Sunday, April 26, 2015

It Happened in America: MLS Matchweek 9

Plenty of goals and a huge rivalry derby to keep you entertained domestically this weekend. I guess that's what Detroit City failed to score against Sparty on Saturday, all the goals were in Houston, Columbus, and Boston.

Chicago Fire 1-0 New York City
David Accam scored in the 20th minute in a game that was thouroughly dominated by the Fire. New York did have Mix Diskerud back, but they were still without their leader, David Villa. Chicago, meanwhile, has won three straight since opening the season with three defeats.

Colorado Rapids 1-1 FC Dallas
Colorado looked stronger early on, but Dallas took the lead when Fabian Castillo had a brilliant run down the flank to set up Mauro Diaz for the first goal of the game. The game was flipped on it's head when Blas Perez was shown straight red for an unnecessary shove inside his own box in the 59th minute. Rapids dominated from that point and the get the tying goal from Nick LaBrocca 20 minutes after the Perez send off.

Columbus Crew 4-1 Philadelphia Union
The Crew get their second straight three goal win as John McCarthy fails to make a save for Philadelphia. It was Kei Kamara , Ethan Finlay, and Justin Meram in the first half. Then Finaly again in the second. Columbus now has outscored Philly and Orlands 7-1 in their last two matches. Philadelphia's defensive struggles continue. They have scored ten times. which is second most in the East, but have conceded an MLS worst 17. Hence why they still only have one win in nine tries.

New England Revolution 4-0 Real Salt Lake
After losing their first two matches by a combined 5-0, the Revs are undefeated in six matches since, outscoring opponents 10-1. Four different goal scorers this time around as Chris Tierney, Juan Agudelo, Charlie Davies, and Scott Caldwell all tallied. You can''t blame RSL keeper Nick Rimando wither, as he was peppered with 13 shots on target.

Houston Dynamo 4-4 Sporting Kansas City
SKC seem to have this thing for getting late goals to earn points. This time it was Benny Feilhaber with a blast from well outside the area in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The goal capped off a comeback that saw KC down 3-1 a minute after halftime. After Krisztian Nemeth scored two minutes in, Giles Barnes scored twice with a Will Bruin goal in between to thrust the orange ahead. Dominic Dwyer got it within a goal in the 74th, then Felihaber nailed a PK in the 80th. Jermaine Taylor was red carded for a handball in the box that clearly kept the ball from going in. Houston took the lead again in the 83rd with a Raul Rodriguez headed off a free kick, but Feilhaber's laser ruined that.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 DC United
Vancouver finally slow down at the hands of DC United. Pedro Morales did score early for the Caps, making it seem like their familiar story after two minutes. Bobby Boswell nullified that early goal with one in the ninth. Things didn't go well for Vancouver when Matias Laba was given two yellows within ten minutes of each other and was sent off. The ten man Vancouver squad conceded the winner in the 64th when Chris Rolfe blasted one past David Ousted.

New York Red Bulls 1-1 LA Galaxy
Bradford Jamieson showed some fancy footwork to weave through the Red Bull defense to score for LA in the ninth minute. New York spent the rest of the first half on the front foot, but some timely defense and nice saves from Jamie Penedo kept them off the board. New York was finally rewarded for their attacking efforts in the 58th minute when Felipe finished off a deflected shot from Bradley Wright-Phillips. They kept the pressure going, even forcing some dirty play by LA in the last ten minutes, but there was nothing on the end of it and the honors were shared.

Orlando City 0-2 Toronto FC
Jozy Altidore is certainly happy to be back in a league that suits his skills more. He completed a nearly fifty yard run through traffic to score the first for Toronto five minutes past halftime, and he put the finishing touches on it in the 83rd with some obscure dance moves at the end of a long ball. Orlando had the possession advantage, but really let themselves go at the back when Altidore started running.

Seattle Sounders 0-0 Portland Timbers
The latest edition of the Seattle-Portland Derby was spent mostly watching two teams trying to connect their defense with the forwards. Neither team seemed to be able to figure out what this whole central midfield thing was all about. The chances were few and far between for both sides and the lone goal came on sort of an awkward play. Clint Dempsey will get credit for the tap in, but it was Andy Rose doing the dirty work to get on the end of the free kick and almost score himself. I'll have a more in depth look at this one tomorrow. And by "in depth look" I really mean angry Timbers fan rant.

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