Saturday, March 12, 2016

It Happened in America: Houston rolls in Texas Derby, Seattle, Red Bulls fall to 0-2

New England Revolution 0-0 D.C. United
The Revs had a bit of an unexpected fight in a draw against Houston last week. D.C. United was destroyed in the second half at the hands of Mike Magee in LA. Both sides aimed to get back on track this afternoon. The first half didn't present many opportunities for either side, but New England did take a bit of a hit. Charlie Davies went down with a non contact injury and had to be replaced with Juan Agudelo in the 34th minute. New England continues to rule ghee flow of play throughout the second half, but that couldn't find any goals. United's defense was too strong for them as they held out for scoreless draw.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Seattle Sounders
Both of these clubs were before expectations in the first week of the season. RSL would have to recover from their late collapse against Orlando while Seattle would need to actually show up at Rio Tinto, unlike last week at their MLS opener. Osvaldo Alonso's 28th minute goal got Seattle on the board first. RSL's response came shortly before halftime thanks to Sunny in the 43rd minute. This I've was headed for a draw when RSL was able to do what Orlando did to them last week. Jamison Olave found an 86th minute winner to give the home side all three points and Seattle an 0 for 2 opening.

Montreal Impact 3-0 New York Red Bulls
This was Montreal's home opener, but they would still be missing Didier Drogba since they open the season at Olympic Stadium and their turf field. Could Ignacio Piatti squash his stellar showing from Sunday in Vancouver? Well, his team was at least getting some great chances in the first 20 minutes. the best came when Lucas Ontivero nailed the post in the 20th minute. Things started quiet into the Red Bulls turned it over in their own half leading to a two on one break for Montreal. Dominic Oduro was able to calmly slip home the opening goal at the tail end. Ignacio Piatti would double the lead in the 71st to guarantee the Olympic Stadium crowd would head home happy. Piatti's sub, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, added a third in stoppage time, just because he could.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 LA Galaxy
The old men of LA Galaxy got the chance to head up into the mountains to take on a lackluster Colorado side that had trouble getting any offense going in San Jose. The first half was as slow paced as you'd expect this one to go. Between the age of the Galaxy players playing in the altitude of Colorado and the natural defensive nature of the Rapids, there were not many chances to speak of. Although LA had the better of the few. The second half looked like it would go the same way as the first. But Marco Pappa bogeyed home a thieving winner for the Rapids deep into stoppage time to steal three points.

Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union
The Crew returned to MAPFRE Stadium with a most suitable home opener against Philly, although more suitable didn't suit them. After an even and mostly scoreless first half, the Union jumped in front thanks to new arrival Chris Pontius in first half stoppage time. His brace came in the 71st minute to more or less pit the game out of reach for Columbus. Kei Kamara cut into the lead in the 87th, but it wasn't enough to stop an 0-2 start for the defending Eastern Conference champs.

Sporting Kansas City2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
SKC got a shocking three points in Seattle last weekend, not they get to take on another Cascadia club to open their home slate. Vancouver just so hastened to be one if the best away sides in the league last year. Dom Dwyer had himself a night His first half brace began in the fifth minute of the match with one heck of a blast from well outside the penalty area. His second came in the 41st after a Vancouver turnover. This one was a simple tap in from the edge of the six yard box. Vancouver's chances took a hit when Jordan Smith took down Graham Zusi from behind in rather awkward fashion at the tail end of the first half. Although Pedro Morales scored from the spot in the 70th minute, Vancouver was sunk thanks to the awful first half.

Houston Dynamo 5-0 FC Dallas
The marquee matchup of the night is the first edition of the Texas Derby, probably the most underappreciated derby in MLS. This particular edition did not quite go as planned for Dallas. Before a half hour was gone, Houston had jumped out to a convincing four goal advantage. First it was David Horst in the sixth. Then a Matt Hedges own goal in the 13th. Ricardo Clark added a third in the 23rd. Andrew Wegner capped off the first half carnage in the 27th. Things got a little chippy, as expected in a rivalry game blowout. Five yellows were handed out between the sides for unsporting behavior in the first half. Houston didn't need any more goals, but Will Bruin capped off the destruction of the heavily favored FC Dallas side with a fifth in the 85th minute.

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