MLS Week 26: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Week 26 of Major League Soccer will wrap up on Sunday evening with three quality matchups, including the highly anticipated Seattle vs. Portland rivalry match later tonight.

Sunday’s action will start in Los Angeles, where Chivas USA will host the New York Red Bulls. Chivas USA are winless in four straight matches after last month’s narrow win over fellow cellar dwellers Toronto FC. On the other end of the spectrum, New York can reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference with a road win today over Chivas, a side they have not defeated since 2010.

Out East, two teams in the middle of the conference’s tight playoff race will square off at Gillette Stadium. The Philadelphia Union and the New England Revolution have split their earlier two meetings this season, with the home side posting a shutout win in both matches. The host Revolution will be hoping that trend continues, as they would move into a tie with Houston for the fifth and final playoff spot with a victory on Sunday night.

Last but certainly not least, the marquee match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers will wrap up this weekend of MLS action. Clint Dempsey is expected to start tonight for Seattle, and his first home match as a Sounder could not come on a bigger stage. Between the clubs’ intense Cascadia Cup rivalry, the massive sellout crowd at CenturyLink Field and the Western Conference playoff implications, tonight’s match has the potential to be the league’s game of the year.

Here is a rundown of Sunday’s MLS schedule:

5pm – UniMas – Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union

10pm – ESPN2 – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

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If you will be watching today’s MLS action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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199 Responses to MLS Week 26: Your Running Commentary

  1. SilverRey says:

    I’m glad SN360 picked up the rest of the DC games where Comcast dropped the ball, but I’m definitely missing Dave Johnson making the calls!

  2. MikeG says:

    LA Galaxy still using the empty bucket formation. Keane and Donovan both perform like a withdrawn striker. No playmaker since Cienfuegos (maybe Andreas Herzog).

    • MikeG says:

      Arena has those bad habits he cannot get rid of. No wonder he lost his job at USMNT

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Since they lead the league in goals per game, can;t say it’s not working for them

    • beachbum says:

      that’s some smack talk for the coach that made the quarters

      anyway, the tactics depend, right? Arena is hardly the first coach to play this way on the road, later in a game with a lead. this game was on the road, and an early goal. Arena does not have them play like this all the time at all, and for much of the game they pushed for the second goal. Vancouver pushed numbers forward big late.

      Penedo was MOTM for me, controls his 6, quick, good fit

    • Tim says:

      Wrong…Beckham was a great playmaker for LA

  3. KEEP says:

    That De Ro goal was a thing of beauty!

  4. Jon says:

    So, yeah, this Donovan guy.

  5. milkshake of despair says:

    Guys are literally walking around the field at Dallas. At least they ran around at the awful Sunderland game.

  6. MikeG says:

    Did Wayne Rooney get a new step dad, ummm, I meant step coach yet in this transfer season..it’s almost closing?

  7. J.A.B. says:

    Dang! Penedo came up clutch with the save. The Whitecaps player botched the kick, but Penedo made the unbelievable save.

  8. beachbum says:

    the game in Montreal was something, great atmosphere up there tonight. That team is good up there, play hard and fast and you can see they believe. the Dynamo aren’t my team but I like to watch Kinnear. be interesting to see what happens the next time these two teams play. that was a beatdown

  9. Tim says:

    Henry in LA and the stadium is almost empty…Embarrassing

    • Fredo says:

      I don’t ever recall Henry being a draw in LA. Rafa Marquez was for only his first game in LA., against The Galaxy of course. Poor job today from New York.

    • beachbum says:

      Red Bulls played down to that atmosphere perhaps, dropping a wild one 3-2 to Chivas. Bocanegra makes a difference in the backline in this one, and Red Bulls miss Olave when he’s out as any MLS team would. Cahill’s late effort near the end of 5 minutes of stoppage time that went 6 was cleared off the line to save Kennedy and a bad loss for NY

  10. Dudester says:

    Pablo Ramirez just said that B.Wright-Phillips is the son of Ian Wright, who coached Arsenal and England respectively.Some would say their annoying but to me these Univision guys are very entertaining.

  11. HEB says:

    HAHA NY and their high paid mercenaries can’t handle lowly CUSA.

    • TomG says:

      It’s as if NYRB felt threatened by the rest of the league’s inconsistency and decided they had to show MLS what real ridiculous inconsistency looks like.

