>Monday Lunch: Hat Tricks and Home Losses

Posted: April 12, 2010 in mls
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Before I get to my MLS week 3 recap I just want to talk about Jozy Altidore for a second. Jozy hasn’t been scoring regularly for Hull City this year. He has hit for just 1 goal in 25 appearances so clearly he hasn’t been effective, right? Wrong. Jozy has been Hull’s most dynamic player and he even made the EPL team of the week 2 weeks ago without scoring. So maybe the numbers don’t tell the story about Jozy. This is again wrong as they definitely do, you just have to find the correct numbers. According to the official EPL website Jozy has 7 assists this year which is 16th in the whole league. Furthermore Altidore has drawn an amazing 4 penalties this year; so you can say that he has factored into 12 of Hulls 33 goals despite starting just 15 of these games and only playing in 25 of them. In reality young Jozy has been an offensive force and the only reason that he hasn’t scored more goals this year is because he hasn’t been set up with opportunities like this:



The fact is that Jozy has been doing all the setting up and no one on his team has been dynamic enough to set him up with chances like this. If he keeps providing opportunities like this and playing like this overall during the World Cup, I will have no objections. Jozy has shown that he doesn’t always need to score to be effective.


 

Also of note, Fulham are through to the Europa League Semifinals, where they will play Hamburg. The Fulham squad is looking great in this competition and to make the semifinals has already been the biggest achievement in their club’s history. I think they can win it all.


 

Now for my MLS week 3 thoughts (in no particular order):

  • Chris Tierney is turning into one of the best left backs in the league. He is a solid defender who can really get into the attack.

  • I do not think that Dejan Jakovic deserved to be sent off; I don’t even think he fouled Alejandro Moreno, but this being said, DC cannot defend one bit.

  • I don’t care that Chivas won, they are still terrible. Their offense may score fewer than one goal per game this year. They didn’t really create either of their opportunities with good build up.

  • As much as I know I’m going to hate Philly, props to their fans for a great turnout of almost 35,000

  • Sean Franklin is having a Best XI year as right back/midfielder. This man has been serving up some quality balls from the right wing while not getting beat at all. Omar Gonzalez hasn’t been too shabby either.

  • Nick Garcia had a great cross to Dwayne De Rosario for Toronto’s goal against New England. This doesn’t take away from the fact that he is terrible though and his giveaway led to New England’s go ahead goal.

  • Sainey Nyassi had a great cross on New England’s first goal. If he has actually figured out how to cross, MLS needs to watch out.

  • Shalrie Joseph showed in his return why he is a top five player in MLS. That ball to Kheli Dube on New England’s third goal was unreal

  • It looks like I will actually have to learn how to spell Zack Schilawski after he became just the third rookie to hit for a hat trick.

  • Jeff Cunningham’s goal should give him confidence to score in open play

  • Jaime Moreno’s goal was pure class

  • Steven Lenhart‘s pass to Adam Moffat showed amazing vision. If he keeps making plays like this, he won’t need to score double digit goals for the Crew to be successful.

  • I’m still not sure how Edson Buddle‘s first goal went in

  • Buddle is on pace for 50 goals this season

  • Luis Landín is an idiot. In addition to being fat he cost his team a chance at getting at least a point against the Galaxy.

  • Arlo White is the best MLS commentator now that Max Bretos doesn’t do it anymore

  • RSL’s new home uniforms are sick

Weekly Awards:

The Jaime Moreno Award (Player of the Week): Sadly enough I must give this award to Sebastien Le Toux for what will go down in history as the 2ndbest game by a single player in a franchise’s first home game (No one can beat Ching Kong’s legendary four goal game in Houston’s first game). Honorable mentions to Zach Schilawski and Sean Franklin.Get Microsoft Silverlight

The 2004-2006 Alecko Eskandarian Award (Goal of the Week): I’m sure 99% of people won’t agree with me for this one but Jaime Moreno wins it this week. This goal looks at first glance to be just a goalkeeping error, but I am convinced that it was nothing of the sort. Jaime got inside Chris Seitz’s head and scored a goal that I don’t think any other player in the league could have or would have scored. In addition to getting the ball, his finish was pure class. No one else in MLS has this kind of composure or patience. This is why Jaime Moreno has more goals than anyone else and is the best all time player in MLS.

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The Marco Etcheverry Award (Pass of the Week): Alejandro Moreno wins this award by a landslide for his assist on Le Toux’s second goal. This is easily the pass of the season so far.

The Wells Thompson Award (Worst Player of the Week) AND Josh Wolff Award (Worst Goal of the Week): I really hope Bouna Coundoul was bribed into throwing this game, because WOW. He cost New York at least a point. There was no way Chivas were going to score this game (or in any game) without something like this happening. This is turrible.

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Golden Boot Standings:


 

1. Edson Buddle        3GP 5G 0A

2. Sebastien Le Toux    2GP 3G 0A

3. Javier Morales        3GP 3G 0A

Zach Schilawski        3GP 3G 0A

5. Guillermo Barros Schelotto2GP 2G 1A

6. Brad Davis        3GP 2G 1A

7. Kei Kamara        2GP 2G 0A

8. Kenny Mansally        3GP 2G 0A



Omar Cummings        3GP 2G 0A

10. Ryan Smith        2GP 1G 2A


 

Undefeated Teams Left:

Columbus

Dallas

LA

Kansas City


 

Dropped Off Last Week:

New York

Houston

Colorado


 

If the Playoffs Started Today:

West:

  1. LA 3-0-0 9 points (+5)

  2. Houston 1-1-1 4 points (-1) (Own head to head vs RSL)

  3. Salt Lake 1-1-1 4 points (+2)

  4. Seattle 1-1-1 4 points (+1)

East:

  1. KC 2-0-0 6 points (+5)

  2. NE 2-1-0 6 points (+4)

  3. NY 2-1-0 6 points (0)

  4. Columbus 1-0-1 4 points (+2)


 

That is all for today. Join me Thursday for my MLS week 4 preview and picks.

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