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Eastern Conference Round (5) Up

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


Round 5, Top 5 in the Castrol Index for Columbus Crew right-back Josh Williams. Of course there are a lot of questions around the subjectivity and transparency of this particular player rating system. Every rating system has strengths and weaknesses but you would be hard pressed to find any Crew player in the top 5 at even this point of the season in any player rating model since 2011.

Last year, 28th ranked Andy Gruenebaum was the highest rated Crew player. He was closely followed by Jairo Arrieta and Chad Marshall. While not perfect, it is the “official performance index of Major League Soccer.” Which means it has some, well... meaning.


The Crew, DC and Fire might have had the weekend off but seven of the ten Eastern Conference teams were in action over the weekend. Of those, four played each other. New York took care of (this weekend’s Crew opponent) the Philadelphia Union 2:1 and Kansas City controlled precedings at home and finally hand Montreal their first loss of the season, 2:0.

In the other games Toronto FC managed a 2:2 tie against still unbeaten LA Galaxy. Houston won fairly easily over San Jose 2:0 (something the Crew mishandled a week earlier in a 1:1 draw), and New England...


Games involving the Revs, through four games, are averaging 0.75 goals total (less than a goal). It’s unusual. Usually you see either a stout defensive club with 5 Goals For and 1 against or a bad club with 1 GF and 5 against. The Revs lost this week to a streaking FC Dallas 1:0 but still; Four points off one goal at the same time have managed two losses from only two goals.

This thing all things devours:

Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;

Gnaws iron, bites steel;

Grinds hard stones to meal;

Slays king, ruins town,

And beats high mountain down.

Games involving the Crew are averaging 2.75 goals per game, that tied for 4th highest in the league, believe it or not. That Chivas collapse at the end week one helped. Here’s the top three most bestest highest-est scoring MLS games involving:

Total Goals : Team

3.75 : Portland

3.40 : Chivas USA

3.00 : Houston


National Association of Soccer Reporters voting says that a Mr. Will Johnson of Portland wins this week. There might be some debate about how many votes came in conjunction with his performance with the Canadian National team a few days earlier. Reason being; Portland’s draw with a struggling Colorado Rapids is not blowing anyone’s hair back. The game was a hot mess with two penalty kicks (it did, however, feature an amazing goal from Rapid’s rookie Dillon Powers).

Here are the top vote getters for Round 5:

NASR Votes : Player

19 : Will Johnson PDX

14 : Benny Feilhaber SKC

7 : Graham Zusi SKC

5 : Luis Gil RSL

Going to have to go Feilhaber here. His addition to Sporting paid off in this win over previously undefeated Montreal.


While not perfectly clear yet, things are starting to take shape. Here’s how it goes for the Eastern Conference clubs through the first 5 weeks:

1. Montreal Impact

2. Houston Dynamo

3. Sporting KC

4. Columbus Crew

5. Philadelphia Union

6. Toronto FC

7. New York Red Bulls

8. New England Revolution

9. DC United

10. Chicago Fire

NY is expected to rise, along with DC United (though, Nick DeLeon is out for 6-8 weeks). Philly and Toronto are off to better than expected starts but it will be difficult for them to stay at these levels as time passes.


Things have finally started to break up with the Montreal loss in KC and Houston is making her voice heard. One that will likely carry on all year. Get use to it.

Here are my best performers of the year, to date.

GK: Tally Hall (HOU)

D: George John (FCD)

D: Josh Williams (CLB)

D: Hassoun Camara (MTL)

D: Kofi Sarkodie (HOU)

MF: Mike Magee (LA)

MF: David Ferreira (HOU)

MF: Ricardo Clark (HOU)

MF: Patrice Bernier (MTL)

F: Marco Di Vaio (MTL)

F: Claudio Bieler (SKC)

Mostly Eastern Conference guys right now.

MLS has a lot of midfield guys playing well so far. Just missing out is FCDs Jackson and Andrew Jacobson, Impact’s Davy Arnaud and Chivas USA top man Edgar Mejia.

------- they kings, or poets, or farmers, They're a people of great worth, They keep company with the angels, and bring a bit of heaven here to earth. - (Irish, unknown)