Sunday, August 28, 2016

It Happened in America: Quakes, Caps fail to gain points towards playoffs

D.C. Untied 6-2 Chicago Fire
Chicago had been feeling pretty good after getting their first road win in two seasons and holding out for a draw against LA Galaxy in midweek, but those high feelings would disintegrate quickly on their trip to D.C. Patrick Mullins was the primary architect of their demise. After Luciano Acosta gave United the lead in the 25th minute and Michael de Leeuw equalized six minutes later, the former New York City man went off. Right after Khaly Thiam was shown straight red for saying the magic words to the ref, Mullins's first goal came in the 40th minute and the brace showed up just before Razvan Cocis made it 3-2 followed by the half time whistle. Patrick Nyarko restored tow two goal lead in the 51st. Mullins bagged his hat trick in the 74th. Nick DeLeon added another for fun in the 89th. The noisy win stretches D.C.'s sixth place buffer to four points over Orlando.

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
The first half was mostly quiet, but the action picked up in the 59th minute when Jimmy Medranda was send off for a second yellow card. Eight minutes later, Roland Alberg continued his wonderful season by giving the Union the lead. Roger Espinoza picked up a straight red in the 87th minute, paving the way for Tranquillo Barnetta's insurance goal in stoppage time. This was a much needed win for the Union. They had slipped to fourth place in the East. Now, they are back in third.

Columbus Crew 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes' season just keeps looking sadder and sadder. They can add a loss to the lowly Columbus Crew, who look to be mostly done playing this season, to their recent list of disheartening moments. Ethan Finlay scored in the 32nd and Justin Meram put it away from the spot in the 84th for the Crew, who are again out of last place. Meanwhile, San Jose is still behind the Timbers on games won for the final Eastern playoff spot.

Toronto FC 0-1 Montreal Impact
Montreal would go a man down in the 43rd minute with Callum Mallace's malicious tackle leading to straight red. Despite being a man down, the Impact would endure their way to an Ignacio Piatti winner in the 73rd minute. The unfortunate part for Toronto was watching Sebastian Giovinco limp off the pitch in the 67th minute with an apparent leg injury. This ends Toronto's seven match unbeaten streak. Although they are still atop the East, NYC is only two points back and they take on Orlando City tomorrow. Montreal is now nine points clear of the playoffs with the win. 

Houston Dynamo 1-3 FC Dallas
The Dynamo seemed to be holding their own in this edition of the Texas Derby for quite some time. Alex's 19th minute goal looked to be holding up until Dallas went ahead with some rapid fire scoring in the second half. A penalty provided Mauro Diaz with the 59th minute equalizer. Michael Barrios flipped them into the lead a minute later and scored a brace in the 79th. This puts Dallas five points clear of the Supporters Shield lead over Real Salt Lake.

LA Galaxy 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
This was a fairly even match, but neither side was able to produce much offense. The Galaxy dominated possession, but only managed ten shots from it. Vancouver was able to produce more given their lack of ball control, but none of their 11 attempts packed any punch. A scoreless draw ended up being in the cards. The solo point means the Whitecaps miss a chance to jump into a playoff spot. The remain a point back. The Galaxy's 40 points have them eight points clear of the red line.

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