People gave the New England Revolution grief for postponing Saturday’s match due to weather conditions (quoth longtime Rider and cigar smoker Monty Rodrigues, “What are we, baseball?”), but Liga MX did one better by cancelling the whole slate of weekend matches due to a referee strike. The strike is over insufficient response to assaults on referees by Club América’s Pablo Aguilar and Toluca’s Enrique Triverio. Jon Arnold had some details earlier in the week, which also included a note about several other suspensions due to violent conduct. That plus the fact that Veracruz is under a “stadium ban” now due to hooliganism makes me worry if things in Liga MX are taking a wrong turn.
But what did people actually do on the field this weekend?
Jagielonia Białystok 4 (Frankowski 24′, Borjan og 34, Černych 70′, 90’+) – MKS Korona Kielce (Mitsanski 14′)
Yes, the pattern continues: Jaga goes down a goal then opens up a can of whoop ass. Jaga is now in first place, helped along by the formerly nipping-at-the-heels Lechia dropping a game to Ruch of all teams. That’s two losses for Lechia, meaning Jaga’s competition for first is now Lech. That made more sense anyway.
FC Arizona 0 – Orange County FC 0
It was the debut match for the newest pro club in Arizona (“Pro”? Aren’t they in the NPSL?) Former Sounders and Timbers keeper Andrew Weber had little to do for Arizona, but he kept an attempt from Montes de Oca out of the net late in the match.
Minnesota United 1 (Molino pk 30′) – Atlanta United 6 (Martínez 6′, 27′, 75′, Almirón 13′, 52′, Peterson 90’+)
Can we blame the snow? No. Minnesota United has some quality in their attack with Christian Ramirez and Kevin Molino (Miguel Ibarra was on the bench), but their back line is a disaster. It wasn’t even about possession: in the end, Minnesota was even on possession and had a great deal of it in the last twenty minutes of the second half. But, that back line…gawd. Go through the highlights, on every goal you’ll find one or even two of the back four keeping some one onside, guarding no one in particular or ball watching. People are picking Minnesota United 2017 as the worst MLS side ever. I saw nothing on Sunday that would lead me to disagree.
LA Galaxy 0 – Portland Timbers FC 1 (Chara 8′)
Hearing fans of the team that once had Carlos Ruiz in its line-up complain about diving is pretty rich, but the red card shown to Jelle Van Damme in the first half might make Galaxy fans excuse this loss without seeing the troubles that caused it. Portland didn’t shut the game down after the card and LA could have equalized. An injury to Giovanni Dos Santos that took him out of the match left the team with no firepower at all. LA had nothing except Jack McBean, and he is probably not the best guy to turn to when you are a goal and a man down.