  12. MikeG says:

    Dempsey. Dempsey fought time after time again for his place on teams he played for and every time that team changed coaches. He earned his spot time after time. This process has made Dempsey the player he is today. If anyone deserves to come back to MLS on his watch it would be Dempsey. Tottenham must have rebuilding plans. Anyway, I know Dempsey stated he wanted to play in the Champions League. Maybe that changed for now. Dempsey welcome back, you will now have expectations put onto you, but coming from your background I know you feed off of that. Welcome home.

  13. Jack says:

    that NYRB v Chivas match was hard to watch. That was League 1 quality at best.

  14. Chupacabra says:

    Remember here last week where they were talking up the “red hot” Earthquakes? Must have meant red cards and hot tempers.

  15. ThaDeuce says:

    Let’s go deuce!

  16. ThaDeuce says:

    It’s had to believe that stadium is in the U.S. for a domestic league game.

  17. Eric W says:

    Seeing Dempsey in rave green still makes ny stomach turn.

  18. petedx says:

    Valeri is too good for this game. Ryan Johnson needs to finish that.

  19. Dudester says:

    Seriously when is Alonso going to move to Europe.He’s easily good enough for a top four league.Am I correct in saying his appeal to play for the US was turned down by FIFA right?Is he not getting interest or is he waiting for his contract to run out.When a guy who is in his prime starts dominating a league he should strive to play a higher level.

  20. SoonyIsSad says:

    Dempsey looks beyond poor. I’ll be shocked if he’s not benched for the upcoming qualifiers.

    • Dudester says:

      So he goes from being the top goalscorer under Klinsmann to sitting on the bench.In a matter of 2 months I might add.

      • Eric W says:

        Yeah, prolly not

      • SoonyIsSad says:

        Because his goal scoring record will get him in proper shape… how exactly?

        My comment: Deuce is out of shape and not fit because of his transfer.

        Your comment: Deuce is GAWD because… DLKJFDLSKJ.

        If you’re not fit and sharp, you don’t play. Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off a team all together. You’re off your rocker if you don’t think Klinsmann will leave Dempsey out of the starting XI if he’s not in game shape.

        • TomG says:

          You’re not watching the same match I am.

        • Dudester says:

          Klinsmann said in his latest interview speaking of fitness and game time “it will impact it no doubt about it” re:who he selects.He also said “you have to make compromises” regarding the same issue.I think he makes a compromise for his team captain and leading scorer.Also see Averagehurst Michael, he’s dressed four time for Augsburg in 2013 and started most of the Gold Cup at RB.

    • Dudester says:

      Oh and the captain of the squad aswell.

      • SoonyIsSad says:

        You have a hard on for Dempsey. I get it. No amount of past stats will get his fitness and form up to par by the qualifier.

        You obviously can’t address the reality that he’s not fit.

    • TomG says:

      Is this a joke? Deuce looks good. All his touches are clean. He’s being a bit too unselfish perhaps and the turf has killed a couple of his passes but his quality is obvious. EJ and Shalrie have been the ones killing Seattle so far.

      • away goals says:

        I a-ssumed it was sarcasm as well. Too perfectly echoes the hyperbole that’s been spouted since the transfer was announced.

        Dempsey has looked good to me. Routinely able to wrong foot defenders and make passes against the grain of the portland defensive movement.

    • ThaDeuce says:

      No idea where “beyond poor” came from. He has looked pretty fair. Completing passes, looking to get forward, making the right runs. As a goal scorer he looks poised for a goal.

  21. Eric W says:

    Oh, also, anyone see my Revs put it over on Philly? Heck yeah.

  22. Coco says:

    Seattle needs a SSS. That carpet is hideous.

  23. Joe says:

    Dempsey need to play simple. He tries to do too many cheeky things when he has the ball.

  24. Travis says:

    Really entertaining first half in Seattle vs Portland. Both teams had chances but Portland probably had the best. Joseph is essentially making this 12v10 for Portland, he kills every attack when he touches the ball and his given it away cheaply many times, just awful

    • petedx says:

      If Ryan Johnson could finish and Valeri curled it half inch more it’s 2-0 portland. But it’s not, I bet they get more defensive in the second half and give it away.

      • Travis says:

        I could say the same about if Joseph knew how to head a ball, missed a wide open chance. Also Dempsey rubbished a good chance as well. Teams miss chances all the time

    • ThaDeuce says:

      All true statements…

  25. Coco says:

    Lmao!!!!! Alexis Lola’s just called mls the most competitive league in the world of soccer

    • petedx says:

      Well that is true. I think you are confusing competitive and quality. But there are far more mls teams that could win the championship than in any other league.

