Sunday night’s match between the L.A. Galaxy and New York Red Bulls was billed as not only potentially the final matchup between Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry, but as a meeting of two of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer. Only one of them left the StubHub Center with that distinction still intact.
Donovan had a pair of assists and Robbie Keane a pair of goals as L.A. romped to a 4-0 win and pulled even with Seattle on top of the league standings on 57 points.
– As important as the end results were to both the Eastern and Western Conference playoff pictures, injuries stole the headlines both at BMO Field and PPL Park this weekend.
In Toronto, the hosts scored three unanswered goals — including one in the 89th minute — to stun Portland, which was also staggered by the loss of captain Will Johnson for at least the rest of this season with a broken leg. In Philadelphia, Union star Sebastien Le Toux was taken off in the first half of his team’s 1-0 loss to D.C. United with an ankle sprain.
– The Timbers’ weekend went from bad to worse later in the day on Saturday, as Vancouver struck twice in the second half to down Real Salt Lake, snap a tw0-match losing skid and vault into the fifth-and-final postseason spot in the West.
– Jermaine Jones scored his first MLS goal and made it count, tallying the game-winner as New England topped Kansas City 3-2 in a Friday night thriller. The match also functioned as a potential playoff preview, as the sides currently sit at second and third in the East, respectively.
Here’s where we stand with four matches remaining in the regular season, standings courtesy of MLSSoccer.com: