We start the week with a question that might already have an answer. Is there such a thing as too many goals scored in MLS? There are already five teams in the league with double-digit goals scored, and one of them has only played three games. The quick answer is yes, especially since it got worse coming back from the international break.
Goals scored are a problem when it suggests a bigger quality control issue. Blame expansion, lousy defenses, or breathtaking displays of attacking creativity, probably in that order. The result is something that MLS has toyed with throughout the expansion era. When do so many teams trying to distinguish themselves in a league with strict economic controls give up too much?
All goals don't count the same. The concept of a soft goal is nothing new in soccer, and neither is watching teams dominating without being noticeably better than the opponent. See enough of that, and it suggests that this isn't free flowing attacking players doing their job. Especially when the defense is doing that job for them giving up own-goals and penalties.
MLS is not known for being a reactive league in real time, but they could be staring down an existential problem. Enough goals like these go in and it looks like there's not enough quality up and down the rosters to produce better soccer. There's plenty left over from any attempt at a highlight reel version of what we're watching to make that point. The league has to do better, and it needs to happen on an inconvenient schedule.
Also in the soccer news, Tyler Adams showed once again why his game moved him from the New York Red Bulls to RB Leipzig. A lengthy pass that took out multiple Hertha BSC players ended up in the back of the net. Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci put it simply, saying "we played insanely today."
Geoff Cameron will have a new manager at QPR with Steve McClaran exiting on Monday. John Eustace is serving as interim manager. "On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Steve for his hard work during his time with us, and wish him well for the future," QPR chairman Amit Bhatia said. "I would also like to thank our fans for their patience and unwavering support during what has been a very difficult run of results, at a time when the club faces well-documented challenges. We must now work towards ending this season positively and building for the future."
The Guardian's Andy Brassell looks at Borussia Dortmund's late comeback and what it means for the Bundesliga title race. ESPN's Nick Miller on Liverpool and everything else that happened in the Premier League. The NY Times' Rory Smith looks at how Liverpool beat Spurs.
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