MLS Sunday in Review

28 July 2008

I'm going to mix things up with this one. Simplicity and quick thoughts from this weekend.

San Jose Earthquakes 1 New York Red Bulls 1: Francisco Lima and Darren Huckerby are continuing to prove they are making easy work in transiting to MLS. However Huckerby's thirteenth minute goal has to bail out San Jose after Eric Denton's unique own goal four minute in. It was a strange goal really, a header that was apparently was destined past the end line for a corner ends up over Cannon's head and dipping in. Huckerby's wing work got San Jose the equalizer.

Jon Conway had to keep New York in this game and that he did. Ryan Johnson and Huckerby kept him busy and even until the end you questioned if San Jose was going to get the winner. New York just looked out of synch all afternoon long.

The reality for both sides is they need to find their winning mentality and stat. San Jose looks to be getting on that track, New York still does not.

FC Dallas 4 Los Angeles Galaxy 0: Is it not lost on people that Schellas Hyndman's first win in Major League Soccer came against the side that ultimately saw Steve Morrow fired. It could also possibly be one of Kenny Cooper's final appearances. His two goals along with Oduro and Thompson gave Dallas a convincing win.

Is it possible this is the formula game where everyone in MLS takes a look to defeat the Galaxy? I don't know if that will be the case, as the over one-hundred degree temperatures took the Galaxy out of the game before they could get into the game. It also didn't help that Eduardo Dominguez made Galaxy fans with Abel Xavier was back in the starting lineup. Once they went down 2-0 seventeen minutes in, they only exposed themselves further at the back and Steve Cronin saw a quarter century of shots thrown in his direction.

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Edson Buddle looked severely fatigued, something that makes me question having the MLS All-Star game on Thursday only to throw teams back into the fray less than 48 hours after the full time whistle. People shouldn't get too excited over their poor play on the night, too much to fast tends to have that effect on people.

Kansas City Wizards 0 Chicago Fire 0: This game honestly makes me want to do the old 'mommy do I have to'? I honestly felt neither side created many quality chances that was going to severely test Kevin Hartman or Jon Busch. Kansas City looked the side more likely to get something out of the game, and Chicago showed yet again their fire power up front is severely lacking. Kansas City waited until it was too late to try going for the win, and that's what ultimately cost them.

For all the talk from Curt Onolfo about wanting to pace Josh Wolff back to ninety minute fitness, he sure is going on the express plan in doing so.

Colorado Rapids 0 Columbus Crew 2: From good goal in his first MLS start, to being done by halftime, Steven Lenhart made an impression on the pitch. Lenhart's goal was well taken after Coundoul hesitated coming off his line. However the elbow to Epren that saw him sent off was stupid, reckless and just downright dumb. It's moves like the red card that will see Lenhart be looked over to start and turned into a very late sub.

Will Hesmer had a fantastic day in goal. His play between the posts is the reason that Columbus pitched the shut out despite being a man down for the second half. Colorado created plenty of chances that on any other day would have won games, but Hesmer is proved his worth yet again and it makes me wonder if he's due for an international look?

Colorado's center backs are to blame for the second, however Marcello Balboa made a great point in the post game show. Is Coundoul starting to question himself a little bit?

These are my thoughts, what are yours?

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