Sunday, May 15, 2011

MLS Wrap Week 9 (Part 1)

LA Galaxy 4, Sporting KC 1

Well this game proved to be far more exciting than previously expecting. The New York game seemed to wake the Galaxy up to the talent they have on their roster and on Saturday night, it showed. Apart from an unfortunate own goal by Omar Gonzalez, the Galaxy hosted a clinic on technical proficiency. 

In the 39th minute Gonzalez took a swing at a clearance and the ball took an unfortunate bounce past Donovan Ricketts. It was the only gift on the night that Sporting Kansas City would receive as from there on out, it was all Galaxy.

Landon Donovan struck two minutes apart, one with a PK, the other with a nifty finish on a pass from Chad Barrett. Barrett has been enjoying something of an offensive renaissance with the Galaxy. His personal strike rate may not be high, but he’s certainly involved in the attack.

Juan Pablo Angel also had a good night, entering in the 61st minute and scoring in the 64th. He also made several good passes and even beat several defenders with joy.  However, the games highlight reel moment didn’t come until the 87th minute when the teams ‘other’ DP demonstrated his magic. David Beckham was taken down outside the box and placed his free kick into the upper left corner in a moment of personal brilliance.

Needless to say, the Galaxy fans left the Home Depot Center satisfied.
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Toronto FC 2, Chicago Fire 2

Another rain soaked match on the weekend was a tale of two halves. In the first half, it was all Toronto FC. In less than ten minutes TFC leapt ahead on a brilliant shot from Joao Plata. Chicago looked tame and downright timid in the first half, however Carlos de los Cobos must have said something special at halftime. The second half was an entirely different experience. The Fire came out with all cylinders firing. Between a world class free kick by Marco Pappa in the 63rd minute and a competent if ugly finish from Orr Barouch in the 76th the score was tired. If not for the heroics of Stefan Frei on a Daniel Paladini break, the Fire would have stolen points in Toronto.

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DC United 1, Colorado Rapids 1

Drew Moor did well in the first half to put the Rapids up 1-0 at RFK however a Chris Pontius PK tied it up. The game had to be a disappointment for many in the DC camp as Charlie Davies was taken off the field for what looked like a hamstring injury in the 34th.  Not long after Josh Wolff had to come off in the 44th minute. Suddenly DC’s striker tandem was removed from the equation and the 12,499 fans in attendance had to be worried.

Another point worth mentioning: Bob Bradley was at the game, presumably to see Davies. An unfortunate day for the striker.

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FC Dallas 2, Philadelphia Union 0

It was a day for the Union to forget as the team from Dallas put on quite a show for the 12,109 fans at Pizza Hut Park. The usual robust defending of the Union was not on display as Dallas shredded the defense on more than one occasion. Goals from Brek Shea and Fabian Castillo proved the difference as the Union could not muster much in the way of attack. FC Dallas net minder Kevin Hartman extended his shutout streak as Dallas hasn’t been scored on in over 300 minutes. Things are looking up in Dallas after a rough start to the season.

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San Jose Earthquakes 3, Columbus Crew 0

The fans of the San Jose Earthquake fans were treated to something that they haven’t gotten much of this year: a win. It was a quality game that remained scoreless until the 50th minute when Chris Wondolowski volleyed in a cross from Ryan Johnson. It took only 9 minutes before San Jose struck again. Steven Lenhart redirected a ball with his head. The woes for the Crew continued as three minutes later Khari Stephenson finished a long range strike after Lenhart took a nasty fall while dummying the ball to him. San Jose treated its nearly packed house to a show and proved they know how to play soccer as well as anyone else in the league. Well, almost anyone else.
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