It was goals on goals this weekend for MLS, except for one nationally televised game on Sunday. Saturday saw 39 goals scored in eight matches, 10 of which came from D.C. United and Real Salt Lake. Frank Lampard also made his MLS debut. You can say it was an exciting weekend in MLS.
New York City FC 2-3 Montreal Impact – Frank Lampard made his debut in the 69th minute at Yankee Stadium. MLS got their first taste of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Lampard all on the pitch together, but it was not to be as the Impact scored three goals to NYCFC’s two to grab the full three points. Dominic Oduro scored in the 5th minute, and Nacho Piatti score in the 32nd and 84th to seal the deal. Villa and Thomas McNamara scored consolation goals.
D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake – Let us just say who scored, because there were a lot of goals in this one. Chris Rolfe scored a brace, Taylor Kemp, Fabian Espindola, Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon all got on the scoresheet for D.C. United. Joao Plata, Kyle Beckerman, Aaron Maund and Abdoulie Mansally scored for Real Salt Lake. It was a lot like a basketball match, and United did their best Washington Wizards imitation to get the three points.
Philadelphia Union 1-3 New York Red Bulls – All goals in this match came past the 66th minute, and Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Then Bradley Wright-Phillips would be assisted by his brother, Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was making his MLS debut. Then Anatole Bertrand Abang put an injury time dagger in the net. Sebastien Le Toux would score to make up for his handball, but it would not be enough.
New England Revolution 3-1 Toronto FC – It was an impressive showing from the Revolution against their Eastern Conference foes to pick up three points. Jozy Alitdore losing his cool and picking up a first half red for kicking out at an opponent helped too. A Charlie Davies brace and Lee Nguyen goal from the spot was enough to stave off a Jonathan Osorio goal in the 75th minute.
Orlando City SC 5-2 Columbus Crew – A very impressive win from the Lions, as they completely dominated an inform Columbus side. A Cyle Larin brace, which tied the most goals scored by a rookie, was added to by Darwin Ceren and Cristian Higuita to overcome a 5th minute Federico Higuain goal. It was quite the sight put on by Orlando City.
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Houston Dynamo – Dom Dwyer’s goal in the sixth minute was enough to keep Sporting Kansas City undefeated at home in 2015. Ricardo Clark scored the equalizer for Houston in the 78th minute. It was a heated affair which saw a late red card to Nathan Sturgis of the Dynamo, and a controversial non-handball call late on.
Colorado Rapids 1-3 LA Galaxy – Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard linked up late to back Sebastian Lletget and Alan Gordon’s goals to get the Galaxy their first three points on the road in 2015. Former Galaxy man Marcelo Sarvas scored in the 12th minute to put the Rapids up early, but it would not hold. It has to be good for the Galaxy to finally get those first road three points moving forward.
Seattle Sounds FC 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps – The Sounders are slipping and vunreable, and Cascadia Cup rivals, the Whitecaps took advantage of the limping Sounders. Pa Modou Kah scored a brace with goals in the 6th and 49th minutes, then Pedro Morales put the icing on the cake in the 75th minute with a beautiful free kick for 3-0, and three points.
San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Portland Timbers – Two teams that have currently hit a flat-line could not use each other to try and get back on the bounce. Diego Valeri smashed a penalty chance off of the crossbar, and Chris Wondolowski left a chance begging. The two clubs would play out a flat scoreless draw to start Soccer Sunday.
Chicago Fire 2-0 FC Dallas – FC Dallas looked as if they thought they had the match won by just showing up, as the last place team in MLS dominated the top MLS club for a 2-0 win over their Brimstone Cup rivals. David Accam scored early in the 4th minute, and Shaun Maloney scored a penalty kick in the 85th minute to sure up the victory. FC Dallas had the man advantage from the 79th minute on after a violent tackle from Chicago’s Matt Watson, but they could not execute.