Saturday, April 30, 2016

It Happened in America: Late goal from Morris wins for Seattle, late one from Rivas earns Orlando a draw

Montreal Impact 2-2 Colorado Rapids
Didier Drogba, making his second home start of the season, picked up his second goal in three starts in the eighth minute. Montreal would hold the lead through half time, but then the Rapids struck. Shkelzen Gashi, who has been a leader of Colorado's renaissance, levelled in the 47th minute. Montreal would not be hurt, much, by that, though. They got back on terms all of three minutes later with Maxim Tissot's first of the year. It looked like the Impact would hold on throughout, but Bobby Burling had other plans. His 73rd minute equalizer ensured Colorado an impressive road point, one that puts them atop the Western Conference.

New York City 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
A wild one in New York City got started right away. Octavio Rivero jumped on a sloppy play by Josh Saunders 36 seconds in to give Vancouver a lead. David Villa would bag a brace to right NYC's ship before halftime, though. Starting in the 35th, he scored twice in a span of six minutes to bring it to 201 at the break. Vancouver fought back in the 63rd with a goal by Christian Bolanos, but City would have the last laugh. Steven Mendoza picked up the winner ten minutes later to hand New York City their first win since opening day in Chicago.

Philadelphia Union 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
The Union are the other surprise in MLS. They entered the second in the East, and hoped to jump to the top with a result here. It looked great for them early on. Chris Pontius had them ahead a half hour in and they went up a man after Anibal Godoy was shown a second yellow in the 59th. San Jose was very determined however. The home side pulled even through Simon Dawkins to deny the visitors of three points. The draw means they remain down to second in the East, one point behind Montreal.

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Columbus Crew
The Sounders have developed a thing for late goals this season. At the tail end of this very even match, it looked like a 0-0 draw was rightfully in the cards. Then, Seattle's young hero got involved. Jordan Morris provided the full allotment of points thanks to his 88th minute winner by collecting a rebound and banking it in off Steve Clark. The Sounders now have points in four of their last five, but are still below the red line with only ten points.
Chicago Fire 1-1 D.C. United
Chicago welcomed D.C. United to town looking to improve upon its point per game pace during this rebuilding year. They went ahead a few minutes before the half after Jonathan Campbell scored in the 41st minute. Patrick Nyarko would step up and score for United to level the score. They clubs would see that out to earn a point each. Chicago is down in the East basement with seven points in as many matches, making this look like another rough year for the Fire. 

New England Revolution 2-2 Orlando City
Orlando is another side making a habit of scoring late goals. They did it agaisnt the Revs at the Citrus Bowl and now they returned the favor in Foxborough in far less controversial fashion. It was a fast start for New England as they were ahead in the seventh minute with Diego Fagundez's goal. Orlando levelled before 45 minutes were up with Kevin Molino at the half hour mark. In the 71st minute, Juan Agudelo got the Revolution back in the lead, but Orlando would tie it up almost at the buzzer. Carlos Rivas was the hero who earned Orlando a big point on the road.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Houston Dynamo
The first half of this one lacked much excitement, but the second half made up for it. First off, Houston went in front with a pretty goal from Lionel Miranda. It wouldn't be long before RSL had their response. Jordan Allen provided it in the 62nd minute. Yura Movsisyan, who has really been a welcome addition to Salt Lake and is a major reason for their strong start, earned the three points for them in the 70th. RSL sits even with Colorado and Dallas for first place in the West with 17 points and only one defeat.

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