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Some thoughts about the MLS matches over weekend.....

-- With nine goals in nine games, including consecutive hat tricks, K.C.'s Eddie Johnson is your front-runner for MLS most valuable player, but over the next few weeks, we will find out just how valuable he is to the first-place Wizards. Like several league stars, he has joined the U.S. national team for the Gold Cup and, if Bob Bradley likes his work, he might end up heading to Venezuela for Copa America. In all, he will miss between three and seven league matches. Does K.C. have enough attacking diversity to overcome such a setback?

-- The scoreless tie between the Galaxy and United Saturday night at HDC really should not have surprised anyone. Yeah, I know, L.A. was missing half its team and D.C. has been enjoying a nice little run of prosperity since its miserable start, and the Galaxy created enough opportunities to build a first-half lead, but consider the numbers: The Galaxy has no scoring threats other than Landon Donovan (who, like Johnson, will now be gone for a while) and has yet to finalize a deal with an international striker. United has had only four players to score this entire season: Jaime Moreno (all on penalty kicks); Luciano Emilio (none since Week 2); Christian Gomez (who can't find any consistency); and Ben Olsen (who last week scored his first goal since last July). That's it. Fred has shown flash, but no finishing touch. Guy-Roland Kpene has the moves, but not the shot, and Josh Gros, Brian Carroll and Clyde Simms are hardly threats. I will examine United's offensive issues at greater length in a story this weekend.

-- The red cards were flying all weekend. Clint Mathis, Kevin Goldthwaite, Pat Onstad, Jeff Curtin, Danny O'Rourke and Ritchie Kotschau. So let me get this straight: Real Salt Lake signs Kotschau, a veteran defender, who makes his club debut late in Saturday's match at New England. He is on the field for all of 45 SECONDS before he is sent off for a harsh challenge. Sigh. This could only happen at RSL.

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By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2007; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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