    • ThaDeuce says:

      It’s possible. Almost any team could have legitimately made the playoffs at the beginning of the season.

  26. Fredo says:

    Couple giveaways by Yedlin in first half. Not ready for prime time. EJ?? No bueno.

    • Eric W says:

      Yeah this whole game’s not ready for prime time. Hack hack hack, miss miss miss

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      He was amped up early, clearly. But he made a hell of a lot of outstanding defensive plays in the game. Twellman, for one, kept singing his praises. He has made terrific progress all season.

  27. Fredo says:

    Omar is Sexy!

  28. Coco says:

    Alexis Lallas is really dumb. How can you have super clubs in a salary cap league?

    • TomG says:

      That’s his schtick. If you just never take anything he says seriously, he’s much easier to listen to.

  29. Bac says:

    Oh my gosh that #2 Clint Dempsey is just an outright awful terrible player..
    After his first half as a starter he hasn’t scored yet, and with the service he’s gotten he’s definitely not the player he was a loooong time ago
    And his inability to play 100% of his ballls cleanly definitely means he’s not adaptable to multiple surfaces clearly showing his inflexibility
    And since his team isn’t up by several goals clearly shows his lack of leadership on this squad and he definitely doesn’t belong
    And can you believe he allowed himself to be fouled? What a diver, clearly only an out of form over the hill guy would resort to such tactics

    And that free kick!!!??? How selfish was that of him, and he missed it!!!!
    I’m beside myself….

  30. Ah says:

    Dempsey is frustrated and throwing cheap shots and complaining to ref. unbecoming.

  31. petedx says:

    MLS needs to really give yellow cards for intentional fouls from behind on semi-breaks. But that would really limit Alonso’s effectiveness.

    • Eric W says:

      Yeah he could have had at least one card. But dang I knew Rosales would.change the game just not so quick.

  32. TomG says:

    Portland lucky that wasn’t straight red.

  33. ThaDeuce says:

    Good thing EJ is made out of rubber after the challenge.

  34. SoundersOff says:

    So can someone explain how Alonso escaped a yellow for taking down the Timbers player from behind on the fast break?

    Oh I know. MLS down on their knees for Seattle per usual.

    • TomG says:

      Everyone in their right minds knows that should have been straight red, let alone yellow. Portland so lucky there. You should get on your own player. That challenge was flat out stupid.

      • petedx says:

        Well seeing how that comment happened before Kah’s challenge and is unrelated what is your point?

  35. TomG says:

    EJ so good in the air. If only he never had to touch the ball with his feet.

  36. Dudester says:

    I hear Eddie Johnson is really good scoring with his head.

  37. divers suck says:

    EJ from Mauro!!!!! 1 nil Seattle!!!!!

  38. divers suck says:

    ESPN SUCKS!!!!!!!!

  39. ThaDeuce says:

    I do not approve of this commercial break!

  40. TomG says:

    Biggest game of the year and ESPN 2 feed has gone to hell. Nice job ESPN.

  41. SoundersOff says:

    Well done, ESPN.

    F**(&cking bushleague nonsense. A commercial during the soccer game. Wow.

  42. Dudester says:

    67,000 for this match shows the true potential of US soccer.Now if only we could get this in all parts of the country.What is it about the demographic of the northwest that makes it the best attended region?

  43. SoundersOff says:

    Nobody has ever–in the history of soccer–fallen for even a single Eddie Johnson crossover. Not a single one.

  44. SoundersOff says:

    Perfect example of the homorism we’ll see for Seattle and Dempsey.

    Dempsey tries a bike, misses completely and wrecks the Portland player and it’s not even a foul. That’s a dangerous play. Period.

    League has to protect their huge investment.

    • TomG says:

      Dude, you sound like me when I was fifteen watching the Jets games. Take off the tin foil hat. There’s no conspiracy here

      • SoundersOff says:

        Are you sure that wasn’t you watching yesterday’s Jets game? Because that had all the marking of a conspiracy.

        Jokes aside–all major sports leagues fix their outcomes in some manner. Hard to forget the NBA’s scandal of match fixing or even in our sport–in Europe and South America. Remember the South Korean World Cup was fixed?

  45. TomG says:

    Did EJ bang Kar’s girlfriend or something?

  46. SoundersOff says:

    LOL

    God this ref is such a ridiculous joke. He was looking right at Johnson and he didn’t see that dude just knee him in the head?

  47. Dudester says:

    EJ showing his gamish side.

  48. Eric W says:

    This game is an embarrassment to the MLS.

