Sunday MLS Thoughts


I’ve been busy between professional obligations (I make my living consulting on political and issue campaigns, so obviously this has been a busy time) and some personal issues (nothing serious but time consuming nonetheless) so I apologize for not posting here the last few days.

Tonight’s match between Columbus and DC United was the best of what MLS has to offer. A passionate match where the red and black were unlucky: they deserved better and deserved to make the playoffs after playing with such heart. Namoff and Khumalo both hit the post when it seemed like DC was controlling the game. Credit to Columbus for not playing reserves and giving DC the game , HOWEVER: I have a bone to pick with Sigi Schmid for last week’s game against the Metrostars. From my perspective NY does not win that game if Columbus is playing their regulars. What I do not get is why Columbus played a second XI for all intents and purposes just last week and not both weeks? Or why not rest a few starters both games thus giving each starter a game off and not affecting the competition for playoff spots?

The LA-Dallas game was one of the worst football matches I’ve seen at any level and I could not sit through it. Some MLS matches are riveting, and others are just plain rubbish. We may have seen the last of Kenny Cooper in MLS. We certainly did see the last of Greg Vanney which does not matter in the least bit to me. However, someone who should be honored today is Bobby Rhine, a class individual who spent his entire professional career with one team. I saw Rhine as in person many times when the Dallas Burn played the Miami Fusion and always was impressed by his utility, even in those early days. He was literally a model American soccer player. Not terribly talented or technical, but smart enough to fit any role on the pitch. I was pleased to see him wear the Captain’s armband today in his final professional match.  He will be missed as a player and hopefully he will stay in the game.

2 thoughts on “Sunday MLS Thoughts”

  1. Unfair it may be, but I don't see how a team could rest its starters two weeks in a row and then expect them to be in top form the next week. The way I see it, if you're struggling to make the playoffs the last week, you've missed your chance to truly earn a spot – tough luck.

    Greg Vanney's time has past, but I'd show him a bit more respect as he's blazed some trails in France and always seemed a model professional. I cringed at times during his USMNT days, but it's not like we had much better. Unfortunately he was a slow player who was lost out there after losing a step in his 30s.

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