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There are four MLS games tonight.  Wednesday night regular season games are a terrible idea for a whole variety of reasons.  Regardless, I'll be watching Kansas City take on DC United on ESPN2 at 6:00 (because I'm sick like that). 

My thoughts on the four games:

Kansas City 1 DC 0 - Emilio is back but DC is still terrible.

Chivas 1 New England 1 - Let's see how Chivas does against a depleted NE side

Houston 2 FC Dallas 1 - Was that actually Landin scoring a goal this past weekend?

Los Angeles 2 Colorado 1 - I thought about a draw here but Buddle is on too much of a roll.

But there was no yellow card.....

MLS suspended Michael Lahoud for 2 games and fined him $500 for the studs up tackle on Justin Mapp this past weekend.  I said at the time that the foul deserved at least a yellow card caution.

Filed under: 2010 Regular Season

Tags: MLS Schedule

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  • Yes......3 for Anno is more accurate.

  • Suspended for 2 games and a fine?! That is crazy. Krol headbutts a guy and gets one game, this guy goes in for a tackle in the first 10 min and doesnt get anything but then 3 days later gets 2 games and $500 fine. That seems very extreme...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Two games and a fine is kinda harsh but it seems like MLS is ready to crack down on dangerous play.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Doing that makes the ref look bad. Its not like it was behind his back and the camera caught it. He blew the whistle and made the call. Are they going to go back to every call made and make their own judgment?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I hope not, but in depth referee performance review is a good thing.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Wednesday night matches are a necessity when MLS decides to go dark for the first two weeks of the World Cup. And this approach is a good start. Actually, we need more midweek dates to be built into the schedule so that MLS rosters are not depleted when the US National Team has a match. It is completely stupid to play league matches on dates set aside by FIFA for international matches.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    I understand why they do it but the attendance for last nights games was 10,038 in DC, 5,990 in New England, 13,231 in Houston, and 9,882 in Colorado. I'm sure the ratings for the NE-DC game were miniscule too. Mid week games may be practical but they're financial flops for the league at this stage.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Look at it another way. Would matches played during the World Cup be any bigger financial flops than the ones played last night? I hope you're not suggesting that it is better for MLS to play on FIFA international dates than to play midweek matches.

    And let's not kid ourselves. How many MLS matches outside of Seattle and Toronto are not financial flops? Which MLS matches gain big ratings on ESPN? Fact is, the league still hasn't gained enough traction to consistently make money or get ratings on TV, regardless of what day the matches are scheduled.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    You make it sound like MLS teams are full of International players. We won't lose a single player during the WC. I wouldnt be surprised if MLS lost less than 10 players from all teams.

    And you kind of make the argument for the other side when you say "Fact is, the league still hasn't gained enough traction to consistently make money or get ratings on TV, regardless of what day the matches are scheduled." So then why not play during the WC. I would still go to the games. I would imagine we wouldnt lose very many fans if Slovenia is playing Algeria during a Fire game.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The Fire may not lose a single player for WC 2010, but we have played with a weakened roster lots of times when we did lose players like Beasley, Bocanegra, Wolff, Razov and Armas to the NT. It is totally asinine for MLS to force clubs to play league matches with their best players on international duty. Their absence certainly doesn

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    And it's not just the Yanks. In the last couple years, we lost Baky and Segares to int'l duty. If he's still with the team, Pappa is definitely on Guatemala's list and I'll bet Nyarko could make a trip or 2 to Africa. And, what if Henry has some sort of renaissance in MLS like Beckham and gets called in for France. There's a big drawing card gone.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    hey G, do you have my email? i need yours

  • In reply to bert:

    Bert,

    I don't have your email. You can reach me at fireconfidential@aol.com

  • In reply to bert:

    ok, sending

  • In reply to bert:

    What happened to the trials of Danny Spiller and Filip Tapalovic? I'm assuming they didn't impress, but Spiller was rated highly by Sam S. on MLSsoccer. It's the a good thing the Fire aren't too hasty in making a decision to sign a quality player who can distribute the ball and commit to challenges in the middle of the park.

  • In reply to satorajaujhely:

    Tapalovic apparently did not impress. Spiller was actually in training again this week for a second consecutive week.

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    I'm not suggesting that at all, MLS has made an effort to observe the international dates by adding more mid week matches and taking a two week World Cup break. The break was an unconvenient necessity that unfortunately results negatively on attendance for various reasons.

    There are certainly other teams in the league with respectable attendance numbers outside of Toronto and Seattle. The reality is that teams that struggle already are exponentially more hard pressed to draw a decent crowd during a May week night. ESPN also has done itself and the league no favors by failing to market and advertise the league and it's telecasts properly on it's own network.

  • In reply to cesba:

    MLS

  • In reply to ggorecki:

    Yes it's a start and a move in the right direction. MLS has ignored international dates for far too long.

    Toronto and Seattle are the only places where tickets are a scarce for EVERY match but there are other locations that do relatively well at the gate. Philadelphia is also shaping up nicely based on their season ticket sales alone.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think it still comes down to the league deeming it necessary to put out the best product possible. It stinks that mid-week games are not as big a draw. But, to play weekend games without the big stars is an insult to people attending the game and a competitive disadvantage for teams that are being "punished" for having top players. If the idea is to try to retain our national team players (and those of other countries), then you have to keep those weekends free.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I think the fact that we're having this dicussion is a good sign of the league's growth. These problems are issues that come with the evolution of the league and MLS' attempts to address the issues instead of ignoring them as they've done in the past is also a positive sign.

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