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Eastern Conference Round (4) Up !

Results, news and notables from MLS Round Four with focus on the Eastern Conference through the kaleidoscope of Crew.

Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports, RFK DCU v Columbus Crew. March 2013
Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports, RFK DCU v Columbus Crew. March 2013


Starting right off with the NASR Player of the Week because it is a familiar name in sometimes USMNT player - Juan Agudelo. Right behind him is a player who is having a standout year on a standout team in Patrice Bernier, more on him in a second. First, take a look at last week’s voting:

Total Votes : Name (Team)

15 : Juan Agudelo (CHV)

11 : Patrice Bernier (MTL)

6 : Jackson (DAL)

5 : Dan Kennedy (CHV)

4 : Edgar Mejia (CHV)

4 : Andy Gruenebaum (CLB)

3 : Marco Di Vaio (MTL)

2 : Ricardo Clark (HOU)

2 : Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

1 : Nana Attakora (SJ)

1 : Clint Irwin (COL)

1 : Warren Creavalle (HOU)

1 : Fabian Castillo (DAL)

1 : Ben Speas (CLB)

Good to see Gruenebaum and Speas recognized. Now, next up is the top 7 total NASR Player of the Week votes since the beginning of the year. Patrice leads the way. Five of the 7 are Eastern Conf guys. I don’t expect Earnshaw to stay up here, but we shall see.

31 : Patrice Bernier (MTL)

27 : Mike Magee (LA)

20 : Bill Hamid (DC)

20 : Robert Earnshaw (TOR)

16 : Graham Zusi (SKC)

15 : Juan Agudelo (CHV)

10 : Marco Di Vaio (MTL)


Through three games, only two total goals are scored in them, with a record of 1 Win, 1 Draw and 1 Loss - sounds like a riddle told betwixt Bilbo Baggins and Gollum.

Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bites, Mouthless mutters.

Always take note of a rebuilding team that is able to get results like Jay Heaps is getting in New England. This last one against Sporting KC wasn’t easy. Keep an eye on the Revs this weekend as they take on a moderately surprising FC Dallas (3 Wins, 1 Loss). A positive result for the Revs could mean we have a tough Eastern Conf team that otherwise had been pegged for the bottom of the table. As for Sporting? They have gotten the fortress approach from two weaker Eastern clubs in their first four. It’s what you get for being the best. They need to figure out a way to break through.


Columbus looked motivated in their win against DC United last weekend. Not enough can be said about Josh Williams and his burning desire to win. Credit to the coaching staff for being okay with him getting forward and roaming in the opponents third. He looked dangerous on NBC Sports for all to see - and was justly rewarded for his efforts with a beautiful header off Tyson Wahl’s foot.

Later in the match, with things all knotted up, Ben Speas whipped in a loose ball from the top of the 18 yard box for the game winner. Speas has been a confident force in the middle of the field in his 3 games this year.

Both Williams and Speas are from Northeast Ohio. Things like ‘two local kids score goals’ don’t happen in professional soccer much, but knowing what I know about this part of the country - I suspect neither of these two care about what normally happens in this sport. They want to win.


The Impact won again this week by taking down an organized, but Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill-less, NY Red Bulls side (on fake pitch). Massive City FFC and Helltown made further plans on last week’s Massive Report Podcast to record a obscure Montreal Impact Podcast from here in Central Ohio. The length of it is now projected to extend past four hours. Minimum. Vous vers le bas, l'Impact de Montréal?


The Fire fall to a Chivas USA side that has really become an interesting story. Chivas seemed the better prepared team against a very desperate and very greedy Chicago side. "Predictable" is what it ultimately became for the Goats. The Fire got their first goal but lost almost all discipline as a result. Not in a tailspin yet but improvement needed.

With 10.5% of the season already in the books, Chicago sits bottom of the combined table by some distance.

BEST XI - LESS put out their best eleven this week and it, yet again, doesn’t include a Columbus Crew player. Only four games in - but it is a little strange.

Crew do have a few Honorable Mentions though:

Mentions : Name

3 : Federico Higuaín

2 : Glauber

2 : Josh Williams

2 : Andy Gruenebaum

1 : Ben Speas


Josh Williams was one of the top performers again this week, but... not digging into fantasy this week. I’m Excel-ed out with real stats, let alone arbitrary measurements. Maybe next week. Here’s a screenshot of the best team with the Massive Report logo in the middle of it though:


Time is marching on but Montreal is still dominating, not sugar coating things here. Below are my MLS best through round 4:

GK : Troy Perkins (MTL)

D: Hassoun Camara (MTL)

D: Jeb Brovsky (MTL)

D: Matteo Ferrari (MTL)

D: Todd Dunivant (LA)

MF: Mike Magee (LA)

MF: Patrice Bernier (MTL)

MF: Davy Arnaud (MTL)

MF: Felipe Martins (MTL)

F: Marco Di Vaio (MTL)

F: Darren Mattocks (VAN)

Others to just miss the cut are: GK: Carlo Cudicini, D: Sean Franklin and Josh Williams. MF: Ricardo Clark, Juninho and Andrew Jacobson. Federico Higuain, Kenny Cooper and Sebastien Le Toux are close as well.

Player to watch and just missing out of my best eleven is Edgar Mejia for Chivas USA.

Thanks again for reading. Crew are off this weekend but plenty of good games to write about. See you then.