Seattle Sounders 1-0 Colorado Rapids
It was Kevin Doyle's first Colorado Rapids start since shipping over from England and it didn't exactly go as planned. It did, however, go as you would expect a Colorado at Seattle match to go. Seattle held the ball for 70% of the time and had 15 shots while Colorado struggled to get much going. The Rapids held on for a quarter of an hour before a failed clearing attempt led to Marco Pappa looping a shot in from the corner of the penalty area into the corner of the net to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. That lead would last them into halftime and on through the second half.
Portland Timbers 1-0 DC United
I'm convinced that the key to any Portland Timbers match is getting ahead early. They got their early goal in the fifth minute when Gaston Fernandez stole a pass in the DC United end and played a nice low cross to a rushing Maxi Urruti for the tap in. The goal would hold up for the duration of the match, but the only reason it stayed that was was Bill Hamid made a few miraculous (meaning lucky) saves that kept Portland from running up the score in the late second half. Also Fanendo Adi messed up a break in the 82nd minute. Kind of what we have gotten used to with him lately.
I think Portland needed some good home cooking after a sad road trip. Yes, they got the win in Montreal, but their lazy and uninspired performances in Toronto and Houston left this team in a very low spot heading into tonight. An early goal and being able to play in front of their home fans did this team wonders against the top team in the East.
Having their captain Will Johnson back was a boon as well. The Canadian international hadn't played since September when he broke his leg, and he was instrumental in holding onto possession for the Timbers.
Finishing is still a problem. They could have had a couple extra goals in the closing 20 minutes, but, whether it was Rodney Wallace, Urruti, or Adi, the final ball just wasn't there. I would like to see more of the Gaston Fernandez and Maxi Urruti strike combo, though. The goal they created together was a thing of beauty and was a welcome sight amidst all the crap being flung out there by Adi in recent weeks.
They travel to Colorado this weekend, a place they certainly should be winning.
LA Galaxy 1-0 Real Salt Lake
Lots of early goals from home sides on this Wednesday night. LA got theirs when Jamison Olave handled the ball in his own box to give Galaxy the penalty. Juninho buried the kick for LA and they were up after only seven minutes. Overall, this was a back and forth, and kid of sloppy, match between a couple of competitive sides. This was probably the best example of the tired midweek match for the week.