As the MLS season gets underway this weekend, fans everywhere are getting excited to get back into the swing of watching their favorite team battle it out for a spot in the playoffs. Looking at Chivas USA’s preseason record, I’m not sure that I am one of those people. With a 2-7-1 record and a horrid 5-0 loss in the final game to the San Jose Earthquakes just a week before kickoff, it’s pretty hard to really be excited for this season. The final week before the season had been pretty quiet, as it seems the coaching staff was keen to turn this team around in the short time before the season starts in the opener against 2011 MLS Cup Finalists Houston Dynamo.
The Sunday Brunch will be a quick roundup of MLS scores from the weekend so far, and a look ahead to what’s coming up next.
- Vancouver 2 – Montreal 0: In his Whitecaps debute, soccer ally Sebastien Le Toux scored the first goal of the 2012 Season in the Impact’s MLS debut.
- Colorado 2 – Columbus 0: Teddy’s favorite player Quincy Amarikwa netted the second goal for Colorado continuing to prove why he deserves a spot in the Rapids’ starting lineup.
- DC 0 – Kansas City 1: Sporting walks away from RFK with three road points thanks to a stoppage time goal from 2001 Rookie of the Year CJ Sapong’s header off a corner kick.
- San Jose 1 – New England 0: 2011 League goal-scoring leader Chris Wondolowski starts the season off right with his first goal.
- Los Angeles 1 – Salt Lake 3: Edson Buddle scored the first goal in his return to MLS, but a trio of goals from Real Salt Lake broke Los Angeles’ at-home undefeated streak.
The rest of the weekend:
- Dallas vs. New York: today at 3 PM ET with the debut of MLS coverage on NBC Sports Network
- Chivas USA vs. Houston: today at 7 PM ET on Galavision
- Portland vs. Philadelphia: tomorrow at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN2
Today marks the one year anniversary since Swedish pro soccer player Anton Hysén came out publicly to the media.
The first male pro player to come out in 21 years, Hysén remains the only out man to take the field professionally.
Thank you for your courage in this past year Anton, and thank you for being a good friend to gay4soccer. Hopefully our wait won’t be another two decades for the next out man to play the game professionally, and hopefully we will see you or someone else out play in MLS very soon.
As we head into the season, I’d like to give my fellow fans an interesting piece of food for thought: The 2012 Supporter’s Shield winner may be undeserving of the title.
A few days ago, mlssoccer.com released their latest round of 2012 Pre-Season Power Rankings and, to little surprise, the same team that topped the list last year is once again on top. For many years, this meant little: the Power Rankings were nothing but a pundit’s best tool to engage his/her readership, stir up the riff-raff… and not much else. The rankings held little actual value.
But over the last couple of years, thanks to better coverage and writing by those in the business of doing both, the preseason power rankings have been a fairly good indicator of – if not exact table placement – how the playoff picture would shake out.
But not this year.
While I have no doubt that this year’s power rankings are a fair representation of where the league’s concentration of quality lies, lurking beneath them is a dirty little secret:
Thanks to our “new and improved” schedule, at the end of the regular season, a team may find itself undeserving of its final table spot. Even the regular-season champion, the Supporter’s Shield winner, may be undeserving of the honor.
Does that sort of problem sound familiar? Just call us the BCS.
And through some (slightly arbitrary) number crunching, I’m about to show you how and why.
- Zach (the Ginge) Woosley is a Houston Dynamo fan, and he didn’t like some fan behavior at last night’s LA versus Toronto match. But he doesn’t want to hear inapt comparisons between what happened there and the Dynamo SG situation.
- The Free Beer Movement is a huge fan of the US Women’s National Team, and uses this International Women’s Day to retell a story originally from last summer’s World Cup of how he got to be such a huge fan.
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It only took 20 minutes for Toronto FC to put LA Galaxy in a position they had rarely experienced in their 2011 MLS Cup-winning campaign: On the wrong side of a two-goal differential.
Ryan Johnson and Luis Silva put away two confident strikes to give the hosts a commanding lead over the tournament favorites before a boisterous crowd of 47,568 at Rogers Centre last evening. The lead poised Toronto to head into next week’s away leg with firm control over their future.
But Los Angeles had other plans and would narrow the lead a little over ten minutes later from a Mike Magee finish. The visitors would equalize the score in the match’s dying minutes after Landon Donovan slotted home a loose ball left in the penalty area after a David Beckham corner kick.
Best moment from 2011 – DC away – nothing better then going to our biggest rivals home and winning 4-0. Then of course that game got even better with the fourth goal being Agedulo’s best goal to date.
The overhead kick if you don’t remember. If only the reason of the season could have followed suit after that game.
Looking forward to in 2012 – A meaningful trophy, finally. Or at least not a fiasco that wouldn’t be out of place on a daytime soap happening in the locker room. I have keep the bar the low with the Red Bulls hope for some sort of normalcy.
- With MLS entering Season 17 this weekend, San Jose’s Ramiro Corrales is the lone player from the original 1996 still playing in the league.
- Speaking of league history, MLSSoccer.com has launched a new history section on the site, or as I see it from the banner at the top, the Landon Donovan hairline tracker.
- More preseason fan drama crops up as The MLS Reserves talks with some disgruntled New England Revolution supporters.
- The new Bumpy Pitch shirt inspired by St. Pauli made an appearance on “Conan” last night, worn by one of the musicians performing on the show.