MLS weekend in review

Player of the week: Let’s change gears and select a country of the week instead — Canada! For the first time, Toronto FC, the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps won on the same weekend. Montreal and Vancouver are the only clubs with six points. The Impact has already matched last year’s away victory total (two). Canadian midfielder Patrice Bernier had an assist for Montreal. Toronto drew almost 26,000 at Rogers Centre. Canadian Dejan Jakovic anchored D.C. United’s backline in a shutout. How excited are you for MLS Cup in Quebec in December?

Goal of the week: I had a high opinion of this overhead finish by Montreal’s Hassoun Camara. (He’s not Canadian but he does speak French.)

Howler of the week: Columbus defender Glauber (is the “au” pronounced “Ow”?) coughs up possession to high-pressuring Kenny Miller, leading to the Whitecaps’ go-ahead goal.

Injury watch: After missing all but two matches last year with concussion issues, Colorado captain Pablo Mastroeni exited eight minutes into the Rapids’ home opener with an apparent hamstring injury.

Stat of the week: United has gone unbeaten in 19 consecutive matches (13-0-6) against league opponents at RFK Stadium, including two playoff draws last year. The latest victim: Real Salt Lake, which holds the MLS record for regular season home supremacy (29 in 2009-11).

Stat of the week bonus: The Red Bulls have conceded five goals in their first two matches — three have come in the 83rd minute or beyond. In addition, their 2012 season ended on D.C. United rookie Nick DeLeon‘s playoff goal in the 88th. Late Sunday, Costa Rican defender Roy Miller needlessly had his arm raised in the box in the 90th minute, resulting in a penalty kick, and when Luis Robles bailed him out by thwarting Chris Wondolowski‘s effort, Miller entered the area too soon. With a second try, Wondo converted.

DSG Park in Commerce City, Colo. (Photo by MLSSoccer.com)
DSG Park in Commerce City, Colo. (Photo by MLSSoccer.com)

Stadium watch: With heavy snow and wind gusts Saturday, Colorado had to delay its home opener for a day. The U.S. national team will play a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City in 11 days. The average temperature on that date ranges from a low of 28 to a high of 55. For what it’s worth, it will be 71 degrees there this Friday.

Attendance watch:

Toronto FC: 25,991

Chicago: 13,242

D.C. United: 17,072

Portland: 20,674

Vancouver: 18,078

Colorado: 15,122

Chivas USA: 6,801

San Jose: 10,525

Average: 15,938

*The very quotable Chivas USA Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, after a 3-1 victory over FC Dallas:

“In this team we are all obligated to play soccer, but nobody is obligated to do the impossible. However, this team today got to the edge of the impossible. This team, to many, lacks the quality, but if you pay attention, we scored the first and second goals with a lot of quality.”

“This is our first win, we are still like a new-born in this league, but thank God we did something good today and that gives credibility to my players and the institution.”

*The latest Freddy Adu destination rumor: Brazilian club Bahia. Earlier this year, he had been linked to teams in Mexico and South Korea.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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