MLS was back this week, no all the teams were back. They were playing in real MLS stadiums and having to fly in airplanes and sleep in hotels and wear masks and the whole thing. MLS was back - for real this time! No bubble or Fyre Festival food, our long national nightmare is over (it’s not, we’re still in the middle of it).
Anyway, soccer happened and some Americans played. Here’s how they did.
A goal for **squints** Darlington Nagbe?
For the first time this decade Darlington Nagbe scored a goal... AND WHAT A GOAL!
That’s a legit goal, not a “I think he was trying to pass it sideways and it hit someone else by mistake” goal. Gyasi Zardes also scored because he has to score so we can see him play for the national team forever.
The Crew were playing the Chicago Fire who totally rebuilt their roster again and didn’t score in the game. Djordje Mihailovic played just over an hour for the Fire in the match.
No highlights, only a good tweet
FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo played a game of soccer and nothing was decided. I don’t feel like checking, but I think that means Dallas has played 270+ minutes of soccer without doing the point of soccer and scoring a goal. It’s not good... Matt Hedges got his 248th cap for the team, the most ever for an FCD player and kept a clean sheet with Reggie Cannon. Paxton Pomykal came off of the bench for 27 minutes while Jesus Ferreira played just over an hour. For Houston, Christian Ramirez went 83 minutes while Memo Rodriguez played the full 90 and led all players with 7 shots.
This is the only good thing about this game though...
Seriously, never block someone. They get a screencap of the block notification and then turn that into content, never give your enemies content.
Zubak is back, all right?
A pair of Yanks put the LA Galaxy over LAFC in the TRAFFICO by a score of 2-0. Sebastian Lletget and somebody named Ethan Zubak scored for the Galaxy with both goals assisted by 19 year-old Julian Araujo.
Zubak’s goal came on a cross the striker headed in from close range, but the quick passing leading up to Lletget’s score is worth watching.
Orlando striker Daryl Dike got a goal and an assist as OCSC lost to the Miami Trademark Infringements 3-2. Also adding an assist was Chris Mueller who came off of the bench at the half. Wil Trapp played 90 minutes and Brek Shea went 14 off of the bench for Miami.
Dike’s goal was pretty MLS-y, but it was also a great individual effort.
Baird gets on the board, pardon the pun
In the Rocky Mountain Cup or whatever they call it - Corey Baird fully put the game out of reach in the 85th minute putting RSL up 3-1. Sure, Baird has enough space between him and the nearest defender to fit the Wasatch Range inside, but it’s a solid finish on a goalkeeper who used to play in LigaMX.
There are about 500 MLS games this week so come back next week when I’m sure the soccer will be really good with every team playing two games a week all season.
Also, in terms of content, European based leagues really need to catch up to MLS.