Around The League – MLS Recaps

MLS categoryThis weekend was a lot of fun, including a number of high-profile matches and debuts, so let us break it down.

Friday 7/17

LA Galaxy 5-2 San Jose Earthquakes – Gerrard started his MLS career with a win, goal and a Team of the Week appearance. The Galaxy continued their high goal scoring ways, with goals from Sebastian Lletget, a Robbie Keane hat trick and a Gerrard career opener. Quincy Amarikwa got San Jose out front first, but The Galaxy scored five unanswered for the win. The Galaxy are looking very good.

Saturday 7/18

Toronto FC 2-1 Philadelphia Union – First half goals from Marco Delgado and now All-Star, Sebastian Giovinco got Toronto FC out front early and was enough for the win. Conor Casey scored a goal one minute into second half stoppage time to make for a nervy finish, but the goal would not be enough. The two clubs now sit five points apart from each other in the Eastern Conference table.

New England Revolution 1-0 New York City FC – A Lee Nguyen goal, that is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week, was the difference maker in New England’s first win since June 13th. Nguyen let a shot fly in the 12th minute from just inside the box after some nice team movement. The defense held on to get the full three points.  

Orlando City SC 0-2 New York Red Bulls – A 10 man Orlando City could not mount a comeback against a New York Red Bull side that was led by a 21st minute Sacha Kljestan screamer. Mike Grella scored in second half stoppage time to make sure the comeback could not be mounted. Cyle Larin picked up a red card in the 32nd minute, so he will miss the next Orlando City match in MLS play.

Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Montreal Impact – Benny Feilhaber showed up again, and Sporting Kansas City picked up yet another home win. Feilhaber continued his career year with an assist and a goal. Feilhaber scored in the 4th minute, then assisted Dom Dwyer in the 34th minute. Ignacio Piatti scored in the 59th minute, but could not find an equalizer. Sporting Kansas City sit second in the West now.

FC Dallas 2-1 D.C. United – Fabian Castillo was the hero of the night yet again, with a stoppage time winner he snuck FC Dallas yet another three points. The game would not have a score line until the 73rd minute, when Kellyn Acosta struck for his first MLS career goal, then Matt Hedges would end up knocking the ball into his own net for 1-1 just four minutes later. Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Castillo put home a deflected Victor Ulloa shot for the win. Dallas now lead the Supporter’s Shield standings.

Seattle Sounders 0-1 Colorado Rapids – Kevin Doyle scored in the 84th minute to get Colorado three points over the slipping Seattle Sounders. Doyle’s strike was the result of a great run and getting past his defenders to calmly finish for 1-0 and the win. Clint Irwin had a great night in net for the Rapids to keep his team in the match.

Real Salt Lake 2-0 Houston Dynamo – The 10 man Dynamo fell as a result of Javier Morales and Joao Plata goals. Morales’ goal was an outstanding curling outside of the foot shot from outside of the box for 1-0. Plata got his first goal of the season in the 65th minute after a great showing of strength and a calm finish. The Dynamo were almost 2-0 down in the first half, if it was not for Tyler Deric making a ridiculous reflex save. Raul Rodriguez redirected a ball towards Deric’s net but he prevented the own goal. It would not be enough however.

Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – The only draw of weekend saw the Portland Timbers drop points at home for the first time since the month of May. It just had to be Cascadia Rivals Whitecaps. Both teams ended the evening with 10 men, as Jordan Harvey was sent off for Vancouver in second half stoppage time, and Will Johnson was sent off for the Timbers after the match for confronting the officials. Diego Valeri scored in the 33rd minute to make it 1-0, then in the 57th minute Matias Laba equalized for the Whitecaps, Laba’s goal was quite the strike from outside of the box.

Sunday 07/19

Columbus Crew 3-1 Chicago Fire – The Crew have beat the Fire twice now in four days, with goals from Federico Higuaín, Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay. Higuaín scored in the second minute off a penalty kick, and it looked like the Fire would keep the match competitive with a goal just seven minutes later. It would not be the case however, as Kamara added a goal, and Jason Johnson received a red card for the Fire. Finlay would put the nail in the coffin in the 83rd minute.


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