Monday, April 16, 2012

MLS Recap Week 6

Week 6 of Major League Soccer action saw Sporting Kansas City assert their dominance over the league, the Galaxy reminded us they do know how to play soccer and fans of TFC left BMO field in disappointment. It's shaping up to be another season filled with excitement. Pedro Gomes has your Week 6 recaps of MLS action.

Philadelphia Union 1, Columbus Crew

The Philadelphia Union hosted the Columbus Crew at PPL Park where 18,526 fans showed their support. The Union seemed the livelier bunch in the first half with Freddy Adu showing signs of skill on more than one occasion. And it would later be Freddy’s skill on the ball that would open the game up in the 37’. Adu found a little space on the left side of the field and sent a curling right footed shot in on goal that Columbus Crew Defender, Eric Gehrig, awkwardly put an arm out to try and block. He was called for the penalty and Gabriel Gomez knocked home the penalty a minute later. The Crew finished the first half with some decent pressure but couldn’t break through. Both sides brought more life into the attack in the second half with a number of chances by both teams but neither could add another goal and the match ended 1-0 in favor of the Union.

New England Revolution 1, DC United 2

DC United traveled up I-95 to face off against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in front of 10,389. It was the home team who opened the scoring on the day with a goal by newly acquired, Jose Moreno, and assisted with a wonderful cross by Saer Sene in the 6’. Sene was played into space on the left hand side of the field by Lee Nguyen and sent a picture perfect cross to the center of the 6 yard box that Jose Moreno stabbed out of the air and into the net. However, DC would answer in the 19’ with a goal by Maicon Santos. The goal began with a Nick DeLeon corner that saw Dwayne DeRosario try and bicycle kick into goal but his shot from the left side of the box bounced to an open Santos who tapped it home in front of goal. Chris Tierney nearly added another goal for the Revs in the 28’ when his free kick hit off the left post and DC Keeper, Joe Willis, but luckily for him the rebound fell right in front of him. The Revolution had a number of good chances that almost found the net but came up just a little short each time. DC United eventually broke the tie in the 82’ when second half substitute, Chris Pontius, put home a splendid right-footed curler from the left side of the box that found the far upper corner. DC held onto the lead and walked away with 3 points.

Seattle Sounders 1, Colorado Rapids 0

The Seattle Sounders opened up a 2 game home stand against the Colorado Rapids where 38,360 supporters appeared in full voice. The crowd was almost treated to a quick goal in the 6’ but Freddy Montero’s strike was saved by Matt Pickens. Seattle nearly went ahead again in the 12’ but Zach Scott’s header went just wide of the post. Colorado nearly capitalized a few minutes later when Tony Cascio out jumped Zach Scott for a ball near the top of the box but couldn’t chip the on-rushing Keeper. Scott would make up for that play in the 63’ when he scored his first ever MLS goal with a wonderful near post header from an Alex Caskey corner. Seattle nearly added a second goal late in the game when Freddy Montero nearly chipped Matt Pickens from just outside the box, but the Colorado Keeper was able to tip the shot over the bar. The Sounders held on in the end and earned the their third win of the season.

Toronto FC 0, Chivas USA 1

Toronto FC hosted Chivas USA at BMO Field in front of a home crowd of 18,476 fans that showed up in hopes of seeing Toronto earn their first points of the season. The game took on a lively start from both Richard Eckersley and Ryan Smith as the two exchanged a couple of hard tackles that saw Smith receive a yellow for the second challenge. Smith and Eckersley continued to make an impact in the game. Smith had a long range effort saved by Toronto FC Keeper, Milos Kocic, and then nearly got on the end of a loose ball in the box but Eckersley was able to knock it out of play before he could get to it. However, Chivas USA would capitalize on the ensuing corner when Oswaldo Minda headed home a near post shot that went low and hard to give Chivas the 1-0 lead. Toronto would battle back into the game and have a couple of quality chances by both Danny Koevermans and Ryan Johnson but Dan Kennedy came up big on Koevermans and Johnson’s header just missed the post. The game would end 1-0 and leave Toronto waiting until next week for a chance to earn their first points of the 2012 season.

