Sunday, May 3, 2015

It Happened in America: MLS Matchweek 10

Houston Dynamo 1-4 FC Dallas
Houston controlled 65% of the possession and outshot their opponents 13-6, but they still lost 4-1. So, what happened? Houston was, in a word, wasteful. Only two of those shots found the target. They payed poor defensively in transition. Ryan Hollingshead's goal in the ninth minute was a direct result of absentee defending as the Dallas midfielder barreled down the pitch uncontested. Dallas was simply better in the little time they spent with the ball. As a result, they earned the three points.

Real Salt Lake 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Another example of a team probably not getting their just desserts based on how they played. Chris Wondolowski did what Chris Wondolowski does in the 19th minute when he found himself right where the ball happened to land after a deflected shot. Wondo casually fired the ball past Nick Rimando. Salt Lake had their chances for the rest of the match, but it was an own goal off the feet of Victor Bernardez that secured the equalizer.

Philadelphia Union 0-1 Toronto FC
Sebastian Giovinco did his thing with a free kick goal in the 34th minute. The big signing from Italy now has four on the season. Him and Jozy Altidore have Toronto on the rise and they haven't even played a home match yet. Philadelphia on the other hand, find themselves on the wrong end of the shutout and still struggle to keep teams out of their net.

DC United 2-0 Columbus Crew
Fabian Espinoza and Sean Franklin scored in the first half to extend DC's home unbeated streak to 16 games. Bill Hamid is also the most efficient goalkeeper in the game right now. His 0.67 goals against per game is tops in the league. If United can continue scoring, they will be hard to beat. The win puts them level on points with New England with a match in hand.

New England Revolution 2-1 New York Red Bulls
The final undefeated team falls as Red Bulls can't come back from to goals down in New England. Charlie Davies scored before ten minutes had passed and Teal Bunbury added the second after an hour. Sacha Kjestan pulled one back in the 73rd, but it was for naught. Revs are technically in first at the moment, but DC United has a game in hand.

LA Galaxy 1-1 Colorado Rapids
Colorado may be the most confusing team in MLS. They will go out and get smack Dallas 4-0, then return to Earth and get humbled by Seattle 3-1. Now, the team bringing up the rear in the West gets a shocking road draw against LA Galaxy. They took the lead after 40 minutes when a turnover in midfield gave Gabriel Torres a breakaway. Alan Gordon equalized for the clearly superior Galaxy. Despite their dominance, they could only muster the one goal.

Portland Timbers 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Portland will feel they should have won only because Darlington Nagbe banged the post on a penalty in the first half. Other than that, neither team looked good at all. The real story of this one will be the return of Diego Valeri. He didn't start, but showed up in the 55th minute as a sub and made failed attempts at getting the Portland attack going. I talked last week about how the return of Valeri, and Will Johnson, will help Portland actually score some goals going forward. Vancouver drops out of first with the single point while Portland sits in eighth, barely outside the playoffs.

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Chicago Fire
Tim Melia is the fifth goalkeeper Kansas City has started since winning the Cup in 2013. He also may be the best, if one game samples against the low scoring Fire are your thing. Melia kept the clean sheet while only facing three shots on target. Paulo Nagamura headed home the late winner in the 75th sending The Cauldron into a tizzy.

New York City 1-3 Seattle Sounders
A pretty entertaining affair at the Yankee Stadium ping pong table saw Obafemi Martins score twice and Clint Dempsey add one for effect. Martins's first came midway through the first half after getting behind the NYC defense on a through ball. Medhi Ballouchy scored a nice one in transition to tie it up in the 54th, but it was all New York could muster as Martins and Dempsey would score within 12 minutes of the equalizer.

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