Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunday MLS: Sounders struggles continue, Red Bulls sweep New York Derby

LA Galaxy 3-1 Seattle Sounders
The Sounders have had trouble scoring of late. Being without Clint Dempsey figured to increase that run, but instead, they put one in before a minute had been played. Chad Barrett received a perfect pass from Erik Friberg to put Seattle up a goal very early. Unfortunately, Barrett was injured while celebrating the goal. He tweaked his hamstring in his jubilance and was subbed out in the fourth minute. To make things worse for the rave green, the lead didn't make it to the quarter hour. Gyasi Zardes and his right foot evened the score in the 12th. In very MLS-like fashion, both sides had scored on their first shot of the game. The rest of the first half was pretty uneventful as neither team was able to muster up much of anything.

The second half started with a bang. Just two minutes into the half Robbie Keane fired home a fortuitous bounce from the edge of the six yard box for his 11th goal of the season. Giovani dos Santos than made his mark felt in his MLS starting debut. In the 64th minute, he got behind the Seattle line to receive a perfect through ball from Keane for a shot that the Mexican superstar will never miss.

Seattle may have found an early goal, but their general struggles continue and are now in real danger of dropping below the red line for the first time all season.

New York Red Bulls 2-0 New York City
Red Bulls have swept the first season of New York Derbies as the take round three last night. It looked like City would get the jump on the suburban adversaries, Mix Diskerud was denied by Luis Robles after a great through ball from David Villa as the clock hit seven minutes. Instead, it was Bradley Wright-Phillips putting the red half of the Big Apple on the board in the 21st minute by collecting a perfect cross from Kemar Lawrence. Much of the match was a free flowing back and forth affair. The sides traded half chances until the stroke of 84 minutes when Felipe slotted a shot between Josh Saunders and the near post to make it 2-0 to Red Bulls.

New York City still seems to be having trouble integrating all three of its designated players and getting them to play well with the rest of their cast of characters. David Villa has been this club's best player all season, but he hasn't had much support, even after the arrival of Frank Lampard, who last night was flopping and whining as if he were still at Chelsea, and Andrea Pirlo, who looks like he is taking this whole ride into the MLS sunset thing rather casually, so far. Mix Diskerud is the only guy who looks like he's capable of picking up the slack, but that is far from enough. They are in real danger of missing the playoffs as the currently sit four points back of Montreal for sixth in the East.

The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are putting some pressure on DC United for first in the conference. They are eight points back, but have three games in hand on the current Supporters' Shield leaders.

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