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Does the league's decision to play during international breaks contribute to lower the level of play?

Pedro Morales showed strength on both sides of the ball in Vancouver's win against the Dynamo
Pedro Morales showed strength on both sides of the ball in Vancouver's win against the Dynamo
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A light schedule this weekend as the MLS attempts to comply with the FIFA international break. Few trends to discern other than the Western conference seems stronger again this year. Another point to note is that MLS players should be aware: referees seem "red card happy" this season.

NYCFC 1 - 1 New England Revolution

Another illustration of City’s main weaknesses. They cannot defend well and the narrow pitch at Yankee Stadium really limits the ability of their best players to showcase their skills … despite the best efforts of David Villa. As for the Revolution, their lack of inventiveness in attack was pretty evident in the absence of Lee Nguyen, although they did better in the second half.

FC Dallas 3 - 0 D.C. United

Dallas is back in form following their drubbing at the hands of the Dynamo a couple of weeks ago. The addition of Max Urruti is bearing fruit as his runs always put him in a good spot to finish plays dreamed up by Castillo or Diaz.

DC United was truly awful. The result is a clear indication of the superiority of Western teams even this early in the season.


Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - 0 Houston Dynamo

the most exciting game of the weekend. The Dynamo were missing key elements: Barnes and Boniek.The Whitecaps were efficient in midfield with Pedro Morales converting from the spot. One worry for Vancouver though, the less-than-inspiring play from DP Octavio Rivero and Kekuta Manneh.