Kinnear can coach. If the ‘Quakes can keep themselves relevant through the spring, they can hopefully figure out their attack in the summer and be a surprise factor in the Western Conference playoff races later reaches.
9. More questions for LA
The Galaxy got a big win over the Seattle Sounders this Sunday, mostly on the back of their goalkeeper Jamie Penado.
LA is playing the long game. They want to play well enough in the spring to give themselves a chance in the fall. The question is, how is this team going to look by then?
Bruce Arena has tried out a glut of central midfielders next to Juninho, and none of them have either lit the world on fire or totally disappointed. That will be Steven Gerrard’s spot starting in July.
Where this team is missing a key cog is Landon Donovan’s position on the wing. Gyasi Zardes is better up top next to Robbie Keane – whose form so far this season has been just short of officially worrying – and LA is going to need huge things out of Steven Ishisaki and Jose Villareal to play the kind of football they want.
The good news is, both have looked up to the challenge at various points this year. The other good news is that with AJ DeLaGarza back from injury and Robbie Rogers playing one of the best games of his season against the Sounders, the defense looks fine. It’s going to take some working out, but the Galaxy will be right there at the end. They almost always are.
10. Meanwhile in Toronto…
TFC’s bye week was hardly without incident, as rumors circulated throughout MLS circles that Michael Bradley has been taking a role making lineup decisions.
It’s hard to know whether there’s any validity to that rumor, but TFC needs to have perspective and keep its head above water. I know it’s hard. Because of its stadium expansion, Toronto has had to start the season with a seven-game road trip throughout the first nine weeks of the season – something that would crush even the very best teams in the league.
When Toronto gets to May, it’s looking at the vast majority of its remaining games at home at what will be the biggest soccer specific stadium in the league. BMO Field looks terrific, and it should rock if Toronto can finally capitalize on its huge potential. The first part of this season is simply an exercise in patience and not imploding.