European football is now back in business and there is so much to discuss. From Steven Gerrard is currently unbeaten with his Rangers squad, Unai Emery loosing his first competitive Arsenal match (#WengerIn, fam?), Jose Mourinho tiding up his hair for once to the usual headlines of Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain wining trophies.
Oh I guess we can discuss MLS if you are into that instead.
Columbus Crew 1 - 0 Houston Dynamo
Houston with their wonderful looking away kit was looking dominant on Saturday against that yellow team. Houston almost took the lead early on with a shot on goal from Romell Quito but was saved easily by Zack Steffans. The Crew woke up and launched a counterattack but failed to convert. The two sides were fairly even throughout the rest of the first-half. Then during the second-half Federico Higuain had a wonderful shot at goal but was saved. In the 81st minute, Gyasi Zardes who I totally forgot plays for the Crew now had a chance at goal but his shot narrowly missed the goalpost. At death Zardes slotted it in giving the Crew the win for the night.
Before I even start, David Accam did not score a goal.
My views on these two teams aside - especially that team that refers to them as “DOOP,” this was a pretty entertaining match. The Union had two chances of taking the lead in the 12 minute but the goalpost didn’t agree with their plans. Just about two minutes later Jack Elliot scored giving Union the lead. About ten minutes later, he scored tap-in. Andrew Farrell bagged on for the Revs shortly after the start of the second-half. The Revs revved up (I’m so sorry for that) and dominated shortly after that. On the 63rd minute, Wilfried Zahibo had a monster of a header and equalized the game. Things went sour towards the end of the game and a penalty kick was given to the Union because of a handball. I’d say LOL to the Revs, but after a certain recent US Open Cup game I’ll sympathize with them just this once.
NYCFC 3 - 2 Toronto FC
Another entertaining match. Toronto FC went back to their 2012/2013 flashback tour after it seemed like they were back on the right path after two wins and a draw in their past three games. Jozy Altidore was a straight red in the 11th minute for a stupid challenge.
Four minutes later, David Villa scored. Props to Villa for still going strong despite his age, someone should really get him out of that baseball field though. Sebastian Giovinco gave Toronto some hope in the 27th minute with an equalizing goal. Not to be outdone, NYCFC regained their lead shortly after. Despite being a man down, Toronto equalized in the 51st minute. As with all comedies though - and since Toronto FC is becoming the hit comedy this season alongside with the Chicago Fire (although that could probably be labeled as a tragedy), Manchester York City got all three points for the day with a goal in the 88th minute.
The Timbers were on an unbeaten streak stretching 15 wins and they were looking to extend that even further but Vancouver came crashing their party in front of their home crowd. Kai Kamara gave Vancouver the lead with an open net goal. Valeri had a chance to equalize for Portland near the end of the first-half, but his penalty shot was just too wide. The Timbers who were probably reeling in from a missed penalty was caught off-guard a few minutes later and Vancouver doubled their lead. On the 70th minute, the Timbers earned another penalty and Valeri redeemed himself from earlier and slotted in it.
LAFC 0 -2 Sporting Kansas City
Bob Bradley’s High-Flying LAFC’s unbeaten home run was ended last Saturday. They were looking sleepy throughout the whole match and the Wizards exploited that. The deadlock was broken 17 minutes in with a goal from Gerso Fernandes. During the second-half, Felipe Gutierrez was kicked in the ear out of all places, and through the power of VAR, SKC was awarded a penalty. Ilie Gutierrez converted it and along the rest of his teammates went back to Missouri with three points.