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MLS Week in Review

Jun 3, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Diego Fagundez

Most shocking result: What says “shocker” like someone putting a five-spot on the two-time defending champs? Congrats to Jay Heaps and his New England Revolution, who took the LA Galaxy apart Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Diego Fagundez had a goal and two assists in the Revs’ 5-0 win.

Goals pouring in at Gillette: The last time New England scored five goals or more? A 6-1 result over Colorado back in 2004. Fagundez was 9 years old then!

League’s hottest player: Fagundez was simply outstanding, especially in the second half, alert, creative and supplier of a well-taken goal. Is an MLS Player off the Week honor ahead for the 18-year-old Revolution attacker? Could be, but either way he’s either the league’s hottest attacker, or at very least co-hottest along with Jack McInerney. Fagundez (pictured) has scored in four consecutive matches.

Best match: Montreal won at a place where it’s painfully hard to go get any points, much less all three, tamping down an under-strength Kansas City at Sporting Park – and this match had a lot going on. There was drama to the end, a coach sent off, a player sent off, lots of shots as the home team tried to close the gap late, etc.  Oh, and there may be a suspension or two coming for the little dust-up between Montreal Alessando Nesta (who was ejected) and KC’s Claudio Bieler (who wasn’t … but may be fined or suspended anyway). The highlights are here.

Woe is D.C. United: A 2-0 loss to Chicago drove Ben Olsen’s club further off the cliff; that was a franchise-record 11th consecutive match without a win. As the Washington Post’s Steven Goff said: “MLS’s greatest embarrassment, Chivas USA, has earned six more points than United this season.”  The personnel collection has been badly miscalculated; It seems inconceivable that someone, whether it is general manager Dave Kasper or Olsen, won’t soon be held accountable.

The woeful streak that no one is talking about: Toronto FC is also winless in 11, just like D.C. United. Unfortunately, considering  this team’s history, that’s every bit as surprising as syrup poured over pancakes.

The missing men: It would be impossible not to think that Sporting KC and the Galaxy missed their top center backs, both of whom were starting for Jurgen Klinsmann U.S. national team on Sunday. Both of Montreal’s goals came after KC clearances that just weren’t good enough. SKC was without Matt Besler.

And the Galaxy allowing five? Sounds impossible … until you consider that Omar Gonzalez wasn’t around.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Earthquakes clearly missed dominating center back Victor Bernardez in falling hard at Real Salt Lake, 3-0.

More from Morales: Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales is presumably slowing down, now 33. But he had was The Man in RSL’s 3-0 win over San Jose, and that came after playing three full matches over a week. (In fact, since the RSL playmaker went 120 minutes, including overtime, in the mid-week Open Cup triumph, make that “three matches and change” in a week.

Jack McInerney scores again: There is just no stopping this kid in 2013, as the Philadelphia Union’s 20-year-old striker struck for yet another goal – and another important one. We keep saying it, but so many of his league-leading 10 goals are either match-winners or equalizers. Saturday, his stoppage-time grass-cutter through traffic was the late, late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Toronto.

Best goal: Watch the shape on Kelyn Rowe’s goal, the final tally in New England’s spirit-crusher over the Galaxy. It’s a fine piece of work:


  1. dreadpirate82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    As a Sporting KC fan, I won’t be sad to see Bieler suspended. He’s picking up goals, but the histrionics are embarrassing and hard to watch.

    • Steve Davis - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      It looked like he stepped on Nesta’s hand … and we’ve seen that little gambit turn into a suspension already this year. In fact, from an incident in that very same building I believe, right, Mr. Nagamura?

      • dreadpirate82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        No question in my mind he deserves it. He was baiting Nesta all night. Even from the stands without the benefit of replay, everyone knew Bieler had done something that probably deserved a reaction. I’m surprised he wasn’t suspended earlier in the season for a couple of sneaky elbows he threw. The guy already has a reputation for being dirty.

  2. archlobster - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Really? “Syrup poured over pancackes” is what you associate with failure??

    I’ll have you know syrup has nothing to do with failure.

    Typical American Imperialist slurs.

    – Signed
    Canadian Broadcaster

    • dws110 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I love everything about this comment.

  3. charliej11 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I wonder if the Sounders should sign Alonso and LA Gonzales for DP contracts ?

    Nah, they will probably be fine without them.

    • phredicles - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      I’ve been advocating for the Galaxy to make Omar a DP since last fall. Even if they sign another big-name European guy (which wouldn’t be my first choice – they clearly need depth more than yet another splash), Donovan’s contract is up after this season and it’s not like he’s been justifying his DP status this season.

  4. charliej11 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    One more comment, 10 articles of an offseason league half the world away and one MLS summary during an absolutely incredible year ?

    I never see even one comment on the Euro articles ( maybe because they are about nothing, mostly gossip…Jupp Heyncks could stay at Bayern )….just saying.

    • mvktr2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM


      • mvktr2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        man the comment section is messing up today… this goes in a totally different article exactly where I posted it, not here!

  5. jpan007 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Cap Diego

  6. bobinkc - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    After sitting through yet another SKC game without Matt Besler, it’s getting embarrassing to watch Cullin trying play up front with the midfielders and strikers. Besler seems to be the only thing that keeps Cullin under control.

  7. mvktr2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Why so much headbutting in soccer? So little punching in comparison? I guess 1-2 games is better than 10-15. It just seems ‘off’ that it occurs so much in lieu of other types of physical confrontations.

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