The deeper into the MLS season we go, the more unpredictable the league seems to be. Consistency is a tricky proposition, with even the most talented squads hit by the grind of travel and injury at a point in the season when every match seems to count just a little bit more.
Week 23 was marked by a couple of surprising routs, the fight for the top spot in the West and the potential relegation of a high-profile player to the bench, thanks to the work of his replacement.
Routs, Routs, Routs
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay scored in the first half to lead the Columbus Crew to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
Meram opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for the Crew (7-8-9), and Finlay made it 2-0 10 minutes later.
Gyasi Zardes closed the gap to 2-1 for the Galaxy (9-5-7) in the 49th minute. Zardes has nine goals in his last 10 games and a goal in each of his four matches.
But Ben Speas added a third goal for the Crew in the 75th minut...