We only had a handful of MLS games this past weekend, so we'll keep this Post-Game Presser short and sweet.
The two New York clubs made statement wins to validate their Eastern Conference title credentials. It looks like the two of them and Toronto FC will be a three horse race for the top spot in the East. Philly suffered a bad road defeat to the lowly Chicago Fire that pretty much ended their hopes of competing for the top spot in the conference. The Union should be battling Montreal for positioning between the 4th and 5th playoff spot in the East for the rest of the season.
In the Western Conference, LA got back to winning ways like we expected in the Pre-Game Presser. And Dallas beat Portland to lock themselves in as the favorites to win the Supporter's Shield. Colorado lost to New England on the road to put a dent in their own Supporter's Shield campaign. Overall, it was a fun, tough to predict weekend in MLS like always.
Don't forget to check in tomorrow to see our updated MLS Form Rankings. And we'll have our Pre-Game Presser on Thursday to preview this weekend's action.
Let us know if we missed anything in the comments section below.
With it being the international break, the only club matches this weekend are in MLS. Here’s what to watch for:
The two best matchups will be DC United at New York City FC and Portland at Dallas. NYCFC haven’t been the best home side and DC had a big 4-point week last week. This is a big match for both teams battling for playoff positions. In the other match, Portland got a much needed victory over Seattle last week and Dallas maintained pace in the Supporter’s Shield race. Expect a goal-fest in this one.
Colorado at New England could be a snoozer as Colorado’s stingy defense and New England’s anemic attack isn’t a recipe for beautiful soccer. Now that that’s been said, expect a 5-3 Colorado road win (kidding…but it is MLS and that wouldn’t be surprising).
There’s not much narrative in any of the other 3 matches. Philly will look to exercise some demons from a devastating draw to the Fire to end their playoff chances 2 years ago. LA and Columbus seem to be moving in opposite directions, but this could be a game where LA gets back on track and Columbus reverts to their inconsistent 2016 form. Lastly, New York Red Bulls at Vancouver Whitecaps will be a contest between a consistent performing Eastern conference team versus an unpredictable mid to lower-performing Western conference team.
MLS is always fun to watch because it’s tough to predict. It should be a fun weekend of games to hold you over until all leagues resume next weekend.
Remember, there’s no fantasy games this week, but you should still play the Pick ‘Em matches (found on the lobby page). Predict what will happen in the matches and earn FFC. And let us know what you’re looking for this weekend in the comments section below.
The updated Liga MX and MLS Form Rankings are out. Give them a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Tijuana and Tigres UANL are rightfully at the top after their hot start. We also have a surprise appearance from Guadalajara in the top 3 after their 3-0 road victory over America. Conversely, America had the biggest fall in Liga MX this week from 9 to 15. Staying in the cold section of the Form Rankings, Santos Laguna finally climbed out of the basement and Leon is now the bottom club.
In MLS, the Philadelphia Union and DC United both benefited from multiple matches this week where they picked up big results. No result was bigger than DC’s hammering of the Chicago Fire 6-2 on Saturday. Not much else has changed on either end of the Rankings for MLS. Montreal got a big victory on the road against Toronto to propel them up to 10th. Dallas also got back on track with a 3-1 road win against Houston to jump from 12th to 7th.
What do you think about these rankings? Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section below.
Every Tuesday, we'll post a few thoughts from matches over the past weekend. Here is our post-game presser for this week:
PSG losing on the road to Monaco was surprising. We didn't expect PSG to go undefeated and Monaco is a top 4 squad in Ligue 1, but it's always surprising when PSG loses in the league after their takeover 4 years ago. Also, Guingamp is off to a flying start and sits top of the league after 3 matches. We don't think anyone saw that coming after their relegation fight last year.
In the EPL, the Manchester clubs and Chelsea look very strong. None of the three have had any matches against the other top title contenders though, so it will be interesting to see how long their run of form continues.
The Bundesliga had very few surprises. Bayern is who we think they are and there were no other major upsets. Eintracht Frankfurt beating Schalke was a minor upset, but Frankfurt were home and it was a tight 1-0 victory.
Tijuana continued their great start in Liga MX and Tigres remained the only undefeated team in the league so far.
In MLS, the Eastern Conference is as clustered and confusing as ever. The table in the Western Conference is a bit clearer, but the battle for the 6th and final playoff spot over the last quarter of the season should be very interesting.
What did we miss this weekend? Do you agree or disagree with anything we said? Let us know in the comments section below.
Every Thursday, we’ll post some thoughts on a few games and storylines to watch in the upcoming weekend’s matches. Here are some items we’ll be following:
The Bundesliga kicks off and is the last league on Fan Futsal to begin. We’ll be watching to see if Bayern will continue their dominance (most likely) and if there will be anyone else who can legitimately challenge Dortmund for second in the league (not likely).
Tottenham and Liverpool is the best matchup in the EPL this weekend, but it will be interesting to see how Manchester City looks. After an unconvincing win out of the gate versus Sunderland, they have easily beaten Steau Bucharest (twice) and Stoke City. We’re interested to see how they play against a resilient West Ham squad.
In Liga MX, we’re looking to see if Tigres can remain undefeated. Also, the Friday night match between Tijuana and Pumas UNAM should be a good battle between two of the top 6 teams in the early season.
These are a few of the storylines we’re watching over the next few days. What did we miss? What are you looking for this weekend? Let us know in the comments section.