The winless streak now stands at seven, but they need to look at the positives wherever they can — fighting back from behind to get a point on the road, and surviving going down a man. Two of the next three are at home and that should be motivation enough for Atlanta to get back to winning ways.
They out-possessed and outshot LAFC but Austin's season-long issue of goalscoring reared its ugly head once again. Until they can consistently find goals, the playoff spots will continue to elude them.
Three unbeaten with nine goals during that span should have Fire fans feeling really good right now. However, they dug themselves a very deep hole earlier this season so despite this mini resurgence, they are still well outside a playoff spot and will need to sustain this sort of form to have a realistic chance of making some postseason noise.
Colorado did what all good teams do after dropping points, they got back to winning ways. A formation change allowed them to be solid at the back while still being able to find their danger men and it paid off as they got the goals they needed and a clean sheet to go with it.
Anytime you can rescue a point, especially after being down two goals and short a man, you will be pleased with the outcome. With that said, the Crew aren’t aiming for a playoff spot — that’s expected — they will want the top seed which means they need to win their two upcoming home games.
On paper, I’m still surprised by FC Dallas' league position, but in the defeat to the Galaxy, I could see exactly why they are where they are. Simply put, they concede too many goals and never really look like keeping a clean sheet. In fact, they’ve only kept one all season and that was on the opening day of the season.
Offensively, they look dangerous at times, but defensively I am not sure Houston have enough to shut out the very best teams. In the defeat to Seattle, as soon as the Sounders turned up a gear, it became a question of not if, but when, and how many would the Sounders score. The playoffs are realistic, but anything beyond that will require a stinger defense against the top teams.
Two wins on the bounce, both away from home, and they kept a clean sheet in both. At some point the offense is going to explode, it’s too good not to. Assuming that does happen, and this defensive trend continues, over the next few weeks this team should start to knock on the door for those top two seeds.
It’s time for this club and its players to stand up and be counted. Miami have failed to deliver what was expected of them since entering the league, and if 2021 is to have any chance of being rescued, they are going to have to go on a run and find some results by whatever means they can — starting with the trip to Red Bull Arena.
The unbeaten run has come to an end, and while the Loons should be disappointed, the focus now needs to be on starting another one. It won’t be easy as the next two games, even though they are at home, are against two in-conference rivals in the Sounders and the Timbers.
They are in excellent form and finding different ways to win while getting big performances from several players. If Montréal can beat FC Cincinnati this weekend, that would make it three straight wins and six unbeaten. It’s always a good day when both strikers get on the scoresheet as both Mason Toye and Romell Quioto did in their most recent win.
In order to gain separation from the teams directly behind them and truly join the race for the top seeds, Nashville will need to turn a few of these draws they always seem to get, into wins. They’ve won four and tied seven this season and if just two of those ties had been wins, they’d be one point out of first, with a game in hand.
Have hit a rocky patch as of late — winless in three, while conceding at least two in each of the last five. The defeat to Toronto was a shock to all of us and the Revs now need to show the winning mentality they’ve had for most of the year, by getting back to winning ways on the road to Atlanta.
There’s no time to dwell on the defeat to Montréal as a tough game awaits NYCFC in Columbus, and the race for the Audi MLS Cup Playoff spots are tighter than ever. After Columbus, they do have three home games which they should feel good about, but they can't afford to overlook the trip to Ohio.
Conceding a late goal to drop points always stings and so the locker room would have been a very somber place after the 1-1 draw with Philadelphia. However, they have a home game against Miami to look forward to as they try to extend the unbeaten run to four.
Lost two games in a row for the first time all year. All teams go through bad spells, but the very best ones keep those spells as short as possible. If Orlando's Shield ambitions are legit, they can’t afford to not get three points against what appears to be a reenergized Toronto side.
They got the kind of draw against the Red Bulls that feels like a win and hopefully they will be able to turn that momentum into another good run of form. D.C. United are no pushovers, but any time the Union plays at home, three points has to be the expectation.
Historically the Timbers always been a very good home team, and going forward, I think their home form will be the key to really getting their season going. Four of their next six are in Portland, starting with games against Dallas and LAFC in the space of four days — if they get six points from this coming week, they’ll be right back in the mix where they should be.
For a team that concedes as many as San Jose do, two road games at Colorado and Sporting Kansas City, is not exactly what you’d want. However, in both games, they should have plenty of counter attacking opportunities and should be aiming for a win — against the odds — in at least one of those games.
I am running out of words for this club, and more specifically for the form of Raul Ruidiaz. They now own the best ever start in MLS history and they’ve done it while missing several key players — something that mustn’t be overlooked. As for Ruidiaz, he is the type of player every team in the league needs — he understands his role in the team, and he is focused only on executing it at the highest level possible.
The next time SKC take the pitch, it’ll be against San Jose and they’ll be desperate for the three points for a couple of reasons. First, they want to win every game and keep racking up the points as much as possible. Second, after San Jose, it’s the Sounders who come to town and they’ll want to be in a position where a win over Seattle, takes them into first place on points in the Western Conference.
They got a win that was as brilliant as it was unexpected. This often happens when a coaching change takes place, and although I’ve seen it a million times, I’m not sure why it does. Regardless, that win, plus the return of Jozy Altidore to the fold, should keep the positive energy flowing as Toronto go to battle against Orlando at the weekend.
Well and truly beaten against Real Salt Lake last time out. The silver lining is that the Whitecaps are actually only a couple of wins out of a playoff spot, but unless that turnaround in form comes quickly, that red line will keep moving further away. This is what makes the game against the Galaxy, a must win. Or, at the bare minimum, a must not lose.