8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 2

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 17, 2014

8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 2

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    The long-awaited debuts of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley in Toronto FC red came and went this weekend with plenty of fireworks. 

    The star-studded duo helped the Reds power past the Sounders in Seattle in the marquee game of Week 2.

    In the other seven matches, we learned that Earthquakes should never be counted out and a tremendous back four is coming together in orange. 

    Continue reading for the eight biggest lessons from the second week of play in MLS. 

The Stars Showed Up in Style

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    Not only did Defoe and Bradley deliver for Toronto, but Thierry Henry, Chris Wondolowski and Clint Dempsey also had strong performances in Week 2. 

    Henry, Wondolowski and Defoe all scored in their respective games, while Bradley and Dempsey delivered quality minutes in the spectacle in Seattle. 

    If you dig a little deeper into Week 2, league stars like Mauro Rosales, Joao Plata and Will Bruin also stood out in attack. 

    A few star defenders also showed up in style this weekend with Aurelien Collin and Victor Bernardez being two of the standout back-line players from this weekend. 

    There is no doubt that this is a good thing for MLS as its brand continues to expand past the diehard soccer fan. 

Whatever Is Going on in New England Needs to Be Fixed...Now!

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    One of the biggest disappointments of the young 2014 season has been the play of the New England Revolution. 

    The Revs were shut out for the second consecutive week, and for most of their match against Philadelphia, they looked like a disjointed mess. 

    Last year's Defender of the Year, Jose Goncalves, wasn't even in the matchday squad, and his absence was felt greatly as the Union controlled the possession for most of the first half and some of the second half. 

    Even when New England received a chance to score, Diego Fagundez soared a shot over the wide-open goal after a save by Zac MacMath. 

    There is clearly something wrong behind the scenes, and we can only hope that it gets fixed before it's too late. 

This Shouldn't Have Been Called a Penalty

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    The replacement referees delivered us a laugher on Saturday afternoon as referee Alan Kelly awarded Colorado a penalty after Marvin Chavez ran into Jamison Olave.

    As you can see, Olave just stood in the box and held his position while the much smaller and lighter Chavez ran into him. 

    If calls like this continue to be made, we are going to be begging for the regular referees to come back faster than NFL fans after this dubious incident

Houston's Back Four Is off to a Tremendous Start

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    Houston is the lone team in MLS that has not conceded a single goal in two games. 

    The back four of Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor and Corey Ashe have been brilliant in front of keeper Tally Hall this season. 

    The Dynamo have shut down New England and Montreal at home, but now it is time to take the show on the road. 

    The first time to prove their worth on the road will be on March 29 in Vancouver after the Dynamo take Week 3 off. 

Home Fortresses in Cascadia Weren't so Daunting

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    Toronto and Chicago both proved this week that points are there for the taking when teams head out to Cascadia. 

    Toronto came out on fire thanks to Defoe and Bradley to earn a surprising three points at CenturyLink Field.

    Chicago became the second team in two weeks to earn a draw at Providence Park as it took home a 1-1 result with the Timbers on Sunday. 

    This may just be a fluke week in which Seattle and Portland both fail to win at home, but it does give other teams confidence that more points can be stolen in the Pacific Northwest. 

Mauro Rosales May End Up Being the Top Offseason Acquisition

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    Chivas USA has looked like a team that actually has promise this season, and the main reason for that is Mauro Rosales.

    Rosales, who joined the Goats from Seattle in the offseason, has provided a spark to an attack that was in search of one for the entire 2013 season. 

    The 33-year-old has linked up well with Erick Torres and Thomas McNamara up front and is tied for the league lead in assists with two, a total that Shea Salinas and Lloyd Sam also have. 

...But so Could Maurice Edu

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    If you think what Rosales is doing for Chivas is impressive, look at what Maurice Edu has done to the Philadelphia defense. 

    Edu has brought a ton of experience to a young back four, with both parties benefitting from the new marriage. 

    It is highly likely, based off of his play in the first two weeks, that Edu will be called up to the United States men's national team for the April 2 friendly with Mexico. If he continues to play like he has, he may even be on the flight to Brazil. 

    What Edu is doing in Philly is even more impressive in person as you can see all of the little things he is doing right to deny any type of attack from the opposition. 

The Goonies Never, Ever Say Die

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    For the 17th time since the start of the 2012 season, the San Jose Earthquakes scored a second-half stoppage-time goal. 

    Victor Bernardez was the player who worked the miracle for San Jose in the team's 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake. 

    Bernardez also scored in the 75th minute to kick-start the comeback for the Goonies. 

    As if that weren't enough late-game magic for you, Alan Gordon scored in the 95th minute during the week to earn a 1-1 draw with Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League. 

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