Sunday, August 7, 2016

It Happened in America: Colorado gains on Dallas, D.C.spills Union late

D.C.United 2-2 Philadelphia Union
The Union were busy in the transfer market thus past week as they looked to solidify their playoff chances. The crown jewel of their furious action wasn't in the lineup, so they would have to make do with an inferior midfield against fellow playoff hopefuls in D.C. United. It was United going on top first through Taylor Kemp's 16th minute goal. Philadelphia would get on level terms just before the break with a well placed long free kick from Tranquillo Barnetta. Former D.C. United stalwart Chris Pontius gave the Union their first lead of the night in the 57th minute, but the Union defense couldn't hold on. Steve Birnbaum provided the 11th hour equalizer four minutes into stoppage time to earn a split of the points for the home team.

Toronto FC 3-0 New England Revolution
Toronto is steadily climbing the Eastern Conference standings with their three game winning streak. Sebastian Giovinco has been a major factor in their success and tonight he simply did what he does best. He started in the 20th minute when he put Toronto in front. A rather simple looking shot flummoxed Bobby Shuttleworth. His second came nine minutes later and the hat trick came from the spot in the 76th. Teal Bunbury provided a consolation goal for New England, but it was too little, too late, as Jozy Altidore added a fourth for TFC in stoppage time.

Montreal Impact 1-0 Houston Dynamo
Montreal was the other Eastern Canadian team looking to get a little separation between themselves and the red line tonight. They controlled much of this game with the visiting Dynamo, but only got the one goal to show for it despite 20 shots. It came in the 76th minute after a Houston midfield turnover and a great long pass to Matteo Mancuso, who knocked the ball down and fired home. That would hold up in the end and Montreal did, indeed, climb further above sixth place.

Colorado Rapids 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Having seen FC Dallas stretch their lead to six points atop the Supporters Shield table, Colorado was in desperate need of a win to keep pace, and hold off a surging LA Galaxy below them. It was a rare dominating performance from the normally defensive minded Rapids. Amidst their 23 risk shots were goals from Marlon Hairston obi the 44th minute and Dominique Badji at the hour mark. It turned out to be an easy three points for a team in need of catching up. They're now only three back of Dallas with two matches in hand.

Real Salt Lake 3-1 Chicago Fire
The nightcap of Saturday action sent lowly Chicago out west to Salt Lake for a rather ominous looking affair. With RSL looking for a little more playoff buffer room, it didn't look like the type of game Chicago should be winning. It lived up to its bidding in the first half with RSL scoring twice before a half hour was up. First, Olmes Garcia gave them the lead in the 14th and Javier Morales doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 28th. The Fire got back into it with a 58th minute goal from Arturo Alvarez, but a second from Morales six minutes later sealed this one to Salt Lake.

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