The first week of the new MLS season had it all. From Thierry Henry’s apparent frustrations, Kris Boyd’s debut goal and wonderful attacking play from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Montreal Impact’s first ever game, a trademark Beckham assist and an upset by Real Salt Lake.
Here are my moments of the weekend:
1. Result of the Weekend:
Real Salt Lake 3-1 LA Galaxy. It all started so well for the Galaxy as David Beckham put in a trademark cross that was finished well by Edson Buddle, but then along came three RSL goals in seventeen minutes. A Sean Franklin own goal started the rot and goals from Javier Morales and Fabian Espindola did the rest of the damage. What makes the performance more impressive was that RSL beat LA at their own ground and had more possession than LA.
2. Goal of the Weekend:
In terms of sheer spectacle Quincy Amarikwa’s goal would be goal of the weekend, driving at the Crew’s defence before blasting a shot into the roof of the net. However, in terms of quality and creativity, Vancouver Whitecaps’ Camilo wins it. It was a good finish as he beat a man and curled it inside the post, but the play beforehand was of undoubted class. Le Toux played it to Hassli who left the ball to be played through to Camilo, who beat a man and scored. A true teamwork goal.
3. Assist of the Weekend:
Goldenballs wins this one. David Beckham received the ball on the right hand side and from good distance whipped in the perfect cross for Edson Buddle’s opener.
4. Performance of the Weekend:
Ryan Meara wins this one. New York Red Bulls’ disastrous off season goalkeeper blunders has left them with two rookie keepers but Meara looked anything but a rookie. An awful NYRB performance left FC Dallas one-on-one with Meara too many times, but time and time again he denied them what should have been a crushing victory.
5. Moment of the Weekend:
It was great to see a new expansion team start off. Even though Montreal Impact did lose 2-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps, there were positives to be taken, such as Bernier’s performance. Now for the 20th Expansion team Don Garber!