Week two of MLS action is over and week three is is fast approaching. Who else is digging the whole Soccer Sunday thing? I definitely am. I'm enjoying FC Dallas' start to the season even more. FCD beat 2013 MLS Cup winner's Sporting Kansas City 3-1 in week two and Blas Perez already has three goals to his name. Let's take a look at what else is happening around MLS.
Mario Balotelli and Rafa va der Vaart have been recently linked to MLS. Now, two Ghana internationals are thinking about joining the party that is MLS. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke) and Sulley Muntari (AC Milan) are drawing interest from clubs in MLS. Both played for Ghana against the United States at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
With Los Angeles Football Club (working name) and an Atlanta franchise entering MLS in 2017, there has been a lot of talk about them being two potential destinations for Boateng and Muntari. Boateng, 28, and Muntari, 30, would both be great gets for the league.
NASL club Minnesota United FC and MLS are in "advanced discussions" regarding league expansion, according to Sports Illustrated. It looks like Minnesota is set to have an MLS club. What does that mean? That's 23 teams and everyone thought MLS was going to stop at 24. Nope.
MLS doesn't plan on stopping at 24 clubs. David Beckham and Miami breathe a collected sigh of relief. As long as clubs like Sacramento Republic FC want to dish out the cash to join MLS, why stop at 24? Why not 30?
With that being said, let's say MLS does plan to stop at 30. So, who makes it? Let me see your 30 clubs.
After failing to impress in their first game in the club's history in Orlando last weekend, New York City FC headed home. NYCFC played their first home game in front of over 40,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. This time, they did impress.
I'm not a fan of NYCFC playing at Yankee Stadium. I definitely don't want them playing there for the next few years. The field is too small and the pitch is not up to par. However, the pictures were pretty cool and the game was exciting. NYCFC and New England Revolution went up and down the field in a blink of an eye. This game was all about attack. Which is good, because NYCFC has guys like David Villa and Mix Diskerud.
San Jose surprise
San Jose Earthquakes defeating Seattle Sounders on the road might have been the biggest story of the weekend. Clint Dempsey scored early, and I mean early. Everyone thought Seattle would dominate from then on. However, San Jose had other ideas. Well, Chris Wondolowski had other ideas. Wondo scored two goals in the Quakes' 3-2 victory over the Sounders.
Team of the Week (Wk 2)
The MLS Player of the Week is David Villa.
Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo make the list for FC Dallas. Although, I would argue that Zach Loyd might have deserved it more over Castillo. But, I'm not complaining! FCD is actually getting love this year!
Vote Fabian Castillo for Goal of the Week here.
Vote Chris Seitz for Save of the Week here.