Monday, March 12

Stories Of the Day: HDC - Home Depression Center?

Does First Kick apply to the whole weekend or was actually it Second Kick for MLS today? Anyway, here are my top stories from Sunday…

Home Depression Center?: With one game remaining for the Opening Weekend of the 2012 MLS season, the only clubs that have lost at home are the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. It is not exactly a surprising story for young, developing Chivas USA squad as they dropped seven games at home each of the past two seasons. However, the Galaxy were unbeaten at the Home Depot Center a year ago (12-0-5) and fell at home only four times the year before. The Goats see their last-minute heartbreak loss as a good sign they are headed in the right direction while Bruce Arena took the blame for the champions' defeat.    

Big Moves, Big Payoffs… sort of: Arguably the two biggest move of the offseason, Sebastien Le Toux and Kenny Cooper both scored in their opening games of the campaign with their new clubs. Le Toux led Vancouver to victory at home Saturday and Cooper, coming off the bench late, gave the Red Bulls some hope trailing on the road in Dallas by two, but his tally proved not quite enough. 

Wave Keep on Rolling: Does it really count if you win a championship without playing against the Wave. It seems like they are in the title game every year. Sunday night they won their three-game series with a Game 2 win against the Missouri Comets to reach the final for a third consecutive year – the 10th appearance in the last 15 years. They will play either the Baltimore Blast or Rochester Lancers. The defending champs are looking for their sixth title, having won the first 15 years ago in the 1997-98 campaign. Baltimore has five titles in the last 10 years while the Lancers are a relaunch of the old NASL club.

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