Sunday, March 22, 2015

It Happened in America: MLS Match Week 3

Saturday was the day off scoreless draws in the good ol' USA, but there was a late winner to speak of as well. On Sunday, the goals came a little faster. Here's the full recap.

New England Revolution 0-0 Montreal Impact
Montreal may have been a little worn fire following their CONCACAF Champions League victory in midweek, but they were asked to get fired a few times earthy in the match. New England was the better side for most of the proceedings, however. Thus was especially true after Montreal's Hassoun Camara was sent off for a second yellow in the 61st. At that point, Impact were happy to load the box with defenders and play for the draw. Despite a few close calls for the Revs, that's exactly what happened.

Philadelphia Union 0-2 FC Dallas
Union's Zach Pfeffer was sent off in the 42nd and it was all downhill from there. Dallas came out of halftime and Tesho Akindeke and Ryan Hollingshead each scored in the first 15 minutes. The three points improves Dallas to nine on the young season. They are the only side to win each of their first three this year.

New York City 0-0 Colorado Rapids
Here was one of those fairly bland scoreless draws of Saturday. Colorado, while having less possession, was probably the better team here. They ripped 21 shots with seven finding the target compared to New York's nine and two. In the end, none of them mattered aced the honors were shared.

Orlando City 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
This gave was Orlando's to win for Peru much the entire match. Kaka and company we controlling the run of play, but failed to acquire anything of substance. It looked to be a 0-0 tie until Octavio Rivero headed home the winner tight at the death of six minutes of stoppage time.

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Portland Timbers
Both teams threatened, but failed to score. Portland thought they were ahead when Fenando Adi sniffed from close range, but turns out he hacked the ball first so it didn't count. Kansas City also forced Portland's defense onto Adobe tough spots. Neither team could punch it home though. SKC is now winless in seven across all competitions and Portland's propensity for drawing matches continues.

LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo
This draw actually had some goals and they didn't take long too slow up. Robby Keane got it started less than three minutes in sheet a beautiful 50 yard sprint with the ball. Houston answered eight minutes later when David Horst out-jumped Omar Gonzalez for a corner and headed it into the goal. From there on it was about the staunch Dynamo defense. That, combined with solid goalkeeping from Tyler Deric secured the point for Houston.

NY Red Bulls 2-0 DC United
Red Bulls dominated the first half of play and got rewarded by Bradley Wright-Phillips scoirng off a pretty long ball followed by a skillful half volley in the 25th minute. DC sort of got back into the game after halftime, but they were unable to capitalize on any sense of sustained pressure. Red Bulls put the game away for good when Lloyd Sam buried one  when Wright-Phillips grabbed a bad pass near midfield and led the break that ended in Sam's tally.

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Chicago Fire
The Quakes open up their brand new Avaya Stadium in classy fashion. Abdul-Fatai Alashe scored the venue's first goal in the fifth minute. Ty Harden doubled the advantage with a tap in off a free kick in the 21st before Chicago pulled one back with a beautiful finish off a through ball from Harrison Shipp. The second half dulled down until the closing seconds what Chicago's heroic efforst to tie the score came up just a bit short.

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