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Major League Standings Week 3: It is not really that bleak

A recap of the week across MLS, not a great week because we lost again.

New kind of defending...
New kind of defending...
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I'm going to try and keep the anti-Geiger comments to a minimum and just talk about other games but if I come off bitter it's because screw Geiger.

Friday 3/18-

NYCFC 0 - Orlando City 1: Manchester City lost twice this weekend once in the Manchester Derby (Sunday) and once in the MLS Last-Two Expansion Derby, which is the more important one in all honesty. The only eastern conference side with a 1-1-1 record fell to a 7th minute Cyle Larin goal after starting in a 3-4-3 again but with Mix and Shelton swapping spots and a FB (Iraola) starting over CB Brillant. Kaka has yet to play a minute but the club has five points in three matches, a better run than last year.

Saturday 3/19-

Chicago Fire 0 - Columbus Crew 0: Columbus gets their first point of the season while playing a bunkering Chicago side that while at home unleashed a "threatening" 5-1-2-2...Chicago started dangerous-ish even though they only had one point in two matches though they didn't look it in this one. Columbus should get better, they have good players and the East isn't better than last year but they seem to lack chemistry, though I think Gregg Berhalter will get it back on track.

New York Red Bulls 4 - Houston Dynamo 3: Well this was fun. Seven goals in 90 minutes. RBNY looked better than they had in the first two matches where they scored zero and gave up five but it all, but the defense, clicked against Houston. They'll be good at scoring but don't expect them to get many shutouts. As for Houston, scoring three should feel good. Giving up four, not so much. Coyle was priding himself on a physical, stout defense that failed miserably. In case you're wondering, Felipe and Will Bruin each scored two for their respective sides.

FC Dallas 2 - Montreal Impact 0: And the Impact come back down to earth. It was likely the fact that Drogba was available on the bench and subbed in with 20 minutes to go. He's not good I hear and just destroyed the club's ability to play together when he was there. Not really, Montreal got beat by a smart FCD team that broke up the attack and prevent Piatti and Shipp from creating a rhythm. Also Fabian Castillo was back and he's pretty good or at least fast. Montreal didn't pick up any reds before playing us though.

Sounders FC 1 - Vancouver Whitecaps 2: Screw Geiger. The Marshall PK maybe had merit. The Jones just no. The attack still looked confused but hey, they get a week off to figure it out, preseason 2.0.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: Each team earned more cards than goals and that's what makes it the "California Classico" or whatever poorly branded name they are trying now. Simon Dawkins was sent off in first half stoppage and lead to a Bruce Arena "just kill 'em already" halftime speech I have to assume. It worked though, as Gyasi Zardes scored two in 17 minutes. Wondo scored again but it wasn't enough. Robbie "Hated by All Outside of LA" Keane converted a stoppage time PK. Also take some time today to congratulate Mike Magee for getting a persistent infringement yellow card in only the 11th minute, that takes effort.

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Portland Timbers 2 - Real Salt Lake 2: Draw City USA is back!! Real Salt Lake pulled what this year will be their MO it appears, red card and blowing a two goal lead. A goal in the 16th, red in the 31st (Beckerman), goal in the 58th. RSL looking just like it did in Orlando, a lead and down a player. Well it got worse, they gave up a 79th minute goal but that's okay it is 2-1 RSL, right? It appears Olave throws an elbow and it leads to a Fanendo Adi double, converting the PK and tying the match. Portland with five minutes and stoppage was unable to get another one past nine man RSL. The goals and cards are here, no one decided to tweet the reds...

Sunday 3/20-

Philadelphia Union 3 - New England Revolution 0: So New England has really fallen off after trading Jermaine Jones and Philly is not the butt of every joke. Though they did sign a DP keeper again because that was brilliant...oh wait that was Colorado doing it's best to ruin Zac McMath's career. Anyway, Andre Blake held a shutout CJ Sapong scored twice. NE did fall victim to the Je-Vaughan Watson syndrome which is where he gets a red for a stupid play. One thing Philly needs to work on, converting PKs. They missed two of them. Two PKs.

DC United 1 - Colorado Rapids 1: Marco Pappa vs Lamar Neagle in a battle of former Sounders on teams that should be a lot worse than us but aren't in the standings right now but shut up about that because it'll change, got me?? Good. Anyway, Pappa assisted Dillon Powers with a 69th minute goal from a beautiful Pappa corner. Michael Azira, another former Rave Green member, played a full 90 and earned one of the four Colorado yellows.

Sporting Kansas City 1 - Toronto FC 0: They did it again somehow.... Brad Davis so that should explain it but still...Davis may have committed a foul but that's for everyone else to decide. Somehow they are 3-0-0...I hate that. You should hate that. You should also hate Vermes. Other than that...they'll fall don't worry.

The Sounders got beat by a poor referee who wanted to make the game about him or something like that. The club definitely made some strides forward and showed some good moments but the offense was still lacking an ability to finish. Constantly crossing did not end up being a solution for the offense but there was more encouraging play from the offensive quartet and it is only a matter of time till it clicks. Until then, we'll be at the bottom but it'll get better, I promise.

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