Sunday, June 14, 2015

It Happened in America: NYC now unbeaten in three, Sounders roll over Dallas

New York City 3-1 Montreal Impact
New York City controlled the first half of the match with nearly two thirds of the ball and eight shots to Montreal's four. David Villa completed a wonderful passing play in the box to give NYCFC the lead in the 31st minute. As Montreal was getting into the swing of things in the second half, Mix Diskerud doubled New York's lead in the 76th minute. The chance was created by the freshly introduced substitute Kwadwo Poku creating a turnover as Montreal tried to clear their own penalty area. The Impact did pull one back just two minutes from time. Wandrille Lefevre scored his first career MLS goal with a well placed header to cut the New York lead in half. It was all for naught, however, as just 15 seconds before the 90 minutes expired, Poku scored his first career goal after a nice counter attack led by David Villa. Good work by the referee for allowing play to continue despite Ned Gravaboy getting conked in the head near midfield.

New York City has put together a nice little run ahead of Frank Lampard's arrival. They have now put together three straight unbeaten matches. They still sit in last place in the East, however.

Columbus Crew 1-1 LA Galaxy
This one started off in a thunderstorm delay that had the teams' Twitter accounts looking for ways to kill time before kickoff. Once it got started, a whole two hours late. the Galaxy didn't want too long before opening the scoring. Sebastian Lletget scored from close range in the 14th minute of play. Both sides traded chances for the remainder of the half, although Galaxy were more threatening. In the 41st minute, Robbie Rogers was through on goal down the left flank, but curled his shot far wide after a nice move to evade the lonely Crew defense. The equalizer came from Federico Higuain with a five-hole finish in the 66th minute.

New England Revolution 2-0 Chicago Fire
After sort of a drab first half, the Revs came out firing after the break. Diego Fagundez and Charlie Davies each scored in the first five minutes of the second frame to give the Revs a 2-0 lead. The second half was a back and forth affair, particularly as time wound down. New England had chances on set pieces while Chicago was threatening on the counter. None of the attacks bore any fruit.

New England closes the gap for first in the East to four points back of DC United, who the play next Sunday on ESPN 2.

Seattle Sounders 3-0 FC Dallas
Here's an example of a game where one team did well with possession and the other didn't. Both teams had chances in the first half and both keepers made some nice saves to keep it 0-0 after 45 minutes. Lamar Neagle broke the deadlock in the 55th minute by capitalizing of Dallas turning the ball over in a dangerous spot. Obafemi Martins finished from inside the six yard box in the 73rd and Leonardo Gonzalez added the third in stoppage time. Seattle is now three points clear at the top of the West. They need to rack up all the points they can now before they lose Clint Dempsey to the Gold Cup in a few weeks.

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