>Monday Lunch: MLS Cup Week

Posted: November 15, 2010 in mls
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>By Evan Ream

Hello everyone, and welcome to The SACK Lunch’s MLS Cup Week. We are going to up our coverage this week to an unprecedented amount in anticipation of Sunday’s final. Here’s a look at what to expect for the rest of the week:
Monday: This article (obviously)
Tuesday: Will’s NFL Recap, Colorado Rapids Team Preview
Wednesday: Dylan Jamaal Davis’ College Football Recap, USMNT vs. South Africa Recap
Thursday: Nick’s weekly article, NFL Predictions, FC Dallas Team Preview
Friday: MLS Cup Predictions from everyone who has ever written for The SACK Lunch
As you can see, we are pulling out all the stops this week to ensure that you guys are well-informed come Sunday night in what will undoubtedly be an epic match-up. With all this being said, today I would just like to take a quick look at this weekend’s games.

Colorado Rapids 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0www.stamfordadvocate
As disappointed as all of us Bay Area natives were to see the Earthquakes’ playoff run end, the better team won here. Last week, I called for Gary Smith to play Brian Mullen wide left in order to follow Chris Wondolowski’s great runs, thinking that Smith wouldn’t do it. Maybe Smith read my article though because that is exactly what he did and Wondo was a non-factor the whole game. At times, the Earthquakes controlled the game, but they just couldn’t put one in the net. The best players on the field were Kosuke Kimura, who shut down Bobby Convey, and Omar Cummings, who was a threat the whole night. It was unfortunate for San Jose that Kimura scored a pretty fluky goal, but it was the speed and intellect of Cummings that they could just not deal with. Colorado should have scored more goals, but Jon Busch was playing like his usual stellar self and single handedly kept the Earthquakes alive. In all, not really much went on in this game; it was just an average defensive playoff matchup.
FC Dallas 3 LA Galaxy 0
They call him El Gato for his cat like reflexes and the nickname is well deserved. Kevin Hartman has put in the best performance from a keeper in MLS since Tony Meola’s epic 2000 season, and maybe the best ever. Hartman made six saves Sunday, preserving the shut out with a late save on a Brilliant David Beckham free kick, in what was the biggest playoff surprise since Chicago beat DC United 4-0 at RFK in 2005. The amazing thing about Kevin Hartman’s play though, was that he hasn’t even been the best player on his team throughout these playoffs. David Ferreira has been otherworldly throughout the playoffs as well. FC Dallas has scored six goals in their three playoff games, and Ferreira has been directly involved with five of them (1 goal, 4 assists). This was the other part of the story last night for galaxy7Schellas Hyndman’s  men. Ferreira was simply too good and too fast for the often slow-looking Galaxy side. The LA club’s defense, which had looked so strong in past weeks, just couldn’t contain Dallas’ attack force of Ferreira, Martin Chavez, and of course Brek Shea. The Galaxy definitely had their chances, but it seemed like their only player that actually wanted to win the game was David Beckham; everyone else just looked burnt out. The Galaxy will ponder what happened to their promising season, but FC Dallas deserved the win and they got it, pulling one of the biggest upsets in MLS history.
Join me tomorrow for an in-depth preview of the Colorado Rapids.


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