Sunday, September 27, 2015

It Happened in America: NYC win in late penalty fest, Impact cruise over DC

Toronto FC 3-2 Chicago Fire
It didn't take the last place Fire long to make some noise against a high powered East playoff team. Gilberto put one in the goal in the very first minute. The ever threatening Sebastian Giovinco assisted to level the score with a cheeky chip from an impossible angle that, I guess, clipped the head of Jonathan Osorio in the 30th minute. It looked to me like it went clean in off the foot of the Italian, though. Hindi scored a second in the 52nd to give the Fire the lead back. Seven minutes Jarrett, Michael Bradley put Toronto even again. Jozy Altidore provided the winner in the 70th of a Giovinco corner and Toronto was saved the embarrassment of losing to a last place team at home.

Montreal Impact 2-0 DC United
Didier Drogba was at it again. It took him less than four minutes to bang home a 25 yard free kick to give Montreal the lead. He had his second seven minutes later and the Impact were off and running. That was all they would need to hold off the struggling DC United squad. Their fall from grace continues as they now sit down in fourth place. Montreal has a pretty firm group on the playoffs now. They have a four point advantage with two games in hand on Orlando in seventh.

Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers
Fanendo Adi have Portland their lead in the 28th minute only to have it countered by the league's leading goal scorer, Kei Kamara, and his ear post header two minutes from halftime. Adi grabbed his brace in the 50th minute and Portland was able to hold on to earn a huge three pints in Ohio. The win means the Timbers gain some security against San Jose, Houston, and Salt Lake, who have all been creeping up on them for the final East playoff spot. Columbus misses a chance to put some additional pressure on the Red Bulls for the number one seed in the East.

New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union
Lee Nguyen converted from the spot in the 38th to give the Revs the lead in their chase for the top spot in the East. They failed to hold that midgame lead however. Fernando Aristeguieta scored his fifth of the yearn in the 65th minute to give the visitors a share of the points. New England dropping points also does the Red Bulls a huge favor. Them and the Crew are now each a point back with two fewer matches to play.

Houston Dynamo 3-2 Colorado Rapids
The Dynamo are still alive in the playoff chase, and this wild win helps their tall task of qualifying for the post season. Things started quickly with a Leonel Miranda goal in the third minute that was quickly countered by the first of two from Vicente Sanchez in the eighth. Giles Barnes put the Dynamo ahead again in the 24th, Colorado got back even a minute before halftime with Sanchez's second. The second half started off just ass fast as the first did. Brad Davis provided the winner in the second minute of the half. Despite plenty of close calls, Colorado's counterpunch never arrived and Houston took the win. The DYnamoa re three points back of the Timbers for the final Eastern playoff spot.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 New York City
New York City has a near impossible task to get to the playoffs, but a big win in Vancouver will help. Frank Lampard's second NYC goal gave them the lead in the 29th minute. We now skip ahead to the final few minutes where the penalties came flying. Pedro Morales scored from the spot in the 88th minute and looked to give a late point to the Caps.  However, MAtias Laba went in for a late tackle on Lampard just seconds before the final whistle. This lead to David Villa banging home the winner at the death. Vancouver still holds the Western conference lead, but Dallas is only a point back with two extra games to play. New York City is five points back of Montreal, so it still looks grim for them.

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