Magyars in MLS – Week 2

This is your weekly edition of Magyars in MLS for week number two.

NE Revolution versus Colorado

The first game of the day on Saturday was the home fixture for the New England Revolution against Colorado. Both teams have new managers this year. Our Magyar here is Krisztian Nemeth.

It was a strange week for Nemeth as rumors are floating around that the New England Revolution are floating him around the league to see if someone wants to take him. So, for those of you not familiar with MLS and its structure, the league owns the player contracts. So, think of MLS as one big corporation and each club is like a subsidiary of the corporation.

Being shopped to another team is like transferring an employee to another factory that can absorb his salary. In the case of Nemeth, he is being shopped because he is on a $1 million contract. His wages are high for New England player considering the team have been historically known to be cheap.

That being said, Nemeth came on as 75th minute sub for New England. Every touch and pass was positive for the time he was on the field. He demonstrated how he is in a classs of his own relative to his teammates. New Englad won the game 2-1 on a last minute free kick at the top of the box.

Brad….Nemeth is one of your better players.

Chicago Fire versus Sporting Kansas City

Well, this was the game of the weekend. Both of our Magyar players on the field contributed positively to their teams performance. The game ended in a roller coaster 4-3 win for Sporting Kansas city.

First blood was drawn by Sporting Kansas City who went up 2-0 in the first half. Daniel Salloi set up Kansas City’s 2nd goal with a run down the left wing with a nice pass on the ground to the trailing Russel who finished with aplomb. Salloi would prove to not be done as he contributed to the win in the end.

Nemanja Nilkolics and the rest of the Chicago Fire looked like a team playing their first game of the season. Oh wait….that’s exactly what they were doing, playing their first game of the season. Their play was disjointed, slow, and pretty frustrating to watch. Nikolics did not see much of the ball in the first half.

In the 2nd half down 2-0, they made a better effort to get themselves back into the game. It took the Fire another 20 minutes to find any semblance of hope. With the help of Sebastian Schweinsteigger, his cross found the head of their new Serbian import Katai to make it 2-1. Then things got real interesting.

Shortly after their goal, a Katai corner kick found the head of Dax McCarty who’s header was too hot to handle for Melia and Nikolics gladly put it into the net for him. Score is now 2-2.

Nikolics was not done. In the 81st minute, Brandon Vincent volleyed a cross right into the the 6 yard box for Nikolics to blast into the goal for his 2nd and the Chicago Fire’s go ahead goal. It is now 3-2.

But alas, the Fire lead would not last for long. SKC would equalize as their new goalie spilled more balls than your little brother spills milk on the table. SKC tie it up in the 83rd to make it 3-3.

Just when you think it may end in a tie, the younger Magyar Salloi sets up the final Guitierez goal with a back heel pass in the box to finish off the Fire 4-3.

Man….what a game. Salloi is growing up. He is looking far more comfortable and making a positive impact in the game. Nikolics? He just knows where to be and scores goals when they are needed.

So, the Magyars of SKC beat the Magyars of the Chicago Fire.

Atlanta United versus DC United

Not much to report here. It was a game that Stieber and his teammates were the training dummies watching the Atlanta United ping the ball around them like a steel ball in a pinball machine. Stieber’s contribution was limite to 60 minutes with very little impact on the game.

DC United would lose 3-1, but it could have been far worse for them. Atlanta had a lot of near misses to the 3 they were able to finish.

That’s this week’s Magyars in MLS update.