Sunday, October 4, 2015

It Happened in America: Timbers fall out of playoffs, Orlando stays alive

Toronto FC 3-1 Philadelphia Union
Sebastian Giovinvo did what he does for Toronto, yet again. He scored his 20th goal of the year on a free kick in the 28th minute becoming the first Red ever to reach that milestone. Jozy Altidore added to the lead in the 63rd with a close range finish. Toronto native Steven Vitoria got Philly on the board three minutes later, but an own goal off Richie Marquez in stoppage time sealed it for Toronto, who are now two points away from clinching their first ever playoff appearance.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew
Both sides got off to a quick start in this battle for the top of the Eastern Conference. Justin Meram put the Crew on top in the ninth minute, only to have the lead squandered by Lloyd Sam's equalizer in the 12th. Bradley Wright-Phillips made it 2-1 to New York in the 21st. That would be it for the scoring as New York was able to hold off any Crew advance and keep their number one slot in the East.

Orlando City 2-1 Montreal Impact
Scary moment at the start of this one. In the opening minutes, On their way for an aerial ball, Orlando defenders Tommy Redding and Rafael Ramos clashed heads and remained down on the pitch for quite some time. Both would have to leave the game. Redding looked as if he wasn't sure what planet he was on and Ramos was bleeding profusely from his forehead. Play was restarted after a delay of about seven minutes.

In the 33rd minute, Orlando City got the first goal of the match on a shot that Evan Bush would love to have back. Kaka chipped a pass forward to Cyle Larin. He took a rather light low shot that Bush had in his hands, but it bounced off the m high into the air and into the goal behind him. Dominic Oduro took advantage of a goalkeeping blunder on the other end to tie the score in the 43rd. Seb Hines gave Orlando the points they needed to keep their playoff hopes with a nice floater to the top corner in the 80th minute.

Chicago Fire 3-1 New England Revolution
The Revs are another team gunning for one of the top two spots in the East. Juan Agudelo just after the half hour mark to give them the lead they needed against the lowly Fire. The second half belonged to Chicago. David Accam scored in the 51st minute by somehow sneaking a shot behind Bobby Shuttleworth and inside the near post. Harry Shipp added their second in the 59th. It became 3-1 when Gilberto spun a shot into the back of the net. With the loss, New England misses a chance to clinch a playoff berth.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
A win could have put the Whitecaps back on top of the West and the Supporters Shield, and after Cristian Techera scored in the 39th minute, it looked like they would do just that. Chris Wondolowski, in true Wondo fashion, stole the three points from the visitors by equalizing in the 62nd, thus keeping Vancouver behind LA Galaxy at the top of the Western pile.

Portland Timbers 0-1 Sporting Kansas City
This one looked like another Portland-Kansas City scoreless draw special with the Timbers controlling play and leading the way in shots on goal. That was until they lost track of the Kansas City forwards in a counter attack and allowed Krisztian Nemeth to bury the winner in the 83rd minute. This came after Portland squandered chance after chance with poor finishing, pretty much what we have seen all year from them. They are tied with the Quakes for sixth, but have a game in hand over San Jose.

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