Monday, April 2, 2012

MLS Recap Week 4

Week 4 of MLS action saw two league leaders fall and one come back on the road. The Revolution handed the Galaxy a defeat to put them in last place of the Western Conference while Real Salt Lake climbed back to win against Portland. San Jose gave Seattle all they can handle and suddenly out of nowhere the New York Red Bulls impressed. Pedro Gomes has your recaps:

DC United  4,  FC Dallas  1

DC United played host to FC Dallas for a little Friday night soccer at RFK in front of 13,169 passionate supporters. FC Dallas came out of the gates quick firing two quick shots at United back-up Keeper, Joe Willis. Willis was able to keep both shots out and keep United in the match early on.  DC would strike first with a twenty-five yard wonder-blast from former Dallas Striker, Maicon Santos, in the28’. Dallas would later capitalize from a poor touch by Emiliano Dudar that played Blas Perez into a one-on-one with Joe Willis. Perez put away the opportunity to level the score at 1-1. DC would regain the lead in the 60’. Nick DeLeon banged home a pretty volley from a tough angle on the left side of the goal to give DC the 2-1 advantage.
DeLeon would play provider in DC’s 3rd goal of the night in the 66’ when he won a ball on the left side of the ball and found an open Danny Cruz in front of the net with a nice square ball. DC added a fourth for the home crowd in a 73’ minute break-away that saw Danny Cruz lay the ball off to DeRosario who found Maicon Santos’ head in the box with a quality cross. Adding insult to injury FC Dallas Captain, Daniel Hernandez saw his second yellow in the 77’ and will miss Dallas’ next match. DC would hold the 4-1 score line to give the home crowd something to cheer about on the way home.

Toronto FC 0, Colorado Rapids 1

The Columbus Crew traveled north of the border to face Toronto FC at BMO where 18,944 fans appeared to see the showdown for the Trillium Cup. Both teams could not muster much in the way of offense during most of the first half. However, Toronto Defender Ty Harden was whistled for a foul in the box on Columbus’ Olman Vargas that sent Milovan Mirosevic to the penalty spot. Mirosevice took a steady approach to the ball and tried to put it into the left corner but Toronto Keeper, Milos Kocic, was up to the task and pawed the shot away to keep Columbus off the board. Just as Columbus’ announcer thought it looked unlikely Columbus would get one past Toronto they did just that in the 56’ following a quick counter-attack. Bernardo Anor picked up the ball just before mid-field, following a Julian DeGuzman turnover and raced toward the Toronto goal. He played the ball to Olman Vargas who gave it right back to Anor who took a bad touch but Toronto Defender, Logan Emory, played the ball off of Anor and the ball fell back to his feet and he was able to beat Kocic high and to the near post. Toronto produced a couple of decent opportunities but couldn’t find the net and the Trillium Cup went to Columbus.

Philadelphia Union 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

The Vancouver Whitecaps logged a good chunk of frequent flyer miles as they traveled to Philadelphia to face the Union and a rowdy crowd of 17,189 at PPL Park. Many MLS fans had circled this day on their calendar as soon as Sebastian LeToux was traded to the Whitecaps. However the match failed to live up to the hype. The highlight of the first half was a sliding tackle Union Keeper, Zac MacMath, made to win a win before LeToux could run onto it and get a clean shot off.  The Union mustered a couple of half chances off of crosses into the box but neither attempt came off clean and the ball failed to find the back of the net. The best chance of the day came in the83’ when Davide Chiumiento sent a great ball in behind the Union Defense that sprung LeToux clear. However, MacMath was quick off his line to put pressure on LeToux and the Frenchman couldn’t get a good shot off as his quick toe-poke was sent high over the far side of the goal. The match ended a zero zero draw.

New York Red Bulls 5, Montreal Impact 2

The New York Red Bulls hosted the Montreal Impact  at Red Bull Arena where 13,415 fans showed up to show their support. The Red Bulls were looking to continue their form from last week but it was the Impact who struck first. Sanna Nyassi took advantage of some sloppy defending by the Red Bull back-line in the 18’ and was able to beat Ryan Meara to the near post for the 1-0 Montreal lead.  The Red Bulls answered in the 28’ when Rafa Marquez sent a far post cross into the box that Thierry Henrywas able to head home. The Impact would go ahead again in the 38’ when Justin Mapp sent a low near post shot from just outside the box that beat Ryan Meara. Then in first half stoppage time, Montreal’s Matteo Ferrari, took down Dax McCarty on the right side of the box and was whistled for the foul. Kenny Cooper stepped up to the spot and put away the shot to bring the team’s level again. McCarty would set up another New York goal, the old fashioned way in the 56’ when he intercepted a pass and found Henry near the top of the box. Henry took a quick touch and then sent a low near post shot that got by Donovan Ricketts for the 3-2 lead. New York added another goal in the 72’ following some nice build-up play that saw Jan Gunnar Solli find Henry near the top of the 6 yard box. Henry flicked the ball to the back post, where Medhi Ballouchy eventually tapped it home. Henry would complete his Hat Trick in the 89’ when he followed up a Kenny Cooper blast and got it by Ricketts.

