Sunday, April 12, 2015

It Happened in America: Friday and Saturday's MLS

Late winners, blowouts, comeback draws, MLS has had it all this weekend. Here is how the matches played out.

FC Dallas 0-4 Colorado Rapids
This certainly makes me wonder how good Dallas really is. I thought last week's hiccup against Portland might have been an anomaly, but losing big to a team like the Rapids on your home turf is worrying. Colorado hadn't scored in over 600 minutes and they decided to uncork for four against one of the league's best on the road. Strange things happen like this I suppose. It took only two minutes for Dominique Badji to bag the first. Dillon Powers added the second a couple minutes before halftime. Gabriel Torres and Dillon Serna added their goals in the second half to polish off the rout.

New England Revolution 0-0 Columbus Crew
Jermaine Jones was back from a sports hernia for New England, but even with him in the engine room they were unable to do much with Columbus. Columbus ruled the possession for pretty much the entire game, but were fairly inept with it. They failed to register a shot on goal. Jones and Juan Agudelo were rendered non-factors by the Crew midfield and defense, as they only registered five shots total, three on goal.

Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City
Philly wins their first of the season on the back of a stoppage time winner from Vincent Nogueira. This despite the fact that it was really NYC's game to lose after David Villa leveled the score ten minutes after halftime. Saying New York squandered their possession advantage is an understatement. Their 63% possession only gave them seven shots. Zach Pfeffer scored the first for Union.

DC United 2-2 New York Red Bulls
Perry Kitchen scored in the 26th and 67th to put DC up 2-0, but their defense betrayed them into dropping points. Damien Perrinelle headed home the first of the comeback on a corner just a minute after Kitchen's second. Lloyd Sam finished the job by banging home a rebound from a free kick that Bill Hamid couldn't quite handle. A disappointing draw for United, but they still lead the East, with Red Bulls hot on their tail.

Houston Dynamo 3-0 Montreal Impact
The stat sheet and scoreline don't exactly match up for this one. Montreal had 68% of the ball, but only put five shots on goal. Houston was much more efficient with their limited time on the attack, four shots on goal, three went in. First it was Giles Barnes heading home a free kick, then it was Ricardo Clark with a cheeky chip in transition, and Rob Lovejoy finished the job with his first MLS goal after stealing a goal kick and booting it into the top corner from range.

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Real Salt Lake
Neither team seemed like they wanted to play. Both sat back and waited for the other to make some kind of move, but it never came. The one shot on target came from Jalil Anibaba in the sixth minute. After that it was all misses and blocks. And nothing close to a goal.

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
A late, and deserved, winner, for San Jose. It came in the form of Sanna Nyasi banging home a shot after two blocked shots and subsequent rebounds. It was the Quakes' match though and through, and more goals probably should have came for them. Vancouver's six game unbeaten run is now over, but they still sit a top the West with 13 points, three ahead of the shaky FC Dallas.

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