Do not ever think of betting money on MLS games as form counts for nothing as evidenced by another week when few of the favorites won. Chris Wondolowski got
his 100th goal but it could be a long wait for the 10th player to join MLS's century club. How did David Beckham's big Friday date go in Miami? Reaction of
Miami's mayors (county and city) afterward wasn't overly optimistic.
1. Parity rears its head again.
Of the last 13 winners over
the last two weeks, 12 were the team that entered the match with fewer points. That run continued in Week 12 as the winners in all but Real Salt Lake's 2-0 victory over New York City FC were the
In two of the games, more
than 10 points separated the teams. With albeit a ton of games in hand, Montreal trailed FC Dallas by 16 points before going out at Stade Saputo and winning its second straight game, 2-1. With one win
in 10 games, Colorado trailed Vancouver by 10 points but won, 1-0.
Just a couple of weeks, no one would have imagined the Philadelphia Union going up to Red Bull Arena and beating the New
York Red Bulls. The Union is suddenly the hottest team in MLS, returning home with its second straight win, a 2-0 victory, while the Red Bulls, who led Philly by eight points going into the game, now
have one win in their last six games, a 2-1 victory over NYCFC.
2. Wanted: Goal scorers with longevity.
Chris Wondolowski became just the ninth player in MLS history to reach the century mark in goals when he scored his 100th goal to give the San Jose Earthquakes
a 1-1 tie with Orlando City before 36,224 fans at Levi's Stadium, home of the NFL 49ers, on Sunday.
It could be a long time before another players joins him. No other active player has scored more than 75 goals, and no player with 50 or more goals is under the
age of 30.
Kenny Cooper is next behind Wondo and Edson Buddle with 75 goals, but he is sidelined with a
knee injury. The only player who has scored 50 or more goals and has a remote chance of reaching 100 goals is Columbus Crew SC forward Kei Kamara, who leads MLS
with nine goals this season. The Sierra Leone international, who has scored 63 goals in his career, turns 31 in September and will probably need three more seasons like 2015 to approach the century
Active MLS Leaders, Goals: G PLAYER (TEAM, AGE) 100 Chris
Wondolowski (San Jose, 32) 100 Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy, 34) 75 Kenny Cooper (Montreal, 30) 68 Conor Casey (Philadelphia, 33) 64 Mike Magee (Chicago, 30) 63 Alvaro
Saborio (Real Salt Lake, 33) 61 Kei Kamara (Columbus, 30) 57 Chris Rolfe (D.C. United, 32) 56 Fabian Espindola (D.C. United, 30) 55
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy, 34) 53 Chad Barrett (Seattle, 30) 51 Brad Davis
(Houston, 33) 50 Davy Arnaud (D.C. United, 34)
3. Revs learn lesson: keep Jones in
On paper, no team is deeper and more experienced in MLS than New England. It came into Week 12 with a nine-game unbeaten streak, three shy of the club record 12-game run,
and very much looking like the preseason favorite it was.
But the Revs imploded against Sporting Kansas City, blowing an early 1-0 lead and losing, 4-2. They led D.C. United, 1-0, at the
half and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. In Kansas City, center backs Jermaine Jones and Jose Goncalves both had nightmare
games in the middle of the backline. In the second half against United, Chris Tierney and Lee Nguyen were issued red
cards six minutes apart.
But the Revs and their coach, Jay Heaps, looked on the positive side of getting at least one point out of the week and
against two top 10 MLS teams. They learned they could defend with just nine players for 35 minutes. And they learned they need Jones in midfield. The German-American had a strong game back in midfield
alongside Scott Caldwell while Andrew Farrell returned to the backline next to Goncalves.
"I feel home in
midfield and I want to play midfield," Jones said. "I know that I can help that team more in midfield than as a center back."
4. Beckham stadium: Miami mayors remain very cautious.
Just how hard it is for
David Beckham's group to move forward on a stadium in Miami was evident by the reaction of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos
Gimenez and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado afterward.
Both supported the idea of the MLS group and the University of Miami teaming up together
-- the subject of Friday's meeting attended by outgoing University of Miami president Donna Shalala, Commissioner Don
Garber and Beckham, among others -- but neither sounded overly optimistic.
“They’re running out of time," Gimenez, who attended the meeting, said of the Beckham group to the Miami Herald. "They want to come to Miami. But it has to work for them, too. If they can’t
get it done here, they may have to go somewhere else.’’
Regalado, who was on vacation in Orlando, referred to the proposed Miami-Hurricanes stadium next to Marlins Park as
"icing on the cake for the renaissance of Miami.” But Regalado, who had blocked one of the Beckham waterfront stadium projects at Museum Park after first supporting it, said he was told Friday
meeting was "a very rushed meeting" and wasn't sure if a referendum was needed on the latest proposal. “I’m not sure about the legal issues," he told the Herald.
Krisztian Nemeth has parlayed a strong start to his first MLS season into a call-up to
the Hungarian national team, his first since October 2013.
Nemeth, who leads Sporting Kansas City with five goals, was called up for Hungary's
friendly against Lithuania June 5.Hungary will travel to Finland June 13 for a Euro 2016 qualifier. Only the Finland match is during the FIFA international
window (June 8-16).