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An MLS Poll

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2008; 8:58 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Fascinating question. Who "is best positioned" rather than "who do you think will win?"

I submit the first question favors New England far better than the second would have.

Posted by: Stan | July 29, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I voted for New England... but I won't lie... Real Salt Lake looks better and better.

Posted by: Phillip | July 29, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more with Stan. New England will run away with this.

Posted by: Sean | July 29, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I submit the first question favors New England far better than the second would have.

Absolutely. There's no way almost 50% of the voters pick NE to win it. The only people who would are Revs fans who are deluded into thinking their team won't fail when it matters most.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | July 29, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

TFC tards ruining poll in 3...2...1..

Posted by: ACS | July 29, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

At the moment, i think New England, has a better chance. But it will be interesting to see how Houston does from now on, with the addition of Jaqua and Kamara.

Posted by: JAV | July 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I voted for the Earthquakes because there was one today.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

no love for rsl? they'll play home playoff games at rice eccles, they'll still have their home field advantage, chances are, with their much improved play, they have a shot at the cup

Posted by: rsllove? | July 29, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

that'd be the best mls turn around ever...

Posted by: San Jose 2%?? | July 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I'd have to go with Columbus. They have all the pieces to go with the fight and grit to win.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 29, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Slow night Steve?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 29, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

actually isn't RSL supposed to move into their new stadium soon?

Posted by: Glenn | July 29, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

San Jose 2:1 to the TFC Tards. That's how you ruin a poll baby!

Posted by: Wow | July 29, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I voted for New England as well, though if history is a guide they will lose in the MLS final.

Posted by: soccergirl | July 29, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

NE... at the moment...

Posted by: littles | July 29, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I think Duane Derosario is the most capable of consistently pulling off miracles in MLS and he's got a fair number of homies on his team that BELIEVE it. They had a terrible start as did United.
I think at the moment New England seems to have it all wrapped up on paper, and yes I do know the history, but I think one of the Revs strongest points this season is that EVERYONE figured they'd be a bust this season, and they quietly acquired some nice attacking talent that has paid solid dividends all season. There's nothing like the "new guys" getting it done to light a fire under their veterans butts on and off the bench, injured or fit.
I think the East is a total toss up though, considering we haven't even started the second leg of the season.
That's what's got me so excited!
All I'm really hoping for league wide is more decisive results in the fixtures, I was plenty happy with everyone sharing the points while United did what ever they did during the "break". Shhhhh.
I'm rooting for United to somehow put the strongest team they can muster for the month on the field at RFK on the 12th.
We need Peralta and Gallardo back soon.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

hey goff can you delete that last post of mine?
except for the part about needing Gallardo and Peralta back soon so we can beat Chicago and New England at least once a piece in August!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I think NE to win the supporter's shield, which I think is more meaningful than MLS Cup.

Posted by: soccergirl | July 29, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

With DeRo, Jaqua and Kamara Houston will make a good run. They always seem to some how pull it together when it matters.

Posted by: chas | July 29, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Houston just completely dominated Pachuca for a half but couldn't score. DeRo could have two goals - the first off a dipping volley that Calero did well to tip over and another where he really should have scored or got an assist: he broke past Manzur's lunging slide tackle and was breaking in 1v1 against Calero from the left but instead of passing to Ching or the other Houston guy - he shot low far post and Calero got a hand on it.

So Houston only has a scoreless tie to show for its dominance.

Best team in MLS in any given week could be Houston, Chicago, NE or DC depending on who is in form and healthiest.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 29, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I voted Houston just cause they should have an easier playoff path if they qualify from the West.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 29, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The field in Houston must tilt downhill from left to right because Pachuca has dominated the 2nd half even more than Houston dominated the first.

4 clear scoring chances for Pachuca in the opening minutes some nice pointblank reflex saves by Onstad. Pachuca's Caballero scores on a near post run in about the 60th minute but is wrongly called offsides.

Jaqua heads just wide for Houston's first chance of 2nd half. Still scoreless at 68'.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 29, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow you're right! Kamara in Orange and #10... He looks good to go. I saw him score a sweet goal earlier this year in some televised game, and was like "WOW!"
Houston is a tall, strong team, seeming brutish in the early days of the season, pretty confident still versus Pachuca....
Who's gonna get it done?
Yeee Hawwww
Super Liga!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

bobby mother fudging boswell with his right foot!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Goal Houston --

Houston 1-0 Pachuca, 78th minute

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 29, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Dude is like spider man!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 29, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse


Boswell scores an easy far post tap-in as Waibel headflicks DeRosario's corner kick onward.

1-0 Houston at 78'

Posted by: garbaggio | July 29, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I got that move

Posted by: bobby bizwell | July 29, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Houston 2-0 Pachuca. This one's over, I think.

Dynamo-Revs final in SuperLiga, anyone?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 29, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Cory Ashe with what should be the decisive goal in the 87' as he easily heads in at far post off a nice cross from Mullan.

