Sunday, August 9, 2015

It Happened in America: Whitecaps dominate, Kamara bags another brace

Toronto FC 1-3 Sporting Kansas City
Benny Feilhaber put SKC ahead with a converted penalty in the 22nd, but Toronto wouldn't let that last. Seconds after Feilhaber's goal. The winning combo of Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, and back to Bradley for the finish tied the score at one. Ton continue the bonkers first half hour, In the 29th minute, Feilhaber lines up for a free kick, he looped it onto the head of Krisztian Nemeth, who floated it over the head and outstretched arm of Joe Bendik. The Reds really should have at least equalized in the second half. Right around the 80 minute mark, they had a scramble that produced five shots, Two were blocked. Two were saved by Tim Melia. And the third, a wide open header by Jozy Altidore, bounced well wide of the target. Bradley missed a perfect chance a few minutes later. All of Toronto's attacking efforts were rewarded by them conceding a third goal in the 87th minute. Former Toronto FC man Jacob Peterson slotted home a feed from Amobi Okugo to seal three points for Kansas City.

Orlando City 0-0 Philadelphia Union
It was kind of a snoozer at the Citrus Bowl. The home side struggled to get shots (they only had one attempt from inside the penalty area) and Philadelphia just struggled in general. Both sides are on the outside of the playoff picture, Orlando is level on points with Montreal for sixth, however.

Montreal Impact 0-1 DC United
DC decided to not allow a pair of early goals to their opponents this time around and managed to escape Quebec with three points as a result. Chris Rolfe got United's goal due to some mismanagement of of the ball by Montreal's back line. Jario Arrieta slid onto a lazy pass to poked it to a wide open Rolfe for an easy goal. Despite the loss, the Impact hold onto their playoff spot and still have a few games in hand on their competition.

Houston Dynamo 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes 
Houston gets a big win to keep pace with sixth place Portland for the final playoff spot in the West with a thorough beating of the Quakes. They held San Jose to only six total shots. All the scoring came in the second half. Old man DaMarcus Beasley broke the scoreless tie in the 55th minute. Five minutes later, Fatai Alashe was sent off for a second yellow card after being lucky not to see straight red from the foul causing the first yellow. Quincey Amerikwa lucked his way into an equalizer in the 70th for San Jose, but it wouldn't last long. Houston got the winner five minutes later with a beautiful pass from Sheanon Williams to Alex for the finish.

Colorado Rapids 1-2 Columbus Crew
Colorado got a late first half goal from Bobby Burling and a boat load of shots, but it wasn't enough to see of a more efficient Columbus side. The Crew's two goals came from, who else, Kei Kamara within 12 minutes of each other in the second half. The mid-Ohio goal machine leapfrogs Sebastian Giovinco for the Golden Boot lead with the brace and Columbus hops all the way into second place in the East with the win.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 Real Salt Lake
This was all Caps all the time. Octavio Rivero scored one from the spot to start the show in the seventh minute. Po Modou Kah added the second goal in the 40th. Cristian Techera scored a second half brace with goals in the 50th and 68th to finish the beatdown. RSL barely even showed up. They only managed six shots and saw very little of the ball, even after  going down by four goals with more than 20 minutes to play. Vancouver is now four points clear atop the Western Conference.

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