10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11

The talent is certainly there. So is the desire. Bradley still hits more “wow” passes than almost every traditional No. 10 in the league. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that he still hasn’t quite found his feet in Toronto. If he can be at his best consistently, Toronto makes the playoffs. If not, it could be another rough summer.

9. Have NYCFC Hit Rock Bottom? 

Down 2-0 at halftime and playing 10 versus 11 at home against the Chicago Fire, it was about as bad as it’s going to get for NYCFC. The following fight-back to earn a 2-2 draw was spirited, and provides a little hope for the future.

It’s vital for New York City that David Villa stays involved and keeps his head up through tough times – and Villa has always been noted as a consummate professional – and his assist on the second goal was a gem.

Next up? Jason Kreis returns to the Rio Tinto. NYCFC will get better. It’s a matter of time.

10. A Stadium for LAFC 

Some teams can’t get stadiums to save their lives – hello, NYCFC, the Revs, and Miami! – and for some teams, the stadiums just seem to fall into place.

LAFC has secured their sight, across from the LA Coliseum, and their funding, and made their announcement.

LAFC’s debut season has been pushed back to 2018, and the bigger question for me is where this team is going to draw fans from. Chivas USA was a very flawed brand, but even in the best of times – and Bob Bradley-led Chivas teams did make the playoffs once upon a time – there was never much support.

The flagship itself, the LA Galaxy, have a fairly relaxed fan-base that rarely sells out the StubHub Center. Maybe the location of LAFC’s stadium helps the new club with that. But this is a team that exists because of LA’s money, not LA’s fans. We’ll see how that recipe works starting three years from now.


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