Houston was getting dominated in the early part of the half up until about when Pachuca's goal was annulled and Ashe came in for Davis. Ashe has shown me more skill on the ball and passing ability than I've seen before from him. I knew he was dangerous due to his speed but he's shown other good skills today and played a big part in getting this result.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 29, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Boswell just scored the game winning goal in the semi-finals of the SuperLiga versus the defending champions Pachuca - and the guy he was traded for - Zach Wells - well he hasn't had a shut out all year, but he did beat out Jose Carvallo for the starting job, right? I mean, this is a big improvement for DCU over last year when there wasn't any competition for the starting goalkeeping job?

Posted by: diego r. | July 29, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

RSL is an interesting story right now. They are pretty solid defensively (only four goals allowed in their last nine games.)

They have had ample opportunities to score and have had a bunch of shots hit the posts or crossbar.

And they open in a new 22,000 seat SSS just before the playoffs with the prospect of a raucous home field atmosphere in their new digs.

The two things: Can they start converting those oh-so-close shots into goals when they'll need them most, and will playing on grass at home after the new stadium opens negate the advantage they're used to now playing on the Rice-Eccles turf?

Posted by: equus | July 29, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Pachuca look like poor sports eh?
A million bucks is a lot of dough... especially when they actually split it up amongst the players.
Little puss starts to step like starting something and then walks away when every one starts scuffflin'. weak.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 30, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Good win for Houston (and MLS) as they get some revenge for some earlier eliminations at the hands of Pachuca. And Telefutura names Boswell Man of the Match. Houston's defense did well to shut down Bruno Marioni. Didn't Boswell have a "welcome to pro soccer" nightmare debut against Marioni when Pumas opened up a can of whupass on us in 2005?

Not sure what the altercations were at the end of the match. No one seemed to throw any punches as some Pachuca players approached Houston's bench and then everyone stood around harrumphing.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 30, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

messmerlazo equus...
They're gonna have turf in Salt Lake!?

a little to much drama to take the storyline that seriously but how bout those REDSKINS!?>>>>

Posted by: Dadryan | July 30, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Trying not to disappoint in the last long days of JUly..
will new england spend too much of their sweat equity in Super LIga to perform in Open Cup play? tune in tomorrow!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 30, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Assuming Dc wont fire Soehn, My Pick is Dallas winning the whole thing. Great Coach, above average midfield, One manchild forward with two dangerous supporting forwards and they will sign Ortega who wont start boozing until after the Cup. As for NE; I don't care if they had taken points from every game this season, I will never encourage thier win or any championship of any kind. However I am all for K. Payne pulling a massive coup and stealing Nicol for D.C.
Olsen come back from injury and turn the entire MLS on thier head.

Posted by: Talon | July 30, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Hindsight is 20-20 on Wells and Boswell. Wells looked on the way up and Boz on the way down. Would Boz have played like he's currently playing had he remained in DC?

Posted by: viv | July 30, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Only caught the highlights of Hou win.
No air rifle display from Boswell?????
And I guess G Martinez isn't the only one eating Mullan's dust tonight, huh?

As for the poll, intriguing wording....
At the moment, I feel NE. Lots of depth in attack. Reis (%$@#$@#$#$@#)is playing out of his mind. Noonan may return? Too much good in the picture right now to not pick the Rev.
In the moment of late Sept....who knows?

Posted by: marksman | July 30, 2008 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Wait until I start to decide who is in the best position for MLS Cup...

Posted by: McBride | July 30, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Talon- Really? Dallas has a "great coach"?

My vote is unfortunately for Chicago right now. Defensively, they're one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the league, and the Blanco/McBride combination should be very dangerous.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 30, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

new englander chokers to win the MLS Cup? ha! Dass ist ein Joke! They will end up losing the final to some low seeded team..hehe

Posted by: mizage | July 30, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

New England?? oh please. They dominate during the season then choke - this season will be no different. DC v Houston for the final - DC 2 - 1

Posted by: bobf | July 30, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

New England chokes? At least they can make it to the final after dominating the season.

The Cup is just one game -- anything can happen -- including a loss in PKs. They've just been unlucky, and now they're deeper than ever.

Posted by: RK | July 30, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Basing predictions on "what has happened will happen" is rather unimaginative and pretty unrealistic. Things change all the time.

Posted by: bkupp | July 30, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Revs... the 2% that voted for San Jose should be banned.

Posted by: Gooner | July 30, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so who's giving odds that New England wins the 'quad' this year:

MLS Cup (points leader)
US Open Cup (semifinals)
Superliga (semifinals)
CONCACAF Champions League (early rounds)

...a longshot for a team with one piece of silverware and several title game failures, but if these trends continue...ehhh....

Posted by: New England Guy | July 30, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

San Jose having the same chances as RSL? What a joke.

Posted by: ravenrooney | July 30, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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