Around the League – MLS Recaps

By Clay Massey

Saturday 03/21/2015

New England Revolution 0-0 Montreal Impact – Both clubs finally got their first points of the year, but they remain goal-less in MLS competition in 2015. The big headlines coming out of this game are Impact injuries. In the 18th minute, Cameron Porter went up for a ball and came down awkwardly on his leg. It was confirmed to be a leg ligament injury. Dominic Oduro also picked up a knee injury when he collided with Dairus Barnes. Missed chances for both teams, and uninspired play lead to a 0-0 draw.

Colorado Rapids 0-0 New York City FC – Dillon Powers controlled the flow of play in the first half for the Rapids, but they could not pepper the New York goal enough to get their goal. Colorado did a good job of holding David Villa to just 2 shots on goal. New York went down to 10 men after Shay Facey was sent off for his second yellow. That is New York City’s third match where a red card has been involved, but the first red card for their side in their history. Colorado could not find the advantage as it ended 0-0.

Philadelphia Union 0-2 FC Dallas – Tesho Akindele and former UCLA Bruin Ryan Hollingshead opened their scoring accounts for 2015, and his career first in Hollingshead case, in a 2-0 win to keep FC Dallas perfect. One of the Union’s young talents, Zach Pfeffer was sent off in the 42nd minute for a high elbow to the face of Mauro Diaz. Dallas took advantage of the absence and got Akindele on the board in the 49th minute, and Hollingshead in the 59th minute with a goal from just outside the box. Dallas is looking down from the top of the table to the rest of the league. They are the only perfect team left in MLS.

Orlando City SC 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – On a day in the MLS when scoring came at a premium, it took 96 minutes for the Whitecaps to get a goal. It was Octavio Rivero who got the flopping header for the win. He continues to be one of the hottest players in the MLS with 3 goals in 3 games. Orlando City missed chances, and that would be their downfall.

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Portland Timbers – The Timbers and Sporting Kansas City remain winless on 2015, but they put on a show early in this match. Jimmy Medranda showed speed kills for Sporting, but the hosts only had one shot on target in the first half. Sporting kept Darlington Nagbe quiet for the entirety of the match, which played a big part in keeping this scoreless.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo – The Houston Dynamo impressed after allowing 2014 MVP, Robbie Keane to grab an early goal. By early, we mean really early. Keane ran as hard as he could for 50 yards after picking up a Villareal pass and beat Tyler Deric, who got a touch on the shot, just 2 ½ minutes in but he could not stop it. Houston answered in the 11th minute when Nathan Sturgis finished a David Horst header across the face of goal. The Dynamo then put in a great defensive performance to hold the 1-1 draw and impressed against the reigning champions. They did however lose Demarcus Beasley to a second half hamstring injury. We will have to wait to see how serious it is.

Sunday 03/22/2015

New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United – The 2014 Golden Boot winner, Bradley Wright-Phillips, opened his scoring sheet for 2015 with a great striker goal, and Lloyd Sam got his second of the year to cement a 2-0 for the Red Bulls win over D.C. United. United never looked to threaten and Chris Pontius launched the stoppage time PK into orbit. The rebuilt Red Bulls are starting to look dangerous.

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Chicago Fire – The Earthquakes left their house warming party at the new Avaya Stadium with three points, and they continue to impress after a shaky week one performance at FC Dallas. Rookie, and man to watch for the rest of 2015, Fatai Alashe opened the scoring, and Ty Harden added one more for the Quakes. Harrison ship got the Fire on the board, but their late surge after a first half goal would not be enough and the match would end 2-1. The Fire continue to struggle, and the Earthquakes continue to show they plan to be a playoff team at the end of the year.

 

 

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