Thursday, May 12, 2016

Midweek MLS Madness: Colorado remains on top of the league

Philadelphia Union 2-2 LA Galaxy
The Union got off to a quick start by scoring in the fourth minute of the match. Vincent Nogueira's determined effort in the penalty area put LA behind the eight ball early on. They would do well anyway. Robbie Rogers leveled at the quarter hour mark for them. The second half was all Galaxy to start. A nice passing play in the opening minutes lead to a Mike Magee go ahead goal in the 47th minute. A Dan Kennedy mistake in the 63rd would cost Galaxy the full points, though. Kennedy rosee to collect a Union corner, but fumbled it on the goal line allowing Keegan Rosenberry to tap in from inches out. The draw leaves Philadelphia a point back of the Impact for first in the crowded Eastern Conference. The Galaxy are down in third out West.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
It may have been a sloppy Wednesday night affair, but the Rapids have yet another victory to hold above their heads. The lone goal came from Dillon Serna in the 78th minute, shortly after Ike Opara had been sent off for a second yellow card. It was a long, low roller through traffic that somehow threaded needle after needle to slip into the net. The win keeps Colorado, of all teams, ahead in the Supporters Shield standings by three points with a game in hand. The Rapids are also unbeaten in their last six matches, having kept clean sheets in each of the last two. SKC, on the other hand, is scuffling after their fast start. They are winless in seven.

FC Dallas 2-1 Portland Timbers
It looked quite good for the Timbers early on. Diego Valeri capitalized during a mad scramble in the Dallas penalty area less than three minutes from the opening kick. Jake Gleeson was on his game early on, too. He denied former Timber Maxi Urruti to preserve the lead in the 21st minute. His luck ran out in the 55th when he was beaten by an opportune shot by Ryan Hollingshead to tie the score that took a deflection on its way in. Dallas snatched the lead away in the 57th off the slightest of touch on a corner by Walker Zimmerman. Portland wouldn't threaten again, Dallas actually came closer to finding a third goal on multiple occasions, but Gleeson kept getting in the way. Portland has now lost back to back games to fall to ninth in the West. Dallas is behind only Colorado for first place.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Chicago Fire
After losing Matsuto Kudo to a bloody mouth after a collision with Chicago keeper Matt Lampson, Vancouver got themselves a home win against the Fire. Some wonderful goalkeeping from David Ousted kept the game scoreless until Blas Perez tapped home a Christian Bolanos cross in the 36th minute. They would hold the lead until the 62nd minute when Kennedy Igboananike snuck a shot past the Great Dane in the Whitecaps' goal. Vancouver's late winner would come courtesy of Perez impressively finding his second in the 89th. His bicycle kick from eight yards out thundered the back of the net to give the Caps the points. They sit in sixth out West with 17 points while the Fire have only mustered seven and are in dead last.

San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Houston Dynamo
San Jose was off and running early with a goal barely two minutes in. A perfectly placed cross from Chris Wondolowski found the foot of Alberto Quintero and trickled over the line to make it 1-0 to the home team. The Dynamo would equalize before the break. After David Bingham made a couple a great 43rd minute saves, Ricardo Clark blasted home from well outside the penalty area. The Quakes would own the second half though. They went in front with an emphatic finish from Anibal Godoy in the 50th minute and padded the lead in the 70th with Quintero's second of the match. The win over last place Houston pulls San Jose into fourth place in the Western Conference.

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