1) And Then There Were None – Undefeated Teams That Is.
With four draws from seven matches the New York Red Bulls traveled up I-95 to face New England, barely clinging to its status as the league’s only unbeaten team.
Following an entertaining 90 plus minutes, New York would head home with one in the L column, thanks to goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury, a terrible non-penalty call by the referee, and a bit of mischief from the MLS schedule maker.
Don’t get me wrong, New England were worthy winners on Saturday, but the Red Bulls Felipe was clearly barrelled over in the box in the first half, and this was the Bulls third game in seven days. New York, remember has already had two bye weeks this season.
The win extends New England’s unbeaten run to seven games (5-0-2), clearly marking the Revs as a favorite in the East.
2) Texas Derby Disappoints
Unless you are a Dallas fan. FCD rolled into Houston and were greeted by a billboard that referenced the Dynamo’s two MLS titles, by stating that Houston are two times better than Dallas.
Maybe so, but not this year. Dallas clobbered the home team 4-1 on Friday night, a result that looks legit. The Western Conference standings show Dallas in first place with a 5-2-2 mark, good for 17 points, while Houston sit in seventh position having earned just 10 points from a 2-3-4 record.
3) Hamid Re-ups With DC United
Why is this noteworthy? Primarily because Hamid has long been rumored to be eyeing an overseas move. The once (and still?) future of U.S. goalkeeping may have outgrown his prospect status, but coming off of an MLS Goalkeeper of the Year winning 2014 with United, speculation had the 24 year old Hamid ready to pack his gloves and make that long awaited Euro move this summer.
It could yet happen, DC may just be looking for a better return from any potential transfer. Or perhaps, the tightening of England’s transfer rules may have encouraged Hamid to settle down in the nation’s capitol.
We will have to wait and see, but for now Ben Olsen and company are secure at the back.
4) Oba and Deuce- Seattle’s Dynamic Duo
U.S. international Clint Dempsey scored one goal for Seattle at Yankee Stadium, former Nigerian national teamer Obafemi Martins scored two, and they did it all in entertaining fashion.
Dempsey’s slow roller might have been stopped, but no keeper alive was stopping either of Oba’s breakaway efforts.
After NYC FC had dominated the opening exchanges Martins slipped in behind a napping City defense and beat Josh Saunders cleanly.
Martins later orchestrated Dempsey’s goal, picking up the second assist, and then Martins sealed the deal with a ruthless strike, after being set free by a bit of Dempsey brilliance.
Dempsey’s no-look, back heel pass found Martins in stride and the striker buried his left footed shot in the far corner for the win.
5) MLS Rules and Transparency
Following the fiasco surrounding last year’s Jermaine Jones signing, Commissioner Don Garber committed to making the league’s player acquisition rules less opaque.
On Friday, the league announced rules meant to achieve that laudable goal. At the heart of the new rules is the Allocation Ranking Order.
U.S. internationals, select U.S. Youth internationals and players transferred from MLS for at least $500,000 will be on the allocation list.
The new list would do away with the DP Allocation, the weighted lottery, and the infamous blind draw, which may or may not have been the mechanism used to send Jermaine Jones to New England.
Transparent? We’ll just have to wait and see.