    • Eric W says:

      Not a bit of skill bit plenty of cheap shots. Looks like 1996 all over again.

    • SoundersOff says:

      All jokes aside it really is. Horrible refereeing.

      The same guy should have seen 2 different straight reds. It’s just so funny you have to laugh.

      How is that dude still playing? He comes in late from the side and scissors Johnson with clear malice and finishes it with a kick out. Then intentionally knees him in the head later during a dead ball.

    • petedx says:

      First half was good, this half has just been foul after foul.

    • divers suck says:

      Certainly NOT the fault of the 67K+ fans there!!!!

      • Eric W says:

        Yeah, the ref started calling the game way too tight, protecting Dempsey for sure. And to ‘ve fair, Portland started out with like 3 after-the-play cheap shots on him.

  49. USAmr says:

    Someone needs to brake Kah’s leg before he injures one of our national team players.

  50. SoundersOff says:

    N’SYNC came back before D. Rose.

    #TRUTH

  51. ThaDeuce says:

    Man, deuce looks terrible! He hasn’t scored yet! Fire Clint Dempsey!!!

    • SoundersOff says:

      You joke, but he’s really been their least effective attacker thus far and is kind of huffing and puffing around right now.

      Deuce is out of shape.

      • divers suck says:

        Clint has looked MUCH better as have the entire team since Mauro Rosales came on the pitch!

      • ThaDeuce says:

        Deuce has had a great second half! Not sure what you are talking about, creating and getting close with chances. Not importantly, chemistry is building.

  52. Mwing09 says:

    If there isnt already an “EJ stepovers per game” stat, someone needs to start keeping track. Would love to see a correlation between that and total goals. It could be called the “GAM Score” for short.

  53. TomG says:

    Man, this is a great game. Great intensity, pace and atmosphere.

    • Eric W says:

      I disagree so thoroughly. Revs game today had all those things.

      • TomG says:

        Yeah, same atmophere, im sure. I guess 13,000 at Gillette Stadium sounds just like 68,000 screaming Sounders fans, huh? Or should I say duh.

        • Eric W says:

          Youre funny. I was just trying to popolitely disagree. I didn’t realize we were talking about stadium atmosphere. Clearly it is wonderful in Seattle. I’ve been dying to go to a game there. No argument on that point.

          • TomG says:

            I d
            Admit that I didn’t see the Revs game but I have a hard time believing it had as much pace and intensity as this match. This was much higher than most MLS matches in those respects. To be fair, I just finished watching the NYRB Chivas snoozer before watching this, though.

  54. TomG says:

    OH MAN! How does Rosales miss that?

  55. Joamiq says:

    Even if that knee to the back of the head was intentional, EJ needs to be better at keeping his cool there.

  56. petedx says:

    Classy from Seattle there. Dempsey kicks Jewsberry in the head and they don’t stop the game. Also this is the ref previously suspended for not stopping play during a head injury.

  57. TomG says:

    Deuce looks good. He’s passing really well, he’s active and has been inches away on several occasions.

  58. SoundersOff says:

    To continue with his fine form, the official decided that head injuries are no longer important and he has no responsibilities for player safety.

    Granted he’s already made that clear with the nonsense that’s been allowed.

  59. Nick says:

    Are Seattle fans chanting “Let him die” while Jewsbury is down with a head injury? I’m gonna assume I didn’t hear that correctly on the TV, but if not then that is a beyond classless chant.

  60. TomG says:

    Nagbe!! So close!

  61. ThaDeuce says:

    Seattle has a great keeper.

  62. divers suck says:

    Ozzie Alonso back to his beast mode defensive midfielder/playmaker self after the disappearance in Houston!!!

  63. MemRook says:

    I’ve been coming to this site for 8 years so no, I’m not gonna stop just coming here and enjoying some great soccer conversation;

    That said: the people who routinely post negatively really make this site less enjoyable. You know who you are.

    Kudos to the posters who show perspective and manage to say positive things too. Thank you.

  64. Dudester says:

    Servando Carrasco one of the most envied men in US soccer coming on now.

  65. SoundersOff says:

    Just blatant time wasting by Yedlin. How’s that not earn a yellow?

  66. JJ says:

    I felt like I was watching the slow death of a career that was still seemingly rising only a short time ago. Dempsey already looks like he’s in semi-retirement mode; sad to see. The game picked up in the last 15 but in general was kind of hard to watch. There’s a reason the ratings are where they are…

    I’m not an MLS hater — I want to like it, I really do, but…the quality’s just not there. I’m sorry, it’s just not. And I’d be lying to myself if I said otherwise. Now don’t confuse that with me thinking it’s rampant elsewhere. I don’t clamor to watch the Scottish premier league, either.

