Toronto FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 0
Sunday, BMO Field (A: 18,392)
Another new-look lineup took the field in rave green, with Nathan Sturgis on the left side and Brad Evans forced to do a Pat Noonan impersonation up top. Maybe surprisingly, the Sounders FC controlled most of the run of play and outshot the hosts 11-5.
It only took a couple of mistakes, however, to change the game. After a Toronto pass hit the referee and bounced to Osvaldo Alonso, the Seattle stalwart fumbled over the ball. Dwayne De Rosario pounced on the mistake and fired a shot past Kasey Keller for the 1-0 lead.
Later in the second half, Tyrone Marshall coughed the ball up at midfield and De Rosario passed unselfishly to O’Brian White for the clincher. On the flight home, Seattle was forced to wonder how it just got one point in the two-game road trip.
TOR: Dwayne De Rosario (un) 58′
TOR: O’Brian White (De Rosario) 76′
Chivas USA 3, San Jose Earthquakes 2
Saturday, Home Depot Center (A: 14,389)
Pretty entertaining game. This one had the most goals of the weekend.
Sacha Kljestan had a beautiful goal from distance to get it started in the 25th minute. But the Quakes leveled just before halftime with a Chris Wondolowski PK.
Justin Braun and Chukwudi Chijindu added second-half goals for the Goats and both were needed to secure the three points as Steven Beitashour scored a tremendous goal in stoppage time to pull one back for San Jose.
Each of these teams has as many wins (two) as the Sounders FC, with less games played.
CHV: Sacha Kljestan (Blair Gavin) 25′
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (pk) 41′
CHV: Justin Braun (Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein) 54′
CHV: Chukwudi Chijindu (Michael Lahoud) 87′
SJ: Steven Beitashour (un) 93′
Kansas City Wizards 0, Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Saturday, CommunityAmerica Ballpark (A: 10,045)
The miss of the century.
That’s what everyone is calling Kei Kamara’s shocking failure in the 16th minute to tap the ball in on the goal line. The play stands on its own, but it is compounded further in a scoreless tie, when it could’ve won the game.
Having watched the highlights, it looked like K.C. might have been the better team on the night and had more of the scoring chances. I guess Los Angeles couldn’t win ’em all and Edson Buddle couldn’t score every night, right?
Donovan Ricketts and L.A. have allowed just one goal this season.
Chicago Fire 2, Houston Dynamo 0
Saturday, Toyota Park (A: 11,312)
10 yellow cards and two red cards issued by Ricardo Salazar? Yikes.
It got even worse for Houston, after star Geoff Cameron limped off the field in the first half with an apparent knee injury. Not sure how many more personnel hits this team can take.
Baggio Husidic put the Fire on the board in the final minute of stoppage time in the first half. Peter Lowry put in the second in the 67th minute. Andrew Dykstra made eight saves in the shutout. Jon Busch who?
CHI: Baggio Husidic (un) 45+’
CHI: Peter Lowry (Patrick Nyarko) 67′
New England Revolution 1, Colorado Rapids 2
Saturday, Gillette Stadium (A: 8,142)
Colorado earned the only road win of the weekend (though I’m sure many Seattle fans might take issue with that statement) thanks a thunderous strike by Pablo Mastroeni in the 73rd minute.
The teams exchanged goal in the first 20 minutes. Rapids’ Mehdi Ballouchy put his side ahead in the 14th minute, then New England’s Marko Perovic leveled the score four minutes later with a well-taken free kick.
The biggest concern for Revs fans isn’t the loss, however. Superstar midfielder Shalrie Joseph, who has battled injuries this season, is on personal leave from the team.
COL: Mehdi Ballouchy (un) 14′
NE: Marko Perovic (un) 18′
COL: Pablo Mastroeni (Conor Casey) 73′
Columbus Crew 1, Real Salt Lake 0
Saturday, Crew Stadium (A: 14,322)
In a battle between the reigning MLS champ and the Supporters’ Shield winner from last season, only a 38th-minute penalty kick from (who else?) Guillermo Barros Schelotto was the difference.
RSL still hasn’t won a game since Week 1 and would be on a four-game losing streak if not for a stoppage header against your favorite Sounders. Man it’s hard to go through a league recap without having to re-live some painful memories, eh?
Columbus is next on the schedule for your hometown team. Hard to believe a bad result could give Seattle a losing record…
CLM: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (pk) 38′
New York Red Bulls 2, Philadelphia Union 1
Saturday, Red Bull Arena (A: 15,619)
Lot of fans leaguewide were bemoaning attendance this week. Not sure why there are so many empty seats in this place though.
Anyways, the team that had five wins all last season already has four. Ibriahim Salou scored first for the home team with a header in the 50th minute. Ex-Sounder Sebastian Le Toux equalized in the 59th minute with his fourth goal of the year.
The Red Bulls got the win when Union’s Michael Orozco inexplicably handled the ball on an uncontested header in his own penalty box and Juan Pablo Angel put the spot kick away.
NY: Salou Ibrahim (Jeremy Hall) 50′
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Alejandro Moreno) 59′
NY: Juan Pablo Angel (pk) 67′
FC Dallas 2, Seattle Sounders FC 0
Thursday, Pizza Hut Park (A: 8,512)
I won’t make you go through this one again, but I think the debacle deserves a nickname.
The Folly in Frisco?
DAL: Jeff Cunningham (pk) 27′
SEA: Steve Zakuani (Osvaldo Alonso) 39′
SEA: Fredy Montero (un) 55′
DAL: Jeff Cunningham (pk) 94′
WESTERN CONFERENCE 1. Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0-1 13 pts. GD +6 2. Colorado Rapids 3-1-1 10 pts. GD +3 3. Seattle Sounders FC 2-2-2 8 pts. GD 0 4. Houston Dynamo 2-2-1 7 pts. GD 0 5. San Jose Earthquakes 2-2-0 6 pts. GD -1 6. Chivas USA 2-3-0 6 pts. GD -3 7. Real Salt Lake 1-3-1 4 pts. GD 0 8. FC Dallas 0-1-3 3 pts. GD -1
EASTERN CONFERENCE 1. New York Red Bulls 4-1-0 12 pts. GD +2 2. Kansas City Wizards 2-1-1 7 pts. GD +4 3. Columbus Crew 2-0-1 7 pts. GD +3 4. Chicago Fire 2-2-1 7 pts. GD +2 5. New England Revolution 2-3-0 6 pts. GD +1 6. Toronto FC 2-3-0 6 pts. GD -4 7. Philadelphia Union 1-3-0 3 pts. GD -3 8. DC United 0-4-0 0 pts. GD -9
VIDEO HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Kei Kamara’s shocking miss that got attention worldwide… (1:20)