the 15th minute.
As the Fire celebrated St. Patricks Day a month too late with their green numbering and socks, the difference maker in this match was Chicago goalkeeper Lenny Dykstra, or whatever his first name is. Also interesting was Chicago's 4-2-3-1 formation. United coaches, please take note.
Was Sacha Kljestan's long distance strike worthy of goal of the week? Maybe. But Brian Dunseth's call on it was definitely worthy of goal call of the week! Kljestaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! Chivas had maybe their best offensive performance in years. Doing it consistenly though would be a shock.
Toronto's strategy of violently but legally knocking over Ljunberg as often as possible worked to perfection. Would it be possible for Dwayne De Rosario to be MLS MVP while playing on one of the worst teams in the league? I'm curious to see how far the Sounders will fall down the SBNhanced MLS Power Rankings this week with only one point in two matches.