    And kudos to Lalas’ ridiculous spin that “parody” (nice one ESPN) is a highlight not a flaw. With the way the league is run you can expect this, but it’s merely an equal distribution of sub-mediocrity. People want competitiveness combined with excellence, not randomness.

    • TomG says:

      I couldn’t disagree more with everything you said. I find it hard to believe you were actually watching the same match I was. Maybe you have diarrhea and missed half the match on the toilet?

      • JJ says:

        You disagree with everything I said? So you like what it says about the league when half the league is separated by less than 10 points?

        But yes, to be fair to Dempsey, he definitely looked better towards the end. But he also looked awkward and dispassionate at many times, too. It was just weird. I definitely stand by my statements about the league though — overly physical and seriously lacking finishing quality.

        • John says:

          So you like knowing who is going to win the league before the season even starts?

          • JJ says:

            That’s a strawman, I didn’t say that. Besides, the playoff setup changes everything anyway.

            Just as it is in life, so it is in soccer: a cap on success is a surefire way to mediocrity (at best).

            I don’t see how anyone who wants to see MLS grow would want teams prevented from improving (so long as it’s financially solvent). But that’s what the parity argument is tantamount to.

            • Zach H says:

              The cap is for stable growth and not bubble growth, I’m sure you know what happened to the old NASL. Maybe in 20-30 years the league will be big enough not to have a cap.

              • Jack says:

                Zach,

                put your thinking cap on. If the lack of a salary cap equaled a league folding wouldn’t we be seeing dozens and dozens of leagues folding all over the world? None of them have salary caps. And in countries where soccer is not even a top three sport their soccer leagues don’t have salary caps.

                There are ways to avoid a league collapsing without a salary cap. Yet, every time someone raises the point that the salary cap harms the quality on the field you guys just bust out that tired wrongheaded argument that without a cap the league would fold.

                You don’t actually believe that do u?

      • Jeff Fulton says:

        +100,000. It was a great match. Better than most of the Premier League matches I watched this weekend.

        • Jack says:

          oh so now the MLS is EPL quality?

          • J.A.B. says:

            I will back Jeff and say that the game tonight was on par with some of those EPL games. Sunderland/Soton was terrible. The Hull match was bad. So forth and so on. Across the board MLS matches aren’t there, yet. But, you’re a fool you can’t recognize growth and improvement.

            • Jack says:

              most MLS sides would get relegated our of the Championship in England.

              Not one MLS side would survive in the EPL.

              Its one thing to cherry pick one game and then compare it to one game in a top league. But its different when you look at the overall quality top to bottom.

              Btw, I don’t think last nights game had a lot of quality anyway.

              • Cougardave says:

                Jack you are everything that people don’t like about Euro-snobs. Yes, it is clear that EPL is superior in talent to MLS.

                But you and so many others refuse to acknowledge the massive growth in the popularity of the league….which equals more money….which will eventually (and now in the cases of Seattle, NYRB and LA) lead to big name talent still in their prime (even though it may be late prime for now). If MLS keeps going in the direction they are going, every team will have the money and be expected to bring in that level of talent and better.

                I have no problem expecting the best quality that MLS can put on the field and it is fine to continue to point out that MLS does not have the talent of EPL, but your total disregard for the accelerated positive direction of MLS makes you at best ignorant…at worst, arrogant.

    • divers suck says:

      I feel sorry for you JJ, carry your eurosnob ass elsewhere!!!

    • Jack says:

      agree with JJ.

      MLS is the only league on the planet that purposely lowers the quality on the field all in the name of fairness. They talk about parity as if its a good thing no matter how you get there.

      Look, parity is good when it happens organically. But not when it is forced on a league. It just leads to mediocrity.

      • Cougardave says:

        The whole parity thing is not a long term goal….but rather a means to an end and it has been ridiculously successful in recent years. With tweaks to the Designated Player rule, clubs like NYRB, LA and Seattle can start to seperate themselves from the pack. Yet the ability for teams like Portland and Real Salt Lake to still win without expensive talent keeps people coming to the stadium each week (not to mention better sponsorships, more shirt sales, etc). And you can bet that as MLS makes more money (which is clearly happening year of year) that more tweaks will be made to allow teams to bring in as much world class talent as possible without over-extending financially.

