By Jackee Arce @knackeredwriter on March 25, 2014
MLS has finished up its third week and clubs are beginning to get into the swing of things. It no longer has the back-to-school feel and players are becoming more physical as some are reminded of who their rivals are. Mistakes are still being made, but with most the season still ahead of them, no one is getting too upset yet. This weekend was eventful all around the league; here is what stood out to me.
Early Monday, David Beckham and his partners announced Port of Miami would be the location for their club's stadium. Not everyone was keen to the idea, but Beckham responded by saying he 'loves a challenge.' I can't wait to hear more details about the stadium and the club.
Toronto FC and Columbus Crew are definitely lesser-known MLS clubs, but this season may be different. This is the first time in both of their histories that these clubs have started a season with a 2-0-0 record. I hope these clubs keep it up and continue making history.
FC Dallas put an end to Chivas USA's short streak by beating it 3-1 this weekend. This celebration isn't only for putting Chivas back "in its place," but also because this win crowned FC Dallas as the current Western Conference leaders. Maybe Dallas is playoff bound, but I think other clubs are still in preseason mode.
Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers played an interesting match. It was definitely a home-field advantage for the Rapids, and the orange ball made its return. Colorado is no stranger to chaotic weather, and that may have been a factor in its win 2-0 against Portland, which luckily gave it the boost to the upper half of the Western Conference standings.
I predict Toronto FC will continue to make headlines all season. Jermain Defoe may have scored the winning goal, but Michael Bradley, the other Toronto newbie, grabbed a headline of his own after DC United's Davy Arnaud grabbed a piece of Bradley following a missed header, causing Bradley to get stitches. Like a true champion, Bradley wrapped up and continued playing.
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