Major League Soccer 2012, Week 10: What We Learned

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Fans watch the Houston Dynamo play D.C. United during the first half of a MLS game at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Eric Christian Smith/Getty Images)

BBVA Compass Stadium stole the show in Week 10 for MLS while 60,000-plus packed the Big O in Montreal. RSL and New York ended the week on top their respective conferences as well.

With another week in the books, Major League Soccer saw a new stadium open and another break an attendance record.

The week saw some streaks come to an end while other streaks got extended. Some wild goals were scored and naturally some bookings changed the course of a few games.

In all the week came to a close with some new faces leading the two conferences and plenty of talking points to boot.

BBVA Compass Stadium opens with a win

There were really only two players that could score the opening goal at BBVA Compass Stadium for the Houston Dynamo in my mind. Brad Davis or Brian Ching - the two holdovers from the San Jose Earthquakes 1.0 era that moved to Houston a few years back.

Each had stuck it out with the club and were waiting for this moment - for Davis his strike was simply a thing a beauty to open this fantastic new stadium.

The Dynamo have been waiting for this moment for ages now. To have a place of their own, in front of a sea of orange and one that is a true home-field advantage. Once the Montreal Impact move into Saputo Stadium later this year, only three MLS teams will still be playing in stadiums that weren't designed for soccer.

All the talk about this new stadium is how it will trap in the Houston heat. D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said this was certainly the first time he and his club had to deal with the heat for 90 minutes. Sadly enough, this wasn't the hottest that Houston will get this season. If I am some clubs, I'd be happy about not having to visit this place in a few weeks when the summer heat really does a number on you.

Salt Lake on top

Week 10's dust settled and one team emerged on top. Real Salt Lake may have played anywhere between two and four more games than anyone else in the league but the fact remains, they are the top dogs at this stage in the season.

Their latest result - their fifth straight unbeaten - a 1-0 win at CenturyLink Field over the Seattle Sounders. Fabian Espindola's lone goal was all Jason Kreis' team needed in this gritty affair. The Salt Lake win snapped the Sounders' six-game unbeaten run.

The goal marked the first time in 590 minutes that Seattle had trailed in a game. It also ended a 321-minute shutout streak for the Sounders, 275 minutes of which came with Bryan Meredith in net.

In all a nice performance for Salt Lake. Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers kept the hot feet of Fredy Montero at bay and found ways to frustrate Eddie Johnson.

There are times when Salt Lake appears to be going on a decline but each time this veteran side finds a way to have someone step up and get them back on track.

New York continues to win

Maybe this is what we've been waiting all along for out of Hans Backe and the New York Red Bulls. Gritty, sometimes ugly, but overall down right effective soccer that gets results. Four straight wins now for the Red Bulls - with their latest coming Sunday in a thrilling 3-2 win over their Eastern rivals the Philadelphia Union.

Another game without Thierry Henry that actually seemed to be going against the Red Bulls before Kenny Cooper stepped up and made his name on the game.

Sure the red card to Philadelphia's Freddy Adu changed the game for both sides, before then the Red Bulls were chasing the game and hoping to find ways past a Union defense that was starting to find their own. Adu had was also a big reason for the two Union goals by Lionard Pajoy but his second yellow for simulation in the penalty box showed just how far the Union still have to go here this season.

Who would have thought that nearly a third of the way through the season that the Red Bulls would be leading the Eastern Conference.

Issues in Kansas City

The Chicago Fire did what few thought they'd be able to do this weekend - beat Sporting Kansas City. I pegged this one as a draw going into the weekend after seeing how Sporting had dropped their last two and given how we're still figuring out this Chicago squad.

Still, the Fire staged a remarkable comeback in this one. The Fire got goals from Sebastián Grazzini and Dominic Oduro to give Sporting their third straight defeat. I'll get to that defeat in a moment but give some kudos to the Fire here. They held their own against Sporting for the first hour of the game and then within the blink of an eye, they took it over with Oduro and Grazzini.

But back to Sporting and their now three-game bender. For a team to come out of the gate flying as high as they did with seven straight wins and just all the offense in the world clicking, Peter Vermes' team hasn't found their way in the last three games.

Sure the red card to Roger Espinoza didn't help at all in this one but a three-game slide usually signals some deeper issues with a club. In some ways teams are figuring out how to slow down this attack, frustrate this defense and cause this team to chase the game. The open style of play that Vermes uses is good but only for so long.

Beckham shines in front of record Montreal crowd

More than 60,000 - yet another attendance record for soccer in Montreal - were on hand to see the Montreal Impact host the LA Galaxy this weekend.

Naturally most were excited to see David Beckham make his first trip to Montreal. And the Englishman did not disappoint those wanting to see his trademark kicks either. His second half free kick goal leveled the game at 1-1, sending both sides home with a draw.

LA held most of the offensive edge in this one but give a ton of credit to the Impact here - who are still unbeaten at home this season. Jesse Marsch's club continues to improve each week and the likes of guys like Felipe in the midfield and Matteo Ferrari are finding their way in MLS nicely at this point.

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