Saturday, June 27, 2015

It Happened in America: Rain soaks the east coast matches, San Jose takes California Clasico

Toronto FC 0-0 DC United
Sloppy weather made for a sloppy game as neither side was able to find the goal. The fist half was a little more even, but as the game wore on it was Toronto who looked more like scoring. In the end, though, nobody could produce anything and both sides had to settle for empty wallets and a point each.

Philadelphia Union 2-2 Montreal Impact
The weather was just as, if not more, disgusting in Philadelphia than it was up in Toronto, but there were a couple more goals scored. Union's came first in the form of a screaming shot from Erik Ayuk Mbu in the eighth minute. As mud puddles formed on the pitch, Montreal managed to level by way of Ignacio Piatti in the 28th.

As the weather started to look slightly better, the Impact took a hit when Patrice Bernier was given a second yellow card in the 62nd minute. They laughed at their manpower disadvantage and scored eight minutes later. New England turned the ball over it their own half and Jack McInerney took the ball, ran, and drilled a shot in the upper corner. Philadelphia equalized in the 76th minute on a mad scramble in the six yard box that ended in Maurice Edu scoring an easy goal.  Five minutes after the tying goal, both sides were down to ten men as Ayuk Mbu was shown his second yellow card. Despite a few close calls on both ends, the score finished tied.

New England Revolution 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
The weather was a little better in Boston, but it was still pretty gloomy for the home team. Cristian Techera was the man giving the Caps the lead in the 18th minute. He took advantage of suspect defending by London Woodbury in his own penalty area. Octavio Rivero then scored from the spot in in controversial fashion. The man guilty of conceding the penalty was Andrew Farrell, who maybe got a tug on Techera as he streaked towards goal. Farrell was shown red for his trouble and New England, perhaps unjustly, played a man down for the rest of the match. They managed to get one goal, though. It was from Teal Bunbury in the 84th minute. The real story of the game was all the cards. There were eight yellows shown to both teams combined, including the second yellow to Farrell.

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Colorado Rapids
Krisztian Nemeth scored low and from distance in the 32nd to pout SKC in the lead into halftime. To open the second half, I guess a grounds crew worker butt dialed the sprinkler system and the teams were ambushed by the water irrigation system at Sporting Park. After the brief artificial shower, in the 64th minute, Benny Feilhaber played a cross that was booted into the Colorado net by their own Sam Cronin to finish the 2-0 scoreline. Kansas City shuffles up to fourth in the Western Conference madhouse.

Real Salt Lake 2-2 Columbus Crew
In the 36th minute, Real Salt Lake executed the best set piece you will ever see in MLS. It was a free kick from around about 23 yards out. Luke Mulholland took it short to Kyle Beckerman, who flicked it to Joao Plata, who headed it to Olmes Garcia for the goal. It was the sort of execution you expect to see out of a Barcelona or Spanish National Team, not a middle of the road MLS side. Anyway, the lead only lasted six minutes before Tony Tchani levelled for the Crew. Sebastian Jaime put RSL back on top in the first minute of the second half. Ehtan Findley put Columbus back on terms in the 62nd.  Between first half stoppage time and the final whistle, there were seven cards issued, including a straight red to RSL's Jordan Allen. Columbus failed to capitalize on the numbers advantage and it finished all square.

San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 LA Galaxy
The first California Clasico of the season heads to the north as San Jose comes back from down a goal in the 17th minute. Juninho was the man for the Galaxy as they looked to continue their heavy goal scoring form. That was all they would get, however. Chris Wondolowski banged home a cross in the 28th minute to level. In the second have, Clarence Goodson headed home a corner to give the Quakes the lead and Cordell Cato put it away with nice footwork in the 72nd. LA Galaxy's high scoring form comes to an end as they rest in third place out West. Meanwhile, San Jose is above the red line, for now. They can fall back down if the Timbers manage a point at home against Seattle this evening.

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