Monday, October 10, 2011

MLS Recap Week 30

After New York woke up and surprised the league with a 2-0 victory over the Galaxy, the Sounders also fell, which made the two best teams in MLS a bit less...impressive. Still, the league remains as tight as ever. Pedro Gomes recaps the past week's action.

New York Red Bulls 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

The Red Bulls hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy in yet another must-win game for NY in front of 25,186 fans at Red Bull Arena in mid-week action. New York applied early pressure on the undermanned Galaxy side with a well struck Dane Richards shot form distance in the 5'. LA's Juninho answered back with a long range shot of his own in the 15' but Rost was able to parry it away.
NY got the first goal of the night in the 31' following a Joel Lindpere corner than Jan Gunnar Solli deftly flicked in at goal and although LA's Rickett's made the initial save the rebound fell right in front of goal and NY Luke Rodgers pounced on the loose ball and stuck it home. New York nearly doubled it in the 38' but Luke Rodgers attempt from 7 yards out hit the left crossbar. Thierry Henry did eventually make it 2-0 NY in the 59' when Rafa Marquez sprung the striker with a wonderful through ball from mid-field and Henry eventually chased down and finished with a class chip over the on-rushing keeper. New York held on for the 2-0 and earned a much needed 3 points at home.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Real Salt Lake 0

The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted a struggling RSL side at newly opened BC Place Stadium on Thursday night action in front of 20,113 supporters. Neither team really threatened for the first 30 minutes of the match and few quality chances were created. Vancouver eventually earned the first goal of the night in the 43' on a penalty in the box on RSL's, Collen Warner. Warner was whistled for a handball on a Jay DeMeritt header following a free kick that appeared to actually go off his shoulder. Either way Warner saw Red and Camillo buried the PK for a 1-0 Vancouver lead. Vancouver was the recipient of another beneficial referee decision in the 52' when RSL's Chris Schuler was called for a handball in the box. Vancouver's Camillo stepped up to the spot and put away his second PK of the night. Vancouver added a third and final goal in the 88' on a Nizar Khalfan one-time volley blast from outside the box on an assist from Omar Salgado. The Whitecaps held on for the victory. 

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New England Revolution 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

The New England Revolution played host to the San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium in front of 9,111 fans. Both teams have had a rough season and are out of the play-off race and so they were playing for morale victories. San Jose got off to an incredible start as Goalkeeper David Bingham sent a long range “touchdown” pass to Chris Wondolowski who took it down with one-touch and buried it to the far post. New England leveled the score in the 55' from a fantastic Benny Feilhaber scissor kick from the 6 yard box following a flurry of Revolution attempts at the San Jose goal.  The Earthquakes pulled away in the 82' after a nice little passing sequence that ended with a Sam Cronin cross to the back post that Chris Wondolowski put his head to for the go ahead goal. San Jose held on for the remaining 9 or so minutes and earned a much needed morale victory.

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Seattle Sounders 0, Philadelphia Union 2

The Philadelphia Union traveled to Century Link Field in hopes of grabbing 3 very needed points in the Eastern Conference Play-off race. Seattle was hoping to keep their hopes alive for another trophy, the Supporter's Shield, having clinched the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. Seattle had the better opportunities in the first half but could not capitalize on any of them. Brad Evans had two great opportunities but in the in the first half his shot sailed over the bar and in the second half his cheeky chip over Zac McMath hit the crossbar to keep the game scoreless. Moments later Philadelphia's Paunovic sent a dangerous header to the Seattle goal but Kasey Keller was able to paw it away. The deadlock was broken in the 60' when Gabriel Farfan hustled to reach a long pass and then pushed it up along the left side and was able to beat James Riley near the touchline, keep the ball in bounds, and send a centering pass to Freddy Adu in the box who put it in over Keller. Philadelphia added a second on a counter-attack as Sebastian LeToux put on ball into space that Brian Carroll got to on the right side and beat Keller with a wonderful far post shot. Philadelphia earned the 3 points on the road and with those points gained first place in the East.

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