Sunday, July 17, 2016

It Happened in America: Caps debut 15-year-old in draw against Orlando

Columbus Crew 1-1 D.C. United
The Crew were more or less their usual selves for this match. They had plenty of possession, but failed to do much with it. They got a goal from a guy named Kamara, too. Ola Kamara was able to direct a Harrison Afful cross in the 63rd minute to give them the lead. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to hold on when all was said and done. Afful was sent off for a soft studs up challenge with a quarter hour to go, which started their decline. United ruled the game after that and were rewarded in the 89th minute with an equalizer from Fabian Espindola. 

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
Colorado has grown increasingly passive as their surprisingly successful season has wore on. their strong defense is still there, but they seem to be struggling with concocting any sort of attack.With consistent pressure on the SKC goal, however, they did manage to get themselves a goal ahead goal from Marlon Hairston's perfectly placed curling shot in the 78th minute. That would be enough for Colorado's league best defense to hold on for their fifth straight win over Sporting Kansas City and their third clean sheet in their last four matches. It was also their first win in the Tim Howard era.

FC Dallas 3-1 Chicago Fire
As you would expect from the Supporters Shield leaders hosting one of the lower teams in the East, Dallas was in control pretty much from the start. They went in front with a 23rd minute header from Maxi Urruti, although it was really Fabian Castillo doing the dirty work with the Rabona pass to set him up. Mauro Diaz buried the second in the 41st. It didn't look like they'd have to do much to hold the lead until the closing seconds. Arturo Alvarez bent home a fantastic free kick in the first minute of stoppage time to give the Fire some hope, but hope was all it would be. A minute later, Mauro Rosales turned a shot into an open goal to seal the deal for FC Dallas.

Real Salt Lake 0-0 New England Revolution
This was a pretty even match that simply didn't produce anything. Both sides had plenty of looks on goal, but nothing was of the quality required to find a goal. Considering Real Salt Lake is challenging for the top spot in the West and New England hadn't won in Utah since 2007, this is a pretty solid result for the Revs. RSL, on the other hand, finds themselves ten points off the pace in the Western Conference.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Orlando City
The first half was rather busy in Vancouver. It didn't begin well for the home team though. David Ousted will certainly wand the opening goal back in this one. Julio Baptista managed to sneak a low bouncer past The Great Dane in the 14th minute. Nicolas Mezquida was able to pick him up by providing a 35th minute equalizer. Masato Kudo gave them the lead a couple minutes before half time by heading home a free kick among some very poor Orlando defending. The Lions would get back on the level just four minutes into the second. Cyle Larin out jumped the Vancouver back line to head home the equalizer. Things didn't improve for the Caps after that. Baptista worked hard to earn a penalty in the 59th minute, however, he skied the penalty in awful fashion to keep the game level. that was the best chance for either side to earn the win, although Ousted did have to make a big save to preserve the draw in the closing minutes.

A significant side note from the second half was the professional debut of 15 year old Alphonso Davies. He held his own against his fully grown competition and the kid certainly shows some promise at a young age.

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Toronto FC
San Jose hasn't scored in a couple games and they broke that spell in impressive fashion. Quincy Amarikwa slipped a side footed shot in off a pass from Fatai Alashe at the half hour mark. Toronto was able to tie the match up before the break, after San Jose had a man sent off. Justin Morrow bagged the goal in the 44th minute. The real fireworks came in the form of two San Jose red cards. Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero were both sent off for serious fouls before an hour had passed. The nine man Quakes had to defend the scary Toronto attack. They weren't really deterred by their inferior manpower. Simon Dawkins got them back in front with a thunderous goal in the 70th minute. Toronto looked more or less defeated at this point. They seemingly had no answers for San Jose's stout shorthanded defense, whose tactics amounted to recover the ball and boot it down the pitch as quickly as possible. Their heroism paid off and they took the full three points in this one.

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