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Russell Berrisford

Russell Berrisford

Russell’s support of Derby County eventually led him to leave the country. He has lived in Canada since 2007 and currently writes about soccer for The Vancouver Sun.


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Major League Soccer-Known Knowns

Written by on May 2, 2011 | 5 Comments »
Posted in MLS

Perhaps the stand out feature of the MLS action this weekend was that it helped to confirm so many things that we already knew. We knew, for example, that the Red Bulls were developing into a team that knows how to win and they did just that by beating Kansas 1-0.

We knew that Seattle were on the rise and that Toronto were certainly not, so 3-0 to the Sounders was about right, and we knew that the Philadelphia Union had the toughest defence in the league so we weren’t surprised when they beat San Jose 1-0 despite going down to ten men.

We could safely say that home advantage is a huge benefit in MLS so we couldn’t be astounded that no side on the road won, and the only away team to even pick up a point was Chicago in Colorado.

Maybe we were a little perplexed that Portland got a win against previously unbeaten Real Salt Lake, but the Timbers are tough to beat at home and the Utah side were coming off a heart breaking defeat to Monterrey in the Champions League so no real shocker after all.

We have long known that Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has one of the best deliveries in MLS, so we probably nodded wisely when he set up two of Will Bruin’s three goals in the 4-1 win against a DC United team that seemed a complete shambles at the back (the final Dynamo goal comes from some of the most inept defending that you will ever see).

Certainly none of us doubted David Beckham’s ability to rise to the big occasion and he did so again making a spectacular appearance at the Royal Wedding in London.

He also started for LA Galaxy in Texas, but not even Beckham can control the weather and his side lost a game that was delayed due to lightning storms. Brek Shea scoring a late winner to earn Texas a 2-1 win and their second consecutive three points.

Finally, one thing that you may not know is that The Guardian football stats page publishes the MLS standings in the “traditional” style, so if you want to see how the table would look without being split into Conferences just click here.

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5 responses to “Major League Soccer-Known Knowns”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    I don’t know whose more inept a manager… Ben Olsen, Dave Jones or Avram Grant.

  2. Gillian says:

    I don’t know if I like that MLS table on the Guardian website. It throws into even sharper relief how terrible my Chicago Fire are this season.

  3. Russell Berrisford says:

    Gillian- yes it can be quite a sobering read.

  4. John Bladen says:

    Russell:

    It’s a strange thing… an MLS commentator on another site had Seattle last in his power rankings for the first three weeks… well behind mid pack Toronto & Vancouver. Rating clubs in the first couple of weeks of any season is always daunting, but Seattle never looked like the worst club in the league to me.

    Guardian link is interesting… I wish it were a single table, but Garber tells us that is further than ever from becoming a reality.

  5. Russell Berrisford says:

    John- don’t get me started on how futile power rankings are!

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