Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MLS Weekly: Week 8

Article by Leanne Elston



The Games

Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 Sporting Kansas City 

In a clash of the titans, the Galaxy put away two goals to defeat Sporting Kansas City, who couldn’t find a goal of their own against the reigning MLS Cup champions. Landon Donovan showed that his fitness isn’t an issue after his soccer sabbatical as he notched an assist and a goal. In the 27th minute, Marcelo Sarvas tapped in a perfect pass from Donovan, giving the Galaxy the lead. LA looked dangerous all night, particularly on the counter attack, while SKC struggled to trouble their hosts. The 74th minute saw Robbie Keane unselfishly get the ball to Donovan, who scored to make it 2-0 and finish off a thrilling night of soccer.

DC United 2-3 Philadelphia Union

Jack McInerney continued his goal-scoring streak with a brace against DC United that bolstered the Union to a 3-2 victory at RFK Stadium. Philadelphia got going early as McInerney received a through ball from Conor Casey and fired it past Bill Hamid in the 7th minute. Just four minutes later, Casey beat Hamid from the top of the box, making it 2-0 and looking like a long afternoon for DC. Perry Kitchen halved the Union’s deficit in the 17th minute, smashing in a shot from inside the 18, but a 26th strike from McInerney proved to be the game winner. DC came within one again just on the other side of halftime when Lionard Pajoy headed in a cross, but in the end Philly came away with the points.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Portland Timbers 

Adam Jahn pulled out some Goonie tricks to salvage a point for the Quakes after Diego Valeri had put the Timbers up in this rematch of last week’s battle. The game stayed scoreless until the 58th minute, when Valeri cleaned up a deflected Ryan Johnson shot and gave his team the lead. However, as things are never quite over until they’re over in San Jose, 84th minute sub Jahn made sure the visitors didn’t get to leave with all three points. Jahn beat Donovan Ricketts in stoppage time with a left-footed shot from inside the box, and Portland had to settle for the draw instead of a higher spot in the conference.

The Stories 

The Seattle Sounders finally grabbed their first win of the season, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on the road with a goal from Obafemi Martins. Meanwhile, Toronto failed once more to hold onto a lead as they allowed a very late goal against Houston in what ended as a 1-1 draw.

MLS had its first midweek match of the season with Sporting Kansas City taking on the New York Red Bulls. An early header from AurĂ©lien Collin gave SKC the 1-0 away win. The game also featured a red card for New York’s Juninho, who kicked a ball at SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen for time wasting. The Red Bulls bounced back from the loss with a 4-1 rout over the New England Revolution at the weekend.

The Tables

East 
  1. Sporting Kansas City (4-2-2) 
  2. Houston Dynamo (4-2-1) 
  3. Montreal Impact (4-1-1) 
  4. New York Red Bulls (3-4-2) 
  5. Philadelphia Union (3-2-2)
  6. Columbus Crew (2-2-3) 
  7. Chicago Fire (2-4-1) 
  8. Toronto FC (1-2-4) 
  9. New England Revolution (1-3-2) 
  10. DC United (1-5-1) 

West 

  1. FC Dallas (6-1-1) 
  2. LA Galaxy (3-1-2) 
  3. Real Salt Lake (3-3-2)
  4. Chivas USA (3-3-1) 
  5. Portland Timbers (2-1-4) 
  6. San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-3) 
  7. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-2) 
  8. Colorado Rapids (2-4-2) 
  9. Seattle Sounders (1-3-2) 

The Look Ahead

The Red Bulls travel to Toronto, while the Fire head to Montreal and Dallas visit Vancouver. The Columbus Crew host DC United and the Revs host the Union in a couple more all-East match-ups. The Timbers face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park, Real Salt Lake host the LA Galaxy at Rio Tinto, the Quakes travel to take on Chivas USA, and finally, Colorado become the next team to try to break Houston’s home unbeaten run.

The Player of the Week 


Jack McInerney. The 20-year-old’s brace against DC United makes him the league’s leading goalscorer right now with six goals, and those goals are vital for a Philadelphia team still finding its way.


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