Watching MLS: It Was Too Hot to Do Anything Productive Anyway

The clip showing the best goal of the week, and a strong candidate for goal of the year (not to take anything away from the signal efforts of Davy Arnaud, Dwayne DeRosario, Clint Mathis etc.) has, in addition to an astonishing piece of skill, a very cool moment at the very last couple of seconds.


As the ball starts to "bite" and head toward the upper 90, David Beckham, standing behind the play, raises his hand. Say what you will about the guy but he knows the trajectory of a bending ball as well as anyone who's ever played the game and he sees, a second or two before anyone else, that it's going in.

Great stuff.

In the "Not So Great Stuff" category, I give you another brilliant goal, this time courtesy of RSL GK Nick Rimando and teammate Robbie Findlay:


Seattle lost 1-0 and after the whistle Sigi Schmid held a closed door meeting with the players. Reportedly though closing the door didn't serve much of a purpose since his raised voice and verbal beat down of his charges efforts - or rather the lack thereof - was clearly audible a long ways down the hall.

Afterward, Kasey Keller allowed as to how he was not exactly looking forward to practice on Monday. Anyone who knows much about The Round Mound of Coaching will readily understand why this would be.

The Chicago Fire had to swallow a bitter pill yesterday. After clawing back from a 2-0 deficit at Houston to knot the score it looked like at the least they would walk away with a crucial road point that, along with their game in hand, would keep them hot on the heels of then league-leading Columbus.

But this late PK call by the ever-popular Terry Vaughn put Stuart Holden on the spot and gave Houston the three points they needed to overtake the Crew in the race for the SS:


This extraordinary Conor Casey goal was part of a hat trick (which did include a PK) that, combined with a long range heat seeking missile from previously given up for dead Pablo Mastroeni, delivered an embarrassing 4-0 trashing of suddenly tanking Chivas USA:


Having only played 18 games compared with the 20 most other teams have completed means Sensei Preki's Dojo has plenty of time to put things right but - currently at least - they're just not headed in the right direction.

San Jose played the Crew in venerable old Candlestick Park and thus it was basically a neutral site. Nevertheless they took a 0-0 game into the locker room and looked to be more than holding their own.

But a trio of second half substitutions by the suddenly masterful looking Bobby Warzycha, one of which resulted in a sterling combined effort by two of those subs, Emmanual Ekpo and Alejandro Moreno, with Robbie Rogers in the middle...


...began the SJ meltdown which resulted in a convincing 3-0 win for Columbus, giving them four straight wins, a strong achievement made more impressive by the fact that League MVP Guillermo Barros-Schelotto has played in exactly none of them while captain Frankie Hejduk hasn't played in the last three and 2008 MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall has only been around for one.