The Good


The two star-studded sides didn’t disappoint Saturday night, turning in a match worthy of all the hype and anticipation. We have to wait awhile for the rematch (August 28th), but it should be a good one with a little extra hostility thanks to...

The Landon Donovan-Luke Rodgers Feud

After the LA-NY match, Rodgers criticized Donovan’s on-field actions and demeanor with some choice words. Donovan’s response was short and sweet but caustic all the same: “I’m confused, who is Luke Rodgers?” I wish MLS had more of this, and I’m glad to see it developing in the league’s marquee rivalry.

Davies and Wolff

The two strikers helped DC snap a three match losing streak by combining for two nearly identical goals. Check them out here and here.

Soccer Night In America

I’ve seen some mixed opinions on Fox Soccer’s retooled MLS broadcast, but I thought it was a great step in the right direction, with the investment involved a promising signal of intent. The extra cameras and analysts really added a lot to the TV experience, which was a significant upgrade over the way things have been done in years past.

TFC-Houston Refs

What? Refs in the “Good” category? Surely the apocalypse is upon us. I’ll admit, I didn’t watch the entire match, so the refs could have been horrid for the other 89 minutes of the match, but I was very happy to see the ref and his assistant take the time to get the call right on the collision between Joao Plata and Tally Hall. Bravo, sirs, for making sure the correct decision was made at such a critical juncture in the match.

The Bad

Philly Offense

The Union defense, without regulars Danny Califf and Jordan Harvey, still managed to turn in a solid performance at Jeld-Wen Field, but they didn’t get a ton of help from the offense, which struggled to create opportunities yet again. Seven matches in, Piotr Nowak’s men have scored just five goals and haven't had a single multi-goal game.

Tally Hall’s Depth Perception

To be fair, Tally Hall has had some monster performances this season that have earned Houston some points. But last Wednesday night wasn’t his finest moment, with this free kick from Jamie Smith sailing over his head and into the back of the net to level the match.

The Ugly

Another Star Down

First Zakuani, then Ferreira, and now Javier Morales (not to mention Branko Boskovic in US Open Cup play). I can’t imagine Don Garber is too happy that so many entertaining players are being sidelined by rash challenges; it will be interesting to see how the league disciplinary committee reacts to this latest incident.

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