Five Things We Learned From MLS Week Four
The MLS is starting to take shape after a rip-roaring start to the season and Liam share's his thoughts on Matchday Four
Seattle Set The Standard
The season is less than a month old but the Sounders are the team to beat. After picking up ten points from the first twelve available they remain the only unbeaten team in the west and are sitting at the top of the combined table. Nobody has scored more or conceded less than Seattle. With just two goals conceded in six hours of football, including against both the Los Angeles teams, their backline looks impenetrable. Defence wins titles, as the saying goes, and Seattle are still available at 8/1 for the MLS Cup. I don’t expect that to be available for much longer though.
Chicago Continue To Mis-Fire
Another loss for Raphael Wicky’s side and things are looking gloomy in the Windy City. Fire suffered a miserable 2020 but this year was meant to be different. The players just needed time to settle. With a full offseason under their belt this much changed, fresh-faced team would thrive. That was the theory at least. Four games, no wins, just three goals scored and Chicago are staring down the barrel of another lost season. Is Wicky the man to get this team firing again? The former Swiss international had managed just seven senior games before moving to the Midwest and he is beginning to look out of his depth.
San Jose Continue to Surprise
Not many people gave the Earthquakes much of a chance this season. Their defence was terrible last year. It is still not fantastic this year either, and they are yet to keep a clean sheet. However, they are scoring goals for fun and are tied top of the goals for column with Seattle. If they want a post season run that backline will need some work, but we can expect a lot of fun between now and then. Are they dark horses for the The Supporters’ Shield? We will know a lot more about them after a visit from Seattle next week.
Can LAFC Handle The Heat?
LA are still favourites to lift the MLS Cup however they look anything but champions in waiting. Their only win so far came against expansion side Austin. A draw against Seattle looked admirable, but another draw at Houston and a derby loss to Galaxy and questions need to be asked. Diego Rossi does not look himself without his partner in crime and there is still no concrete date for Vela’s return. Even if the Mexican is fit again soon, LA might need something more if they want to lift the elusive cup.
Four games in and there are just four teams still winless in the MLS – Toronto, Chicago, Cincy and Minnesota. This forgettable foursome have been simply abject. A combined 12 goals scored in 960 minutes of football is miserable, never mind the 37 goals conceded. It looks a toss up between Raphael Wicky and Jaap Stam to see who will walk the plank first. My money is on Wicky, simply because expectations are much higher in Chicago.