CARSON, CA - JUNE 17: Defender A.J. DeLaGarza #20 of the Los Angeles Galaxy helps goalkeeper Josh Saunders #12 as DeLaGarza clears the ball from the goal box in the first half of the MLS match against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on June 17, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
With the long break being thrown in there with only a match or two, it wasa bit confusing to decide which Matchday we are on, so I just continued the current numbering trend.
That was hardly the biggest news story of the week though, with arguably one of the biggest coming off of Montreal's 4-1 meat-tenderizing of Seattle.
Stade Saputo opened with a bang, with the crowd electric, loud and supportive the entire match. The Montreal Impact clearly felt the love, as they came out aiming their artillery at a surprised and slow Seattle side. While Sigi was not particularly happy about the early second half red card that Seattle's John Kennedy Hurtado took, it was more than a red card that undid the Sounders as they were down 2-0 when JKH got the boot. This will only further cement RSL's status as the best in the West.
Speaking of RSL, they thumped a revitalized to the tune of 3-0. The Goats have been fashionable picks as of late for a resurgence by bloggers, including myself. The usually staunch Chivas defense absolutely crumbled with the combined pressure of Kyle Beckerman and Fabian Espindola, who was his usual terrorizing self against Chivas. The Goats' six game win streak (all competitions) on the other hand came to a crashing halt. Dropping three goals at home will do a bit to crush morale, something us FCD fans are all too aware of this season.
Dallas lost to Houston, but Dallas losing is hardly a surprising thing this season. Their effort cannot be blamed; the team seemed properly motivated and hustled up and down the pitch the entire match. I'm willing to chalk it up to the Ghosts of Football.
Sporting Kansas City is now well and fully out of their slump. Of course it might be premature to say that having beat Clown-Shoes Toronto, but keeping a clean sheet while scoring two is nothing to scoff at, even against poor teams. The Aron Winter era has ended and the new Paul Mariner did little to revitalize the Reds, though it is unfair to pin that on him since he just started at the worst club in the league.
The other team that is in the running for biggest fan disappointment alongside FCD and Philly is the LA Galaxy, but they managed to stabilize the bleeding against a punchless Portland, who again were shut out. Beckham continued to defy time by providing another assist and keeper Josh Saunders returned from his personal issues, so that's good to see.
The whole Kris Boyd thing hasn't really worked out for them has it? Though in order for Boyd to be effective he actually has to touch the ball. Portland is looking miserable and unlike Dallas, you don't get the sense that there is something underneath waiting to awaken. They just look thoroughly mediocre to poor in most aspects.
With the Euros in full swing, MLS isn't getting as much attention, from the media or myself. Who are you pulling for?