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Monday “Meh” list: quick recap of the slightly overrated

Mar 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Bill Hamid

People, places and things we noticed over the weekend that land on the over-done or overly praised side. Not necessarily awful but, you know, just “meh.”

  • A little snow
  • Complaints over Denver as a spring U.S. international venue (It snowed in a lot of places over the weekend, ya know?)
  • Official protests (Good luck with all that, Ticos!)
  • Fan rebuke for journalists who write what players are saying
  • Any excuse for MLS playing through a FIFA weekend
  • Most crowds around MLS last weekend (Seriously, though, what did anyone expect?)
  • Sherjill MacDonald
  • Frank Klopas’ chances of hanging onto his job in Chicago without some quick improvement
  • “Gourmet hamburgers”
  • “Gourmet fast food” (whatever the heck that is)
  • Any last vestige of doubt about the Montreal Impact (Them dudes are good)
  • Dwayne De Rosario so far this year
  • Seattle Sounders
  • D.C. United’s chances this year unless they improve set-piece defending
  • MLS backup goalkeepers who played over the weekend who are not named Clinton Irwin or Chris Seitz
  • Term “Group of Death” (Geez, guys, can’t we call these things something more original?)
  • Nervous over-reaction to a slightly edgy t-shirt. (It’s a freakin’ t-shirt!)
  1. pensfan603 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    ya these crowds are bad.

  2. theasoccerist - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    um, one more – Steve Davis slipped 6 spots in his MLS season predictions. He’s now in second to last http://www.thesoccerist.com/2013/03/week-4-ranking-mls-pundits-big-changes.html but what a crazy season, so far!

  3. manchestermiracle - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    You can pretend the Vernal Equinox is the start of spring (and thus the end of winter) if you want, but last time I looked momma nature don’t give a damn about calendars. MLS is rolling the dice starting so early anywhere but the southern half of the country. They’ll just have to take empty stadiums in stride if they’re going to schedule games in Denver in March. Football in the snow? Sure. Futbol? Nah, not going to that.

  4. charliej11 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The Sounders have never had finishers. Montero, but he was shut down too often also.
    So the Sounders dominating possession and losing 1-0 with EJ and Martins gone is not any surprise.

    Now a week from today ? Different story. Be there for that one. The Sounders versus Mexican team Epic battle part 7 (?)

  5. ppoenicke - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Another “meh': soccer journalists who did not adequately read Straus and assumed that 11 national team players were speaking out against Klinsmann. Straus spoke to 11 current players based in MLS or abroad with “ties to national team or its members.” This does not mean that 11 national team members spoke with Straus–it means that 11 current players who have some direct or indirect link to the national team reported what was occurring. The report, while well-written and well-sourced, obviously did not confirm that 11 separate national team players spoke out. Straus’s “11 current players” is ambiguous enough to allow for teammates of a national teamer to speak without that person ever receiving a cap. Yes, the report was significant, severe, and accurate–but the reporting on it was not. A good number of US soccer journalists need to brush up on their critical reading skills.

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