The Union has hit 40 points, scored the most home goals in the league, and is up to third in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto and NYCFC. Alejandro Bedoya looks comfortable in the center of the park, and Yaro’s play ensures that Mo Edu – if and when he returns to the field – won’t be needed in central defense.
This is as exciting a time to be a Union fan as there ever has been. This is a good young team with solid young management. It’s a franchise trending up as much as any in MLS.
DC United enjoyed one of their best attacking days in club history on Saturday at RKF Stadium, tearing through a ten-man Chicago Fire side in a 6-2 rout. Patrick Mullins – one of the acquisitions of the year – had three.
Considering the form of the teams around them, DC are favorites for the East’s sixth and final playoff spot. Mullins has reinvigorated an offense that has also been helped by Patrick Nyarko getting healthy and playing his best soccer in years.
Meanwhile, if you’re a Fire supporter, you have to die a little bit inside each time Khaly Thiam – who was sent off again on Saturday – appears in the starting lineup. Chicago would be better off with the ghost of Peter Lowry.
It’s been a rough first year for Veljko Paunovic. There is some reason to be hopeful, but the Fire have to spend big in the offseason.
He wasn’t the winning goalkeeper in Friday night’s Rocky Mountain Cup finale against Real Salt Lake, but Colorado’s Tim Howard made what might be the best penalty save in league history on Javier Morales in the second half.
The save – a fingertip effort on a ball crushed high to Howard’s right – made waves around the world. Even Gary Lineker took note on Twitter. Howard looks reborn. He’s been fantastic.
His team, though, appears to quietly be fading. The Rapids continue to be tough defensively, but they’ve won just two of Howard’s nine starts and three times since the beginning of June.
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