Colorado Rapids 2, Chicago Fire 2
Saturday, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (A: 11,641)
The Fire earned its first point of the season thanks to a 50th-minute penalty kick by Brian McBride that leveled the score at 2-2. Newcomer Collins John scored Chicago’s other goal off a corner kick in the 25th minute.
Colorado got its goals from Omar Cummings (12′) and Conor Casey (41′, PK). The usual suspects for the Rapids appear to be in top form, which could be bad news for the league — especially the Western Conference.
Chicago has had a couple tough road games to start the season and is probably the most underrated team in the league right now. The team’s next two games are against San Jose and D.C. United, so expect the Fire to be right back in the mix very soon.
COL — Omar Cummings 12′
CHI — Collins John 25′
COL — Conor Casey (pk) 41′
CHI — Brian McBride (pk) 50′
D.C. United 0, New England 2
Saturday, RFK Memorial Stadium (A: 20,664)
Kenny Mansally got my vote for MLS player of the week with two goals to lead the Revs to a big win on the road, even without superstar midfielder Shalrie Joseph. Former USL Sounder goalkeeper Preston Burpo was solid in goal to earn the shutout.
D.C. controlled most of the action as the host, but Mansally put the visitors on the board in the 79th minute by pouncing on a cross and finishing from eight yards out. Two minutes later he doubled the lead with an incredible bending left-footed strike from 20 yards.
It’s pretty much been the worst possible start in the nation’s capitol. Two losses in two games. No goals scored. Six goals allowed. Karma for the stadium issues? Maybe. But D.C. gets Philly next. I’ll put the over/under at one goal scored in that one.
NE — Kenny Mansally 79′
NE — Mansally 81′
Seattle Sounders FC 0, New York Red Bulls 1
Saturday, Qwest Field (A: 36,066)
The Red Bulls broke through for their first road win since May 2008, but Seattle’s poor finishing on its 17 shots was the story. By my count, the Sounders have scored in only two of their last eight home games. Yeesh.
New York played without the guidance of first-year head coach Hans Backe, who missed the game due to stomach pains. The visitors got their goal in the 21st minute when forward Macoumba Kandji jumped on a loose ball in the box, off a Joel Lindpere corner kick, a fired a close-range shot off the crossbar and in.
Seattle set a team record with 12 corner kicks and had numerous free kicks, but rarely created any danger on set pieces. New York, on the other hand, looked remarkably strong and didn’t back into a defensive shell despite having the lead on the road.
NY — Macoumba Kandji 21′
Houston Dynamo 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Thursday, Robertson Stadium (A: 18,197)
Sans Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden — two young American stars that could be in South Africa this summer — Houston proved it isn’t going to roll over this season with a big win against the defending champs. Though it benefited from some not-smart defending to do so.
Javier Morales scored his third goal of the season in the 16th minute to give RSL the 1-0 lead. But his teammate, defender Jamison Olave, committed two fouls in the penalty box early in the second half and Brad Davis converted both spot kicks (53′ and 55′) to give the Dynamo the lead.
Sad news in the game though, as former USL Sounder Brian Ching suffered a bad hamstring injury early on. He’ll be out a couple weeks at least, which further hurts Houston’s personnel issues.
RSL — Javier Morales 16′
HOU — Brad Davis (pk) 53′
HOU — Davis (pk) 55′
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Chivas USA 0
Thursday, Home Depot Center (A: 19,805)
Edson Buddle stole the show that was the Super Clasico. The 28-year-old forward bagged a brace, to run his goal total to three this season. He has scored all of L.A.’s goals so far.
In the seventh minute, Buddle put the Galaxy ahead by winning a header in the Chivas USA penalty box and slamming it home. Later in the 86th minute he buried a great cross from Landon Donovan for the clincher.
L.A. is currently one of two teams in the league with six points (N.Y. being the other). Who needs David Beckham, right? Maybe Chivas USA, an 0-2 start under first-year coach Martin Vasquez is not good.
LA — Edson Buddle 7′
LA — Buddle 86′
WESTERN CONFERENCE 1. Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0-0 6 pts. GD +3 2. Colorado Rapids 1-0-1 4 pts. GD +1 3. Houston Dynamo 1-0-1 4 pts. GD +1 4. Real Salt Lake 1-1-0 3 pts. GD +2 5. Seattle Sounders FC 1-1-0 3 pts. GD +1 6. FC Dallas 0-0-1 1 pt. GD 0 7. San Jose Earthquakes 0-1-0 0 pts. GD -3 8. Chivas USA 0-2-0 0 pts. GD -3
EASTERN CONFERENCE 1. New York Red Bulls 2-0-0 6 pts. GD +2 2. Kansas City Wizards 1-0-0 3 pts. GD +4 3. Columbus Crew 1-0-0 3 pts. GD +2 4. New England Revolution 1-1-0 3 pts. GD +1 5. Chicago Fire 0-1-1 1 pt. GD -1 6. Toronto FC 0-1-0 0 pts. GD -2 7. Philadelphia Union 0-1-0 0 pts. GD -2 8. DC United 0-2-0 0 pts. GD -6
VIDEO HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
New England’s Kenny Mansally had the performance of the week in my opinion with two great strikes at 5:50 and 6:45 (the choppy slo-mo video is the best YouTube had to offer).