Monday, September 5, 2011

MLS Weekend Recap

In case you missed the only two MLS league games this Labor Day Weekend, we've got your recap right here. We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday spent with the ones you love and care about. Now catch yourself up on RSL's victory over Philadelphia and the late game drama of Sporting and the Galaxy. Enjoy!

Real Salt Lake 2, Philadelphia Union 1

Real Salt Lake hosted the Philadelphia Union and both teams were looking to add valuable points for their post season hopes and both teams were going to have to do it without a number of key players. The visiting Union nearly jumped on the board first but Justin Mapp's header went wide of the net in the 13'. It was RSL who got the first goal of the game in the 18' when Kyle Beckerman got his throw-in back from Paulo Jr, dribbled to the top of the box, and sent a rocket to the upper right corner of the goal for a 1-0 RSL advantage. RSL nearly doubled the lead in the 25' when Fabian Espindola got on the end of a dangerous cross but the Union's Faryd Mondragon made an excellent point-blank save to keep it at 1-0.

On the ensuing corner, RSL's Chris Schuler skied above the opposition and got his header past Mondragon to give RSL a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia pulled one back in the 30' when Justin Mapp sent a cross over the defense and found Sebastian LeToux who one-timed the pass out of the air, off Nick Rimando and into the net. Both teams had decent one-on-one opportunities on the keepers but couldn't add another goal and the 18,720 fans at Rio Tinto saw their team hold on for the victory.

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Sporting Kansas City 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 2

Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy met at LiveStrong Sporting Park and SKC were hoping to bounce back from a loss and continue there Eastern Conference climb. LA jumped ahead in the match in the 25' after SKC failed to clear two consecutive balls in the box. Omar Gonzalez headed the second clearance back into the box and found Sean Franklin behind the defense who poked it past SKC's Jimmy Nielsen. Sporting eventually found the equalizer in the 72' when Graham Zusi's corner was put in by Julio Cesar from a tough angle after it bounced off a couple of Sporting players in the box. LA regained the lead only a few minutes later when David Beckham slid a pass in behind the Sporting defense that the speedy Sean Franklin was able to get on to and slide past Jimmy Nielsen for his second of the night. The 84' saw an Aurelin Colin header called back after being ruled offside and left Sporting still searching for the equalizer. They finally found it at the end of regulation on an Omar Bravo Penalty Kick after Galaxy Defender Frankie Hedjuk was called for a handball in the box. The 20,512 fans at LiveStrong Sporting Park did not see their home side earn 3 points but were treated to some more late game drama by their side. 

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