Sunday, May 24, 2015

It Happened in America: Revs and United draw, Vancover continues skid

Toronto FC 1-0 Portland Timbers
Another lazy performance by Portland leads to another lazy loss. They gave up an early goal to Sebastian Giovinco, which, to be fair to Portland, was a sublime strike from quite a distance. But Portland needs to start playing like yet are even slightly inspired if they want to make a run at the playoffs this season. If they keep trotting out there and going through the motions, no Will Johnson or fully healthy Diego Valeri will help. Hopefully some good home cooking next weekend will turn then around.

New England Revolution 1-1 DC United
The battle for first in the East was inconclusive. New England's Charlie Davies got the scoring started in first half stoppage time, but that's about the only good thing that happend to the Revs last night. They went from having all eleven men on the pitch in the 50th minute to having only nine by the 60th.  Chris Tierney was given straight red in the 52nd for a bad foul. Then Lee Ngueyn was shown his second yellow six minutes later. It still took full strength DC United until the 80th minute to find their equalizer against their outnumbered foes. Jario Arrieta was the man to bag the goal. Overall it was a pretty defensive game, as matches tend to get when one team drops down to nine players. Only 16 shots were fired combined between the two sides,  and DC only had the one go on target. Still, an East Finals appearance for both of these teams is not out of the question.

Montreal Impact 2-1 FC Dallas
Montreal seems to be enjoying playing MLS games once again. Since the CONCACAF Champions League final they have now won two of three, all at the Stade Saputo. Ignacio Patti scored on a PK in the 25th minute to put the Impact on top. Jack McInerney doubled the lead shortly into the second half. Matt Hedges pulled one back for FC Dallas in the 77th, but it was to no avail.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver's cooling off continues in unglorious fashion. They lose one against a team they really should be beating here when Lucas Pittinari put Colorado on the board in the 51st minute. Despite thier best efforts, Vancouver was unable to find the equalizer. The loss to last place Colorado tumbles Vancouver to third out West.

Seattle Sounders 0-0 Sporting Kansas City
Seattle probably should have won this match without much trouble, wt with the way they dominated possession and all. They only got ten shots on Tim Melia, and only one made the target. So Kansas City was able to withstand the onslaught well, however, to earn the draw in very hostile territory.

Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York City
A fairly routine win for RSL. Anything less probably would have been a disappointment considering the way NYC has been playing of late. It was John Stertzer in the 25th and Alvaro Saborio in the 49th with the goals for them. RSL still sits in seventh, outside a playoff spot in the West, while NYC occupies the basement in the East.

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