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Oregon croissants at Ken’s in Portland…oh mama!
A comfort, a bit of peace, a place where you can be yourself and relax…. that is home. Finally, I have one of those places as I write amongst the sunny confines of the new Shin Guardian Semi- Corporate Portland Office and Chicken Tikka Masala center while Dynamo v Red Bull plays on the tv. Let us not underestimate the advantage of feeling comfortable, and the advantage of having a home. More specifically let us call attention to the idea of home cooking.
It seems that some of the teams in MLS have lost that loving taste for their home cooking. Teams like Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew, and the Philadelphia Union all have poor records at home this year. Certainly wins and ties on the road should be key for any playoff team but let us not forget the all important, “win your games at home”. More specifically it asks the question… “Do you deserve to be a playoff team if you can’t win your games at home?” To the point, the Montreal Impact are quickly forging a name for themselves at home. Oh sure, they might not be the sexiest team out there or the best team in the business; however they are unbeaten at home and now have carried their momentum into a road win. On the opposite coast and spectrum, Chivas USA would be a playoff contender if not for their 0-5-0 record at home.
So let us pay attention to those teams who set up to win at home and do so.
Now, onto the business at hand.
#1 This weekly column is back, is bad, and is better than ever.
#2 Go to a US Open cup game next week. I mean it. Go. They are cheap. You have no excuse. Seriously.
When we last left our intrepid observer I sunk below the maginot line into the delerium of sub .500 picktitude. This leaves my current record at 24 – 28 with 4 exactas.
As always, all times are East Coast, all spandex is not necessary as a bike outfit choice, and this particular column is brought to you by Dapper Dan Pomade and Hamm’s. Hamm’s… it’s not Pabst!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
4:00PM – Montreal v Los Angeles – Olympic Stadium – Television: TSN RDS
of Montreal, The Team (not the Band, which was named after a failed relationship with a woman of Montreal) is strong. For an expansion team this is a tight unit that plays well through the midfield and attempts to beat you with effort, determination and ugliness.
Many people have criticized the drafting and the makeup of Montreal, but defensive intensity combined with a slug it out midfield, plays very well in MLS. They absolutely dominated Portland in every way on the bad turf at Olympic Stadium and then took their winning ways on the home beating Kansas City at Livestrong. They play compact through the midfield, attempting to set up long diagonal balls to switch the field.
A picture worth a thousand…goals…
Meanwhile the Los Angeles train has started to break down. Without the ability to completely rely on their defense anymore, LA has lost the gameplan of “solid defense, counter attack” that has served Bruce Arena through the years. I still think that this season fits the Bruce gameplan to a T as it fits his stereotype as a coach that tends to run his course with teams. The Galaxy are pretty awful on the road this year and are losers of two games straight. Now they have to go play in Montreal on stitched together field, and it remains to be seen which version of LA is going to show up. Given that we are talking about an away game across the country on turf, my guess is that there will be a week of waffling on whether Beckham is there or not.
With Beckham, LA will probably resort to trying to get the ball at his feet followed by him sending a ball into the box. Plan B has yet to be explored.
My Prediction: LA travelling cross country and playing on turf? Montreal playing two games in four days? Erp… Draw 1-1
4:30PM – Houston v D.C. United – BBVA Compass Stadium – Television: NBCSN
Now, that is not a new designated player too….
Home resonates through this entire column and this preview is no different. Here we have Houston finally ending their (for whatever reason) NOT much ballyhooed road trip beginning to the season. Houston has played seven straight games on the road and managed to come away with a few wins and draws. If they can manage to have a run of good home form, they will find their current standing in the league skyrocket.
DC meanwhile still maintain the ultimate “Don’t gamble on these guys in Vegas” status, as you aren’t 100% sure exactly how they are going to come out and play during the season. Their current form is trending in the positive as Ben Olsen’s men are sitting pretty in the top three of the East.