This young season saw a celebration of the league's founding, but the topics are typical.
- There is parity, well except for Real Salt Lake. Sure, other teams have points, but they aren't manhandling their opponent's like Kreis' team is. With 3.00 PPM and +2GD per GAME, they are the class of the league. The ability to deal with injuries will determine a team's success more than anything else.
- Attendance is still bifurcated along the lines of Logan v Garber. Logan's market's, which include the Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and DC United are averaging barely over 15,000 in attendance. Garber's markets? Nearly 21,000. For some reason the legacy of those first years seems to be hurting the sport.
- Referees are inconsistent. Whether it be Davies "dive" or the 8 cards in the Whitecaps home game this week, it doesn't seem to matter how players play, as much as which referee they have. Several leagues have added help with goal-line assistants, others have video review for dives. MLS still needs to improve.
- Being a Designated Player raises the bar of judgement, but that is all. Two DPs have played in Reserve games, though Alvaro Fernandez did not appear in official match. Thierry Henry is merely decent. Sure David Beckham and Eric Hassli are both on leader boards, but one is merely a specialist and the other set a record for quickest to two red cards in league history.
BTW - Charlie Davies is putting up Mike Fucito PP90 numbers, with a straight 6.00 so far.