Across the pond: Nothing comic about DC’s rise in MLS
Wayne Rooney’s United go top of the league. Haven’t we heard that before?
Well England’s record goalscorer is leading the way yet again as DC United head up the Eastern Conference in MLS.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is never out of the news and that hasn’t changed in the USA. But it’s LA Galaxy’s cross-city rivals Los Angeles FC that have made the better start so far in the West.
But it’s defending champions Atlanta United’s slow start under new boss Frank de Boer that is the real talking point.
So hang about as we take you through some of the major stories emerging from the world of Major League Soccer.
Vela making it rain in LA
One of our five players to watch this season is ripping it up right now. We won’t say we told you so, but…
Carlos Vela has shot LAFC to first place in the West, bagging 11 goals in 10 MLS appearances so far.
The former Arsenal man has been involved in 61% of his side’s goals this season with five assists to his name.
He notched the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with fellow high-flyers Seattle Sounders last weekend, just enforcing his importance to the team.
Coach Bob Bradley said he can be LAFC’s ‘Lionel Messi’ this season – it might be a stretch, but the current 4/1 MLS favourites could fancy a long run in the post-season playoffs.
Rooney leading the charge for DC United
Wayne Rooney took MLS by storm when he arrived last year, and hasn’t looked back since.
This season Rooney has captained his side to top spot in the East after ten games.
He has grabbed five goals along the way and is sure to have a big impact as the season progresses.
A second successive playoff appearance for the England legend could be on the cards.
What’s happening at Atlanta?
After a storming campaign last year where everything went right – it’s a different story so far this season for the MLS champs.
Some of their early season woes may have been down to their CONCACAF Champions League exploits.
But it’s been a bittersweet start for new man De Boer, and will need his big hitters of Pity Martinez and Josef Martinez to start firing soon.
It’s a similar story for New York Red Bulls who were the 5/1 outright favourites in March but have only picked up eight points from eight games this season and are out to 14s.
I am Zlatan…
LA Galaxy are currently a point off top spot in the West, but that isn’t enough to keep Zlatan out of the news this week.
The striker scored the winner in Monday’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, but it was his spat with former Premier League defender Nedum Onuoha that sparked the post-match discussions.
After the game, Ibra came to apologise to Onuoha after some words were allegedly exchanged during the match – but the RSL man was in no mood to accept the Swede’s apology.
The return game in September could be worth a watch!
To close, have a listen to Minnesota United fans’ post-match rendition of Wonderwall after their win over DC.
There’s a taste for MLS now and the growing fanbase are a huge part of it.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication