Jul 12, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
ProSoccerTalk’s weekly soccer Panic Quotient (®) takes the temperature of stress and distress in the streets of Major League Soccer and along the boulevards of the global game.
Chivas USA and Philadelphia: Can Chivas USA make the playoffs? Sure. But the Goats will have to graze their way closer to goal, because the production has been ridiculous in 2012. They have 11 in 20 matches, a rate of misery that will set an MLS record if not improved. From manager Robin Fraser: “I’d say I’m running short on patience in terms of scoring goals.” Don’t say.
Meanwhile, John Hackworth’s Union has the same problem: MLS playoffs aren’t out of sight, but mapping out the route to post-season grace is getting tougher by the day.
So … there was a lot riding on Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup semifinals. With playoffs slipping from sight, they needed an Open Cup crown to take something out of 2012. And “Poof!” … that chance is gone now.
Panic quotient = moderate low, along lines of: Think “seriously bad paper cut” or “Where are those doggone car keys?”
FC Dallas: A three-game unbeaten streak doesn’t sound terrible for a side still missing nearly half its starters due to injury. Then again, those were three home games. And just when they finally get David Ferreira back on the field, the concern certainly must be growing that veteran center back Ugo Ihemelu will have to play it safe and shut himself down for the season, taking no chances with those ongoing concussion-related issues.
On the one hand FC Dallas is just seven points out of a playoff spot. On the other, last place is a real hole because you have to make up points on everybody, a tough Texas haul, indeed.
Panic quotient = moderate, along lines of: Just dropped your cell phone in the toilet.
Merritt Paulson: The Portland Timbers owner knows he’s on the spot here. On the one hand, his job isn’t exactly on the line; after all, the owner can’t fire himself.
On the other hand, his reputation in the business is, in fact, in a precarious place. He knows so. Said Paulson: “There is egg on my face in making this decision so soon into our MLS existence. No question about it.” I mean, the man has even disappeared from Twitter – that seems to suggest he’s having a serious “think” about things.
Portland doesn’t need to start notching off the “Ws” left and right immediately. But if things turn worse around Jeld-Wen …
Panic quotient = Moderate high, along lines of: Favorite lunch spot Tweets out: “anyone who dined with us in last few days, please see their personal physician”
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
May 18, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT
Highlights and context as “Jack Mac” scores his league-leading 8th goal:
May 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
Cascadia Cup matches are always interesting, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BC Place was full of talking points:
May 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
it was a big crowd pleaser on two fronts when the Whitecaps’ forward stroked an unstoppable free kick against Portland:
May 18, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
The young Timbers’ attacker is having an outstanding season for the Jeld-Wen Field bunch:
May 18, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
Higuain created the game’s only goal and was masterful in possession at BMO Field:
May 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
An appearance next week in Paris Saint-Germain’s final match 2012-13 season doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the retiring superstar:
May 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Video: Reports out of England say today was the former England captain’s final match, rather than next week as expected:
May 18, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Depth at United will allow David Moyes to hut big game this offseason.
May 18, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
David Beckham’s not dropping off your radar anytime soon.
May 18, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT
Before Monaco takes on Europe, they have to convince French soccer.
May 18, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT
Manchester City’s former boss reaches out to his supportive fan base – his first public comments since his Monday dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT
Mercifully, the season’s come to an end for the 17 clubs who tried to keep pace with Bayern Munich.
May 18, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT
Manchester United’s outgoing boss was amazed but not surprised at his rival’s dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT
Relegation’s decided. So’s the title and two of the league’s Europa League spots. All that’s left? The battle for top four.
May 18, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT
Russian oligarchs, third-party ownership, tax havens, and €60 million moves. This one has everything.
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