Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MLS Recap Week 28

Week 28 of MLS action saw De Rosario make his case for league MVP, New York actually won and the race for the Eastern Conference remains a mystery. Pedro Gomes recaps the weekend here.

Sporting Kansas City 1, Philadelphia Union 1

Sporting KC hosted the Philadelphia Union in front of 18,778 fans at LiveStrong Sporting Park in what was the Battle for First Place in the East on Friday night. A victory by either team would put them atop the extremely tight Eastern Conference table. The first half produced a couple of opportunities by the Union LeToux and Sporting's Kamara but both narrowly missed finishing their chances.
However, Sporting would a goal in the 56' when Kei Kamara sent a dangerous cross behind the Union defense that Omar Bravo was able to tap in with his right foot for the 1-0 lead. The Union fought back in the 63' when a Torres shot was saved from going out on the end-line by Michael Farfan who found an open Sebastian LeToux in front of net for the equalizer. Neither team was able to get the go ahead goal for the remainder of the match and had to settle for splitting a couple of points.

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FC Dallas 0, Houston Dynamo 1

The Houston Dynamo traveled to Frisco, TX to face a slumping FC Dallas squad in front of 10,849 fans at Pizza Hut Park. Houston had an opportunity to hold first place in the East with a victory in the afternoon. Both teams got off to a quick start and forced the keepers to make big stops to keep the game level. Dallas had the better of the chances in the match with Maicon Santons hitting the crossbar in the 16', Jackson hitting the outside of the post in the 71' and the George John hitting the crossbar in the 78' and a couple of big stops by Tally Hall. Dallas showed plenty of energy but were unable to put any of those chances away which would hurt them near the end of the match. Houston's Geoff Cameron   got a head to the end of a Brad Davis corner in the 87' to give the Dynamo the lead and the eventual victory. With that win Houston sat on top of the Eastern Conference with 42 crucial points. 

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New York Red Bulls 2, Portland Timbers 0

New York hosted the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena and were hoping to treat the 25,008 fans in attendance to a much needed victory after getting routed 4-0 by RSL earlier in the mid-week. NY also had to earn the victory without their DP Rafa Marquez after he was benched by Han Backe for negative comments to the media regarding his teammates following the RSL match. NY came out with more energy in the match and an amazing individual effort by Dane Richards in the 21' produced NY's first goal of the match. Richards was able to round his defender and streak up the left side of the box and finish with a close range shot from a very acute angle past Timber Keeper, Troy Perkins. NY continued to pressure but did not add another goal. Portland came inches from equalizing in the 57' when both Kalif Alhassan and Kenny Cooper rocked Frank Rost's crossbar in search of the equalizer. NY was able to add a second goal to clinch the match in the 66' following a controversial hand ball call in the box and subsequent Red Card on Portland's Kalif Alhassan. The victory put NY back in the 10th and final Wild Card spot for the Play-offs.

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Columbus Crew 0, Los Angeles Galaxy1

Los Angeles traveled to Columbus to face the Crew at Crew Stadium with 21,203 fans in attendance and their first sellout of the year. Both sides produced little in the way of genuine scoring chances in the first half. The first quality opportunity came in the 48' when a Chad Marshall header from a corner was cleared off the line by LA's Michael Stephens. Columbus nearly jumped ahead in the 85' when Mendoza found himself behind the LA defense but his shot was saved by a Josh Saunders' kick-save. Saunders came up big again only moments later when Robbie Rogers was put in behind the LA defense with a flick pass from around mid-field, but his attempt to put it over the on-rushing Saunders was pawed away by the Keeper. LA finally found the first and only goal of the night in the last minute of stoppage time when Landon Donovan's shot was parried away by Will Hesmer onto an open Chad Barret on the far post for the late-game winner. LA moved another step closer to clinching the Supporter's Shield with the 3 point road win at Columbus.

