Laziness, stupidity, and heroic goaltending told the MLS story this Sunday evening. Here's a deeper look.
Portland Timbers 0-2 Orlando City
It was a great performance for Orlando to earn their second MLS win, but the real story will be how Portland left a lot to be desired throughout Providence Park. Cyle Larin put Orlando ahead a half hour in with an easy header off a nice delivery from Kevin Molino. After that goal, Portland controlled the ball and Orlando really allowed them to. Despite the high amounts of possession, Portland's attack was often thwarted by stout Orlando defending.
The chances got a little better after the break, but still nothing that would turn heads. It wasn't until the very end that Donovan Rickets really had to do anything. What really put the game away was the flat out stupidity of the Portland Timbers. First, it was Adam Kwarasey charging out of his goal for a ball that was not all that threatening, and tripping Carlos Rivas in the box to concede a penalty. Then, after Kaka's penalty was saved, the ref called the play back for encroachment against Diego Chara. There was no excuse for his premature charge. Kaka scored on the retake with ease.
After that, the match might as well have ended. At least Portland played like it was already over. The match itself was very chippy. Lots of fouls went uncalled, and some of the ones that did could have been ignored based on what was being let go. There were five yellows between the two sides, which was probably for the best since the match looked to be spiraling towards anarchy in the second half.
Seattle Sounders 0-1 LA Galaxy
Alan Gordon lost his rave green defender on a free kick in the 23rd minute to head home the lone goal. Galaxy never really let up from there, but they were glad to have Jamie Penedo between the sticks when they did. The Galaxy keeper made saves on Obafemi Martins, Andy Rose, Aaron Krovar, and any other Sounder daring enough to test him. It was really him alone that kept this game at 1-0.