Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday MLS: San Jose wins a mad one, Galaxy to the top of the West

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Seattle Sounders
Obafemi Martins was able to put Seattle in front after a Kansas City turnover as the clock struck 31 minutes. Once behind, SKC was able to control possession, but get very few chances going forward. It wasn't until Dom Dwyer came on as a sub in the 74th minute that the home team was able to find some  magic in the attack. Dwyer was the one sliding home the equalizer in the 79th minute, Both sides had a shot at winning this one in the final five minutes plus stoppage time. Clint Dempsey only barely missed the target after a great feed from Martins. Then Dwyer missed a pair of golden opportunities in stoppage time for Kansas City.

In the end, a point a piece does little to the standings. Both sides gain a little more comfort as they try to hold onto their playoff spots in the West. 

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Real Salt Lake
Mattias Perez-Garcia's 87th minute winner was all this game gave us as San Jose climbs slightly closer to an elusive West playoff spot. It's more than a small miracle that the Quakes weren't able to score at least three or four more. They completely dominated the game in terms of shots, possession, and mad scrambles that came up empty. With all the clear chances that failed for San Jose, it's fitting that the goal came on a fluke deflection of an RSL defender. Perez-Garcia does get some stupidity points, as well. In his fit of celebration, he removed his shirt, an automatic yellow card, after he had already been shown a yellow earlier in the match. Therefore he was sent off right after scoring the winner.

San Jose is only a point back of Portland for sixth place, but the Timbers have an extra game left to play. Salt Lake can probably close the book on their playoff chances, they are six back with only four to play.

LA Galaxy 3-2 FC Dallas
What the last game had in almost goals, this one made up with in actual goals. It took a little more than ten minutes for Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, and Gio dos Santos to link up for their first goal of the game, and Galaxy's first goal in over four games. It was the Mexican international's third MLS goal since joining the Galaxy over the summer. Dos Santos turned provider three minutes later as Keane doubled the lead. Michael Barrios pulled one back fot Dallas in the 34th minute with a chipy header over Donovan Ricketts. Steven Gerrard scored his second MLS goal to make it 3-1 in the 57th. Dallas tried to make it interesting when Atiba Harris scored with five minutes to play, but it  wasn't enough. 

Both of these sides are virtual locks for the playoffs. LA temporarily climbs to the top of the West pile. They are a point ahead of Vancouver, who have an extra match to play. Dallas is only three points back of them with two bonus games left.

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