Aron Winter’s purported “Total Football” experiment with Toronto FC descended into a total mess on Saturday when his side lost 3-0 at home to DC United. Toronto were two goals down in the first nine minutes and barely threatened the United goal throughout the game.
The Dutchman has asked for patience in his team building effort, but how long will it be before the ‘Winter of Discontent” headlines are rolled out?
DC though will have taken heart from yet another goal from Charlie Davies that accompanied a brace from Chris Pontius.
The Vancouver Whitecaps may not have lost at home this season but it’s likely that their failure to get a win at Empire Stadium since the opening day will cost them dearly at the end of the campaign. The Whitecaps had the best of the chances in their 0-0 draw with Chivas USA but the visitors retained the bulk of the possession.
The LA Galaxy were without Beckham, Donovan, and Juninho for their trip to Chicago on Sunday but still looked better than a poor Fire side in their 2-1 win.
Portland followed up their first win at Jeld-Wen Field on Thursday with another three points in their 3-2 win against FC Dallas. Portland may not be the prettiest team to watch (few in MLS are) but they are pacey and direct when they attack, and Kenny Cooper is a constant threat from set pieces.
Elsewhere Houston Dynamo got their second win in a week with a 1-0 win against New England, and Columbus beat Kansas by the same score, whilst Seattle continued to improve and grabbed a late point in a 1-1 draw at Philadelphia. Michelle Ackermann’s report on the Red Bulls much-needed win against San Jose is here.
What have we learned from the latest round of games? Well, the Galaxy can still get a win without their stars, the officials seem to have eased up on the handing out of cards, and there may be some life left in Thierry Henry after all.
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