Monday, October 02, 2006

MLS Week 27 recap or DC United limps away with the Supporters' Shield

This weekend saw two more teams clinch playoff spots and DC United finally win the Supporters' Shield, however it's also interesting for what it did not see. Neither team that could have been eliminated from the playoff hunt was eliminated. All and all, the weekend can best be summed up by saying those who didn't need did not do, while those that did, did.

Columbus Crew 3-1 FC Dallas
FC Dallas does not win at Crew stadium, even when the Crew team is as bad as the 2006 version. Seriously, how does a FC Dallas with Kenny Cooper, Carlos Ruiz, Abe Thompson and Ramon Nunez lose to the Crew this badly? The answer is simple, their defensive problems are back and it doesn't help that new keeper Shaka Hislop is looking shaky in front of the net.

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Chicago Fire
If there has been one bright spot this season on the pitch for the team from New York it has to be Jozy Altidore. The 16-year old is showing all the possibility, without all the hype, of Freddy Adu. His lone goal in the 60th minute have placed his side in the fourth spot in the East. For the Fire, they looked to be hung over from their US Open Cup victory as they failed to put anything together on the night.

New England Revolution 3-1 Colorado Rapids
This was the version of the Revolution we were all expecting this year. Their offense was unstoppable on the night. Lots of smart play with good control. The Rapids looked better then normal, but still failed to play the full field. The win puts the Revs in the post season while the Rapids still rest in the fourth spot in the West.

Houston Dynamo 1-0 DC United
This was a very good game and thankfully was on national television. Both sides had their chances with both teams putting on a good show, however the highlight of the night will probably end up being the highlight of the year as Brian Ching bicycled his team to the playoffs. Make no mistakes, this game was mainly a midfield battle, but it was still entertaining to watch. For DC, they still walked away 'winners' as they clinched the Supporters' Shield and with it international play.

KC Wizards 3-3 Real Salt Lake
Goals everywhere! If you like sloppy games with lots of goals, this was the match for you. Both teams needed full points from the match, but neither side had what it takes to hold a lead. With Jeff Cunningham starting on the bench for Real, Atiba Harris did his best to fill the role of playmaker for his club, but poor defense killed his work. Both teams currently sit outside the playoff picture.

LA Galaxy 3-0 Chivas USA
History could have been made on Saturday night, but LA had a different idea. Had Chivas won, LA would have been out of the playoffs for the first time in MLS history, but lucky for them, Chivas USA did not show up for the match. Really, it was the weakest outing I've seen by Chivas in many months. LA did bring a good game and made gold from Chivas's many mistakes, but the real story here is how bad Chivas looked. They couldn't really get anything going and their best shots were from distance. With the win, LA still keeps their playoff dreams alive.



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