Sunday, September 13, 2015

It Happened in America: Late draws salvaged by DC and Seattle

Philadelphia Union 1-2 Columbus Crew
Kei Kamara was at it again for the Crew. The league's leading goal scorer knocked home a pair of goals within five minutes of each other in the first half to really put Philly behind the eight ball before the half hour mark. CJ Sapong, gave them their reward after pelting the Columbis goal with shots, in the 69th minute. Not that it was enough. The Crew continue to put stnadings pressure on New York and DC in front of them as they sit in third, just a point behind those two. The Union fail to jump into the one East playoff spot that might still be up for grabs. They are two points behind Montreal in sixth.

Houston Dynamo 1-3 Real Salt Lake
RSL was in control for pretty much the entire first half. So it was not much of a surprise when Javier Morales finally scored in first half stoppage time. Davon Sandoval didn't want to wait as long in the second half to double the lead. His goal came only six minutes after the beginning of the second. Brad Davis put in a PK in the 65th to give the visiting side a chance, but Juan Manuel Martinez's first of the year squandered that three minutes later. The West being what it is means both of these clubs still have a chance to sneak into a playoff spot. They are both level on 35 points, six behind Portland in the final playoff spot.

FC Dallas 2-1 New York City
The last minute of the first half with Tesho Akindele and four minutes into first half stoppage time with Michel were all that Dallas needed to get past New York City at home. A Patrick Mullins PK goal was all the Manchester CIty farm club could muster up in a second half where they were in control of the run of play. Dallas is now only a game back of Vancouver for both the top spot in the West and the Supporters' Shield. While New York City's playoff hopes keep dwindling as the games pass by. They're now only a point above Chiago for last place in the East.

Colorado Rapids 1-1 DC United
DC United needs to start putting some wins together or else they will see their prospects at the top of the Eastern Conference continue to drop quickly. They didn't get off to the best start in this one and it took them a while to salvage their draw in the mountains. Bobby Burling put the Rapids on top in the 28th minute. Despite the fact that they were down, United failed  to really do much with the ball and onky took six total shots on the night. Alvaro Saborio rescued a point in the 87th to keep DC only a point back of Red Bulls.

LA Galaxy 0-0 Montreal Impact
Galaxy had nearly 60% of the ball, but the Impact defense was strong enough to keep them off the scoreboard while the attack actually outshot LA.  There were plenty of chances for either side, but no goals were in the cards by the final whistle. Montreal will take the draw, as they just needs points in their final games as they catch up to the rest of the pack in the schedule. THey are two points clear of sixth with four games in hand on seventh place Philadelphia.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders
Seattle was another likely playoff team needing to salvage a point on the road against lesser opposition. Fatai Alashe had put the Quakes up in the 70th minute, but Obafemi Martins got Seattle level in the 82nd. Seattle can use the point to gain a little bit of safety from dropping out. They hold a three point advantage over San Jose in seventh. The Quakes could have really used the win here. That would have put them level with Portland for sixth with six games left.

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