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Poll: MLS

After eight weeks.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 8:51 PM ET
Categories:  MLS , Poll  
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Philadelphia isn't an option?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

That's a list of teams it is hard to be disappointed in.

Posted by: sitruc | May 11, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Cowlumbus. I have to admit I don't follow every detail of every MLS team, but why does the Crew bite the big one this year? They lost their coach but they've still got their marquis player, plus a solid backbone of a team. What happened?

Posted by: DrBeaker | May 11, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree with DrBeaker. Columbus has the same team as last year (minus Brad Evans). Maybe other teams are figuring them out or Sigi has some major chemistry with the teams he coaches. But I doubt Columbus will stay at the bottom - as we already see Columbus is winning games (vs. KC on Saturday).

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | May 11, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

MLS Cup Chumps, Supporters Cup wearers and dead last in the East . . oh and if we had relegation, they'd be in the "zone" . . yeah, that sums it up.

Posted by: delantero | May 11, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

How about DCU? They did not get a stadium.

Posted by: fedster | May 12, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I voted for San Jose. Sure, the Crew may be bottom of the East, but out of eight games, they've failed to get at least one point only twice so far. On top of that, they have not had their expected starting XI together for most of the season -- they did last weekend against KC and they got the three points.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 12, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Yeah...I'm with Columbus on this one too. I'm not sure there were a whole lot of expectations regarding the other four teams listed. NY rode a hot streak to MLS Cup but was suspect all year. LA still has Donovan and not much else. Dallas is a work in progress, and I think most people assumed San Jose would be pretty weak. Columbus, on the other hand, has almost all the same pieces, including one of the most influential players in MLS.

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 12, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

NYRB. Why? Why not. Seriously, this is a team that played in the final, allegedly made improvements in the off-season, retained Osorio, which allegedly provided acumen and stability. The results so far -- one win against a dreadful Quakes team, the use of more players than any other team (and they are "trialing" two of their Academy players) and Osorio seems lost and unable to fashion a consistent lineup. So far, NYRB are as big a mess as Dallas, they just had higher expectations entering the season.

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 12, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Have you watched Columbus? The last three weeks they've looked very good.

Take away the phantom red against Chicago and they'd be in the thick of it. Missing Frankie and Rogers for a few weeks didnt help either.

Dissappointed at their record? Yes. At the team? No. They are starting the season like Houston did the past two years (1 win in first 7 matches). Had trouble getting points at first, but by the end they will be pushing for the top spot.

NY is mediocre, LA is pretty bad, but Dallas and SJ are awful. Doesnt seem like either management team has any idea what they want their team to look like.

Posted by: srfinger | May 12, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

OT - Goff - I heard that Japan has canceled their trip over here to play against the US and Canadian WNT because of swine flu. Have you heard anything about this? Seems a little late to be doing that.

Posted by: soccerfan80 | May 12, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It's almost impossible for any of those teams to be disappointments, so very very little can ever be expected out of any of them. I did expect a little something more out of San Jose this year, so I picked them.

As far as CumBlowUs goes, last year was more of an anomaly, they're just back to meeting regular expectations. I would like them to finish ahead of New Jersey, that would place them 6th in the East by the end of the season :-)

Posted by: dcufan | May 12, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

srfinger, what phantom red? I saw Padula lead with his elbow into Blanco.

Posted by: spidergoose | May 12, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Biggest disappointment? Columbus. And I say that as a Crew fan. Lots of injuries and various national team call-ups, sure. But also some bad luck and bone-headed plays, have led to their slow start. That said, that's a far sight removed from being the worst team. The Crew have played far better than their record would imply. Whereas clubs like SJ and Dallas have been horrible in every way shape and form this season. Of the group listed, Columbus is (IMHO) the best team by far. Best team + poor start = biggest disappoint.

Posted by: DouginCMH | May 12, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I shun MLS polls.....

But Red Bull = disappointment....

Posted by: JkR- | May 12, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone be disappointed that New York is sucking so bad? I'm overjoyed.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I voted for The Columbus.


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I know that they let Sigi get away but you are when you are the champs you can't start out so slow. Especially when you have a lot of the same personel.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 12, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed that LA is not doing worse. I don't care for them whatsoever.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

New England's looking pretty disappointing, too. They have some excuses w Ralston, Twellman and Albright out but they have little or no offensive firepower. They will either need their injured vets to be cured by a miraculous drink from the Fountain of Youth (didn't work for us in DC last season) or hope their bargain basement young African attackers all suddenly start finishing like Etoo and Drogba.

Of the options listed I'd choose Columbus as the most disappointing. But they also are the team most likely to turn around and still have a good season.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

OT - Goff - I heard that Japan has canceled their trip over here to play against the US and Canadian WNT because of swine flu. Have you heard anything about this? Seems a little late to be doing that.

Posted by: soccerfan80 | May 12, 2009 8:43 AM

As of 10:00 a.m., the US Soccer site has no such news. Actually, cancellation of these matches under any pretext would not be a bad idea. Why can't these friendlies wait until the end of WPS season?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 12, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Actually it looks the WNT added 2 more friendlies this summer (v. Canada). Seems dumb.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: soccerfan80 | May 12, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

To 'FEDSTER' who wrote, "how about D.C. United, they did not get a stadium?" The poll question is for which team on the field, week-in-week-out, has been the most dissapointing so far; therefore, GET A CLUE, WILL YOU!?!

Posted by: YNOT1970 | May 12, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@ ynot -- as foghorn leghorn used to say, "That's a joke, son." or as the U14s say now . . . "chill dude"

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

to 'OWNTF', I wasn't writing to you & he can TRY to defend for himself, therefore, mind your own business, SON!

Posted by: YNOT1970 | May 12, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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