Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday MLS: Red Bulls remember how to score

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
This match really came down to a pair of second half penalty shouts. One was given, the other, not. The first came on a Sporting Kansas City counter attack in the 55th minute. Dom Dwyer was tripped in the penalty area by Anibal Godoy after collecting a long pass from the midfield. Jair Marrufo may have been half way down the pitch at the time, but he was looking right at the play. It probably should have been a second yellow for Godoy and a penalty to the Quakes, but Marrufo waved play on.

A whole three minutes later, San Jose was given a penalty for an obvious foul by Tim Melia. Melia came off his line to pursue Simon Dawkins, who was in on goal. Marrufo blew the whistle and allowed Chris Wondolowski to put San Jose on the board. Kansas City only had one real threat at goal after that. It was a Brad Davis free kick that wafted just over the bar and onto the roof of the net. other than that, the remaining half hour was more or less sleep inducing.

After starting the season winning four out of five matches, Sporting Kansas City has now lost three straight and has fallen to sixth in the West. San Jose is two points above them in fifth.

New York Red Bulls 3-2 Orlando City
Cyle Larin looked like he had Orlando off and running with his tip in goal only three minutes in. The rest of the first half looked like the Red Bulls that we have gotten used to in 2016. They ruled possession and complimented that with finishing that made Red Bull fans bash their heads against a wall. That all changed for one ten minute spell in the second half when New York suddenly remembers how to score goals.

In the 65th, minutes after Karl Ouimette escaped a red card by the skin of his teeth, Mike Grella fired one home to level the score. Four minutes later, Bradley Wright-Phillips remembered how to finish. by tapping home a Grella cross. Then, in the 75th, Wright-Phillips tapped home another low cross to finish the damage. Ouimette would put one into his own goal before the death of the match, but it didn't matter in the end.

It was the second win of the year for the Red Bulls and the second game in which they managed to score more than a single goal. They are still level on points for last in the East, though.

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