Tim Leiweke (brother of former Sounders President Todd Leiweke) was in many ways the architect of the recent LA Galaxy championship teams. He brought in Donovan. He brought in Beckham. He brought in Keane. He also orchestrated many of the other moves that make the team the borderline dynasty they are today. Now, he's in Toronto, surely working hard to recreate that success for one of the best fanbases in MLS. That includes bringing in a big name DP striker and a top level GM to be sure. However, Toronto fans were horrified to learn that the team was in talks to bring Toronto's Argos of the Canadian Football League to their stadium, making them dual tenants. And just when they installed that vital natural grass too. Such a move would not only create a sub-optimal playing surface for soccer, but would also likely shut down the building entirely while more seats are installed. To be sure, this idea isn't going over well with the Red faithful.
In other stadium news, TheGoatParade is writing that the USC site may be an increasingly likely future destination for Chivas USA. If it went through, Chivas would be the first pro team to call true LA home since the NASL days. One could only hope a name change to the Aztecs would follow.
Chivas would be glad to see 20,000 fans come out to see their team play, a crowd the Orlando City club was blessed with as they took the USL championship this weekend. A total of eleven goals were scored in the 7-4 victory over the Charlotte Eagles, adding another bullet point to the list of reasons why MLS should expand to middle-Florida. Or My-Flo, as the geriatrics down there call it.
MLS was good enough for those afforementioned designated players and many more besides them. Seems Frank Lampard is in a class of his own. English National Team mate Steven Gerrard declared that MLS is beneath his countryman. Tell him that in two years when no club in Europe will take a flyer on him.
The Sounders have always been pretty good at home, never losing more than four in a league season within the confines of Centurylink Field. This year, that number has only reached one, and the club (as of Saturday) had tied for the longest home points streak in the league. I'll bet that a certain level headed GAM is responsible for some of that record (and another Nat Teamer may help sustain it). If only their road form was anywhere close to normal levels.
The US Men didn't play well in their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, now needing to beat Mexico if they want to clinch a World Cup berth. Our southern brothers chose this time to fire their coach, meaning that Dempsey, Eddie, and the rest will be facing an unknown. Interesting news to me was that Jurgen Klinnsmann doesn't think Dempsey is more than 60% fit. Just fit enough to score the only goal despite serious adversity.
Another week, another Bruce Arena tirade. This time it isn't the refs he wishes to pick fights with, but the league itself. Losing key players at a time like this isn't ideal, of this there's no doubt. However, his side isn't the only one missing key personnel. This was after former Galaxy striker Edson Buddle scored the only goal in a game with Colorado, causing LA to lose their second place tie with Seattle.
The weekend was good and evil to the Sounder in equal measure this week. Dallas took a big step by downing Vancouver, forcing the Canadian team to catch up if they want the Cascadian trio in the playoffs. Closer to home, Portlanders took a short break from moving to Seattle in droves to dismantle the hapless Toronto club. It was only 1-0 till late, when Diego Valeri came on and tilted the field. In the last ten minutes of the match, Portland scored three more to forever tilt the stats on goal times in Jeld-Wen. Also, keep an extra eye out for referee shenanigans when measuring free kicks:it appears not all MLS refs know how to count (though is Will Johnson an expert?)
Columbus can now look to next season in earnest, with their loss in KC all but ending their playoff hopes. New York put a four-tab on Houston, putting extra pressure on a team already in free fall. Montreal joined the four-goal party against a team lauded for it's great defense not long ago. And late last night, San Jose held off Philadelphia even with ten men to earn a 1-0 victory and keep their corpse moving for another week.