MLS Saturday Wrap Up: Montreal Impact Continue to Dominate

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While the Portland Timbers had a bye week this weekend, many other MLS teams did not. Here's what happened.

The Portland Timbers, unfortunately, had to sit this weekend out. It's a bummer for you, and also for me. As you can tell, when the Timbers aren't playing, it becomes a bit of a struggle to find new and entertaining things to write about. Apologies for that! But just because the Timbers didn't play doesn't mean the entire weekend was quiet. Unlike many other leagues, MLS doesn't always follow the international break.

So, before I begin, here are the results from yesterday:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
3:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at RFK Stadium
1 - 2
Columbus
4:00PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at Gillette Stadium
New England
0 - 0
Sporting KC
4:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at Olympic Stadium
Montreal
1 - 0
New York
8:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston
2 - 1
Vancouver
8:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at FC Dallas Stadium
FC Dallas
2 - 0
10:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at Buck Shaw Stadium
San Jose
1 - 0
Seattle
10:30PM EDT

MLS Regular Season
at The Home Depot Center
1 - 0
Colorado

There are quite a few things to point out so I'll just go through them one by one.

1. The Montreal Impact are currently unstoppable.

If anybody was thinking that Montreal might suffer a sophomore slump like the Timbers last year, they're slowly being proven wrong. The team is still sitting at the very top of both the Supporters' Shield table and the Eastern Conference table. For the former they're leading FC Dallas by 3 points, for the latter they're leading the Columbus Crew by 5 points. Very impressive, to say the least.

2. FC Dallas is certainly making a case for this season.

While FC Dallas spectacularly stumbled by losing 3-nil to Chivas USA, they've since won two more games to put them on top of the Western Conference table, ahead of both the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy by 2 points. It's worth pointing out, in this context, however, that all three wins (9 points) have been at home. They have yet to win on the road.

3. After a bye-week last week, the Vancouver Whitecaps lost their first game of the season.

Vancouver, like their east coast Canadian cousins, were considered to be a dominating side within the first couple weeks of the season. Unfortunately, it appears that a bye week has spelled the end to their winning "streak." The side lost during an away match against the Houston Dynamo yesterday. A shame for them, but certainly not for us.

4. The Seattle Sounders remain winless.

While the Timbers' two draws and a loss might sting, it's quite a bit better than Seattle's current condition. Two losses and a draw hurt even worse for Sounders fans. Their most recent loss comes at the hands of the Earthquakes in San Jose. With a rough schedule heading into April, it makes me wonder how well the Sounders will fare in the first half of this season.

What do you think of yesterday's MLS matches? Do they help or hurt the Timbers?

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