Sunday, August 30, 2015

It Happened in America: New York City still outside playoffs, Vancouver can't climb atop West

New York City 1-2 Columbus Crew
Columbus foils another chance for NYC to climb into the playoffs. Federico Higuain got the Crew on the board by heading home a tenth minute corner. City would fight back when Andrew Jacobson scored his first goal of the season with a seemingly harmless shot from distance. Both teams put on plenty of attacking pressure,. They combined for 36 shots on the afternoon. It began to look like a draw, especially after Josh Saunders made a great save on Will Trapp in the 82nd minute, The rebound led to a cross to Kei Kamara, who headed home, but was miles offside when he did. Justin Meram got the winner by threading a weak shot past Josh Saunders and through the rest of the New York defense. Columbus moves up to second, pending the results of tonight's Red Bulls-DC United clash. City is still a point and two spots out of the playoffs.

Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact
Toronto takes the 401 Derby with a couple goals from its USMNT standouts. Michael Bradley was the first of the Americans to bury one. He finished off a great passing play started by, who else, Sebastian Giovinco in the 35th minute. Jozy Altidore doubled the lead ten minutes after halftime. Montreal fought back and Dominic Oduro scored in the 74th, but the French Canadian club couldn't muster anything more. Toronto is firmly in a playoff spot, but Montreal falls a point out into seventh. They do have four games to make up on sixth place Orlando though.

Philadelphia Union 0-1 New England Revolution
Diego Fagundez's 51st minute goal was enough to give the Revs the victory on the road against last place Philadelphia. The goal makes Fagundez the youngest player to score 25 career MLS goals. The Union took a bit of a blow right before the final whistle as Cristian Maidana was sent off,. They are firmly in last place in the East, so I doubt his presence will truly make a difference going forward. New England has firm control of fifth place and should be a playoff team, barring some epic collapse.

Orlando City 1-1 Chicago Fire
Orlando struggled to make much of their offense count, but managed to gut out a draw anyway. David Accam put the Fire in front at the half hour mark, but an own goal off of Eric Gehrig in the 37th made sure they couldn't celebrate for long. Orlando proceeded to dictate the flow of the entire game, but failed to fin another goal. They will take the point, even though they probably should have had all three. They hang on to sixth in the East by a point over New York City and Montreal.

Houston Dynamo 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps' roller coaster season continue as they fall to Houston on the road. They went down due to a 34th minute goal bu Ricardo Clark before things started to truly unravel. Kendal Watson was shown his second yellow card in the 56th minute and Matias Labia did the same in the 64th. Houston proceeded to use the two man advantage to add a goal to their lead in the 87th. It was defender Raul Rodriguez's second of the season. The Caps are still in second, despite the setback. They are a point back of the Galaxy for the top of the Western Conference and the Supporters' Shield. Houston makes progress towards the playoffs, but they are still three points back of San Jose in sixth.

FC Dallas 2-0 Real Salt Lake
Dallas may have had a 57-43 disadvantage in possession, but they outshot Real Salt Lake 21-10 on their way to this 2-0 win. Tesho Akindele scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the 51st minute and Fabian Castillo got the insurance goal in the 79th. Salt Lake, despite copious amounts of possession, only took four shots on target.This defeat sends them down to the Western Conference basement while Dallas climbs to third.

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Sporting Kansas City
Colorado gets another win against a playoff side to escape last place in the West and they had to come from behind to do it. Dom Dwyer scored for Sporting just two minutes after halftime, but Maynor Figueroa in the 53rd and Kevin Doyle in the 76th bumped the Rapids ahead for good. The Rapids even did well controlling things at the end to prevent Kansas City from mounting a true threat at the end. Colorado still isn't going anywhere on the year, although they still have a prayer to make the playoffs. But wins like these can be nice boosts towards the future. Kansas City sits in fourth out West, firmly in the playoffs.

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