Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mid-Week Recap Week 29 (Updated)


Mid-week MLS action saw the race for the Eastern Conference get even tighter. It also saw a heated exchange between Daniel Paladini and Kyle Beckerman which saw Beckerman walk off with a red. Pedro Gomes has your recap.

Sporting Kansas City 2, Columbus Crew 1

Kansas City hosted the Columbus Crew with a chance to take first place in the extremely tight Eastern Conference. And despite it being a mid-week bout a usual strong crowd of 17,838 fans were present to cheer their club on. Kansas City applied early pressure on the Crew Defense and it paid off in the 14' when Rookie, C.J. Sapong got past Crew Defender, Chad Marshal, in the box and was then taken down by Marshall to earn a PK.
Kei Kamara converted the PK and KC was out to an early 1-0 lead. Columbus was able to pull it level in the 34' when Robbie Rogers found Emilio Renteria in the run of play and he blasted a low hard shot to the lower right corner of the net. KC went back on the attack and it nearly paid off in the 56' but Chance Meyer's shot was deflected and hit off the right post. Then in the 74' a long throw-in into the box by KC's Matt Besler was deflected up and over Will Hesmer by his own defender, Julius James to give KC the 2-1 lead. The victory put KC alone atop the Eastern Conference table.

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Real Salt Lake 0, Chicago Fire 3

Chicago traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium hoping to earn 3 points on the road and keep their faint play-off hopes alive. They wasted no time in getting to their task as Marco Pappa curled in a shot from the top of the box to beat RSL's Nick Rimando to the bottom far corner. RSL made things even harder on themselves in the10' when Captain Kyle Beckerman was shown red for a headbutt to Chicago's Paladini. Chicago doubled their lead in the 36' from the foot of Marco Pappa as he once again curled a shot around Nick Rimando and into the far corner, on a great through ball by Pavel Pardo. Marco Pappa completed his hat trick and domination of RSL in the 75' when he curled another far post shot past Nick Rimando from a tight angle. The Fire defense was able to hold on to the victory and keep their play-off hopes alive.

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Philadelphia Union 3, DC United 2

Philadelphia hosted DC United at PPL Park in front of a raucous crowd of 17,963. The match had more than just Derby bragging rights on the line but also a much needed 3 points for the play-off race in the tightly contested Eastern Conference. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead in the 4' when Defender Carlos Valdes sent a long ball from the back that took a fortunate bounce off the shoulder of DC Defender Ethan White and fell to Sebastian LeToux who slipped it past Bill Hamid for the 1-0 lead. LeToux added a second goal in the 15' from a great ball by Michael Farfan that he was able to take down in the box and put past Bill Hamid. DC came fighting back in the 22' when DeRosario headed home a corner from Austin DeLuz to pull DC within one. Andy Najar then pulled DC even in the 30' with a brilliant 80 yard run from his own box that ended with him drilling a shot past Zac MacMath to the near post. Philadelphia regained the lead in the 57' with Michael Farfan made a nice run of his own through the center of the DC defense and then sent a rockect to the top left corner of the net that beat Hamid. The Union would hold on for the victory and jump to second place in the East.

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