MLS Week 6 rewind
MLS Player of the Week Edson Buddle and the Los Angeles Galaxy continued their remarkable start. Buddle scored twice to raise his season total to nine as the Galaxy stayed undefeated by topping Philadelphia Union. The Columbus Crew are also undefeated after coming away from Seattle with a “gritty” draw. The New York Red Bulls (5-1-0) lead the East and are off to their best start in nine years. Home victories by Houston, Real Salt Lake and San Jose tightened up the Western Conference standings. For all the highlights of Week 6, click here.
A busy week
This is the single busiest week of the 2010 MLS season, with 11 games scheduled, all 16 clubs in action, and six teams playing two games in the week. Four games kick off the week on Wednesday, including the Kansas City Wizards’ visit to D.C. United on ESPN2, and seven games are set for Saturday.
“I thought Pele would be too much pressure. Edson not many people would know.”
— Winston Buddle, father of LA Galaxy forward Edson, to the Associated Press
“I just can’t get over the fact that we’re 5-1.
— New York Red Bulls defender Mike Petke, to The Record
“There aren’t a whole lot of positives to take. We are 0-5. We just lost in front of our home crowd again. It’s unacceptable.”
— D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo, to The Washington Post
“I’d much rather have a (MLS) Cup in my hand and saving them then than early in the season. When it gets to the end of the season I’ll start being frustrated if I don’t save them.”
— Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, to the Deseret News, after allowing a fourth penalty kick goal
“I already told Seitz I’m saving my first goal of the year for him.”
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza to the Los Angeles Times, after scoring his first goal of the year – against Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz, his former teammate at the University of Maryland
Previewing Week 7: May 5-8, 2010 (all times ET)
Wednesday, May 5
Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United, 7 p.m. (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / ESPN360.com)
* The teams are meeting already for the second and final time this regular season. Kansas City rolled to a dominating 4-0 win to open the season March 27 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
* D.C. United’s 0-5 start is the worst in club history, and the third-worst in MLS history, behind the Kansas City Wizards (0-7 in 1999, two by shootout) and the New England Revolution in 2001 (0-6).
* United are the first MLS club to go without a goal in their first three home games of a season. The MLS record for a home scoreless streak is 452 minutes, set by Toronto FC in 2007.
* After conceding just one goal over the first four games of the season, the Wizards allowed three goals in their visit to Houston.
Chivas USA at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The Revolution have never lost to Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium. In five all-time meetings in Foxborough, the Revolution have won four, the last two by shutout.
* It will be a difficult turnaround for the Revolution, with two players (Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky) suspended after being sent off at the weekend. They join a longer list of players unavailable to injury and absence.
* Chivas USA earned their first road point of the season by tying Chicago. Their trip to New England is the second of three away games in a four-game span, all against Eastern Conference opposition.
FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo, 9 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The in-state rivals are meeting for the second and final time this regular season. They played to a 1-1 draw on March 27 at Pizza Hut Park on First Kick 2010.
* Sammy Appiah made his professional debut as a late substitute against Kansas City, and the third-round pick capped the night with his first goal.
* Despite holding a man advantage for nearly the entire second half, and a two-man advantage for the final 18 minutes, FC Dallas were unable to leave New England with their first victory. A season ago, FC Dallas won just one of their opening 10 matches, and fell a point short of qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
LA Galaxy at Colorado Rapids, 9:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The Galaxy have not won in Colorado in regular season play since July 13, 2002, a 3-1 win at Invesco Field at Mile High. The Rapids have won eight of the last 12 league meetings at home, and three of the four meetings all-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
* Already with nine goals, Edson Buddle has his career single-season high of 15 (set in 2008) in his sights. No MLS Golden Boot winner has finished with a ratio of better than a goal per game; the single-season best was Stern John for Columbus in 1998, with 26 goals in 27 games.
* DeLaGarza’s goal came after just 51 seconds on Saturday, the third-fastest goal in Galaxy team history, and the club’s first opening-minute goal since Brian Mullan scored in 2001.
* Claudio Lopez made his league debut for Colorado, coming on as a substitute against San Jose.
Saturday, May 8
Chicago Fire at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The Fire have defeated Toronto FC just once in three all-time meetings at Toyota Park, that coming in 2008.
* Patrick Nyarko set up his fourth goal in as many games for the Fire, assisting on Baggio Husidic’s opener against Chivas. The MLS record for consecutive games with an assist is eight, set by Martin Machon of the Miami Fusion in 2000.
* Dwayne De Rosario started on the substitutes’ bench at Real Salt Lake, but still came away with his sixth goal of the season (and extended his goalscoring streak to five games) with a late penalty kick.
LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC, 4 p.m. (TeleFutura)
* The teams played to a draw at Qwest Field last season; Sounders FC won the first meeting of the clubs.
* The Galaxy’s undefeated record faces perhaps its stiffest test with two road matches this week.
* After trying Brad Evans as a striker the week before in Toronto, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid utilized a three-forward formation against Columbus, with Steve Zakuani and Evans flanking Fredy Montero, and Freddie Ljungberg operating just behind as playmaker. Veteran Peter Vagenas shouldered much of the cleanup duties.
New England Revolution at Columbus Crew, 7 p.m. (FSC / FSE)
* The Revolution secured a playoff berth by defeating the Crew in the final game of 2009 season at Crew Stadium, snapping a three-game losing streak against Columbus.
* The Crew will be without Danny O’Rourke once again; he was sent off on Saturday for the second time in three appearances this season.
D.C. United at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The teams are meeting for the second time in 10 days. United took a 4-2 victory at RFK Stadium in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match.
* While the teams enter the week as the only two winless clubs in MLS, both are hoping to overturn that in midweek matches.
Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* Real Salt Lake have given up four penalty kicks in six games, but the one conceded to Toronto FC last weekend was a late consolation goal in a 2-1 RSL win.
* Real last lost at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 16, 2009, a span of 12 league games at home.
* For the third time in four road matches, Union had a player sent off in Los Angeles when Stefani Miglioranzi received a red card just before halftime. Coach Peter Nowak is preaching patience.
* Union rookie Jack McInerney scored his first professional goal against Los Angeles, as Philadelphia was without injured leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux.
New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The teams split their league meetings a year ago, while the Red Bulls won a U.S. Open Cup play-in match played at Buck Shaw Stadium in late April.
* The source of New York’s best start in nine years? Players credit a winning mentality and coach Hans Backe’s relaxed leadership style.
* Chris Wondolowski has scored goals in three consecutive games since being inserted into San Jose’s starting lineup.
* Juan Pablo Angel has caught fire with four goals, all coming in the last three games. The last three have come from deadball situations – two penalty kicks and a header off a free kick.
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* The teams are meeting for the second and final time this regular season. The Dynamo continued Chivas USA’s long drought at Robertson Stadium with a 3-0 victory on April 17.
* It will be a quick turnaround for both clubs, with each facing midweek matches. Houston will meet FC Dallas for the second time this season, at home, while Chivas will conclude a two-game road swing at New England.