MLS Week 7: Seattle sets the bar

Seattle fans stuck with their team after losing 4-0 to Los Angeles. The result wasn’t that much of a surprise after Kasey Keller, of all people, gifted the Galaxy an early goal.

The Sounders’ management, though, is making a bold statement. It’s not technically a refund, but it’s close — season-ticket holders will get a one-game credit toward next year’s tickets.

Classy move? Overreaction? Both.

J Hutcherson makes the case that coach Sigi Schmid, once fired from a first-place team, is once again in a place of unreasonable expectations. Schmid, for his part, is threatening to bench some people.

The rest of the week: The Galaxy rolled on, the Red Bulls hit a big bump in the road, Kevin Hartman helped Dallas crawl out of the West cellar, the Revolution hit rock-bottom.

STANDINGS/LINEUPS

1. Los Angeles Galaxy (22 pts/8 games played)

– Wednesday: Won 1-0 at Colorado. Big one-on-one stop by Ricketts against Omar Cummings; goal from Alan Gordon.
– Wednesday lineup (4-4-2): Donovan Ricketts; A.J. DeLaGarza RB, Gregg Berhalter CB, Omar Gonzalez CB, Todd Dunivant LB; Charlie Birchall DM, Michael Stephens RM, Juninho AM, Landon Donovan LM; Alan Gordon F, Edson Buddle F. No changes.
– Saturday: Won 4-0 at Seattle.
– Saturday lineup (4-4-1-1): Donovan Ricketts; Bryan Jordan RB, Gregg Berhalter CB, Omar Gonzalez CB, Todd Dunivant LB; Charlie Birchall DM, Michael Stephens RM, Jovan Kirovski AM; Landon Donovan WF, Edson Buddle F. Jordan for DeLaGarza, Kirovski for Juninho, Klein pushes Donovan up front and Alan Gordon out.

2. New York Red Bulls (15 / 7)

– Saturday: Lost 0-4 at San Jose. Surprise starter Luke Sassano picked up an early red card and the wheels came off in the second half.
– Lineup (4-4-2): Bouna Coundoul; Luke Sassano RB, Mike Petke CB, Tim Ream CB, Roy Miller LB; Dane Richards RM, Tony Tchani CM, Joel Lindpere CM, Seth Stammler LM; Juan Pablo Angel F, Salou Ibrahim F. Sassano for Jeremy Hall, Tchani for Carl Robinson (hamstring).

3. Houston Dynamo (13 / 8)

– Wednesday: Lost 0-1 vs. Dallas in the El Capitan rivalry.
– Wednesday lineup: (4-4-2) Pat Onstad; Andrew Hainault RB; Bobby Boswell CB, Eddie Robinson CB, Mike Chabala LB; Brian Mullan RM, Lovel Palmer CM, Corey Ashe LM, Brad Davis AM; Luis Angel Landin F, Dominic Oduro F. No change in second game since Geoff Cameron was lost for the season.
– Saturday: Won 2-0 at Chivas USA. First goal was an unreal Brad Davis chip. Adrian Serioux made it two off a corner kick within the first 10 minutes.
– Saturday lineup: (4-3-3) Pat Onstad; Craig Waibel RB; Bobby Boswell CB, Adrian Serioux CB, Mike Chabala LB; Lovel Palmer RM, Richard Mulrooney CM, Brad Davis LM; Brian Mullan RF, Corey Ashe LF, Dominic Oduro CF. Waibel for Hainault, Serioux for Robinson. Mulrooney replaces Landin (not directly, of course).

4. San Jose Earthquakes (12 / 6)

– Saturday: Won 4-0 vs. New York. Went up 11-on-10 early and then Bobby Convey started setting up goals.
– Lineup (4-4-2): Joe Cannon; Chris Leitch RB, Bobby Burling CB, Jason Hernandez CB, Ramiro Corrales LB; Joey Gjertsen RM, Brandon McDonald CM, Andre Luiz CM, Bobby Convey LM; Ryan Johnson F, Chris Wondolowski F. No changes.

