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The latest tally of Major League Soccer 2012 All Star Game fan voting is out and members of our Soccer Allies list top several categories:
- The top three players in text voting, Jimmy Nielsen, Chris Wondolowski, and Heath Pearce, are all allies.
- Wondolowski also tops the forwards list in online voting.
- Vancouver ally Jay DeMerit is the top defender so far in the online vote.
Before the international break, Chivas USA made headlines more times in two weeks than they probably had in a couple of seasons. It started with their 1-0 defeat of cross-town rivals LA Galaxy. The Goats had not beaten the Galaxy in 14 matchups. I’m not sure that many people would even acknowledge it as a rivalry due to its lopsided nature. However, Chivas USA showed a lot of promise in this season leading up to the matchup, while the Galaxy was sputtering. The Goats were able to convert a PK in the second half and go away with a 1-0 win at home. This type of matchup does wonders for confidence, and helped the team get an important away point at New York Red Bulls just 4 days later, and another point against the Seattle Sounders just after that. I won’t get into the details of their continued tendency to give up goals so soon after taking a lead, as I would just be beating on a dead horse.
While I complain about referees with friends I’ve held my tongue on here, but Saturday was horrible – just horrible. The only calls I think they got right were the two yellow cards on Victor Palsson (really you were just a dumbass). Both penalties were questionable and I’m still trying to see the handball for the Montreal one and I’ve watched the call a good 10 times.
A win is a win but come on refs it needs to be better then that. On the positive side well we got to see Heath Pearce in New York jersey. (Yes, I have my new obsession. Sorry Solli) Also, finally Dane Richards is scoring this season. Clever Hans Backe said he wanted Lindpere and Richards to start producing and in the past 4 games the two have combined for 3 goals.
Come Wednesday night RBNY may have a new record winning streak. Right now the 5 wins in a row is tied for the longest streak in NY history that was last achieved in 2003 and it’s Chivas USA at home so it could be a win but I’m expecting Juan Pablo Angel to spoil that party. On a side note, anyone at RBA for the game should only applaud JPA as he is and will always a be a NYRB/MetroStars Legend! He should receive a hero’s welcome even though he will be in a Chivas USA kit.
Let’s go for 6 before the international break/Open Cup!
Yesterday no Major League Soccer club other than the New York Red Bulls decided to start the summer silly season off right with a trade that [insert any phase here]. Seriously, I have gone through every thought from this “is happening” to “this is amazing” and from what I’ve read everyone has done the same but with the dust settling this a good trade.
Oh yeah the trade was Juan Agudelo for Heath Pearce (salary partially paid) + allocation money + 1/3 of the transfer fee when Agudelo goes to Europe.
So let’s look at the positives and negatives of the trade.
When Cosmopolitan Magazine did a list of “Hot Soccer Players We Can’t Resist” we asked you where they got it right and where they got it (terribly) wrong. Let’s round out our countdown of the players on their list that you agreed with the most:
5. Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
4. Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
3. Chris Pontius (DC United)
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
1. Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution)
Chivas USA hit two records this weekend. First, with a 1-0 win against Toronto FC, the team went 3-0 in road matches, which equals their total road wins from the entire 2011 season.
A 31st minute header from Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda was the difference, which is also striking considering their poor set piece performance last season. The team continued to press, and saw great chances from Ben Zemanski and Ryan Smith. One of the major players in this match for both sides was the wind: it seemed that whichever team played against the wind sat back more, and had very little control of the ball. Chivas USA controlled the game for the entire first half; yet they found themselves on the defensive for basically the entire second half.
The defense may not have always been composed, but they got the job done. From Heath Pearce’s stunning body block clearance on the line to Dan Kennedy’s repeated magical saves, they got another three points on the road. While the team is 3-0 on the road, they have yet to secure a win at home. They face the Philadelphia Union this weekend at the Home Depot Center, and hopefully, they can finally find their bearings and get three points. With this win, they sit at fifth in the Western conference.
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.
Both Chivas USA’s Heath Pearce and the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Jay DeMerit took the bait when Kickette asked them to participate in the “use a movie title to describe your sex life” Twitter game. (Kickette)