Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2:
1. A Little Joy For NYCFC
NYCFC’s rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleading in the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn’t have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about their use of Yankee Stadium, and what became painfully obvious over the last year was that MLS saw Manchester City’s money, saw the New York City location, and rushed a franchise to debut before it was ready.
On Sunday, NYCFC played their first home game. The Yankee Stadium setup was predictably killed across social media and the US soccer landscape. But it’s time to stop piling on New York City for a little while.
For as much they got wrong, NYCFC got two major things right – Jason Kreis and David Villa, and they both came through to give NYCFC a 2-0 win in their first home match. Yankee Stadium was sold out – 43,000 strong – it was loud, it felt big-time, and the team produced a fantastic match.
NYCFC, despite all their mishaps, is still uniquely set up to capture the hearts and minds of America’s biggest and greatest metropolis. If they continue to win, add Lampard and another major DP like Xavi in the summer, and make progress on the stadium front, all that potential that MLS went gaga for could very well be realized.
2. Meanwhile, The Revs Are A Mess
They were frighteningly inconsistent last year too, and it’s been a terrible start for the New England Revolution in 2015. Jermaine Jones’ absence has hurt, but not as much as its hurt the team’s defense not to have AJ Soares.
The Revs have no goals in two games, and Charlie Davies has yet to get a start despite his fantastic form to end last season. With Teal Bunbury out indefinitely, Jay Heaps would do well to change things tactically and possibly go to a two striker set-up.
The East isn’t great, but Orlando City and NYCFC will most likely both be playoff threats. New England needs to get their season started.
3. The Clock Is Ticking On Brad Evans At Center-Back
Seattle lost to San Jose 3-2 on Saturday night. That was shocking for several reasons. First of all, the Quakes hadn’t won since last summer while the Sounders are the defending Supporters’ Shield champs. Two, the game was in Seattle, and three, the Sounders were in the lead after just 18 seconds.