Sunday, August 21, 2016

It Happened in America: FC Dallas falls in Utah, Fire finally win a road game

New York City 1-0 LA Galaxy
New York City finds themselves atop the Eastern Conference right now and bringing in an LA team that makes all their money at home is a good way to stretch their lead. David Villa got their party going quickly with a goal in the sixth minute, but the rest of the first half was slow and methodical. LA Galaxy lacked a lot of energy on their attacks and NYC was happy sitting back and letting them come. That was more or less the tempo for the rest of the match. LA never really threatened and NYC just kept defending and counter attacking to no avail. It did allow Villa's lone goal to hold up, though. It did end the Galaxy's nine match unbeaten run, too.

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Toronto FC
The Union were looking to soliify their spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs and maybe even get themselves back into the conversation for one of the frist round byes. Instead, they ran into the first half buzzsaw that was Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC. The Italkian that is too good for MLS matched his Spanish counterpart in goals for the season in the 18th minute.  Ken Tribbett did tie it up for Philadelphia six minutes later, but that was the lone bright spot for them all night. Drew Moor scored at the half hour mark to put the Reds back in front and Jozy Altidore, who is doing quite well since his return from injury, finished the scoring in the 44th. WIth the win, Toronto pulls into second place and Phily finds themselves continuing to lag behind.

Montreal Impact 0-3 Chicago Fire
The running joke about Chicago has been that Chivas USA has won a road match more recently than they have. Well, that all changed with a dominating second half in Montreal. Luis Solignac did hand them a first half lead with his 15th minute goal, but the real damage was done after halftime. David Accam doubled the lead in the 73rd minute and Matt Polster put it away in the 89th. Montreal's dynamic duo of Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba were lifeless on the night, which didn't help anything. They still have a firm grip on a playoff spot, but it's still a loss to Chicago, who, despite the win, are still in the East basement.

New England Revolution 0-2 Columbus Crew
The Revs were looking to get themselves back in the playoff conversation and you'd think playing lowly Columbus and those gross uniforms would help their cause. Instead, the Crew got their first win in those crimes of kits in the second battle of Kei Kamara. Ethan Finlay started teh scoring early with an eighth minute goal. Federico Higuain doubled the lead four minutes into the second half. The affore mentioned Kamara? He only managed one shot on goal.

Colorado Rapids 0-0 Orlando City
Colorado's league best defense was on display last night against Orlando. They limited the Lions to only seven total shots on the night. Unfortunately, their attack took the night off. They couldn't produce much at all. Their 13 shots were mostly from harmless positions and most were blocked. The single point keeps Orlando in sixth and Colorado two points back of Dallas.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 FC Dallas
#BecauseMLS. FC Dallas has been cruising atop the Western Conference and the Supporters Shield standings, but tonight just wasn't their night. It was a prety even, if defensive, match with both sides finidng ten total shots. The one that made the difference came from Jamison Olave in the 78th minute. While shots were even, Real Salt Lake ruled two thirds of possession, essentially shutting Dallas down by not allowing them the ball. It worked and they took all three points to hang onto third place.

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Sporting Kansas City saw the chance to jump on their reeling foes and they took it. In usual SKC fashion, they launched plenty of shots at David Ousted. Of the 21 they took, it was Jacob Peterson's in the 39th minute that gave them the lead. A penalty in the 64th minute sealed the deal for them. Benny Feilhaber nailed the spot kick for the second goal. Meanwhile, Vancouver cannot seem to find a goal these days. The Caps have been shut out in five out of their last seven league matches. They are now two points out of the playoffs, but things look pretty dire in Western Canada. Meanwhile, SKC are up in fourth and looking like a solid bet to make the playoffs.

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