Monday, May 25, 2015

It Happened in America: Philly starts a win streak, Quakes draw with Orlando

New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union
Not only does Union earn their first two game win streak of 2015, but they score their first ever win at the Red Bull Arena. It could be argued that they really didn't deserve it. Looking at the possession chart on the MLS game recap, Red Bulls controlled possession for every five minute interval of the match and controlled 66% of possession overall. They outshot Philadelphia 15-7. Looking just at that, you'd think the score was reversed. Instead, it was two quick goals from Union to send the points to Philly. Vincent Nogueria broke the scoreless deadlock in the 57th and CJ Sapong doubling the lead a mere five minutes later. The win lifts Philadelphia to within a point of a playoff spot.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Orlando City
A couple of penalties made the difference in this one. The first one went against San Jose when keeper David Bingham was beaten to the ball by Cyle Larin and fouled him in the 62nd minute. Kaka converted the resulting PK. This put Orlando City, who was down to ten men after Brek Shea was sent off in the 51st minute. was up front. The lead would not last long. At the stroke of 66 minutes, San Jose's Jordan Stewart was chasing down a corner when he was shoulder charged in the box. Chirs Wondolowski scored his 100th career MLS goal with the PK. The points were shared. San Jose remains in fourth out west and Orlando holds on to sixth in the East.

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