Sunday, March 27, 2016

It Happened in America: D.C. United still winless, Caps win second straight

New York City 1-1 New England Revolution
Not to be stopped by the international break, New York City and New England went at it at Yankee Stadium. As such, NYC broke out that wonky W-M formation that saw a fair amount of success against Toronto FC in their home opener. It got them off to a quick start to this game as Thomas McNamara got to a rebound from David Villa's shot off the post to score the game's first goal in the tenth minute. Chris Tierney was able to get the Revs back on the level after they slowly started to mount the pressure. He launched a 38th minute free kick that eluded Josh Saunders after a tricky deflection.

The second half saw the dreaded return of MLS's over protective red carding policy. Gershon Koffie gave New England it's second red card in as many weeks with a challenge from behind on McNamara. In the end, it amounted to little more than Koffie stepping on McNamara's foot. It was a soft red that is continuing to ruin MLS games. Thankfully, New York was too incompetent to be able to capitalize off their man advantage and the points were shared when all was said and done.

The draw means the Revs remain winless although they are the best of the winless clubs with three draws to their credit.

D.C. United 0-1 FC Dallas
D.C. United are still looking for their first win on the year, and they figured they would try and catch a slightly weakened Dallas side at home to find it. It didn't look good early on, though. No Kellyn Acosta or Tesho Akindele didn't seem to bother FC Dallas in the first quarter hour. They took advantage of some putrid D.C. defending in the 14th minute that allowed Michael Barrios to cruise in for an easy opening goal. The United defense continued to falter and they allowed Barrios to hurt them again. At least Dallas was the one doing the creating for his second goal, which cut through the D.C. back line with ease in the 28th minute.

The second half brought no more good fortune for the home team than the first. Dallas scored again in the 52nd minute in very similar fashion to their second goal. Precise counter attack passing led to Maxi Urruti  banging home the third FC Dallas goal. In truth, United were terrible. They were lucky this wasn't much worse than it was. their back line was absent for the entire evening as they let the quick FC Dallas forwards run rampant on them.

D.C. United remain in the winless club, a club that includes New England, Chicago, and Columbus in the East. Dallas, on the other hand, has nine points from 12 through four games and sit atop the West with an extra game played over everyone else. 

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Houston Dynamo
Fresh off hosting Mexico's systematic dismantling Canadian National Team last night, the Vancouver Whitecaps hoped to have a better showing against the Dynamo than their parent nation did. They had some trouble burying any of their many attempts in the first fifteen minutes or so. Only Joe Willis and his stout goalkeeping kept the Caps off the board despite a plethora of quality attempts early on. It took a penalty to give them their first goal. Kekuta Manneh played a cross in towards Masato Kudo, but Kudo was dragged down to set up the Pedro Morales spot kick. The rest of the half was less frantic and Houston started to settle down a bit, but there were no otehr goals to speak of.

The Dynamo began to look more threatening as the second half wore on. They were getting chances in transition, but most were just one and done attacks that didn't present much to build on. Despite some well coordinated efforts and late set pieces, Houston was unable to find an equalizer in the grand scheme of things.

The Whitecaps now have back to back wins following their back to back losses to open the campaign. With an extra game played over most of the West, they find themselves in a playoff spot early on. The Dynamo remain a point back of the red line after they were unable to come up with anything tonight.

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