Monday's soccer news starts with an exciting weekend in MLS. Well, unless you're concerned that the MLS version of parity might be trending towards fluke runs and too much stoppage time. That's the latest version of the old entertainment value debate when it comes to Major League Soccer.
What was entertaining about MLS in week 24 was for the wrong reason. Colorado's massive own goal to gift three points to DC United. It's easy to feel for Rapids defender Jared Watts. It's also easy to look at that as MLS being MLS. That takes some of the shine off of teams getting hot at the appropriate time or any of the other "you've got to be watching this exciting thing right now" approach to covering the league.
Montreal is certainly interesting, but so was Chicago prior to the Gold Cup break. This is the league of the four-game losing streak, where every team ends up having to recover. It's the timing of the run of bad form that's normally the difference, and even that has the safety net of the lower playoff positions.
How MLS addresses entertainment value has been a question throughout the expansion era. There's no clear answer, with the age of DPs and allocation money running right alongside more expansion. At some point, that entertainment issue will become the only issue for this league. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that we're still waiting for that to happen.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney has Chelsea's manager questioning any home field advantage for Spurs at Wembley. Goal.com's Peter Staunton makes the case that the transfer market doesn't work for players. The Daily Mail' Ian Herbert on how Huddersfield Town impressed against Newcastle. The Guardian's Jamie Jackson wonders how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will use his attacking options.
I did a headerball shoulder shot score.— Chad Marshall (@ChadMarshall14) August 21, 2017
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