The soccer news starts with something that is easily filed under not a problem until it becomes a problem. It's the latest twist to MLS parity, the week-to-week changes in the league. What we've seen so far this season is that anything can happen. Whether or not that's a good thing is a question already worth asking.
Week 10 saw the Red Bulls suddenly look like the defending Supporters' Shield holders by seeing off the LA Galaxy. Philadelphia capped what was already a three-game undefeated streak by beating New England 6-1. That six goal outburst doesn't even seem all that extraordinary this season. It also doesn't do much to predict what Philadelphia might do against Montreal on Wedesday, a team that was on the wrong side of a 7-1 result in Kansas City at the end of March.
As for Sporting KC, they're a team that hasn't won a game since that lopsided win over Montreal. Last night, it was Atlanta winning 3-0 in Kansas City. That result drew an interesting response from Sporting coach Peter Vermes.
"It's easy to say the result was not good," he said. "There were some moments where we were fine. We were organized. But we really weren't overly dangerous today. Some of that is because we had drop back deeper. They're a very dangerous team going forward. I still submit that even the goals today, they weren't anything special."
When asked if this was the best game of the season so far for his club, Atlanta coach Frank de Boer said, "result and how we played, I think yes. I think against Dallas we really played also really good but we didn’t get the reward. Now we get the reward. I’m very pleased, it was a very solid performance, we created our chances, we almost gave nothing away, we were confident on the ball. This is what you want to see of course from our team."
The problem MLS could face sooner than later is that they're both right. Or in the other direction, neither of them are exactly wrong.
Also in the soccer news, the USMNT had no issues with Barbados at the Concacaf U-17 Championship, winning 6-1 in Group F. Kobe Hernandez-Foster opened the scoring in the 20th minute with Gianluca Busio doubling the lead in the 26th. Adam Saldana made it 3-0 in the 33rd. Busio scored again in the 45th. Barbados gave up a own-goal in the 47th with Alfonso Campo-Chavez scoring in the 50th. Barbados converted a penalty in the 54th. The USMNT plays Guatemala on Monday at 6pm ET.
MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle's look at week 10 of the 2019 season. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald asks about the lack of local interest in the Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern Conference table. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter explains the larger importance of Banc of California Stadium across MLS. The Washington Post's Steven Goff on the video assistant referee issues in MLS. The Sacramento Bee's Noel Harris on the up and downsides for MLS expanion to the city.
The Guardian's Sid Lowe has Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu describing a changing landscape for European club soccer. AS has Napoli president Aurelio De Larentiis also advocating changing the Champions League, but in a decidedly different way.
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