Monday, September 13, 2010

Soccer is Poetry: Weekly Roundup

Given the past week, I'm shortening the weekly update this week. Enjoy a haiku for each game.

I'm out of the hospital now though, so I'll be back to getting about a post a day out. I should be back in full force for this weekend though, so expect something better next week.

Game Reports

Chicago Fire 0 - 0 Toronto FC
Three stars return, not
enough to win. Two handballs
in the box not called.

Seattle Sounders 0 - 0 Real Salt Lake
Ends a draw because
Findley blows a penalty.
I know, how shocking.

Chivas USA 2 - 0 New England
That other LA
team has some life from a man
named Braunaldinho.

Toronto FC 0 - 1 DC United
DeRo posts it six
minutes in. But James does not
in the 81st.

New York Red Bulls 3 - 1 Colorado Rapids
Red Bulls keep winning,
even with Cummings' great goal.
Best team in the east?

Philadelphia Union 1 - 0 Chicago Fire
Knighton starts, no goals.
Except for le Toux, of course.
Is MORE MWANGA hurt?!?!

San Jose Earthquakes 0 - 0 FC Dallas
Two teams playing quite
well right now. Neither should be
upset with one point.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3 - 1 Columbus Crew
Beckham's back, and so
are the Galaxy. All is
right with the world now.

Random Thoughts

Just one possible reason why LA looked so good: Landon was playing on the right again finally. Having Juninho back probably helped a ton, but still, keep Landon on the right flank.

Toronto is out of the playoff race now. Hopefully they put all their effort into getting through CCL group stage.

Chicago, Kansas City, and MAYBE Chivas USA (given their run of form lately) are they only 3 teams that still have a shot at making the playoffs right now. I think the top 8 are pretty much set though.

CCL matches this week:
9/14 8pm - Columbus Crew v. Joe Public
9/14 10pm - Seattle Sounders @ Saprissa
9/15 10pm - Real Salt Lake v. Toronto FC


MLS Elo Ratings
1,584.23 - Real Salt Lake
1,573.78 - Los Angeles Galaxy
1,565.46 - FC Dallas
1,551.32 - Columbus Crew
1,510.23 - New York Red Bulls
1,509.89 - Colorado Rapids
1,500.51 - Seattle Sounders
1,492.97 - Chicago Fire
1,492.35 - San Jose Earthquakes
1,483.35 - Kansas City Wizards
1,479.11 - Chivas USA
1,465.18 - Houston Dynamo
1,463.86 - Toronto FC
1,461.79 - Philadelphia Union
1,447.07 - New England Revolution
1,418.90 - DC United

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