Three Questions - Week 9

Have the New York Red Bulls stopped the bleeding or will FC Dallas open the wound? 

After benefitting from the most recent flavor of the week of PRO decisions, the Red Bulls went on a second-half three-goal tear against Orlando, led by Mike Grella and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Despite the debate about that play, RBNY looked lethal for the first time this season playing a team not from Houston. Can last week’s result provide the spark this team needs to turn a new leaf? History says yes. FC Dallas comes to New York after a poor showing in Vancouver last week. And to make matters worse, FC Dallas hasn’t won a game in New York against the Red Bulls dating back to nearly a decade. I think a mixture of a long week of travel and a revitalized RBNY team will prove to be a tough matchup for Dallas. 

Should we end the big debate about a little man? 

Entering into this season, DC United’s loan signing Lucho Acosta was one of my favorite signings during the offseason. He’s a young and energetic creative player that I thought DC United lacked. So, of course, Ben Olsen has only started him in 3 games this season despite his team lacking energy and creativity. Well, news came out this week that Fabian Espindola will be out a couple weeks with a hamstring injury. Enter Acosta, and… Alvaro Saborio. If Ben Olson wants to replace Espindola with a “like for like” replacement, Acosta makes the most sense. If Olsen wants to change up the look and enter a savvy veteran who isn’t that good, he can play Saborio. DC United has lacked a decisive playmaker, but thankfully that answer is on their roster in Lucho Acosta. C’mon Ben, I know you’re reading this. Unleash the Lucho! 

Should Owen Coyle still have a job?

The simple and easy answer to this question is: No. But as the summer starts to heat up in East Texas, so should Owen Coyle’s job security. There’s no excuse for how poorly this team has been playing, especially how bad they are at closing out games. They’re average goals conceded per game is 2.0. Last week, Coyle tried to shake things up with the lineup, and it went from bad to worse. If things don’t get better in Houston, especially defensively, I think you could see Coyle as the first firing of this MLS Season.