Sunday, August 2, 2015

It Happened in America: DC and RSL hang ten, Sounders fail to score again

New York City 2-3 Montreal Impact
Frank Lampard's MLS career did not start as planned as NYCFC failed to come back against their visitors from the great white north. Montreal, fresh of the news that they landed former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, got a pair of goals from Ignacio Piatti after Dominic Oduro got the party started in the fifth minute. Oduro got behind New York's back line as he collected along ball before calmly stepping beside Josh Saunders for the easy goal. Piatti's first was a chip over the NYC keeper after yet another long pass. David Villa added a penalty in the 68th minute to get New York on the board, but Montreal earned a PK of their own in the 85th. Thomas McNamara scored to put New York within a goal one minute later, but it wasn't enough for the home side to earn any points.

DC United 6-4 Real Salt Lake
What a wild one at RFK Stadium. DC United is suffering from early conceding syndrome. For the second straight week, United found themselves spotting the enemy a two goal lead. In the opening minute of this one, Joao Plata banged home the first RSL tally. Kyle Beckerman added the second goal in the 21st minute with a low blast from long range that clanged off the near post and into the goal.

Much like the Philly game on Sunday, DC did scratch their way back into the game. Chris Rolfe put DC on the board at the stroke of 42 minutes with a wonderful move from the end line to the center of the box that lead to a perfect shot past Jeff Attinella. The equalizer, Rolfe's second of the match, came in the 55th minute came after Devon Sandoval pulled down Bobby Boswell in the box for a clear penalty. Taylor Kemp completed the comeback in the 59th minute with a half volley upper 90 blast from well outside the penalty area.

The lead would only last until just after the hour mark. Aaron Maund headed home a free kick in the 62nd minute to level the score. To continue the frantic pace, United took the lead back on a real "oh fudge" moment from the RSL defense. A mad scramble led to Fabian Espindola toeing home an off the line clearance. The touch was so slight, the goal was originally ruled an own goal. More wildness occured in the 69th minute when Javier Morales equalized with a chip over Andrew Dykstra. Perry kitchen's 79th minute header served as DC United's winner, but that didn't mean they were done scoring. Nick DeLeon wanted in on the action, and his 85th minute bomb from outside the area made sure his name made it to the scoresheet.

The ten goals scored is tied for the second most in MLS history.

Philadelphia Union 1-3 New York Red Bulls
This one took a while to get going, but was pretty fun once it did. Sacha Kljestan's 66th minute penalty started the scoring. Philly leveled in the 73rd with a sliding goal from Sebastian Le Toux. The tie lasted less than a minute before Steven Wright-Phillips, making his Red Bulls debut, fed his brother Bradley for the winner in the 74th. Union would pressure pretty hard afterward but the equalizer never came. Instead, Bertrand Abang got on a breakaway to score the third, and final, New York goal.

New England Revolution 3-1 Toronto FC
Charlie Davies was in the right place at the right time for New England's opener. He slid to knock in a Kelyn Rowe pass inside the six yard box. The first half didn't exactly go well for Toronto as a whole. In the 39th minute, star forward Jozy Altidore found himself staring down a red card after a hard foul. Ten man Toronto would concede relatively quickly. In the 44th minute Damien Perquis fouled Rowe in the area, leading to a Lee Nguyen goal from the spot. Davies would add a second in the 65th minute to finish the rout. Jonathan Osorio was credited with Toronto's consolation goal on a deflected shot in the 75th minute.

Orlando City 5-2 Columbus Crew
Fedrico Higuain scored for Columbus in the fifth minute, but that would wrap up the good news on the night for the Crew. Orlando proceeded to rip off five unanswered goals beginning with likely MLS rookie of the year Cyle Larin in the 18th. Darwin Ceren put the Lions in front in the 38th. Larin's second made it 3-1 in the 58th. Aurelien Collin headed the fourth home in the 77th. The fifth was from Cristian Higuita in teh 85th. Only a stoppage time own goal off Collin gave Columbus something to cheer for after the first five minute. 

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Houston Dynamo
In a night filled with goals in the first ten minutes of matches, Dom Dwyer continued the trend with his sixth goal of the season in the sixth minute. The goal would not hold up, as Houston's Ricardo Clark found the equalizer in the 78th.

Colorado Rapids 1-3 LA Galaxy
Colorado got a first half goal from Marcelo Sarvas in the 12th minute, but they were unable to hold the lead after halftime. Sebastian Lletget got it started for LA in the 56th. Alan Gordon put them ahead by poaching a rebound in the 69th. Robbie Keane added the third in stoppage time just for fun. It was sort of nice to see Colorado grab an early lead against the favored Galaxy, but as the match wore on, you knew they were going to concede and eventually lose. Just sort of happens when the last place team plays the defending champs.

Seattle Sounder 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps
Not even getting Clint Dempsey back was enough to get a win for Seattle. Their defense was once again atrocious and their attack was unable to do anything with their nearl 60-40 possession advantage. Pa Modou Kah scored off a fortunate deflection in the sixth minute and earned a brace a few minutes after halftime. Pedro Morales scored the third on a beautiful free kick that went right through a broken Seattle wall. The Sounders are in real trouble. Since the Clint Dempsey outrage in the US Open Cup, they have lost six out of seven matches. In those seven games, they have scored only twice. They find themselves only three points clear of a playoff spot.

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