I trust a lovely international weekend was had by all. And, of course, another weekend of domestic goodness was there to be enjoyed by those of us fortunate, or unfortunate, enough to be saddled with a league that ignores international fixture dates. What caught your eye? Here's what I was looking at.
Trip, Stumble, But Don't Fall
The Gooch-less US Nats went down 2-0 in San Salvador, only to claw their way back to earn a point. Three would have set the table for an easy march to qualification. As it stands, we're still stuck in the mire with the rest of the Hex. A strong showing against T&T should open a little gap, but nothing that will be entirely comfortable. Does Bradley need to shake the lineup up, or was this just a predictable wobble given the environment and missing Gooch and Howard?
In other international news, apparently the futblogosphere is falling all over itself to say how sharp the new England uniforms are. I don't get it. They look like a bunch of cricketers in shorts or rejects from the All England Club. Am I missing something?
What the hell is going on with the Parity Police? They must be going taser-happy or snorting the evidence. The Crew and Dynamo winless? The expansion Sounders atop the league? TFC unbeaten on the road? Quick, somebody check the seventh seal! I don't think we really have any idea yet how things are going to shake out. Can the Goats and Sounders continue atop the league? Doubtful. Will the Crew and Dynamo stay stuck in second gear long. Also doubtful. But this is the joy and the frustration of MLS, our unpredictable little harlot!
So what made you sit up and take notice this weekend? Surprised that the US couldn't get all three against El Salvador? See any other international jerseys that caught your fancy? Wondering how long it'll take for the roiling waters of MLS to settle so we can figure out who's the real deal and who isn't this year?