Sunday, July 26, 2015

It Happened in America: Dallas dominates, Toronto comes back to tie Crew

Columbus Crew 3-3 Toronto FC
A couple minutes after halftime, Columbus looked like they had this one in the bag. They had goals from Golden Boot leader Kei Kamara, Tony Tchani, and Ethan Finlay just two minutes after the restart. Then Toronto woke up. Perennial threat Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 50th. Collen Warner put in the second five minutes later. The Crew were able to hold out for quite some time until Waylon Francis was called for a dubious penalty in the 87th minute. His legs got tangled up with Jozy Altidore's in the Columbus box. The USMNT veteran went down to draw the whistle and then scored the PK to finish the 3-3 final score.

Montreal Impact 1-0 Seattle Sounders
Seattle continues to look like crap without their two best players. This might be an all time low as they lose to Montreal while only taking three shots, with none reaching the target. Not that Montreal looked that much better, at least from a finishing standpoint. It took them almost 88 minutes for Laurant Ciman to head home a free kick for the only goal of the game. Seattle's lack of points sends them to a tie for sixth with Portland. Meanwhile, Montreal leaps into the playoffs with several games in hand on any competition.

New England Revolution 2-2 Chicago Fire
Lee Nguyen was in the right place at the right time as the clock struck 27:00 to open the scoring for the home team. They would hold the lead until a minute before the break when David Accam was tripped up in the box on a hustle play. Jose Goncalves was a little late arriving to the ball, and it was kind of unlucky for him to nab the feet of the Chicago striker. Shaun Maloney buried the PK to make it 1-1 at the half. Two quick goals defined the second half. First it was Razvan Cocis in the 75th minute to give Chicago the short lived lead. New England equalized two minutes later with one from Kelyn Rowe. The point each keeps Chicago in the cellar of the East, with no real help on the horizon since Didier Drogba seems to prefer French speaking (and playoff contending) Montreal as his MLS home.

FC Dallas 4-1 Portland Timbers
Dallas stays hot as they bang out four against a normally sound Portland defense. A first half brace from Michael Barrios and second half goals from Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz did the real damage. Portland's consolation prize came from their leading scorere Fanendo Adi from the spot three minutes into second half stoppage time. The win gives Dallas a four point lead on top of the West, which seems like quite a lot considering the state of that conference this season.

Houston Dynamo 3-0 LA Galaxy
Houston pulled off one of their better performances of the season as they are able to take down a freshly reinforced LA Galaxy side who was already looking like the best team in the league. They are suffering a bit without Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez, but Steven Gerarrd shuld more than make up for that loss. Houston got goals from Will Bruin, Brad Davis, and Leonel Miranda on their way to their seventh win of the season. The Dynamo still sit outside the playoffs by five points, however. Galaxy, on the other hand, are in second behind red hot FC Dallas.

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