Sunday, April 22, 2007

MLS Ugly

You can't say this round of MLS fixtures was easy on the eyes. Sloppy play and cards galore was the norm over the five games. Here's some random thoughts:

* 11, 8, 7, 11, 10. That's the total amount of shots on net in the games this round. I'm 100% against altering any rules to make soccer more exciting. However, I'm absolutely in favor of teams developing some offensive competency.

* Brian Ching started the game in New York on the bench. It had something to do with making sure the fieldturf didn't aggravate any longstanding injury concerns. If the Revs play Houston in the first round of the payoffs, I want to play the first leg at home. Houston managed only three shots on net despite a man advantage from the 36th minute. Yikes.

* Chicago, New York, and Dallas sit atop the table with seven points apiece. None of those teams scare me. However, I doubt many teams are scared of the Revs. This may be shaping up to be another year like 2004 where there was no clear "best team" and the flow of the season was quite mundane.

* Nico Colaluca has yet to see action in Colorado and the same can be said for Jose Cancela (although Pepe just joined the team ahead of week 2). It's way too early for a final verdict, but Steve Nicol could have been right with his evaluations on the two players after all.

I'll be back shortly with part 2 of my stadium series and Fantasy Soccer Bootroom.