Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Independence Day MLS: Dallas leaps over Colorado for Supporters Shield lead

FC Dallas 4-0 Orlando City
This match was all Dallas, all the time. The home side got themselves off to a quick start on this Independence Day. Walker Zimmerman put them in front in the 11th and Michael Barrios doubled the lead ten minutes later. Meanwhile, Orlando City may as well have just not shown up. Dallas continued to rule the roost with the two goal lead, eventually getting a third on the night from Matt Hedges in the 61st. The fourth came from Fabian Castillo in stoppage time. Orlando had a rough night all around. They only took three total shots and none of them tested the goalkeeper. Dallas's emphatic win coupled with the bland Colorado draw below means that FC Dallas jump ahead in the Supporters Shield table.

Colorado Rapids 0-0 Portland Timbers
After 13 years in jolly ol' England, Tim Howard returned to MLS with Colorado in the Supporters Shield lead. He wasn't really tested in the opening half. the best chance for either team came from Fanendo Adi in the dying minutes of the half. He was free behind the defense and actually beat Howard, but only found the far post. Although Portland was lucky not to have a penalty earlier on. Adi was taken down in the box with a trip and a bear hug, but the referee wasn't interested. The second half was very similar. Portland had the better chances, but failed to finish as this one became a snoozer towards the end. Colorado did pretty much what they have been doing lately. they kept the opponent off the scoreboard, but failed to provide any punchy going forward. They are no longer on top of the league thanks to Dallas kicking ass. Even with Tim Howard between the sticks, Colorado will need to get some goals if they want their strong season to continue.

LA Galaxy 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Fresh off from his adventures in France for the European Championships, Robbie Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 12th minute. That would be one of only a few shots LA took in the first half despite controlling nearly 60% of the ball. On the contrary, Vancouver launched 11 at Brian Rowe's goal, but nothing truly threatened to score. The Galaxy got their act together within two minutes of the second half starting. A corner in the 47th minute set up Jeff Larentowicz for his first goal of the season. A late. studs up tackle from Nigel de Jong gave the Caps some hope in the 74th minute. They failed to threaten, though and LA got out of the match with a big victory to move them back into the playoffs.

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