Sunday, September 20, 2015

It Happened in America: Seattle takes Cascadia Cup, Crew jump in front of East

Toronto FC 3-1 Colorado Rapids
Sebastian Giovinco was at it again for Toronto as he continues to be a major factor in their campaign to qualify for their first ever post season. He scored in both the 14th and 18th minutes before assisting on Damien Perquis's 38th minute tally. Colorado tried to fight back into the match when Dillon Powers buried one in the 40th minute, but it was far from enough for the Western Conference cellar dwellers.

New York City 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes
Ned Grabavoy became the breakout here for New York City in this one. He scored twice and assisted on what turned out to be the game winner to give his club an all important three points. It was another NYC game where the second half was absolutely bonkers after a goalless first. Grabavoy's first came in the 51st minute, then the second in the 63rd. He assisted on a David Villa goal in the 63rd to complete 12 minutes of complete domination at Yankee Stadium. SAn Jose lifted themselves back into the match with Quincy Amarikwa scoring in the 72nd and Chris Wondolowski burying a penalty four minutes later. City was able to hold off the Quakes in the end, however. New York City is still a pair of points out of that elusive sixth playoff spot in the East.

DC United 1-2 Columbus Crew
Kei Kamara took another step in pursuit of the MLS single season goal record with the winner over DC in the 49th minute. The Sierra Leone striker now has 21 goals in 28 games with four remaining. It would take a Herculean effort for him to set a new record, he needs six goals to tie Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips with 27 in a single year. Ethan Finely  had already put the Crew up 1-0 with a 27th minute goal. Chris Rolfe knocked a penalty in the give United some hope, but it was all for nothing as , despite their best efforts, Columbus weathered the storm to move into the top spot in the East.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-3 Seattle Sounders
Seattle needed a win to keep their West playoff hopes secure, and this big win in Vancouver also gave them their first Cascadia Cup title since 2011. Andreas Ivanschitz, making his first start of the season, put Seattle in front in the final minute before the halftime whistle. Gonzalo Pineda scored his first goal of the season in the 71st minute. Finally, a familiar face, Obafemi Martins, put the game away just three minutes from the end. The Caps are still atop the Supporters' Shield standings, so this loss doesn't hurt too badly. Seattle is now five points clear in the playoffs.

Montreal Impact 3-0 New England Revolution
Didier Drogba seems to be enjoying his new home in Quebec. His goal at the hour mark put the home side up 2-0 and made sure the points stayed in French Canada. The first goal had come in the sixth minute with Johan Venegas rocketing home his first of the year. Just in case Drogba's goal wasn't enough, Dilly Duka added a third in the 76th. This was a much needed three points for the Impact. They are a point up in sixth with three games hand on NYC and Orlando. The New England defeat drops them to second as Columbus jumps in front of them atop the East.

Chicago Fire 0-1 Orlando City
These two duked out a scoreless draw with Chicago looking the better side for much of it until Bryan Rochez stole the game for Orlando. Rochez came on as a 71st minute sub for the Lions and nailed his second of the season in the 86th minute. Even with the win Orlando 's playoff hopes seem slim with Montreal and their three games in hand a point ahead of them for sixth. 

Real Salt Lake 3-0 LA Galaxy
Salt Lake got this party started right away as Devon Sandoval got them on the board in the third minute. They added to the lead in the form of a Javier Morales PK in the 28th. Sandoval scored a second in the 53rd to complete the scoring in this dismantling of the defending champs. RSL still has work to do if they want to see some post season play. They are three points and two spots back of Portland in sixth place. LA, however, should be in the playoffs. They are aiming for one of the first round byes for finishing in the top two places. They are level with Dallas for the second spot with 47 points. 

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