Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mid-Week MLS Recap

Article by Pedro Gomes
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MLS mid-week action got back into high gear with a total of 21 goals in 6 matches with number of late game heroics. The action came fast and furious around the league leaving many struggling to keep up with it all. Let us take a look back to make sure it was all captured and appreciated.

Real Salt Lake 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 3

Los Anglese traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium to face Real Salt Lake in front of their always boisterous home crowd of 20,382 supporters. Kyle Beckerman opened the scoring for Real Salt Lake in the 9’ with a goal that was assisted by a Fabain Espindola low corss into the box that Beckerman was able to put away. Espindola would again play the role of provider, but this time to Alvaro Saborio in the 24’. Espindol sent a cross into the feet of Saborio that he deflected cleverly or luckily over Josh Saunders and into the far side of the goal. However, everything seemed to turn in favor of Los Angeles in the 29’ when Landon Donovan took advantage of a poor backpass from Tony Beltran deep in RSL’ own half. Onovan rounded Nick Rimando and put away an easy goal to get LA back in the game. Mike Magee would level the score in the 50’ when he pounced on a poor touch from Jamison Olave and played a quick one-two with Landon Donovan before he put away a quality far post finish. Los Angeles would pull away in the 68’ when Mike Magee put a ball right onto the path of a Donovan run which he was able to touch around an on-rushing Nick Rimando and put away for the game winner.

Houston Dynamo 3, Toronto FC 3

The Houston Dynamo and 21,423 supporters welcomed Toronto FC to BBVA Stadium in another mid-week matchup and it was the visiting team that jumped ahead early. Jeremy Hall put Toronto on the board in the 13’ on a controversial goal when he sent a shot toward net that an off-side, Ryan Johnson, jumped over before it banged off the far post and in. Houston answered back in the 20’ when Bobby Boswell headed home a Brad Davis corner kick. But, only 2 minutes later, Toronto regained the lead when Danny Koevermans tapped in an Eric Avila cross near the back post. Then just before halftime Koevermans would head home Toronto’s 3rd goal of the match from a pin-point Julian DeGuzman cross. Houston’s Will Bruin would cut the Toronto lead down to 1 with a great finish to the top right corner of the net from a late run into the box that Brad Davis served up on a platter. Houston completed the comeback in the 90’ when Geoff Cameron made a foray into the attacking half and sent a great cross toward the back post that Bruin finished with a low header.

Colorado Rapids 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

The San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to face off against the Colorado Rapids in front of 13,080 fans. The rapids struck first in the18’ when Brian Mullan headed in his first of the year from a wonderful back post cross that he was able to head back over the head of Jon Busch and in for the 1-0 lead. The match went back and forth for a while until late in the game when super sub, Alan Gordon, was able to knot the match at 1. The ball was sent in towards the box on a low cross from the right side of the field. It slipped through a couple of players before Gordon re-directed it toward net. It is officially categorized as a Hunter Freeman own goal after Steven Lenhart’s initial effort was saved by Busch and the rebound fell to Gordon and Freeman. Freeman may have gotten the final touch on it but credit should be given to Gordon for effort. Gordon would play a vital role in the final goal of the game as he was brought down in the box by Matt Pickens in a one-on-one situation. Wondolowski stepped up to the spot to bury the PK and clinch the game for San Jose in the 92’.

Seattle Sounders 1, Sporting Kansas City 1

The Seattle Sounder hosted Sporting Kansas City at Century Link field for a mid-week match that still managed to draw 46,932 fans in support. However, much to their dislike it was SKC that got on the board first in the 8’ when Jacob Peterson put away a wonderful half-volley shot that was deflected by Ossie Alonso on its way towards goal that put it perfectly in the upper 90 of the far post. Seattle’s Patrick Ianni responded with a Goal of the Year nominee very reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal in the Euros this past week. Ianni took a Mauro Rosales Cross into the cross right out the air with a wonderful side kick that shocked everyone watching. The match ended without any more goals but plenty of chippy defense that eventually resulted in an Alvaro Fernandez Red Card.

Chivas USA 2, Montreal  Impact 1

The Montreal Impact traveled to the Home Depot center to do battle with Chivas USA in front of a supportive crowd of 10,376 fans. It was Chivas USA who struck first in the 14’ as Juan Agudelo came flying into the box on a Cesar Romero corner. Agudelo used Alejandro Moreno as a sort of backboard as his shot bounced off his teammate’s body and into the net. Although Moreno gets credit for the goal Agudelo did most of the work. However, the Impact answered back just before half-time as Felipe directed a low cross by Davy Arnaud past a diving Dan Kennedy and into the net . But Juan Pablo Angle would put Chivas ahead for good in the 82’ when he sent a wonderfully placed header back across goal and into the far side netting from a good Jorge Villafana cross.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1, New York  Red Bulls 1

The New York Red Bulls traveled north of the border to Vancouver to match up against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC place where 20,060 fans were on hand to support their team. The match had few great scoring opportunities in the first half and well into the second before the deadlock was finally broken. Vancouver’s Martin Bonjour got Vancouver on the board in the 75’when he banged home a cross from Davide Chiumiento that managed to get through a number of Vancouver players in the box before it fell to Bonjour on the far side. Bonjour left little doubt in the shot as he buried it far top corner to give Vancouver the lead. New York would answer back late in the 86’ following a short corner by Joel Lindpere that was played back to him and then was sent back into the box before Heath Pearce rose to meet the ball and bury it low into the net.

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