FC Dallas 0, New York Red Bulls 0
Chicago at New York City was followed up by two MLS top dogs in Frisco, TX. Unfortunately it didn’t result in a masterpiece many, were hoping for. Each team managed a meager three shots on target. FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios probably had the best chance of the match in the 72nd minute. When a headed ball fell to him in the box, Barrios took advantage of an out of position Luis Robles, and fired onto goal, only for Felipe Martins to clear off the goal line. Red Bulls Damien Perrinelle and Sacha Kljestan were the only players in the referee’s book by the end of the match. FC Dallas remains in first place on twenty one points. New York is in third place in the east on seventeen points.
Montreal Impact 4, Real Salt Lake 1
We knew the Impact were capable of winning games. What we weren’t sure of was whether they can brutally dispatch a perennial playoff team. It took eighteen minutes for Montreal to get on the board via a Laurent Ciman header. Andres Romero would triple their lead, scoring twice in nine minutes. The first came in the 20th minute was lovely chip of Nick Rimando from just within the right side of the box. Goal number two for Romero came off a point blank rebound off the post. RSL looked as though they’d mount their comeback very quickly in the second half, when Devon Sandoval shot a beautifully arched shot from the right side into bottom left corner of goal. Fortunately for Montreal, they kept RSL off the score sheet from that point on. Dilly Duka added an insurance goal in the 78th minute, making a run to tap in a low, Jack McInerney cross. Montreal now has five points and remains in last place, but has anywhere from three to five games in hand on teams in the east. Real Salt Lake are stuck on fourteen points and are in eighth place in the west.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Seattle Sounders 2
The Cascadia Cup produces many unexpected result. Seattle is usually expected top Vancouver, but this season the Whitecaps have assembled a very impressive squad. They’ve remained at or near the top for most of the season. Include the fact that the game was at a packed BC Place, and no one would fault you for thinking this was an upset, especially when both goals were scored by Chad Barrett. No disrespect to the former Fire man, but Clint Dempsey, Lamar Neagle and Marco Pappa were certainly ahead of him on the Vancouver radar. It took just five minutes for Barrett to open the scoring. The forward latched onto a perfectly placed long ball by Clint Dempsey, and slotted past David Ousted for the finish. Marco Pappa was the next to deliver a long ball straight to Barrett who once again set his finishing skill to expert level, and gave Ousted little chance at a save. Despite the win, Seattle remains one point behind Vancouver – in third place – with nineteen points.
New England Revolution 1, Toronto FC 1
Anything Fire can do, Toronto can do bett…ehh…just as well. New England looked to be going top of the east when they scored first in the 32nd minute. The goal came courtesy of Juan Agudelo’s head after a perfect cross from London Woodberry. Agudelo, Nguyen, and Diego Fagundez all had chances throughout the game, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. In the 55th minute, wedged in between all of the Giovinco chances before and after, Michael Bradley struck for Toronto FC. After receiving a pass just beyond the midfield line from none other than Sebastian Giovinco, Bradley sprinted and powered his way into the box before letting a low, well placed shot go to the far post for Toronto’s lone goal. Both teams had chances, and perhaps this could have been a higher scoring draw, if not a New England win. The Revs are in second place with nineteen points. Toronto are ahead of the Fire in sixth place on goal differential with ten points.
Houston Dynamo 3, Portland Timbers 1
The Dynamo are on a mini tear. Hopefully those "Coyle Out" signs we saw far too early this season were only meant to be sarcastic for the sake of their creator, because they look even more foolish now. After christening BMO Field with a defeat of the hometown Toronto FC, Houston found themselves back at home against a conference foe. Will Bruin found pay dirt nine minutes into the match. After being left unmarked on a free kick, he easily headed in a goal. Fanendo Adi would equalize for Portland three minutes into the second half. Adi was the beneficiary of some excellent team defense in midfield, and no problems putting his shot away. Awful defending would rear its ugly head again for the Timbers however. In the 75th minute Giles Barnes put the Dynamo ahead for good after multiple failed clearances. Eight minutes later Bruin would complete his brace, and be subbed off in stoppage time to a deserved ovation.
San Jose Earthquakes 2, Columbus Crew 0
What’s the second best thing behind Crew losing to the Fire? The Crew getting blanked by anyone else. Four yellow cards were handed out in the first half of this physical affair. In the 33rd minute, Crew midfielder Mohammed Saeid picked up his second yellow and subsequent red. Working with a man advantage it still took the Quakes until the 55th minute to score. A packed Avaya stadium erupted when Chris Wondolowski finally turned in a Jordan Stewart cross for the first goal. Shea Salinas wrapped up the game five minutes later with an impressive goal of his own.
Orlando City 4, LA Galaxy 0
After earning only one point in their last four games, Orlando shifted gears against an LA team who earned three points in their last four games. Rafael Ramos kicked off the party in the 12th minute, guiding his cross to meet Brek Shea, who headed the ball down into the path of Eric Avila. No issues were had on Avila’s part receiving said ball, and into the back of the net it went. The appetizer was served and Kaka brought out the two main course: First course came with his dazzling movement followed by a gorgeous pass to Cyle Larin for the goal. Second course was a platter of wrong way penalty kick, after Penedo tripped Kaka in the box. Dessert was provided by Darwin Ceren, and consisted of a long distance shot, and a deflection. Orlando is now back in a playoff spot, sitting in fifth place on twelve points. LA stumbles to seventh place on fourteen points.
Philadelphia Union 1, D.C. United 0
In a game where the visitors presented no threat, it only felt fitting that if the Union could not take maximum points at home on this day, they never would. It took until the dying minutes, but they managed to pull it off. Conor Casey nearly pulled out a goal in the first half but it was ruled out for offside. It wasn’t until three minutes into stoppage time at the end, where suburban Philly native Zach Pfeffer found himself in the right place at the right time. The twenty year old HGP fired in the winner after Fabinho’s low cross traveled through savvy veteran Sebastian Le Toux’s legs. Philadelphia improves to eighth place on nine points while D.C United remain atop the east with twenty one points.