It's been another great year for rookies in MLS, although in the end only a few have had the staying power to remain relevant and contributing till the final whistle.
Which rookie did you like the most this year?
Two huge draws left the Power Rankings in limbo this week. RSL and New York settled nothing, and FCD's back-and-forth deadlock with Colorado left us wanting. The Galaxy, meanwhile, nudged up a spot, and the Crew tumbled to their lowest spot this season.
NEW YORK — Big things came in twos this week as the MLS stretch run kicked into overdrive.
Two American players produced two-goal games, two more teams clinched playoff berths, two more were eliminated, and two are battling for the eighth and final spot—with two weeks remaining.
Let’s double down for a closer look.
Playoff Picture: Sun Setting In the East
Both Seattle and San Jose punched postseason tickets with impressive wins on the road, results that also eliminated Eastern Conference hopefuls Chicago and Toronto from playoff contention.
WASHINGTON - Chris Wondolowski has done it all for the San Jose Earthquakes this season, and on Saturday night — thanks to a victory on the road against D.C. United and the Sounders' defeat of the Kansas City Wizards — he led the Earthquakes into the playoffs for the first time since the franchise restarted in 2008.
Wondolowski scored both goals for the Earthquakes in their 2-0 playoff-clinching victory over the United. Although not a constant threat throughout the match, Wondolowski scored in trademarks style.
WASHINGTON — Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to San Jose marked the 19th setback of the 2010 season for D.C. United, and while many of those defeats bear the same hallmarks, there also seem to be no end to the strange circumstances that arise to trip up the Black-and-Red.
MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 0, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 2
D.C. UNITED INTERIM HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
On Jaime Moreno’s red card:
It’s disappointing. Very disappointing I’m disappointed for him. I’ve heard of what happened, I’ve heard it wasn’t much. And it changed the course of the game. And at that point, you know, it becomes kind of a different type of game. You know, it’s not really fun from that point on. You know, the first half was good, the second half wasn’t.
AMSTERDAM – Friday brought a healthy helping of 2012 European Championship qualification in Europe, with former Real Salt Lake ace Yura Movsisyan scoring in Armenia's 3-1 win over visiting Group B leaders Slovakia.
The Randers FC forward beat the offside trap to nutmeg the keeper 23 minutes in, breaking the ice with his second goal in four international matches. The result allowed Russia to climb joint top with a 3-2 win at Ireland.
Hard to imagine, in this day and age, an athlete on the verge of a landmark achievement not beating his chest and gobbling up the spotlight with the same verve as Kobayashi scarfing down hot dogs.
Where’s the drama? Where’s the media-driven duel in which the protagonist and antagonist trade barbs?
It’s not there. None of it.