5. Columbus Crew (11 / 5)

– Saturday: Won 3-2 vs. New England on late Robbie Rogers goal, overcoming uncharacteristic Will Hesmer blunder on first NE goal.
– CLB (4-4-1-1): Will Hesmer; Frankie Hejduk RB, Chad Marshall CB, Eric Brunner CB, Gino Padula LB; Brian Carroll DM, Eddie Gaven RM, Robbie Rogers LM, Adam Moffat AM; Guillermo Barros Schelotto WF, Steven Lenhart F. Marshall returns from injury; Andy Iro to bench. Padula for suspended Danny O’Rourke (again).

6. Real Salt Lake (10 / 7)

– Saturday: Won 3-0 vs. Philadelphia.
– Saturday lineup: (4-4-2) Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert RB, Jamison Olave CB, Nat Borchers CB, Tony Beltran LB; Kyle Beckerman DM, Will Johnson RM, Andy Williams LM?, Javier Morales AM; Alvaro Saborio F, Robbie Findley F. Wingert in for Robbie Russell. Collen Warner makes way for newly healthy Morales.

7. FC Dallas (10 / 7)

– Wednesday: Huge 1-0 win at Houston thanks to a good save or two, a terrific defensive play from Heath Pearce and Brek Shea’s flick across the goal mouth off a late set piece for Ugo Ihemelu to convert.
– Wednesday lineup: 4-4-1-1: Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd RB, George John CB, Ugo Ihemelu CB, Jair Benitez LB; Heath Pearce RM, Daniel Hernandez CM; Dax McCarty CM, Brek Shea LM; David Ferreira WF, Atiba Harris F. Hartman replaces Dario Sala after Sala’s blunder last week. Pearce goes from left to right with Shea coming in. Harris goes from right mid to forward with streaky scorer Jeff Cunningham benched. Benitez was sent off before the Dallas goal.
– Saturday: Won 1-0 vs. D.C. United. Kevin Hartman’s critics can be quiet for a while.
– Saturday lineup: 4-4-1-1: Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd RB, George John CB, Ugo Ihemelu CB, Heath Pearce LB; Atiba Harris RM, Daniel Hernandez CM; Dax McCarty CM, Brek Shea LM; David Ferreira WF, Jeff Cunningham F. Benitez suspension forces Pearce and Harris to move back, opening space for Cunningham.

8. Colorado Rapids (10 / 7)

– Wednesday: Lost 0-1 vs. Los Angeles. Matt Pickens; Kosuke Kimura RB, Marvell Wynne CB, Drew Moor CB, Julien Baudet LB; Mehdi Ballouchy RM, Pablo Mastroeni CM, Jeff Larentowicz CM, Wells Thompson LM; Omar Cummings F, Conor Casey F
– Lineup changes: Baudet replaces Danny Earls. Ballouchy and Thompson remain on the wings instead of Jamie Smith and Colin Clark.

9. Chivas USA (10 / 8)

– Wednesday: Won 4-0 at New England. 4-4-1-1: Zach Thornton; Mariano Trujillo RB, Dario Delgado CB, Michael Umana CB, Jonathan Bornstein LB; Gerson Mayen RM, Blair Gavin CM, Ben Zemanski CM, Jesus Padilla LM; Sacha Kljestan WF, Justin Braun F
– Saturday: Lost 0-2 vs. Houston. Same lineup. Pressed Houston after giving up two in first 10 minutes.

10. Toronto FC (9 / 7)

– Saturday: Won 4-1 vs. Chicago. Chad Barrett with two goals against his old club. First goal scored by the wind with a Nick LaBrocca assist.
– Saturday lineup: (4-4-2) Stefan Frei; Maksim Usanov RB, Dan Gargan CB, Adrian Cann CB, Nana Attakora LB; Amadou Sanyang M, Julian de Guzman CM, Jacob Peterson M, Nick LaBrocca LM; Dwayne De Rosario F, Chad Barrett F
– Lineup changes: Gargan moves to back to replace Raivis Hscanovics. De Guzman and De Rosario back in where they belong. Martin Saric and Nane Joseph move to bench.

11. Seattle Sounders (9 / 8)

– Saturday: Lost 0-4 vs. Los Angeles (see above).
– 4-3-3: Kasey Keller; James Riley RB, Tyrone Marshall CB, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado CB, Leo Gonzalez LB; Osvaldo Alonso RM, Freddie Ljungberg CM, Peter Vagenas LM; Brad Evans RF, Steve Zakuani LF, Fredy Montero F. TV graphic says Ljungberg forward and Evans mid, which makes some sense, but it doesn’t specify positions. Marshall for Patrick Ianni is lone change.

