Article by Leanne Elston
Remember back in the beginning of the season when it seemed like games were light on goals? Yeah, me neither. After last weekend’s onslaught of goals, these midweek games clearly wanted to keep the trend going, with Wednesday night giving us three wild ones to tide us over until Saturday.
Toronto FC 3-3 Montreal Impact
After going ahead within one minute, the Montreal Impact fell 3-1 down against Toronto before coming back to tie 3-3 at BMO Field. Andrés Romero fired the Impact into the lead just 23 seconds into the match, taking advantage of a Toronto defensive error, but Toronto managed to tie things up just five minutes later when Jeremy Brockie struck to make it 1-1. Toronto then took the lead in the 21st minute through Steven Caldwell, who headed home a cross from Brockie. Three minutes after that, the home side made it 3-1 as Darren O’Dea charged into the box and delivered a shot into the bottom right corner.
Toronto continued to look in control of the game -- that is, until Montreal scored two quick goals to suddenly turn three points into one. In the 69th minute, defender Hassoun Camara struck from inside the box to bring the Impact within one, and then, a minute later, Marco Di Vaio buried the equalizer. It’s another second-half collapse for Toronto but a salvaged result for Montreal, who still lead the Eastern Conference.
Chicago Fire 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes
An early Alan Gordon goal and a Chicago own goal couldn’t cut it for the San Jose Earthquakes on the road as the Fire grabbed victory late. The Quakes took the lead in the 14th minute after a Gordon header ricocheted off the crossbar to come back to him for the easy second try, but Chicago equalized on 36 minutes through Dilly Duka, who bounced his shot off the ground and over keeper Jon Busch. Then, just on the other side of halftime, the Fire made it 2-1 as Patrick Nyarko connected with a cross from Duka.
However, in the 72nd minute, Lindpere and Jalil Anibaba deflected a corner kick past keeper Paolo Tornaghi, and the Quakes were even at 2-2. But in the 84th minute, Mike Magee and Chris Rolfe combined to get their side three points after all, with Rolfe slotting in the game winner. For Chicago, the win is their fourth in five games, and they sit just outside playoff contention in sixth place in the East.
Real Salt Lake 2-2 Philadelphia Union
Thanks to a stoppage time penalty, Real Salt Lake managed to rescue a point at home against the Philadelphia Union after falling behind twice during the game. The Union took the lead in the 13th minute after Sébastien Le Toux tapped in a cross from Conor Casey, and the game would remain 1-0 until well into the second half. Things turned for RSL in the 59th minute, though, when Lovel Palmer earned a straight red for a challenge on Michael Farfan.
Down to 10 men, RSL pressed for an equalizer and found it in the 75th minute through Luis Gil, who headed in a Javier Morales corner kick to make it 1-1. Just a minute later, however, Antoine Hoppenot got past Nat Borchers and cut a ball back to Casey, who buried Philadelphia’s second goal. It seemed that the Union would leave Rio Tinto with all three points, but then, in the seventh minute of stoppage time, Raymon Gaddis handled the ball in the box, and Morales converted the resulting penalty to snatch a point for RSL.
The New York Red Bulls have parted ways with midfielder Juninho, who signed with the club a little over six months ago. The Brazilian generally failed to meet lofty expectations in his short time in MLS.
Elsewhere this week, the Vancouver Whitecaps grabbed a point on the road against Sporting Kansas City with a 1-1 draw, while D.C. United lost again, this time away to the Seattle Sounders. Dallas only managed a 0-0 draw at home against Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids snagged a 2-0 home win over the New York Red Bulls, and the LA Galaxy scored two late penalties to secure a come-from-behind win against the Columbus Crew.
1. Montreal Impact (9-4-3)
2. New York Red Bulls (8-7-4)
3. Philadelphia Union (7-5-6)
4. Sporting Kansas City (7-5-6)
5. Houston Dynamo (6-6-5)
6. Chicago Fire (6-7-3)
7. New England Revolution (5-5-6)
8. Columbus Crew (5-8-5)
9. Toronto FC (2-8-7)
10. D.C. United (2-13-3)
1. Real Salt Lake (10-5-4)
2. FC Dallas (8-3-7)
3. Portland Timbers (7-1-9)
4. LA Galaxy (8-7-3)
5. Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-5)
6. Colorado Rapids (7-7-5)
7. Seattle Sounders (7-5-3)
8. San Jose Earthquakes (5-8-6)
9. Chivas USA (3-10-4)
The Player of the (Mid)week
Camilo Sanvezzo. His stunning free kick just before halftime against SKC got the Whitecaps a result in a game in which they were otherwise outplayed. He continues to be a force for Vancouver with 10 goals so far this season.