Five things we learned in MLS Week 18 (cont.)
Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry aren't just the best tandem strike force this year, they probably form the best ever in MLS. Then again, there are a few other potent tandems. Here, then, are the Top 10 attack duos in MLS at the moment:
1. Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls: With Henry alongside, Angel may well overtake Edson Buddle for league scoring leadership.
2. Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, L.A. Galaxy: Things have gone all pear-shaped in L.A., and the Donovan transfer saga may not be over. Still, Donovan is the league assist leader for now and Buddle leads in goals.
3. Fredy Montero, Steve Zakuani, Seattle Sounders: Montero is an absolute menace at the moment, and Zakuani has been a handful along the left all year. Nkufo's recent addition and Sanna Nyassi's recent improvement will only make the Montero-Zakuani duo that much more dangerous.
4. Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Colorado Rapids: Cummings hasn't been as productive as he could have been (5 goals, 1 assist) but he's always dangerous. Casey has shaken a slow start and now has a respectable seven goals for the season.
5. Javier Morales, Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake: This one is tough, because it could also possibly be Saborio and Fabian Espindola. As the season started, it could have been Morales and Robbie Findley. But Saborio is proving a top target man and marksman in MLS, and Morales keeps stacking up the good performances from his attacking midfield spot.
6. Dwayne De Rosario, Chad Barrett, Toronto: Everyone around the league knows of Barrett's reputation for missing more than he makes, but five goals in 12 starts isn't exactly terrible. Add that to De Rosario's eight strikes and you've got a fairly formidable duo.
7. Brian Ching, Brad Davis, Houston: Ching's production has slowed this year (three goals so far). But with Davis' ability to provide expert set-piece service, free kicks and corner kicks will continue to be nervous moments for anyone up against Houston.
8. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Emilio Renteria, Columbus Crew: Renteria has only recently assumed starting duty at Crew Stadium. He's more of a physical specimen than former Columbus striker Alejandro Moreno, so that's tough on defenses. Schelotto's body of work speaks for itself and he leads the team this year in goals (5) and assists (6).
9. Kai Kamara, Teal Bunbury, Kansas City: Bunbury is being brought along slowly by the Wizards in his rookie season, but he has been a devil for defenses in July with two game-winning goals. Kamara is a workhorse, utterly unrelenting. He leads the team with six goals.
10. David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez, FC Dallas: That Dallas is sitting in third place in the West without a player past the four-goal mark is a testament to Ferreira (4 goals, 5 assists). Rodriguez, with a goal in three starts since joining the team, seems to have some promise as the striker FCD has been so desperately missing this year.