It was another dramatic weekend of Major League Soccer action, and despite key players from several teams absent at World Cup training camps, the quality of the league still shone through. There were 28 goals in the nine matches this weekend, here are our key takeaways from the action:
1. World Cup snubs inspire strikers.
Jermain Defoe, Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins all scored this weekend, the perfect response to their World Cup snubs with their National teams. They would have all be extremely disappointed not to have made their 23-man squads for Brazil, but reacted in the best way possible by netting goals immediately. All three of them will need to continue to score the goals and boost their clubs chances, while showing their National managers exactly what they’re missing out on.
2. New England are unstoppable in attack.
The Revs scored five goals for the second consecutive week, as they beat the Philadelphia Union 5-3 to record their first ever win at PPL Park. Their attacking force is playing some excellent stuff, and they counter-attack teams perfectly now. Patrick Mullins got his third in as many weeks, and he is spearheading the devastating offence, with Teal Bunbury and Diego Fagundez constant threats behind. Check out our full review here.
3. Argentinian’s and Portland is a good match.
Four Argentinian players starred in the dramatic 3-3 draw between the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew in Portland on Saturday night, with three of them getting on the scoresheet. Federico Higuain was the standout performer as he scored twice and got one assist for Columbus, including a sensational lobbed effort that looped into the back of the net.
Portland saw Maximiliano Urruti open the scoring, with Gaston Fernandez netting a late goal to secure the draw. Diego Valeri was also instrumental throughout for the Timbers, and his cross ended up finding Fernandez late on as Argentine’s stole the show.
4. LA Galaxy are not looking good.
The Galaxy are not in the best shape at the moment, as they sit second bottom of the Western Conference and have not won in four games now. Their 1-0 loss in Houston was their third loss in eight games, and they have only won twice this season. They are typically better in the second half of the season and will be relying on that if they are to make the playoffs as expected. Landon Donovan is now absent with the USMNT and the Galaxy have only scored one in their past three. Things can only improve, stating with their home game against FC Dallas this Wednesday.
5. Real Salt Lake can’t lose.
Salt Lake are still the only remaining unbeaten side in Major League Soccer this season following their 2-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids in the Rocky Mountain Cup game on Saturday night. They are the best team in MLS right now, and are winning games despite not looking at their best, the key ingredient for potential champions. They have won three on the spin now, and will hope to add to that when they welcome FC Dallas on Sunday.