By now everyone knows the Dynamo are out of the playoffs and are in a rebuilding stage, but for the rest of the league the playoff race is still red hot and producing lots of action.
The MLS Games of the Week:
What a disappointing way to end the home season for the 2014 season and to let Dom go. The game was disappointing but the way the crowd thanked Dom should be the story over anything.
For a game that had so much hope, the drop off from the real stuff was quite disappointing. Neither team has been good in the past few weeks and the Timbers have had trouble with their fan base. This should make for an interesting playoffs that look to be wide open for the taking.
Wow, the Toronto FC are a very interesting club. This year they spent lots of money and got nothing but disappointment. Where they will be next year is unknown but this year the experiment failed. Goals from Warren Creavalle 20' and Felipe Martins Campanholi 39'.
Dallas look good this year but the bigger story is the Colorado Rapids who continue to fail to win games and with the amount of homegrown players it is a bit disappointing. The youth is there but they lack the veteran talent. Goal from Blas Perez 56'.
Philidelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (2-1 Union)
Sporting KC look as if they will limp into the playoffs this year after starting out hot and then turning into one of the worst defenses in the late season slide. The Union however look strong after good goal differentials and strong goalkeeping. Union goals from Brian Brown 45', Pedro Ribeiro 71'. KC Goal from Dominic Dwyer 54'.
DC United vs. Chicago Fire (2-1 DC)
The United continue to baffle the entire league as they go from worst to first with the addition of veterans and talent. They will most likely enter as favorite to win the league cup. United goals from Chris Pontius 31' and Eddie Johnson 53'. Fire goal from Harrison Shipp 67'.
The snooze of the week, the game that moved slower than the Department of Motor Vehicles. This was the one game where I wish I could have played because it would have been more interesting. No one scored, there was no drama and in the end both teams continue to look like the bottom table teams they are.
What a win for the Columbus Crew who went into New York, on the day that had supporters all around, and stunned the home crowd and showed the Red Bulls are not as good as everyone thinks they are. Goals for Crew from Aaron Schoenfeld 17' & 80', along with Ethan Finlay 34'. NYRB goal from Lloyd Sam 58'.
The race for the supporters shield will come down to these 2 teams who face each other twice in a week to end the regular season. For the LA Galaxy it was a good game until the last 30 minutes. For the Sounders all they must do next week is draw at home and the shield is theirs. Goals for LA from Baggio Husidic 46' and Marcelo Sarvas 50'. Goals for Sounders from Clint Dempsey 69' and Lamar Neagle 72'.
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA (2-0 RSL)
Payback maybe for the game Chivas stole a few weeks ago was probably on the mind of RSL as they looked to secure the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. The bigger story was the soft PK given for a Chivas foul. One that might bring suspension into the question. Goals from Alvaro Saborio 36' and Kyle Beckerman 74'.
Other Major News:
Dynamo announce search for Technical Director:
With the Dynamo entering a re-branding stage, the front office headed by President Chris Cannetti is going to be adding a technical director who will handle the transfer market and major business ideas which will allow the new head coach to simply coach. In the past,, Dom had covered both these roles which now a days in major clubs that is to much of a time restraint.
Over the week as the Timbers blew the chance of a champions league knockout round with a 3-1 loss to Olimpia many supporters took to the social media outlets to criticize the front office. In response, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson responded with harsh words and the childish "STFU". The tweet was later removed and an apology was submitted however the damage had been done.