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4-2-3-1: What do you need to know from MLS' first week?

March 4, 2019

Welcome to the 4-2-3-1... where we use a formation to justify reactions over a league that takes almost a calendar year to shake out. 


4 Reactions From the Week

  • The LA Galaxy are still a name that carries weight. That much is for certain but that hasn’t meant very much over the last two years. They’ve wanted a wooden spoon and pulled one of the most unlikely collapses possible on decision day (you should never lose to this Houston team in your building. What’s wrong with you?) Now they have a new fun coach and an week one comeback victory to lean on. The fight was nice to see. Efrain Alvarez was also fun to see and you should get used to that name. The Fire let them off the hook and the Galaxy took advantage. Call it a bit of luck but it’s a good start for a team that needs a full oil change as far as mentality goes. 

  • Most of you are from the south probably so let’s not harp too much on Atlanta. Let’s look at the other side and a fun DC attack that won 2-0 at home on a night that would make Stoke jealous. They were fun in the attack even if they might have some adventures in the back at some point this season. Rooney and Acosta will still be problems and instead of coming up late in the season to make the playoffs they could actually be a menace all year. Plenty of people will have missed a relevant DC team. They’ll probably get that. 

  • Holy hell Minnesota United won on the road in the west. I gave up, you did too but they did it. They came from behind against a rebuilding Vancouver team. The players you can name from the Loons roster (Demidov not included) were key and this team looks like it might not catch fire in the hanger like the last two. Good. The fans deserve that. And Heath needs it not to get fired. We will see how that win holds up but this isn’t about reasonable reactions, it’s about ones that make me look either brilliant or idiotic. We don’t deal with inbetweens at the 4231. 

  • Michael Bradley and Jordan Morris are on top of the golden boot race. Shut up, you didn’t see it coming either. It’s only week one but it’s damn hilarious in Bradley’s case and cool to see in Morris’. Morris is coming off another injury and questions about his future were understandable. It was a great return against an overmatched Cincy side. Bradley just did veteran clinical things and it’s also hilarious and I hope he delivers the winning goal to end someone’s playoff hopes this year. 

2 Games You Should Not Have Missed 

  • Colorado/Portland

Yeah we are going to talks about this more than once. It had an orange ball, six goals and two of them came down a man to earn a draw for a much maligned Colorado Rapids team. It was beautiful. The last goal is the dumbest most wonderful thing. 


This had everything short of a cage dropped down over it at times. It was also a nice change of pace after Atlanta slogged through the slip against DC. The goals were solid and I will never miss a chance to reference our leagues Holy Diver with Dio delivering the winner late. It was a great end to a fun weekend as far as I’m concerned.


3 Goals We Loved 

  • Leonardo Bertone brought Cincinnati into the league in style. There wasn’t much else to cheer about but man that was a beautiful long range effort. 

  • Ebenezer Ofori has his own long range strike and I’m never not impressed by anyone’s ability to strike a ball hard and low with enough pace to beat the keeper from 20+ yards out and dammit he did that. 

  • Diego Rossi come on down. Rossi danced and cut and finished. It’s easier to write than to do but he fits that team so well and I like watching him cut on the right foot and bend a shot past the keeper and kissing the far post. 

The 1 Most MLS thing this week

  • Again, Colorado played Portland in a snowstorm and earned a draw with two late goals down a man. It was also 18 degrees a kickoff because why not? The two teams that played in the cup last year got shut out in a monsoon and took a tough draw on Hoth. By the end of the game I wasn’t sure if the ball was even in play anymore. You could have convinced me that it was the Philosophical Soccer Game from Monty Python. Seriously please go watch this game. 

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