Saturday, May 16, 2015

It Happened in America: Impact win big, Seattle with a win in Cascadia Cup

Montreal Impact 4-1 Real Salt Lake
A big and much needed win for Montreal. They haven't played many league games this seaon, so they are still kind of getting their feet wet in MLS for 2015, and a 4-1 beatdown on RSL is a fantastic way to get things rolling. The main part of the damage all happened over an 11 minute span in the first half. First, it was Laurent Ciman in the 18th, then Andres Romero scored twice in the 20th and 29th. Montreal was happy defending after going up 3-0 a half hour in. They did concede to Devon Sandoval just after halftime, but Dilly Duka restored the three goal lead in the 78th.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 Seattle Sounders
Vancouver was once the hottest team in MLS, but have now only won once in the month of May. Things got off to a bad start for the home team when Chad Barrett got behind the backline and collected a great feed from Clint Dempsey. The ball in sort of confused Vancouver keeper David Ousted and Barrett rolled the ball into the goal easily. Marco Pappa again allowed Barrett to catch the Whitecaps' defense napping in the 36th. A long ball over the heads of the backline was volleyed in by the Seattle striker for his second of the game. Vancouver was just never able to get going in this one. The outshot their Cascadia rivals, but only rarely tested Stefan Frei.

New England Revolution 1-1 Toronto FC
This was a pretty big road point for Toronto. They even had the better chances over the first half hour. The best of them came in the opening five minutes when Sebatian Giovinco was through to the goal and his shot drilled the post. Despite this, they went down with a Juan Agudelo goal in the 32nd minute. Michael Bradley equalized just after halftime and Tornoto held on to secure the draw.

Houston Dynamo 3-1 Portland Timbers
Dynamo get a much needed three points with a pair of second half goals. Will Bruin scored their first of the night less than nine minutes in with a header off a corner. Fanendo Adi scored to tie the game after the half with a good shot after a feed from Diego Valeri. Giles Barnes gave Houston the lead for good in the 75th minute. Some good tic-tac-toe passing in the box had Portland's defense flailing all over the place. It was only a matter of time before Barnes, or anyone else really, was able to pick out an easy shot. Bruin's second of the match came in the 83rd and put it out of reach.

This is where I would normally rant and rave about a Timbers loss and explain what they did wrong and how to fix it. This time, however, all I have to say is that they were no good at all. Their midfield was slow and lazy with their passes and the back line kind of stopped playing in the closing fifteen minutes or so. It was probably their worst game of the season. They now sit in ninth place in the West, but still only a point out of a playoff spot. Got to love a league that doesn't exactly punish poor play.

San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Columbus Crew
Here are two teams that I really don't know what to make of. They both have key wins followed by losses that make you scratch your head. Columbus was doomed fairly early in this one. It took all of 33 minutes for Mohammed Saeid to get two yellow cards and send the Crew down to ten men for the rest of the match. It still took San Jose until the second half to score their fisrt goal. It came courtesy of Chris Wondolowski's chest. Shea Salinas added the second while taking advantage of a clearly overwhelmed Columbus defense.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
Weather got in the way of this one. It's been hot and humid all over the country, so a storm was bound to strike somewhere. Might as well have been in Tornado Alley where it could wipe out a soccer game.

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