Random Thoughts from Week 4 in MLS

While it’s still early in the game, there are some MLS clubs that have a lot to be concerned about.  

First among those is DC United. It’s not just that they are 0-4-0, but it’s how badly they have looked losing all four of those games. They get a break this coming week since they are not on the MLS schedule. In year one of MLS, DC started out with four straight losses, on their way to winning the first MLS Cup. That 1996 team had a ton of great players though.

When you look at the 2010 team, you can’t make that same statement. They are tied with Chivas USA for the fewest goals scored (2), while allowing a league high 11. Can’t blame it all on Goalkeeper Troy Perkins, whose rights they obtained from Philadelphia, but they are expecting more from him.

Another team with a lot to worry about is Toronto FC. Yes, they beat Philadelphia last Thursday, but they were not the better team. I would argue that Philadelphia looked far better than Toronto did, even when the Union were down to 10 men following the sending off of Danny Califf. 

Dwayne De Rosario is Toronto’s Captain, and their only goal scorer this season. Of his four goals, two have come on penalty kicks. Toronto has looked lost defensively, while on offense, they are only a threat when De Rosario has the ball. Yes, Julian De Guzman is a very talented midfielder, but he’s not playing well, much less like a DP. It’s reminding me of that first David Beckham team in LA. Beckham was surrounded by poor talent, so while the veteran midfielder was crossing balls in a perfect spot, no one except for Landon Donovan was able to read where these balls were going. Toronto will have to surround De Guzman with some better talent.
Changing gears to a team with little to worry about, how about the LA Galaxy? They are a perfect 4-0-0, scoring 7 goals while allowing just 1 tally. What’s remarkable defensively is that the team has only allowed 6 total shots on goal in those four games. The early favorite for league MVP is no doubt, Edson Buddle. He is the first in MLS history to score his teams’ first 7 goals to start a season. He leads MLS in goals, shots, and shots on goal. 
I’ll be back later in the week to offer some thoughts on Philadelphia’s next match as the Union meet the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. That game could feature two of the league’s more impressive newcomers in Philadelphia’s young promising Colombian midfielder Roger Torres, and New York’s fine rookie central defender Tim Ream, out of St. Louis University.

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