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MLS weekend flashback

Philadelphia Union 1, Colorado Rapids 1: 17,749 at PPL Park. Danny Mwanga with seven goals on just 12 shots on goal in just 14 appearances and in just 824 minutes. Just give him the rookie of the year trophy now.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 0: 25,000 at Red Bull Arena. Nothing to joke about: The same week he was inducted into the Hall of Fame before the USA-Brazil friendly at the Meadowlands, Bruce Arena might have contracted dengue fever. To joke about: All who enter the swamps of New Jersey now must wrap themselves in mosquito nets.

FC Dallas 3, D.C. United 1: 12,474 at RFK Stadium. Before the game, Barra Brava raises an enormous Ben-Olsen-as-Rambo banner. During the second half, DCU plays like Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love."

New England Revolution 1, Houston Dynamo 0: 11,546 at Gillette Stadium. Ilija Stolica's first MLS goal is, um, intoxicating. Eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions for injury-battered Revs is (80) proof of Steve Nicol's genius.

Real Salt Lake 2, Columbus Crew 0: 16,906 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Columbus might have put foot in mouth with early-season comments about RSL. Javier Morales puts foot into ball with two gorgeous goals.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Kansas City Wizards 0: 8,619 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski -- yes Chris Wondolowski -- has scored as many goals (seven) as the entire United team in 10 home matches.

Chivas USA 0, Seattle Sounders 0: 13,839 at Home Depot Center. Paging Mariano Trujillo. The MLS disciplinary committee is on Line 1. They'd like you to take a break from soccer for a few weeks.

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

NY-LA was a really fun game to watch. DCU-Dallas, not so much. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Posted by: nairbsod | August 15, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

For the first time since 1996 I enjoy watching NY more than DC.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I see people speaking well of Pablo Hernandez in the previous thread, but I thought he was muscled off the ball often. Makes me think of Castillo.

Re. Quaranta, to whom I would donate a kidney if he needed it . . . it almost looks like they practice on a small field and the only time they really get to practice long shots is during the match itself . . . sort of like a barrio team that practices on the dirt street and only gets a slot on the big grass field on Sundays . . .

Najar, after his fine runs with the ball, needs to get those passes to someone on our team.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 15, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for doing these Goff - comparing attendance numbers is more fun than United team reviews this year.

Posted by: badhairday | August 15, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Wondolowski has scored as many goals (seven) as the entire United team in 10 home matches."

Do we get to count the OG?

Posted by: benonthehill | August 15, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

MLS finally has drawing cachè in NY. But the proudest franchise in league history is rotting in front of our eyes :-(

Posted by: Kev29 | August 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

OT: The Freedom stole a point on the road against league-leading Old Pride. I'm looking forward to Thursday night at the 'Plex.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that, too... every long shot Quaranta made was incredibly inaccurate. Why do they keep letting him do free kicks and corner kicks? He was awful last night.

Brek Shea is a little punk. He earned at least two yellow cards last night and should have been thrown out of the game. Talk about a thug.

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Re. Quaranta, to whom I would donate a kidney if he needed it . . . it almost looks like they practice on a small field and the only time they really get to practice long shots is during the match itself . . . sort of like a barrio team that practices on the dirt street and only gets a slot on the big grass field on Sundays . . .


Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 15, 2010 1:25 PM

Posted by: Dynaformer | August 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta is a self-absorbed punk who appears to put out effort, while taking greedy, stupid shots, blaming other players for his poor play, and refusing to take any chances (other than selfish shots) when it might make him look bad. Credit to him where due, though, for having Najar's back last night.

It would also be nice if people would stop serving the ball three feet over Najar's head.

The Trujillo foul was pretty special. What a shock that such a thing could happen in a game overseen by Alex Prus.

Posted by: Landru | August 15, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

FSC last night kept saying that the Bruce had spent time in Hackensack Hospital (not too far from the Meadowlands) while AP stories are saying he was in Hoboken Hospital, which is over on the Hudson River. As one who grew up in that area (Kearny) I wonder if anyone previously has contracted Dengue Fever from a New Jersey mosquito. Or was Bruce kidding us???
frddie b

Posted by: kaynfred53 | August 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I see it differently Landru.

I see Q busting his arse on both sides of the ball, getting stuck in, and trying to make things happen. His service remains excellent IMO, but when no one is on the other end, I think he is just frustrated and trying to do too much himself.

I think Q is getting a bum rap here from many posters. If this team has a future, he is a part of it.

The future ain't looking too good right now though. After watching LA/NY, it kind of feels like DCU are the West Brom of MLS.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

watch the RSL highlights for Exhibit A as to why Robbie Findlay should not be in any discussion related to the national team

Posted by: foul_throw | August 15, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with OWNTF. I was a harsh critic of Quaranta for a while, but for most of this season he has upped his game. Q is one of the few "pluses" for DCU this season.

Alsopp, on the other hand, is borderline useless. Boscovic is a designated flop. Talley is a disaster. Pontius has faded into mediocrity. That list goes on.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

How has tino upped his game? he has 1 goal this year,2 last year and 3 the year before. I think he is the biggest reason we suck. he cant beat anyone on the dribble, obviously cant score, doesn't seem to want to challenge for headersand his passing is below par. His only plus is he's been pretty good at free kicks and corners, but we now have players who are better (Burch and Hernandez)

Posted by: knape1 | August 16, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I fully expect the next barra banner to read Heart of a Liger?

Egads!!!!!

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | August 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Dengue Fever that's some serious stuff...Get well Bruce!

Posted by: mcontento | August 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

knape1, Q used to backpass so much, it seemed it was all he ever did. It got so bad I started calling him "Backpass" Quaranta. He does that less now, and is one of the few on our team who can at least get the ball into the attacking third. He wins balls. He hustles and fights. He doesn't have the most talent in the world, he does not have the most speed in the world, he would probably at best ride the pine at most other MLS teams, but he is using what he has, and is at least one of the few out there who are trying.

Quaranta is not our problem.

As I said, TALLEY is a problem. I love CT, he is part of the DCU family, but he should have hung up his boots by now. A fair number of minor league defenders are probably better than Talley.

And what about "Sieve" Perkins? I don't think you can pin DCU's failures on one guy, but if one were to try Perkins would be a good candidate. He is simply not a "major league" goalkeeper anymore. He simply DOES NOT HAVE IT but for whatever reason DCU kept playing him.

Boscovic runs around a lot but does nothing. Who does that remind you of? Castillo ring a bell? Hernandez is useless. Alsopp I'd trade straight up for Raul Diaz Arce. (OK I'm kidding.) But Alsopp has done nothing for this team.

Quarants is at least useful. A lot of our other players are not.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If there were 25,000 in NJ, I got some condos in Florida, sub-prime, you might be interested in.

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | August 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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