Saturday, May 14, 2016

It Happened in America: Caps top Toronto in crazy on at BMO

Montreal Impact 1-1 Philadelphia Union
The weather was sloppy at the Stade Saputo. That wasn't going to stop Didier Drogba from getting Montreal ahead before three minutes were through. A corner came out to him at the top of the penalty area so he could hammer it home. Ignacio Piatti came a post away from doubling the lead two minutes later after he beat the entire Union defense by himself. The Union would stabilize, though. They managed to confuse the heck out of Evan Bush in the 24th minute to give C.J. Sapong an easy tap in equalizer. A couple of nice saves highlighted the second half, but no goals were to be found as the points remained shared.


Columbus Crew 1-1 Colorado Rapids
In the first game since dealing Kei Kamara away thanks to his apparently unbearable attitude, the Crew did get a goal from a rare source. Cedrick Mabwati buried on in the 23rd minute for the initial lead. Despite playing well defensively, the Rapds would get on the board and earn a point in the 55th minute thanks to Kevin Doyle heading in a corner. Several nice saves on both ends would keep the game level and force the points to be shared.

New England Revolution 2-0 Chicago Fire
The Kei Kamara era in New England started off quite well. The new arrival may not have scored, but he helped their attack show signs of life. Lee Nguyen started their scoring in the 22nd minute. They would continue to dominate this match through and through. They only allowed four Chicago shots on the night and none of them were threats to score. Femi Hollinger-Janzen capped the night off with an 84th minute insurance goal, the first of his career.

Toronto FC 3-4 Vancouver Whitecaps
After the opener at BMO Field was a fairly routine win, this one turned wild. The Caps were off and running before 20 minutes were up. Kekuta Manneh scored in the 12th and Christian Bolanos doubled the advantage six minutes later. Toronto would climb back into the match thanks to their hero. A Sebastian Giovinco wondergoal in the 37th got them on the board and he levelled in the 66th. But the Red dreams of a comeback win were short lived. Manneh's second of the match came in the 70th minute and Pedro Morales returned the lead to a pair of goals just two minutes later. Drew Moor's 80th minute goal provided nothing short of false hope.

FC Dallas 2-0 Seattle Sounders
Dallas got started early on here with Chad Marshall committing a second minute penalty to set up Mauro Diaz from the spot a minute later. The rest of the match was pretty anemic with both sides only getting seven total shots. Micheal Barrios provided the only other one that mattered when he grabbed Dallas's insurance goal in the 80th minute. It was another win for the second place side in the West in front of a sparse crowd. Only about 14,000 were on hand to witness it. 

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