With quarterfinal action set to begin, long-time soccer analyst Mark Bushman offers up his thoughts on who will win and why.
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In lieu of the massive amount of World Cup stuff I’ll be reporting on over the next few weeks, I’ll keep these shorter than normal. In fact, I’m only going to make one point this week–albeit a lengthy one–about a key aspect of DC United’s success, and then move directly to the MLS rankings.
It’s a brief, but to the point lesson this week. Winning ugly still counts for three points in the standings, the Richmond Kickers are a goal-scoring machine, and illogically, Arsenal will win the Champions League final. Read on for more on the lessons learned for this week.
In this week’s edition of What We Learned, we discover the following: that the LA Galaxy ship is sinking, that a high school coach with a Galaxy hat was disguised as a soccer snob, that you should always have a spare goalkeeper on hand in case your starter decides to swat balls outside his 18, and that having Brian Ching on the US roster was a good call from Bruce Arena. Read on for more on this week’s lessons learned.
To witness Ben Olsen’s special night before, during and after DC United’s match against FC Dallas was, to say the Visa word of the day: priceless.
We learned after this week’s slate of games what constitutes the best rivalry in the MLS galaxy. We learned that a certain hyped up teen star might have had his best game. We learned which Chicago player could be mapping a new course to stardom. And, we learned not to trust my fantasy soccer instincts.
Let’s see. The referees seem to be on the ball early on, though Chivas USA, a fun team to watch for this season, got robbed in their 2-0 loss against DC United. After watching Chivas Saturday, I still stand by my high-regard for this team. I do, however, have concerns about New England despite their four points thus far, as the Revolution seem to lack spark. That doesn’t seem to be the case with DC United’s attack. They have a wealth of speedy options that will cause trouble for opposing defenses.
It was an interesting start to the 2006 MLS season, with no “Real” surprises (sorry, couldn’t pass it up), and there was some quality soccer in week one, which proves that maybe everybody worked just a little bit harder this preseason than in years past.
Freddy Adu will be a stud by the middle of this season, but it won’t be enough to help DC United to first place in the Eastern Conference. Look for New England to make it to MLS Cup 2006. Who will join them? While I expect FC Dallas to take the regular season Western Conference honors, it’ll be that new Texan team, the Houston Dynamo, that joins the Revolution in the league final.
In a cost-saving and franchise-preserving measure, the Richmond Kickers, after nearly winning the USL First Division title, will move to the USL Second Division beginning next season.