Monday, May 18, 2015

It Happened in America: Orlando rolls, Philly shocks DC

Orlando City 4-0 LA Galaxy
Before this match, Orlando had never led at home. Now they have a blowout victory against what was once thought to be one of the West's great teams. Galaxy were starting their sixth different back line in the last six games, and this must have been their worst combination yet. Their first breakdown came in the 19th minute when they lost track of Eric Avila in the box so he could finish off a series of headers that ended up in the LA goal. In the 34th Orlando struck in transition with wonderful passing between Kaka and Cyle Larin. Larin was gifted a great pass from the Brazillian that left him with an easy tap in.

The second half went down in much the same way as the first. Kaka was clear on the goal when Jaime Penedo tried to beat him to the ball but got his legs instead. Kaka scored the following PK with ease. Just for fun, Orlando grabbed their fourth with a deflected shot from Darwin Cerin.

Orlando gets the third win of the year and climbs to fifth in the East with 12 points. LA's freefall continues as they fall out of the playoffs. They sit in seventh in the West, even on points with Sporting Kansas City with 14, but four goals back in goal difference.

Philadelphia Union 1-0 DC United
A rare clean sheet for Philadelphia as they shock the side with the most points in the league. Conor Casey thought he had a goal in the 17th minute, but it was waived away for a hand ball. Philly controlled most of the game and launched 14 shots on goal with five reaching the target. Zach Pfeffer eventually got the winner two minutes into stoppage time.

It was a pretty awful game for DC United. They failed to test Brian Sylvestre with a shot on target and only took five overall.

DC stays in first by two points over New England despite having their eight game winning streak snapped. The win for Union lifts them to eighth, only one point back of a playoff spot.

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