Friday, June 3, 2016

More Midweek MLS Madness: RSL holds off New York City, Dallas draws Houston in rain soaked derby

New York City 2-3 Real Salt Lake
This match didn't get off until the second half. David Villa could have started the party sooner, but he missed one sitter, tricked a shot past the far post, and flubbed another into the goalkeeper in the first half. In the second, we were treated to rookie winger Jack Harrison's first professional goal in the 56th minute. His long run and banked shot completely flummoxed Nick Rimando in the RSL goal. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Yura Movsisyan would set RSL on fire three minutes later. His determined effort passed Josh Saunders on the short side to tie the score. Juan Manuel Martinez made it two for the visitors in the 67th and an own goal off Frederic Brillant in the 74th provided a much needed insurance goal. David Villa helped make the conclusion interesting by burying a penalty only three minutes from time, but NYC could not add a levelling goal to earn themselves a point. They will have to settle for fourth place at the Copa America break. RSL sits in third out west, five points back of Colorado for the Supporters Shield lead.

FC Dallas 1-1 Houston Dynamo
This match probably should not have started. The opening four minutes were played in a biblical flood. Thankfully, the referees called it after some lightning and the clear fact that a swimming pool is not a great place to play soccer. After a delay of about two hours, the Texas Derby got started for real. Once things got started, the action wasn't very good. Both teams only took two first half shots each. Dallas's second one was Ryan Hollingshead scoring from point blank range in the 23rd minute. Ricardo Clark would find an equalizer for the Dynamo with a fantastic blast in the 51st minute, getting the second half off to a better start, but things calmed down quickly. Dallas would have the better of the few chances for the rest of the match, but there was nothing doing and it ended in a 1-1 draw. The Dynamo are still in the basement, but Dallas is only behind Colorado for the Supporters Shield on goal difference.

LA Galaxy 0-0 Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City have struggled to score goals of late, but at least they did well to keep them out tonight. They completely dominated LA defensively. The Galaxy held 63% of possession and only took one shot with it. SKC was able to make a few chances from their inferior ball control, but none of their 14 shots were cashed in. LA probably should have had a stoppage time penalty, but the referee missed the Ike Opara handball in the box and he allowed the two sides to coast away to a scoreless draw.

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