Thursday, August 20, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Crew and NYC even, San Jose routs SKC

Columbus Crew 2-2 New York City
Kei Kamara began the scoring by extending his golden boot lead in the 24th minute. It was his league leading 18th goal of the season. Columbus would ride that lead into halftime before New York City was able to respond. Kwadwo Poku got his first of two goals in ten minutes in the 57th. Poku made a brilliant run to collect a wonderfully threaded David Villa pass behind the Crew back line for an easy tap in past Steve Clark. His second came in the 66th by booting home a shot from the top of the box off a corner. Cedrick Mabwati scored his first goal for the Crew in the 72nd with some nice footwork through traffic and a wonderful give and go with Kamara. The storms came in the 77th minute, causing a delay of a little more than an hour. Afterwards, both sides' play was choppy and neither side was able to assemble much of anything causing the score to stay level.

City misses an opportunity to leapfrog Montreal into a playoff spot. The single point tonight leaves those tow teams tied for sixth place. Columbus, meanwhile, breaks the tie for third in the East, they are now a point ahead of New England.

Sporting Kansas City 0-5 San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose takes a very loud step towards a playoff spot by handing Kansas City a defeat they will want to forget. Cordell Cato set the tone early with a goal in the third minute. Chris Wondolowski added a penalty in the 17th. Anibal Godoy made it 3-0 before halftime by scoring his first of the season in the 27th. After the half, Cato and Wondo would score again to ensure that the final half hour would be a mere formality. Frustration set in for Kansas City with less than 20 minutes to play as Benny Feilhaber was given a red card for denying a Quincy Amarikwa a goal scoring opportunity. It was a soft call, a yellow card probably would have been enough considering the score, but regardless, Feilhaber will miss this weekend's clash at Columbus.

The win puts the Quakes three points out of the Western Conference playoff picture, while the defeat thwarts a chance for Kansas City to move to the top of the Western pile.

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