Monday, October 15, 2007

2007 MLS Week 28 Recap or Setup for a fun final weekend

Anyway, here are the regular league numbers 187 games into the season:
SeasonWeek 28
Att per game16,59719,419
Beckham Att (5*)195,8470
Beckham Avg Att39,1690
Goals per game2.6842.333
Inter-conferenceTie 28-28-25West 1-0-0
Ties47 (25.1%)2 (33.3%)
* Number of MLS matches with Beckham in attendance
** I cannot locate the attendance numbers for Colorado-Columbus (2 Sept) or LA-Columbus (30 Sept) so the season average is for only 185 games.

Chicago Fire 0-0 DC United
If it were not for the work of Troy Perkins, United would not have the Supporters' Shield wrapped up. DC looked extremely flat on the night while Chicago was pushing to find a way to make something happen. Blanco was shut down for large portions of the match, but Chad Barrett stepped up for the Fire. So is this just a moment of rest prior to the playoffs or is DC having another late season meltdown?
Attendance: 25,404

Columbus Crew 3-2 New England Revolution
The Crew showed a lot of talent, but even with the win, their hope of post-season play comes to an end. New England owned the first half but missed a number of good chances. The Crew brought Guillermo Barros Schelotto in at the start of the second and everything changed for them. They were much better on the attack and caught Matt Reis flat. The Revs came back but like NE's teams of the past, couldn't hold the lead late.
Goals: NE: Taylor Twellman (15) 26', Steve Ralston (4) 83'
CC: Eddie Gaven (5) 61', Stefani Miglioranzi (3) 77', Schelotto (5) 86'
Attendance: 22,295

Kansas City Wizards 1-2 New York Red Bulls
Kansas City actually looked like a team looking for a win for most of the game, but they still gave NY far too many chances to beat them. The Wizards have some of the worst passing in the league and it costs them. The Bulls were lacking in the midfield control, but with Angel hot and with Jozy Altidore and Francis Doe pulling defenders towards them, they have enough to top the lesser MLS sides.
Goals: NY: Juan Pablo Angel (18) pk 19', (19) 24'
KC: Jack Jewsbury (2) 21'
Attendance: 20,083(great job NY)

Toronto FC 1-2 Los Angeles Galaxy
LA kept the league's dreams alive on Saturday night with a strong, though not fantastic, performance against Toronto. The best news for the Galaxy, their passing and ball control is coming together. Cobi Jones is still making a case for not retiring while Chris Klein is wonderful at finding the little places and Donovan is starting to show the late season work rate that has become his norm. Toronto held up thanks in large part to the work of Kenny Stamatopoulos in goal.
Goals: LA: Landon Donovan (8) pk 56', Edson Buddle (5) 78'
TFC: Collin Samuel (2) 68'

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Chivas USA
I didn't think that Chivas would go undefeated at home for the entire season but I also didn't think that such a weak game by the Rapids would be their undoing. Chivas showed a side that had been pretty absent since July in that they needed a huge number of changes before they could make something come together. The Rapids played their normal tough on defense style, but that took a big hit early in the second half when Brandon Prideaux get ejected for pulling down Maykel Galindo. This opened up the gallery for Chivas and they shot away, but it was the Rapids that got the first goal on the counter. Chivas came back to tie, but the Rapids showed some true smarts and a great deal of luck with their second goal. Keeper Bouna Coundoul quick cleared it out to Conor Casey who beat his defender on a stumble and headed right at goal, however at the last moment he slow rolled it across goal to an on rushing Omar Cummings who finished it with ease. It is not often that Chivas goaltender Brad Guzan gets beat by such a play but he did and the Rapids are still in the playoff picture. Also, if Houston wins tonight against Real Salt Lake, then next Saturday's match between Chivas and the Dynamo will decide the winner of the Western Conference.
Goals: CR: Ugo Ihemelu (1) 64', Omar Cummings (2) 90'
CV: Orlando Perez (1) 78'

So, for the last time before we know for sure, this is the way the first round would look if the season ended today:
DC United - Chicago Fire
New England - New York

Chivas USA - KC Wizards*
Houston Dynamo - FC Dallas
* Wizards move over to the West as the fifth team from the East.

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Blogger ERic said...

Check for the two missing Columbus attendances. THey should be there now.

12:53 PM  

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