        Also, don’t forget that a rising tide helps lifts all boats. The single owner model of MLS has allowed all teams to slowly get better talent wise as some of the extra money that Seattle and LA make gets spread around the league. That means eventually, as a league, there will be massively better talent all around as every team receives more money to work with.

        In sum, yes, parity has restricted the rich teams from becoming the best they can be right now, but MLS is in this for the long term and looking at the recent direction of the league, it’s obvious to me that the long term looks a helluva lot better for MLS than any other “non-top” league in the world.

        On a side note, an earlier post mentioned that no top league in the world has financial constraints on teams buying whoever they and yet none of those leagues has gone bankrupt. Well do your homework. Yes the leagues are fine, but teams all over Europe are going bankrupt in their attempt to keep up with the Man U’s of the world. So don’t lecture about how all the top leagues are financially stable when clearly the financial model of most leagues leads to financial ruin for many teams. And that’s a ridiculous way to do business.

    • achtung3945 says:

      Parity is a good thing and healthy for such a new league. MLS is the most competitive league in the world and this also is a good thing. Half of the EPL has the best quality in the world but having four or fives teams in the hunt for the title is BORING!! Spanish and Italian leagues are a joke for this reason too. You can complain about mediocrity but that is incorrect. It is competitive because talent is spread out very evenly across the entire league unlike most places in Europe. Stacking a handful of teams with all the highest quality players doesn’t make the league have more quality it just means they have concentrated it. MLS is equal in quality to 90% of French, Dutch and Scandinavian leagues and much of the bottom halves of the EPL, and Bundesliga. MLS is doing it the right way and in 10 years or so it will be among the top 3 leagues in the world for quality and it will remain to be the best league in the world for competitiveness.

      • JJ says:

        The MLS is no where near as weak as most across the pond think it is (on that point it seems most of us can agree), but to say it’s equal to the bottom half of the EPL or Bundesliga is ridiculous. Hell, half the USMNT play in the bottom half of the top leagues — I guess you’re arguing the MLS as a whole offers comparable talent? Seriously?

        Look at the rosters. Look at the fact that some top MLS’ers transfer there and struggle to find playing time. Those who make this argument about being as good as half the premiership don’t realize the depth there is in that league. Just look at Cardiff City dropping 3 goals on Man City. Those type of results are becoming more and more common in recent years.

        That’s not to say that if you turn a game on you’re going to see beautiful football — I second the comments about the EPL games so far this year. Even teams I loved watching last year like Swansea have looked pretty bad.

        And all of this is OK to admit. I hate when people use “Europe” as a catchall when what they really mean is the top of the top leagues. EPL, Bundesliga, La Liga, and Serie A stand above the rest of “Europe” too, which I agree MLS is probably already comparable to.

  67. Jeff Fulton says:

    Wow, this Dempsey guy much suck. He’s been in 3 matches and hasn’t scored against the worst league in the world. Certainly this proves that THE (sic) Minor League Soccer is a retirement league. There is no way that he could have cut it in Europe. This just proves he was a flame out in his short stint at Spurs. I hope he enjoys his perfectly comfortable life back in the USA. Dempseycakes is will never help the NATS. His time is up. I hear that Justin Braun is great though.

    • Jeff Fulton says:

      This was not a serious comment. Not sure that was evident after reading some of the other negative comments (which may not be serious either, I hope)

    • divers suck says:

      It sickens me all the negativity towards Clint Dempsey just because he chose MLS…..Should we all disregard him as anything USMNT now? Do folks hate him as the latest USMNT captain or because he chose to play in his home country league??….Vice riding the bench at Tottenham, playing in FA Cup qualifiers? I hope he lights it up at Costa Rica and at home vs Mexico……………Maybe there will be less bitterness and hatred!!!

  68. SoundersOff says:

    Dempsey not exactly giving a ringing endorsement to the crowd there… ouch.

    • Travis says:

      I wouldnt read to much into it, he was talking more about the atmosphere on the pitch. Which is why he mentioned some of the reckless tackles that were going in all night

    • divers suck says:

      The crowd is going to be there regardless!!!….Whatever team you root for can only dream/wish for such LIVE fan support!!!!

    • USAmr says:

      “bigger crowd than some stadiums in Europe” sounds like a pretty solid endorsement.

    • Bac says:

      He said the crowd was better than most of the places he played in England and said how impressive it was that it was top 30 or so in the world in attendance…

  69. Fredo says:

    LA still 2nd in West. Welcome to the party Seattle.