Thursday, August 25, 2016

Midweek MLS Madness: Toronto FC pulls atop East

Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union
Having only won once in their last six matches, the Union needed a fairly low pressure match against a Crew side that looks to be mailing it in for the rest of the season. It was Philadelphia's two star rookies getting the job done for them. Fabian Herbers scored their first goal at the hour mark by banging in a rebound after his first shot had been blocked. Columbus would equalize in a moment of confusion on a 73rd minute corner. Goal line technology would have been useful, but a goal was gifted to Adam Jahn after a crazy scramble in the box led to Jahn's shot appearing to be cleared off the line, but turned out to be over it. It was... probably the right call, but it was too close to tell. Regardless, the Union would get their winner a minute later from Keegan Rosenberry. The Union are now behind the Red Bulls only on goal difference.

Montreal Impact 1-1 D.C. United
Both of these sides are looking to improve their playoff fortunes with a win, but neither was able to get it done tonight. A 39th minute Lamar Neagle penalty was the only resemblance of offence that D.C. was able to muster up. Meanwhile, Montreal took some time to get going to find their equalizer. It did show up in the 77th minute. Hassoun Camara's header was the end result of a persistent attack that United simply couldn't clear away. Montreal would have the better chances through to the end of the match, but nothing went in, even after Kofi Opara's straight red in the 89th minute. D.C. United are now a point clear of the playoffs in sixth while Monreal are five points ahead of them in fifth.

Orlando City 1-2 Toronto FC
Orlando had a decent showing in their scoreless draw at Colorado over the weekend, now they hoped to carry that form back home against one of the best in the East in Toronto FC. It didn't quite work out that way. Tosaint Ricketts got Toronto on the board in the seventh minute to set the tone. Although Cyle Larin would provide a 56th minute equalizer. it wouldn't hold up. Toronto's sudden goal a game guy, Jozy Altidore, won it for them in the 86th minute. That win puts Toronto ahead of New York City for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Orlando is still outside the playoffs by a point. 

Chicago Fire 2-2 LA Galaxy
Fresh off their first road win in two years, Chicago was looking to get another big win agaisnt Western Conference giants LA Galaxy. They had a half time lead to go on, as well. Goals from Arturo Alvarez in the 34th and David Accam from the spot in the 39th erased Gyasi Zardes's 31st minute opener. Giovani Dos Santos dashed their hopes of victory jsut after the hour mark, however, and the Fire had to settle for a point. They are out of last place now on the games won tiebreaker, so that's a plus. The Galaxy climb into fourth place in the West.

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Seattle Sounders
With Seattle playing so well since Sigi Schmid's firing and Nicolas Lodeiro's return from Argentina, it would have been a little sad for them to have lost to Houston. That's almost what happened, though. The Dynamo were riding Andrew Wenger's 75th minute goal towards the final whistle when Lodeiro ruined their fun. His goal four minutes deep into stoppage time salvaged a draw for the Sounders, who are still a point back of the Timbers for sixth place. The two sides meed in the final chapter of the Cascadia rivalry on Sunday afternoon.

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 New England Revolution
Both these sides are slowly slipping towards disappointment in 2016, so it makes sense that neither was able to produce much with the ball tonight. The Quakes only managed seven shots on their home turf, but at least they kept New England at bay with only 12 low quality shots of their own. The shared points mean the Quakes are level with the Timbers on points, but still behind on tiebreakers. The Revs have a two point gap between them and D.C. United for sixth in the East. 

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