New York 2, San Jose 2

The New York Red Bulls hosted the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena in front of a crowd of 17,114 supporters. The Red Bulls continued their habit of getting off to a good start by getting an early goal in the 5’. Kenny Cooper put away an early chance when ThierryBacca found himself wide open in front of goal and put away a nice pass from Khari Stephenson after a defensive breakdown by the New York. Seven minutes later New York would once again take the lead from a Dax McCarty strike near the top of the box. Dane Richards had beaten 3 San Jose defenders along the right side of the field and sent a cross into the box that Kenny Cooper flicked onto McCarty who drove the ball home. But once again the New York defense could not hold as the Earthquakes scored an equalizer in the 35’. Steven Beitashour sent a far post cross into the New York area that Shea Salinas sent back toward the center of the 6 yard box that saw an unmarked Chris Wondolowski head over a diving Ryan Meara. The game would not see another goal and ended in a draw.

FC Dallas 2, Montreal Impact 1

The Montreal Impact traveled to FC Dallas Stadium to face FC Dallas in front of 16,164. There were not many good scoring opportunities in the first half and both teams entered the locker room still knotted up at 0-0. The match took a controversial shift in the 58’ when Zach Lloyd was called for a foul in the penalty box for taking down Montreal’s Davy Arnaud. Bernardo Corradi stepped up and put away the ensuing penalty kick to put the visitors ahead 1-0. FC Dallas would tie the game up in the 77’ when Blas Perez got his head to a George John header that hit off the crossbar and bounced to an open Perez. John was able to rise above the Montreal defense on a Daniel Hernandez free kick on the far post of goal and was able to get enough on the header to see the rebound go to Perez who put it away. Brek Shea would give FC Dallas the late game winner in the 88’ following a Zach Lloyd throw-in that was made its way to the on-rushing Shea who put it past Ricketts for the game winner.

Sporting Kansas City 1, Real Salt Lake 0

In the most anticipated match-up of the week, Sporting KC hosted Real Salt Lake in front of a vibrant crowd of 19,422. Neither team saw a great goal-scoring opportunity in the beginning of the game until late into the first half when CJ Sapong was called for a foul on Jamison Olave following a goal-scoring header. It was a controversial decision that left many SKC fans unhappy. Sporting KC continued to push forward and apply pressure to Real Salt Lake and eventually found a goal in the 63’. This time it was Aurelien Collin who headed a Graham Zusi corner kick past Nick Rimando to give Sporting KC the 1-0 lead. Kei Kamara nearly made it 2-0 in favor of Sporting KC but Nick Rimando made an amazing save to keep it at 1-0. Real Salt Lake could only manage one shot on goal and it came in the 91’ however Jimmy Nielsen made an easy save and the Sporting KC held on for the victory.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Portland Timbers 1

Portland traveled down I-5 to Los Angeles to face off against the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center where 22,143 fans showed their support. And it was Portland who would get on the board first in the 23’ when Kris Boyd was played in behind the Galaxy defense by Eric Alexander and Boyd calmly place a shot past Josh Saunders for the 1-0 lead. The Galaxy would answer just before half as Robbie Keane was able to lose his defender on the left side of the box and slipped a pass to Landon Donovan near the top of the box who sent it into the back of the net with confidence. The Galaxy poured on the pressure in the second half and had a number of opportunities to pull ahead but couldn’t find the mark. They would finally break the dead-lock in the 83’ when Juninho sent a long range effort into the near post that was able to beat Troy Perkins. LA would add a third and final goal from David Beckham in the dying moments of the game that was an early candidate for Goal of the Year. Beckham sent a right footed blast from nearly 30 yards out the curled right into the upper right corner of the net. It was an emphatic end to the night for the Galaxy and one that saw the Timbers drop their fourth consecutive game.

Chicago Fire 1, Houston Dynamo 1

The Chicago Fire hosted the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park under some terrible rainy conditions that still saw 10,489 fans make it out. The match was halted for just a little over an hour due to lightening in the first half after just 13 minutes of play. The Dynamo would capitalize a few minutes after play was resumed when Will Bruin scored on a nice through ball by Brian Ching. Bruin finished off his one-on-one opportunity against Sean Johnson to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead. The Chicago Fire would equalize just minutes later when Pavel Pardo’s free kick was driven into the back of teammate Logan Pause and took a wicked deflection over Houston’s Tally Hall and in under the crossbar. Both teams could not find another goal before the game was eventually halted for lightening once again in the 66’. The result will be held as official and the game officially ends in a Draw.