Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MLS Weekly: Week 14

Article by Leanne Elston


The Games

Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact went into Sporting Park and came out of it with three points that pushed them to the top of the Eastern Conference, moving past the New York Red Bulls. SKC took the lead in first half stoppage time after Alessandro Nesta pulled down Claudio Bieler on the edge of the area. The referee whistled for a penalty, and Bieler converted his chance. Just two minutes into the second half, though, SKC failed to clear an Impact free kick, and Sanna Nyassi struck a shot from the top of the box that made it through traffic and into the back of Jimmy Nielsen’s net. Montreal then grabbed the game-winner in the 53rd minute. Felipe Martins kept the ball alive in SKC’s area, and after Peterson Joseph’s mishit clearance, Collen Warner made no mistake with his shot. With their road win in one of MLS’ toughest atmospheres, the Impact reaffirmed that they are a top team in the league this season.

Colorado Rapids 2-2 FC Dallas

A pair of braces within 10 minutes evened out the score line between the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas on Saturday, with Atiba Harris and Blas Pérez each bagging two. Scoreless through the first half, the game’s onslaught of goals began in the 56th minute when Harris headed in a long throw-in from Marvell Wynne. Dallas then equalized five minutes later after a deflected Rapids clearance fell to Pérez, who fired home from the top of the box. In the 64th minute, Harris got his second with an easy finish from close range on the right, and finally, two minutes later, Pérez struck a low drive from 20 yards to bring the sides level. Dallas still hold top spot in the Western Conference, while Colorado move into fifth and continue on a streak of positive performances. Keep an eye on the Rapids; they’ve gotten a result in their last six matches and could be a contender for a playoff spot down the road.

New England Revolution 5-0 LA Galaxy

Two goals in second half stoppage time and a standout performance from Diego Fagundez helped the New England Revolution thrash the visiting LA Galaxy 5-0 on Sunday. The Galaxy had chances in the early going, but it was Saer Sene who opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after playing a one-two with Fagundez and slotting the ball home at the far post. The score remained 1-0 until the controversial 71st minute, when referee Fotis Bazakos and assistant referee Adam Garner differed on a call; while Garner raised his flag for a Galaxy throw-in, Bazakos overruled him and gave a Revolution free kick. In the resulting confusion, Fagundez played a quick free kick that found Lee Nguyen in the area, and Nguyen put his side up 2-0. The last 20 minutes of the game saw LA fall apart. Fagundez scored a goal of his own in the 87th, beating keeper Carlo Cudicini from inside the 18, and then the Revs grabbed two more goals in stoppage time through Chad Barrett and Kelyn Rowe. The Revs’ performance suggests that their attack is dangerous when clicking, while the Galaxy showed their tendency to break down on the road.

The Stories

In last week’s Open Cup play, four MLS teams failed to advance into the fourth round. The San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, and Seattle Sounders were all upset by their lower division opposition (Orlando City, Charleston Battery, Carolina RailHawks, and Tampa Bay Rowdies respectively), but the rest of MLS’ teams will play their fourth round games on June 12.

Mike Magee scored his first MLS goal for his hometown team in the Chicago Fire’s 2-0 win over still struggling DC United (who are now winless in 11). Other notable goals this weekend? Try Mario de Luna’s baffling own goal in Chivas USA’s 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Meanwhile, Jack McInerney’s 91st minute goal for the Philadelphia Union meant that Toronto gave up a lead late again, and Real Salt Lake cruised to a 3-0 victory against the bottom-dwelling San Jose Earthquakes.

The Tables

East

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

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

The Look Ahead

Lots of teams have byes next week, but there’s still some MLS coming your way. The Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew face off on Wednesday, and the weekend begins with DC United at the New England Revolution and the Portland Timbers at the Chicago Fire. Two all-West matches finish up the action as Real Salt Lake host the LA Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps travel to take on the Seattle Sounders.

The Player of the Week



Diego Fagundez. Two assists and a goal from the Revs’ young Homegrown Player were only part of his big performance on Sunday, and it’s attacking talent like his that can make this New England team an exciting one to watch.

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