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DC United 4, Real Salt Lake 1

The DC United hosted Real Salt Lake at RFK stadium in front of a 13,367 fans on Saturday night as RSL was trying to make club history with a sixth straight victory in MLS. DC had other thoughts, however, as they opened their scoring account in the 13' when Dwayne DeRosario sent Andy Najar in behind the RSL with a magnificent through ball from midfield. Najar finished well past Nick Rimando for the 1-0 lead. DC continued their scoring in the 22' when DeRosario headed home a long distance cross from Andy Najar as they reversed roles for DC second goal. DeRosario earned his brace in the 27' with a great curling right footed effort just outside the box. DeRo got his second hat trick of the year and made MLS history for the leagues fastest 4-0 lead in the 31' when he blasted a 25 yard free-kick into the upper left corner of Nick Rimando's net. RSL got one back in the 86' from the left foot of Alvaro Saborio.

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Colorado Rapids 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Colorado hosted the San Jose Earthquakes at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in front of a crowd of 17,877 looking to earn 3 points and stay in the play-off picture. San Jose would get on the board first in the 18' when a long-range Khari Stephenson effort was parried out front of goal by Colorado's Matt Pickens and SJ's Chris Wondolowski was able to pouncr on the rebound and put it past Pickens. Wondolowski nearly added a second in the 36' but was denied by Pickens. San Jose had a few more chances but couldn't get them past Matt Pickens. Colorado had a couple of chances around the 70' but the first effort was denied by San Jose's Jon Busch but he couldn't keep the second chance out moments later. A corner by Sanna Nyassi was bounced around in the box a couple of times before Drew Moor finally poked it in right in front of net for the equalizer. The match ended in a draw and Colorado maintains their spot in the Wild Card race.

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Chivas USA 3, Toronto FC 0

Chivas USA hosted a recently resurgent Toronto FC club at the Home Depot Center in front of 14,357 fans. They wasted no time getting on the score sheet as Juan Pablo Angel added yet another goal for his side in the 12' on a header from a great cross by Ante Jazic. Toronto a a couple of chances to level the score but saw the crossbar and Chivas USA Keepr, Dan Kennedy, deny both attempts. Chivas was able to punch a second through in the 71' when Justin Braun headed home a Michael Umana cross in front of goal. Chivas added a third on a nice right footed shot just inside the box by Juan Pablo Angel in the 77' to put the match away. With the victory Chivas USA holds on to the slimmest of Play-off hopes.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 1, Seattle Sounders 3

Vancouver hosted the Seattle Sounders in their final game at Empire Field in front of a crowd of 21,000. The Whitecaps came out strong in the match and crated some decent scoring chances, but couldn't get any into Seattle's net. That changed in the 22' when Vancouver strung together some beautiful passing to get behind Seattle's defense that ended with Camillo tapping in the ball in front of an open net for the 1-0 advantage. Seattle tied it up in the 33' when Vancouver's Captain, Jay DeMeritt, was whistled for a handball in the box and Brad Evans buried the ensuing PK. Seattle added a second in the 64' when a poor Vancouver clearance in the box fell to the feet of Freddy Montero, who beat two defenders with a cut-back move and finished it in the far upper corner. 3 minutes later he added another goal off a long range effort that deflected off of Defender Jay DeMeritt and past Vancouver Keeper, Joe Cannon. Seattle held on to the 3-1 lead to earn 3 points on the road and the Cascadia Cup.

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Chicago Fire 3, New England Revolution 2

Chicago hosted the New England Revolution at Toyota Park with 14,567 fans in attendance. Chicago got on the board quick when Patrick Nyarko was taken down in the box in the 4' by Revs Keeper, Matt Reis. Sebastian Grazzini converted the PK for the 1-0 Chicago lead. Dominic Oduro doubled Chicago's  lead only minutes later when he got behind the Revs defense with a nice through ball by Grazzini and rounded Matt Reis for the finish. Chicgo made it 3-0 in the 30' when Patrick Nyarko was able to slip behind the Revs defense and a poor clearance by Matt Reis gave Nyarko an open look at goal and he finished it. New Englan fought back in the late in the second half. First, Ryan Guy put one away after  Fire Keeper, Sean Johnson, and the Revs Carraglio collided in the box in the 90'. Guy added a second goal in the 92' after some nice passing between Diego Fagundez and Milton Carraglio left guy open on the far side. Carraglio squared a ball to Guy and he buried it past Sean Johnson. But it wasn't enough   and the Fire held on for the victory.     

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