Originally written March 26, 2012 on Fox Soccer:
After opening the MLS season with two dismal weeks, the Eastern Conference came together to serve notice that it just might not be the West's punching bag after all. Key wins by New York, New England and Sporting Kansas City against good Western Conference opponents helped provide some respectability after the entire Eastern Conference except for Houston had gone winless against the West in the first two weeks of the season. New England's victory against Portland was probably the most surprising. The Revs came in with a defense regarded as one of the weakest in the league, but their defenders and goalkeeper Matt Reis held the high-flying Timbers attack scoreless. The Columbus Crew didn't beat a West opponent, but their 2-0 victory against Montreal helped to instill some confidence after the club's season-opening loss to Colorado two weeks ago. The fact that the team's two most highly-regarded newcomers, Milovan Mirosevic and Olman Vargas, scored their goals bo...
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