During the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused an ongoing pause in the 2020 Major League Soccer season, we’re looking for creative ways to bring you soccer content. A group of our writers got together on Football Manager and picked MLS teams to bring some form of soccer, even if it’s simulated, to fans’ lives.
For today, the managers catch you up to speed on the latest results for them as we approach the end of April. For all three managers, the season is starting to turn around for the better or for the worst.
Thomas Babcock (Columbus Crew): The beginning of April was a mixed bag for the Black & Gold with regards to our on-field results. The two games in this period we are recapping could not have been more polar opposites of each other.
We were utterly dominated by Orlando City SC in a 6-1 loss. This match began at a disadvantage with defender Johnathan Mensah’s injury causing our backline to consist of Vito Wormgoor and Josh Williams. This weakened group was then compounded by Wormgoor receiving a straight red card in the 51st minute with the score at 2-1. The flood gates then opened while we were down a man and led to our worst loss of the season.
We ended this period with a bounce-back 3-1 win against the New York Red Bulls through goals from Waylon Francis, Ezequiel Barco and Gyasi Zardes.
After this string of results, we look forward to more matches to get that defeat far away from effecting our morale.
Orri Benatar (Chicago Fire): April has been a much better month for the Chicago Fire. That was inevitable after the kind of March we had.
We kicked off April with a dramatic 3-3 draw against Orlando City, coming back from a 3-1 deficit with goals from Robert Beric and C.J. Sapong. A draw was nice but we still needed that first win. It wouldn’t come in game number eight with a 2-0 road loss to D.C. United.
That first win finally happened at home in a massive upset victory over New York City FC. Raheem Edwards and Robert Beric got the goals in the 2-0 win to finally break the winless streak. The run continued with a solid 2-2 draw against the Portland Timbers in the next match.
The squad is gelling with a new 4-2-4 formation and Robert Beric has cemented himself as a top-class goalscorer in MLS with six goals in the first 10 games. We’re out of last place in the Eastern Conference and can only keep going up from here.
Tyler Fisher (Atlanta United): Things started to turn bad for the Five Stripes. Throughout the month of April, we hit a slump.
After starting off well with a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Union with Matheus Rossetto getting the lone goal, we traded the attacker to the Chicago Fire. Then we suffered defeat in our last two games, losing 1-0 to D.C. United and 3-1 to New York City FC.
Atlanta has fallen out of the top five in the East and is barely hanging on by a thread to maintain a playoff position. Needless to say, I’m on the hot seat right now. It also doesn’t help that the connection between me and the coach and my players is starting to fade, after getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the season. We shall see how this next episode goes for me, and whether or not I still have a job in the Peach State.