In the highest scoring weekend of MLS action this year, four teams scored four goals, the only other time that happened? Exactly 17 years ago in 1998, according to Paul Carr of ESPN.
Chicago Fire 1-0 New York City FC – The Fire returned after 20 days off, and dominated New York City FC who are depleted by injuries. The Villa-less City struggled to find chances and Chicago dominated. Former FC Dallas man Andrew Jacobson was sent off in the 23rd minute leaving City with 10 men, and the Fire executed. A disastrous mistake form NYCFC keeper Ryan Meara, lead to a chance for David Accam who finished easily to make it 1-0 Fire, and that is how it would end. The Fire flat-out dominated.
Colorado Rapids 1-1 FC Dallas – In the rematch of two weeks ago, FC Dallas looked to pounce back from the 4-0 thrashing they took from the Rapids the last time out. It was not to be though, as the 10 man FC Dallas could not hold on to Mauro Diaz’s first half strike after Blas Perez was sent off in the 59th minute. It was a great solo move from Fabian Castillo to set up Diaz, who shined, in the 32nd minute, and Plano native Dillon Powers once again plagued FC Dallas and set-up Nick LaBrocca in the 79th minute for the equalizer. FC Dallas will be without the Panamanian, Perez for the big Texas Derby with Houston next weekend.
Columbus Crew 4-1 Philadelphia Union – The Crew got out front fast in the first half and never looked back as they stomped the Union in front of the Columbus faithful. Kei Kamara grabbed a goal and an assist, and Ethan Finley got two of his own and Justin Meram rounded out the scoresheet for the Crew. If at any consolation for the Union, 18 year old rookie, Eric Ayuk grabbed a goal for the Philadelphia. This was not a good performance for the struggling Union.
New England Revolution 4-0 Real Salt Lake – Chris Tierney got it going in the 39th minute, Juan Agudelo grabbed another in the 42nd, Charlie Davies got the third in the 50th and Scott Caldwell opened his MLS account in the 84th. It was all-around a great performance from the Revs who looked very dangerous all night. Real Salt Lake on the other hand, have some work to do.
Houston Dynamo 4-4 Sporting Kansas City – In what could easily be considered the wildest game of the year, a late rocket of an equalizer from Benny Feilhaber spoiled a late goal from Raul Rodriguez in Houston. Giles Barnes got two for himself to pad the lead Will Bruin started, but set-up Dom Dwyer with an ill-advised back pass, then a Jermaine Taylor handball in the box let Feilhaber equalize from the spot for 3-3. Houston led into stoppage time but the Feilhaber shot from about 30 yards out ruined the night. Brad Davis however grabbed two assists to move him third all-time on the MLS assist list with 115 assists.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 D.C. United – The two conference leaders played out a nice match, but D.C. Untied cancelled and bettered an early Pedro Morales goal to beat a 10 man Vancouver. Morales got things going early, 70 seconds early, but D.C. equalized in the 9th minute. Chris Rolfe got the winner in the 64th minute for D.C. United are now the sole leaders of the East with those three points.
New York Red Bulls 1-1 LA Galaxy – In an entertaining match, the defending champions drew the early best looking team in MLS. LA academy product Bradford Jamieson IV got his first top division professional goal with a slick turn, but Felipe got the equalizer in the 58th minute when Bradley-Wright Phillips’ shot was deflected straight to his head and into the net. Just how New York planned it.
Orlando City SC 0-2 Toronto FC – Jozy Altidore continues to have good form early, and Orlando continues to struggle at home. Toronto gets their first win in two matches. Altidore scored a nice goal straight though the heart of OCSC’s defense in the 50th minute to open the scoring, then finished the job in the 83rd minute with a nice touch on a longball and the hold-up finish. Orlando held the majority of possession (64.9%), but never attacked with much danger. Their patient game was met with the patient Toronto defense who did the job this week after being torched by Fabian Castillo and FC Dallas early last week.
Seattle Sounders 1-0 Portland Timbers – The Texas native, Clint Dempsey, grabbed a 77th minute winner for the Seattle Sounders to down their bitter rivals the Portland Timbers in a hard fought match in front of 41,451 rave green fans at CenturyLink Field. Dempsey cleaned up a loose ball on the goal-line after Adam Larsen Kwarasey spilled it after a save. Portland had their chances, but they just could not convert any of their 11 shots. It was a very entertaining match to end the weekend of MLS action.