Portland Timbers 2, Real Salt Lake 3

The Portland Timbers and 20,438 fans opened the doors of JELD-WEN Field for the visiting Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. The game saw a couple of half chances in the first half. Then in the 38’, the Timber’s, Rodney Wallace, was called for a hand-ball in the penalty box. RSL’s Alvaro Saborio stepped to the spot and put the PK past Troy Perkins for the RSL lead.  The Timber’s would later equalize off of some terrific individual effort in the mid-field by, Darlington Nagbe, in the 48’. Nagbe took a couple of touches past the RSL defense and found himself with a little space near the top of the box and he rifled home a low near post shot that beat Nick Rimando. Nagbe surpassed his previous goal with another wondergoal in the 65’. This time he took a touch off his knee and then volleyed a knuckler up and over Nick Rimando and into the far side corner of the net for the 2-1 Timber lead. Salt Lake would equalize in the89’ after some close quarter passing led to a left-footed Jonny Steele that curled around Troy Perkins and into the side netting. Then in the last minute of stoppage time, Kyle Beckerman, got on the end of a Fabian Espindola high flick near the top of the box that he half poked, half volleyed into the net for the late game dagger in Timber fans’ hearts.

Seattle Sounders 0, San Jose Earthquakes 1

The San Jose Earthquakes traveled up the West Coast to face the Seattle Sounders at Century Link field where 38,301 fans were in attendance. Both teams had a couple of early chances in the game to jump ahead but couldn’t get the ball in the net. That would change in the24’ when Steven Lenhart got tangled with Marc Burch in the box and the referee deemed he was tripped and placed the ball on the penalty spot. Chris Wondolowski stepped to the spot and buried the spot kick to give San Jose the lead. The Sounders’ offense continued to put pressure on San Jose and Jon Busch for the remainder of the night but with each good attempt Seattle had, Busch came up bigger. The Earthquakes held off the Sounders and left Seattle with a valuable 3 points on the road.

Los Angelas Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 3

The Los Angeles Galaxy hosted the New England Revolution at the Home Depot Center in front of a crowd of 21,324 fans. The two teams came out strong to start the game but it was the Revolution who were able to capitalize on their early opportunities. Kelyn Rowe scored his first MLS goal in the 10’ following some entertaining attacking soccer.  Sharlie Joseph sent a cross into the Galaxy penalty box that found Rowe all alone near the 6 yard box. His first shot was saved by Josh Saunders, but Rowe roofed the rebound into the top of the goal for the 1-0 Revolution lead. The Revs would double that score in the 13’ when a little give and go between Kevin Alston and Sharlie Joseph put Alston in behind the Galaxy defense. Alston dragged a pass back across the box that Chris Tierney was able to beat his man to and put away. Saer Sene would make it 3-0 in favor of the Revolution in the 65’ off of a Ryan Guy cross. The LA Galaxy would fight back in the 78’ when Edson Buddle sent a great through-ball to Robbie Keane that put the Irishman in on goal. He was able to finish around Matt Reis and pull one back for LA.  However, that was the only goal of the night for LA and the Revolution leave LA with 3 points in their road bags.

Colorado Rapids 2, Chicago Fire 0

The Chicago Fire traveled to Commerce City to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick Sporting Goods Park in front of a crowd of 13,152 fans. Both the Fire and the Rapids had a good opportunity to put one away in the first half but both sides’ keepers came up with some big saves to keep the score even.  It would be Colorado that would break the deadlock in the 58’ when Martin Rivero played a long ball over the Fire defense that Brain Mullan was able to get to near the right corner flag. Mullan took the ball near the endline before he laid the ball back across to the top of the box where Omar Cummings was waiting. Cummings buried the one-timed shot to give the Rapids the 1-0 lead. The Rapids would add a second goal in the 91’ when Kemani Hill let a shot rip at Fire Keeper, Paolo Tornaghi, who made the initial save but could only manage to parry the shot away. Unfortunately for him it bounced back out to Hill who slotted the rebound home to seal the game for the Rapids.

Chivas USA 0, Sporting Kansas City 1

Chivas USA hosted Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park in front of a crowd of 13,372. The first half didn’t see any real scoring opportunities by either team. The lone goal of the match came shortly after the start of the second half. Graham Zusi picked up the ball near midfield and made a straight run towards goal. He let a long range effort go near the top of the box that hit the crossbar and bounced high into the penalty box. Zusi challenged for the rebound in the air and was able to get it near the goal where CJ Sapong finished the effort with his head to give Sporting the 1-0 lead. Chivas USA nearly leveled the match later when Nick LaBrocca had a clear look at goal but his effort hit the far post.  Kansas City was able to hold onto the lead and walk away with 3 points for the night.


  1. I really like what I have seen from DeLeon in two games. There is a good deal of confidence to empower his attacking flair. It is also nice to see the Revs kick somebody's butt for a change, as opposed to them getting their butt kicked. Will Nowak be the first MLS manager to go this season?