Monday, May 14, 2007

2007 MLS Week 6 Recap or the great Toronto seat cushion toss

Week six produced another weekend where the visitors the visitors made their mark. In all but on game, the out of towners took at least a point. The only game where the visitors got nothing was in Toronto where the Canadians just romped up on Chicago.

By the numbers, week 6 had 17 goals or 2.83 per game while attendance was at least 13,332 per games (the Toronto numbers are not yet in).

Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC
Mental note, never give a rowdy crowd free objects that can act as projectiles. One has got to wonder if TFC's marketing department has never seen a hockey game. Anyway, the curse is over and Toronto has scored and won a game. Even more impressive then that is the way the team pinned Chicago down in their own half for long stretches. The Fire was missing any sort of rhythm as they just watched TFC fly through them. This was the worse the Fire have looked since last year at this time. On a side note, the league should punish Matt Pickens for his actions against Dichio.
Goals: TFC: Danny Dichio 24', Kevin Goldthwaite 51', Maurice Edu 75'
CHI: Chris Rolfe 36'

Chivas USA 1-1 Columbus Crew
Was this ever a tough match to get through as so little of the game saw any real movement, even though the first 15-minutes looked like it might lead to something great. Instead, time and time again, the teams just traded poor passes. Every now and then a shot would be taken but most of them were not dangerous at all. Chivas, who normally look good on the technical side of things, were having an off night while the Crew did what they know how to do, get a tie.
Goals: Chivas: Ante Razov 2'
CC: Ned Grabavoy 18'

FC Dallas 2-1 KC Wizards
FC Dallas has got to be happy with the return of Dario Sala as he kept coming up big for them. Kansas City's offense was working just fine on the night, but Sala was so much better. Again and again he made it happen when he needed to, including one play that saw him make three difficult saves. FCD's defense was a bit lackluster, but, again, it was their offense that didn't really provide. Lucky for Dallas, the Wizards defense was confused enough to let them connect on almost every good chance they got.
Goals: FCD: Kenny Cooper 19', Juan Toja 46+'
KC: Michael Harrington 91+'

New England Revolution 3-2 LA Galaxy
Nothing like a thrill ride in LA as this one saw action up and down the pitch. Lots of good technical skill on both sides of the ball, however the Revs were just a bit sharper with their passes and attacks. Shalrie Joseph was loving the midfield and creating plays while Taylor Twellman was finding his spots. LA had Donovan awake, but they were a bit more prone to the poor passing. When they did get their shots, they were normally strong, but thanks to the work of defenders on the posts and an always angry Matt Reis, the Revs had just enough to outlast the Galaxy.
Goals: LA: Kyle Martino 14' Tyrone Marshall 84'
NE: Adam Cristman 47', Taylor Twellman 52' & 85'

Colorado Rapids 1-0 New York Red Bulls
Sunday afternoon saw the return of the Red Bulls we had all become used to over the first decade of MLS. The were coughing up passes, not making runs and allowing a weak Rapids side to dictate the pace of the match. Maybe it was the lack of Claudio Reyna, who was out due to injury, but they had no flow in this one. The Rapids didn't really impress much either, but they were able to wait it out. They still are leaving large areas open along their wings, but if teams are not making much of this, why worry. Right?
Goal: Nicolas Hernandez 24'

This weeks predictions were just sad. For the week both the wife and I went 1-5. Had it not been for the sleeper in Columbus, I would have lost them all. Anyway, here is how we stand:
Wife - 14-24
Me - 13-35

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