Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Night MLS: Seattle scores a lot for once, Union and Fire with a late thrill

Seattle Sounders 4-0 Orlando City
You knew Seattle's goal scoring drought wouldn't last forever. Tonight they decided to unload a couple of months worth of scoring frustration on Orlando City. One big reason the goals went flying was the return of Obafemi martins, who had been sidelined by injury since Seattle's humbling US Open Cup loss against Portland. Martins waited only 17 minutes into his return to add his name to the scoresheet. He was then joined by Nelson Valdez in the 51st, added his second in the 62nd, and watched Thomas (just Thomas) add one for fun in second half stoppage time.

It was an overall frustrating afternoon in the northwest for Orlando City. They took a grand total of six shots in the match with none on goal. Let's just say it was one they would like to move on from as quickly as possible as they miss a chance to jump into an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The win doesn't immediately help the Sounders in the standings. They are still four points clear in sixth place out West and three points back of Dallas for fifth.

Philadelphia Union 3-3 Chicago Fire
This one made up for what the earlier game lacked in drama despite being a matchup of a couple of MLS cellar dwellers. Kennedy Igboananike started the flurry of goals for Chicago in the ninth minute. Philly would tie the score in the 21st minute with a header from Fernando Aristeguieta. Ten minutes later, Union would be ahead after a shot by Fabinho was  deflected past Sean Johnson. That lead would last into the second half. In the 54th minute, the Fire would equalize thanks to some great off ball movement by Patrick Nyarko to give himself an easy shot and great vision and passing by Igboananike to set it up.

Then came the chaotic finish. Union thought they had they game won as the clock struck 90 minutes as Sebastian Le Toux slipped home a goal in a four on three rush in the final minute of play. But all the celebration was for naught. Igboananike struck again in the second added minute to force the teams to share  a point.

Not that the point helps either side. The Fire are in last place in the East (and the entire league) and Union are only a point ahead of them. So neither side is going to make any waves in the playoff race.

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