Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quick Reactions to MLS Action

A few quick reactions to tonight's matches.

D.C. United has the potential to be a very dangerous playoff team. With the addition of De Rosario working out so well, the team is extremely dangerous. Vancouver certainly isn’t a powerful force in MLS, but the way in which United dictated play is certainly something to consider. If they put together a good run of games, they will pose quite a problem to most teams. Oh and Joe Willis? Keep an eye on him, his play was inspired.

Freddy Adu’s debut was a positive one. Adu started in his first game for Philadelphia and for it went well. Freddy was sharp with his passes and strong in his tackles. It was a performance devoid of brilliance but showed promise at working well with his teammates. Adu might have picked up a yellow but that only served to demonstrate his commitment to the play. After only a few days of being with the Union, Adu’s debut can be counted as a success. It will be exciting to watch this moving forward.

In the same game, Brek Shea was active and impressive. After playing well for the U.S. National Team, Shea built on that performance by scoring a goal and wreaking havoc on a well organized Philadelphia defense.

The New York Red Bulls are in serious trouble. That’s not news, but it is a problem that spans many levels. With such a power roster, the team’s failure to win, particularly at home, one has to believe that the locker room is in a state of unrest. Each player on that team knows why they are there and the eyes that are on them. The pressure of underperforming is mounting and it seems to be getting to them. To all but Thierry Henry, who despite his team’s frustration is clearly a candidate for MVP.

Brek Shea is coming into his own. 
The Eastern Conference is certainly the weaker of the two, but the playoff race there will be exciting to watch. DC at 30, NY and KC at 31, PHI at 34 and Columbus at 37. So many teams within striking distance of one another will make for some fantastic storylines. It’s been said by many that Major League Soccer is the most competitive league in the world (competitive, not best). If there was ever a need of evidence, here it is.

Sam Cronin’s red card was phantom. His tackle was not malicious, nor was it studs up. Not really sure what the referee saw other than the dramatic acting of Pablo Mastroeni. San Jose’s luck has been bad this year and Wondo hasn’t scored the goals. Pressure might be getting to him.

Lastly, I'm worried about Real Salt Lake. Such a quality side from top to bottom with a fantastic front office. Bad luck and multiple setbacks have certainly pushed them to the brink. However, they'll have to get the Jeykll and Hyde act under control soon, otherwise the playoffs will be short.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff, Luke. I was at the Dallas-Philadelphia match and you pretty much hit the nail on the head with your analysis.

    Looking forward to future posts.