One of the hardest things about covering MLS is that every week is the same. Weird shit happens but itâ€™s not weird enough to make things interesting. Just weird enough so that you canâ€™t build coherent narratives around the action and results. There are weeks where this league feels like if a strip mall were given legs and made to play soccer.
Anyway some stuff happened this weekend. If you want entertainment value Iâ€™d recommend watching the most important sporting contest of our generation, held on Saturday.
Thereâ€™s this thing going around in Fire fan circles about how the club never replaced David Accam, to the teamâ€™s detriment. Iâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s an accurate characterization. When people say the Fire never replaced David Accam, they really mean 2017 David Accam. But we were going to lose him anyway. If we didnâ€™t sell him to Philadelphia, we just wouldâ€™ve ended up with 2018 David Accam.
2018 David Accam is not good at the soccers.
Maybe you could pin Jim Curtinâ€™s decision to pull Accam around the hour mark to tired legs or some locker room tension or whatever. But pulling your $1m star attacker with 30 minutes to go while a goal down doesnâ€™t leave a lot of room for ambiguity. Accam had zero touches in the box against Toronto. People expected him to lift Philly up and instead heâ€™s just sunk to their level.
Anyway, Toronto got their season reboot win and the Fire have a bunch of MLS Funny Money. Things could definitely be worse.
Also, this kid is my hero.
I just love that NYCFC can be so untouchable for long stretches of the season, and then they have games like this.
I mean, yeah, the Red Bulls have had a decent start to the season. But damn it, the Fire beat the Red Bulls. IN NEW JERSEY. Whatâ€™s your excuse?
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
I think it speaks to how weird MLS is and how messed up their priorities are that the Galaxy lost again and the leagueâ€™s narrative for this game boiled down to, â€śok but did you see Zlatanâ€™s pass tho???â€ť
I mean, yeah, it was a nice pass. The Galaxy still lost. Itâ€™s going to be a long time before this team gets its shit together.
Nothing finer than the Quakesâ€” who built their brand on scamming late points and â€śnever say dieâ€ťâ€” getting a taste of their own medicine.
Also lol @ the Timbers player who injured himself while celebrating Valeriâ€™s goal.
Ugh. Fucking Orlando.