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This was probably the most uneven match of the season. Despite the teams having identical 2-3-1 records coming in, they didn't even look like they should be playing in the same league. The Revs made this one easy for Chivas. They even tried to give them a couple more goals for good measure.
Kevin Hartman earning 180 scoreless minutes this week makes you wonder if Dallas would have earned a few more wins and a few less ties if he had been starting from the beginning of the season like most of us thought he should. And their lone goal in this one came after going down a man.
Edson Buddle didn't score at all in this match, and Alan Gordon did. Let the conversations about Alan Gordon joining the World Cup team begin! But it was the LA defense that impressed me the most to remain undefeated and get their first win ever in Colorado.
After winning by only 1 goal earlier in the week, LA elected to add three new starters to their lineup. It worked. For this loss, Sounders fans will blame the equipment manager for greasing Keller's gloves, and maybe the sun for getting in defenders' eyes? Seattle announced today that they will reimburse fans who purchased tickets to this embarassing loss. Still awaiting word from DC United to see if they will begin to reimburse fans who buy food at RFK for their embarassing concessions.
What happened to the Chicago defense? Getting beat twice in two minutes by Chad Barrett is something that usually only happens when he plays flip cup with Julian de Guzman.
The Union did their best DC United possession here, creating many more chances in the first half, but failing to finish, and then falling apart. RSL is no longer looking like the team that was near the bottom of the Western Conference standings just two weeks ago. May is treating them much better than April did.
Schelotto who? Lenhart who? This match was all about Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers as the Crew rightfully establish themselves as the second greatest team in the league. Gaven was a crossbar away from scoring with the underside of his boot. Although Will Hesmer probably lost a couple goalkeeper of the year votes in this match.
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Does everyone still think Tim Ream is the second coming of Carlos Bocanegra? No, he played like the rookie that he is in this one. Apparently Luke Sassano's red card sliding tackle on Bobby Convey work him up, because this is the best Convey has looked in a long time. San Jose is a team that knows how to finish their chances.
Similar to the Galaxy, Houston made several changes from Wednesday to Saturday, and it worked here too. Two early goals and lots of chances for both sides after that, but most missed the target. Seeing a #77 (Chijindu) play against a #51 (Serioux) makes me wonder why football season is starting so early.