12. Chicago Fire (8 / 7)

– Saturday: Lost 1-4 at Toronto.
– Saturday lineup: (4-2-3-1) Andrew Dykstra; Tim Ward RB, C.J. Brown CB, Wilman Conde CB, Krzysztof Krol LB; Patrick Nyarko RM, Peter Lowry DM, Logan Pause DM?, Baggio Husidic LM?, Marco Pappa AM, Justin Mapp LM; Brian McBride F. Justin Mapp omitted from midfield shuffle. Highlights not showing a lineup graphic, so the midfield is a bit of a guess.

13. Kansas City Wizards (7 / 6)

– Wednesday: Lost 1-2 at D.C. United. Alleged 4-3-3: Jimmy Nielsen; Michael Harrington RB, Pablo Escobar CB, Jimmy Conrad CB, Roger Espinoza LB, Jack Jewsbury R/CM, Stephane Auvray CM, Davy Arnaud L/CM; Chance Myers RF, Ryan Smith LF, Josh Wolff F
– Lineup changes: Hirsig and Myers replace Davy Arnaud (suspended) and Kei Kamara, who came on as a sub. Wasn’t Myers a defender when he was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft?

14. New England Revolution (7 / 8)

– Wednesday: Lost 0-4 vs. Chivas USA.
– Wednesday lineup: (4-4-1-1) Preston Burpo; Kevin Alston RB, Cory Gibbs CB, Darrius Barnes CB, Seth Sinovic LB; Pat Phelan DM, Chris Tierney DM, Sainey Nyassi RM, Khano Smith LM, Marko Perovic WF, Zach Schilawski F
– Lineup notes: Joseph Niouky and Kheli Dube were suspended as the Revs keep picking up red cards (Perovic added to the parade against CUSA, a major turning point). Tierney took Niouky’s spot. Smith came in and pushed Perovic to forward.
– Saturday: Lost 2-3 at Columbus. Bright spot: Zak Boggs scored twice.
– Saturday lineup: (4-1-4-1) Preston Burpo; Khano Smith RB, Cory Gibbs CB, Darrius Barnes CB, Seth Sinovic LB; Joseph Niouky DM, Zak Boggs RM, Pat Phelan CM, Chris Tierney CM, Sainey Nyassi LM; Kheli Dube F. Kevin Alston injury, Dube/Niouky return and Perovic suspension prompt reshuffle.

15. Philadelphia Union (3 / 6)

– Saturday: Lost 0-3 at Salt Lake.
– Saturday lineup (4-4-2): Chris Seitz; Cristian Arrieta, Michael Orozco, CB Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey; Kyle Nakazawa, Andrew Jacobson, Roger Torres, Fred; Jack McInerney Alejandro Moreno
– Lineup changes: Nakazawa replaces suspended Stefani Miglioranzi. Fred moves back to midfield, bumping Shea Salinas to bench and opening spot for young striker McInerney.

16. D.C. United (3 / 7)

– Wednesday: Won 2-1 vs Kansas City. First win of the season.
– Wednesday lineup: (4-4-2) Bill Hamid; Jordan Graye RB, Carey Talley CB, Juan Manuel Pena CB, Rodney Wallace LB; Kurt Morsink DM, Boyzzz Khumalo RM, Clyde Simms CM, Christian Castillo LM; Danny Allsopp F, Adam Cristman F
– Saturday: Lost 0-1 at Dallas.
– Saturday lineup: (4-4-2) Bill Hamid; Jordan Graye RB, Carey Talley CB, Devon McTavish CB, Rodney Wallace LB; Kurt Morsink DM, Boyzzz Khumalo RM, Clyde Simms CM, Christian Castillo LM; Danny Allsopp F, Adam Cristman F
– Lineup: 19-year-old Hamid replaces Troy Perkins in goal. Khumalo replaces ailing Santino Quaranta. Allsopp replaces injured Andy Najar. On Saturday, McTavish replaces Pena. So with Allsopp playing well with Cristman, would we see Najar return as an attacking mid with Simms behind him and Morsink, the human fouling machine, benched?

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