The weekend of MLS action has wrapped up, and in a weekend of lots of big games and controversial referring, there were not a lot of goals scored. Let us review.
Houston Dynamo 4-2 New York Red Bulls – In the highest scoring match of the weekend, the Dynamo used in-form Will Bruin to go and score four goals against the Red Bulls who are winless since May 10th. Mike Grella opened the scoring after some fancy footwork, then the Dynamo turned it on with three straight goals from Oscar Garcia, Ricardo Clark and Will Bruin. Anatole Bertrand Abang got one back for the Red Bulls, then Will Bruin added the stamp in stoppage time for the full three points. The Dynamo get their first win in their last seven league encounters with the Red Bulls.
Philadelphia Union 1-2 New York City FC – Second half sub Patrick Mullins came on to score the winner for New York City FC as they defeated their Northeastern foes, the Philadelphia Union. Josh Saunders stood tall in net with six saves for the blues, and Thomas McNamara scored for them as well. CJ Sapong opened the scoring in the 46th minute, but NYCFC came from behind late to grab the full three points.
D.C. United 1-2 Toronto FC – Steve Birnaum opened the scoring early, but when Sebastian Giovinco is on the pitch, no lead is safe. D.C. United looked good early and Birnbaum scored from the corner in the 6th minute. Giovinco equalized in the 34th minute after cutting right and left to fire a bullet in, and his winner came in the 83rd minute, and man what a goal it was as it was a smack from 35 yards out that knuckled into the corner. Could Juventus have used him just in the Champions League final..?
Columbus Crew 1-2 Montreal Impact – The Impact finally ended their 25 match away MLS winless streak with two second half goals to get the full three points. Maxim Tissot finished a rebound for 1-0 in the 55th minute, and Andres Romero made it 2-0 in the 79th to put the match out of reach. Federico Higuain scored a minute into second half stoppage time, but it would just be consolation for the Argentine and his club as Montreal got the full three.
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Seattle Sounders – Both goalkeepers looked good in net, and Stefan Frei stood tall as Sporting Kansas City had 16 shots, only 4 on target though. The match was decided in the 82nd minute as Stefan Frei was whistled for a foul on Dom Dwyer in the box as he chanced a through ball. Benny Feilhaber stepped up to convert the penalty giving Sporting the full three points. Lamar Neagle scored, but he was whistled for offside.
Chicago Fire 2-3 Orlando City SC – In an impressive display, Orlando City scored two late goals to pick up the full three points. The Fire opened the scoring in the 9th minute from Kennedy Igboananike. The match was calm until the 40th minute, when Adailton pushed the ball over his own line with pressure from Pedro Ribeiro. David Accam put the Fire ahead again, then early Rookie of the Year candidate Cyle Larin beat Adailton and scored his 5th of the year. Adailton’s nightmare continued, as in the 86th minute a Carlos Rivas cross caused panic, and Adailton put the ball in his own net again gifting Orlando the full three points.
LA Galaxy 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Robbie Keane could not do enough to get LA the full three points in his first start since April. LA spend a lot of time around the Vancouver net, but they could not get the final passes. The Whitecaps hit on the counter and scored with a low shot from Kekuta Manneh for 1-0. It was the only shot in the first half, and the game’s only goal.
Portland Timbers 2-0 New England Revolution – Portland now have their first three game winning streak in the club’s history, thanks to a little help from Fanendo Adi. Adi entered the game in the 67th minute, and went on to score in the 86th and 89th minutes to give Portland the 2-0 win. Darlington Nagbe shined early on for the Timbers but could not help them find the net. Adi scored off of a Jorge Villafana set-piece dealing, and then scored on the counter to seal the deal three minutes later.
Real Salt Lake 0-0 Colorado Rapids – In the first of three meetings between these two clubs, a late penalty had a chance to decide the match, but Plano, TX native, Dillon Powers smashed the shot wide leaving the game in a draw. Aaron Maund took down Luis Solignac in the box, and Dillon Powers stepped up in the 89th minute to win the match. He smacked his shot well-wide and his frustration was apparent. In a show of professionalism and class, he later apologized with a tweet saying he “let the boys down.”
San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 FC Dallas – In a wild match that ended 9 v. 10, Western Conference rivals played out a scoreless draw that had two big opportunities for both teams. In the 20th minute, Michael Barrios made a great run to receive a David Teixeria ball, but his shot was saved with a great effort from David Bingham. Definitely Save of the Week worthy. San Jose had a huge chance in the 33rd minute when Chris Wondolowski went one-on-one, but Dan Kennedy rushed out to stop him keeping the match level. The match got flat out wacky from there. As in the 53rd minute, Mark Sherrod was sent off for stepping on Dan Kennedy. In the 75th minute, Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off for a foul, and in the 87th minute J.J. Koval was sent of five minutes after coming on for a studs up tackle reducing San Jose to 9 men. Neither team could make due, and the match ended scoreless.