Sporting Kansas City 1, Philadelphia Union 2
In the some midweek MLS action, the Union was able to go in Kansas City and earn a much needed three points. Graham Zusi and Matt Besler were both in action for Kansas City but will now head to the USMNT camp and Maurice Edu was held out due to concussion symptoms.
Danny Cruz opened the scoring early in the second half when he cleaned up a rebound from a Cristian Maidana shot. Dom Dwyer continues to have a great season and tied up the game in the 80th minute after a give-and-go with Paulo Nagumura. The lead didn't last long as Maidana scored the winning goal just a minute later. Aurelien Collin hurt his hamstring in the game which could leave Kansas City short at the center back position with Besler with USMNT.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Toronto FC 1 (3-3 agg.; 3-5 in penalties)
Vancouver's 'young guns' lineup came back from a 3-1 deficit on aggregate to tie the Canadian Championship match at 3, but couldn't find the final goal they needed to avoid penalty kicks after extra time. Toronto was flawless from the spot, meaning Kekuta Manneh's saved penalty doomed the homestanding Whitecaps to defeat.
Doneil Henry banged in a rebound in the fourth minute to put the Reds seemingly in charge, only to see the blazingly fast Vancouver attack increasingly dominate the game. Erik Hurtado's screamer in the 43rd trimmed the 'Caps deficit to one. The two goal-scorers combined to set up the final tally, as Henry brought down Hurtado in the box with a mere five minutes remaining. Pedro Morales calmly dispatched the penalty, forcing extra time.
Montreal Impact 4, FC Edmonton 2
In the semifinals of the Canadian Championship, Montreal scored a late winner to win 5-4 on aggregate and advance to the finals. Jack McInerney scored two early goals for Montreal and Jeb Brovsky scored early in the second half to bring Montreal back in front on aggregate. Edmonton's Frank Jonke scored twice in the 67th and 70th minute to level the score. in the 7th minute (yes, that is correct), Patrice Bernier finished a controversial handball penalty kick to send Montreal to the finals.
U.S. Open Cup
In the second round of the U.S. Open cup, Chicago-area RWD Adria defeated the Michigan Bucks 1-0 in extra time to move on to the third round. They will now play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Pittsburgh on May 28th. Schawben AC fell to the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-0. Dayton will travel to play Indy Eleven also on May 28th. Results of the entire 22-game second round - the largest round of play in US Open Cup history - can be found here.
Las Vegas wants MLS
As the race for the 24th spot in MLS heats up, Las Vegas has jumped into the race. They already have a 24,000 seater stadium plan in the downtown region that will cost up to $300 million with some money coming from public funds. Findlay Sports and Entertainment and The Cordish Companies are the owners behind the bid. They have recently met with MLS. With several cities already campaigning for the 24th spot, the Las Vegas bid might seem a little late but they certainly are organized.
CONCACAF wants 2026 World Cup
Since the continent rotation system was ditched by FIFA, bids for the World Cup are becoming more intense. CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb thinks that the region is losing out on its' chance to host because of the change in bidding and wants the bring the 2026 World Cup to the region. He doesn't specifically mention the U.S. but you better believe that U.S. Soccer wants to host it again. This is just starting - get ready for some drama (bribes) before this is figured out.