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Roundup: This Was The Weekend That Was

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Red Stars fall, Portland stays winless, Liverpool's title hopes take a gut-punch

Clive Brunskill

Everyone have a nice weekend away? Here's what happened with the football since last we visited each other:

MLS

Houston 1, Portland 1: The Timbers continue to keep the Fire off the bottom of the league table in their usual fashion, having all the ball yet not winning. That seems somehow ... familiar.

San Jose 1, Chivas USA 0: If you haven't heard, the Quakes have a difference maker named Yannick Djalo on their roster. He didn't start Saturday's late game, but he surely made a difference, finishing Shea Salinas' feed for the game's only goal.

Real Salt Lake 2, Vancouver 2: Oooh my. Salt Lake dominated this game for stretches, then saw their two-goal lead vanish like a mirage as they approached full time. The Fire need to expect an extremely motivated RSL side on Saturday.

New England 2, Sporting KC 0: A sort of away-team version of the RSL/Vancouver game - Sporting battened down the hatches and grimly held on after Aurelien Collin's red card in the 74th minute, only to see the Revs score twice in stoppage time. The first goal likely felt fantastic to New England's Teal Bunbury, who spent most of last year watching two other guys play striker for the Sporks.

Columbus 1, New York 1: Two of the better teams in the East played to an entertaining draw, but for some reason all the buzz was about Dom Oduro's Papa John's moneygrab hairstyle. Next player to say 'building my brand' in a post-game interview gets snakes in their locker, mmmkay?

DC United 4, Dallas 1: Dallas' dream start to 2014 turned nightmarish in the capitol, as Zach Lloyd's 39th-minute red card opened the floodgates for a Fabian Espindola exhibition. Of note: Chris Rolfe looked damned good.

Montreal 1, Philadelphia 0: Frankie's got them playing Klopas Ball in Quebec! Step 1: Look terrible so the opposition doesn't bring its 'A' game. Step 2: Defend deep; be frustrating to play against. Step 3: Get a goal against the run of play. Step 4: Profit!

Seattle 4, Colorado 1: That Clint Dempsey thing is never gonna work, folks. How could anyone justify the kind of money ... oh.

NWSL

Red Stars 0, Washington Spirit 1: Chicago stays organized, but can't find a goal. I'd post the highlights, but all I can find is the complete game archive! Alright, alright, here's that.

England

Liverpool's title hopes dimmed: The Reds learned the hard way that Jose Mourinho will park the bus in domestic competitions, too, keeping the ball essentially the entire game and generating very little. Steven Gerrard's slip that led to the crucial first goal was eerily similar to Claudio Reyna vs. Ghana in the 2006 World Cup - urgh.