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8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 10: Dominant Revs, Star Rookies and More

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 10: Dominant Revs, Star Rookies and More

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    The 10th week of play in Major League Soccer delivered us with a plethora of storylines to watch after 39 goals were scored in 12 games. 

    The electric offensive play across the league this week taught us plenty of things about the teams who lit the net on fire and fell flat in blowout losses. 

    Because of the onslaught of goals, plenty of individuals made statements about their play as well. 

    Continue reading for the eight biggest takeaways from MLS Week 10. 

It's Time to Take New England Seriously

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    Through the first nine weeks, New England quietly impressed on the defensive side of the ball, but in Week 10 it stepped up on the offensive end.

    The young core led by Diego Fagundez and Patrick Mullins exploded for five goals against a vulnerable Seattle defense at home on Sunday. 

    We have been waiting for the young Revs to break out in a major way all season, and we finally got what we wanted during one of the most impressive offensive showings of the year. 

    One of the reasons for the success up front is the influx of Mullins at the forward position. 

    The 22-year-old rookie from Maryland has started the last two games and scored a goal in each of them. 

Real Salt Lake Finally Broke the Houston Hex

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    Entering the final match of the weekend, Real Salt Lake were 0-8-1 on the road against Houston.

    That all changed when the Claret and Cobalt unleashed an attacking fury on the Houston back four and left with five goals and three valuable points. 

    The onslaught began early with a goal from Javier Morales 15 seconds into the first half, and it ended with the midfielder capping off his hat-trick from the spot in the 89th minute. 

    In between the first and last strikes by Morales, Alvaro Saborio and Luke Mulholland scored a goal each, and Houston saw Servando Carrasco sent off in the 27th minute for a tackle on Morales. 

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served by Marvin Chavez

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    On Thursday, the Colorado Rapids sent midfielder Marvin Chavez to Chivas USA in a trade for Luke Moore, who was then shipped to Toronto for Gale Agbossoumonde.

    On Sunday, Chavez and his new teammates marched into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and recorded a surprise 3-1 victory. 

    Two of the goals scored by the Goats came from Chavez, who entered the match in the 57th minute. 

    By trading the member of the Honduras World Cup squad to a team they faced four days later, the Rapids looked pretty foolish after the final whistle blew. 

Chris Wondolowski Has a Decided Edge over Eddie Johnson Heading into USMNT Camp

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    With the announcement of the United States preliminary squad of 30 coming on Monday, a few spots on the final 23-man roster remain up for grabs. 

    One of the final spots yet to be decided is at the forward position, where Chris Wondolowski and Eddie Johnson are fighting with a few other players for a ticket to Brazil.

    If the decision were to come down to Wondolowski and Johnson, the answer would be an easy one based on the form of the two players this season. 

    Wondolowski has five goals in nine games for San Jose, while Johnson has failed to score in eight games for D.C. United. 

    When it comes to doing little things on the pitch, Wondo also has the advantage with Johnson up to his old ways of complaining to referees and lackadaisical play at times up front. 

Bill Hamid Is the Best Young USMNT Goalkeeping Prospect in the League

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    If there was any doubt about who the best young American keeper in the league was, Bill Hamid erased that on Saturday. 

    Hamid made a terrific double save to retain a clean sheet at PPL Park in D.C.'s 1-0 win, and in the process, he reminded us all that he will be named to plenty of United States rosters in the future. 

    Once Tim Howard steps down from the national team setup, expect Hamid to be the third keeper on every roster alongside Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the long term. 

New York Is Guaranteed to Make Things Exciting Every Once in a While

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    The New York Red Bulls were involved in a nine-goal shootout at home with Chicago, a match in which they ended up on the wrong end of the result. 

    The 5-4 loss continued a striking trend that the Red Bulls have been involved in since 2005.

    Dating back to the MetroStars days, the New York franchise has been involved in the last five 5-4 scorelines in MLS, per Peter Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau. 

Philadelphia and Montreal Need a Lot of Work

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    There is no need to sugarcoat the play of Philadelphia and Montreal over the past few weeks. 

    Both sides need help, and lots of it, to even think of a having a chance to contend for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. 

    Both teams have veteran players who are doing their best to turn things around in Maurice Edu and Marco Di Vaio, but currently the flaws outweigh the positives at both PPL Park and Stade Saputo.

    One has to assume both sides will be active during the summer transfer window, and if they are not, serious changes will be made for the two sides that have combined for 14 points in 20 matches. 

The Rookie of the Year Race Is Going to Be Fun to Watch

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    The latest week of play in MLS reminded us of the great young talent that the league possesses.

    Two of those players, Mullins and Harry Shipp, stood out the most and are about to make the Rookie of the Year race a must-watch. 

    Mullins has defied his critics from the MLS SuperDraft with two goals in his last two starts, while Shipp has three goals and four assists in eight games for Chicago, including a hat-trick against New York on Saturday. 

    If you're looking for a dark horse in the race, look for Houston's Mark Sherrod to earn more playing time after his brace against RSL. 

     

    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

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