22 Goals, 2 Draws, and Plenty of Guts

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Looking back at this weekend’s MLS action the one thing I noticed with many of the results was guts.  Or fortitude.  Or cojones.  Or other less family-friendly terms.  What I mean by all this is that so many of the results and so many of the players involved in them showed some real intestinal fortitude under conditions that would normally cause teams to wilt.  Consider:

  • FC Dallas coming off a long CONCACAF Champions League trip to play in 100+ degree heat and get an important win.
  • Colorado, still playing injured and written off by so many people, punching the Union in the face at home and walking out with three points.
  • Sporting KC, who should change their name to EKG because they extended their winning unbeaten streak with another late goal.
  • Columbus, who realized they can win the conference and got three points in maybe the toughest away stadium in the league.

So for those who missed this weekend’s action or were too enamored with the numerous friendlies happening around the world, here was this weekend’s action in MLS:

Colorado Rapids 2, Philadelphia Union 1: The Rapids handed the Union their first home loss with Mastroeni and Nyassi scoring in the first half.  The goal was Nyassi’s fourth in the last three games.  The Union had to climb back with ten men after Sheanon William’s red card in the 64th minute but a late goal by Roger Torres and an almost (later) goal by Carlos Valdes saved face for the home team.  The rumors of Colorado’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Vancouver Whitecaps 0: Despite the scoreline, this one was close for a half.  Vancouver had some good chances early in this match, including an early miss by designated player Mustopha Jarju.  The second half saw the Galaxy take control on a Landon Donovan goal in the 61st minute that was quintessential Donovan.  He received a ball over the top from Sean Franklin, beat his defender, and sent the goal top shelf.  Number ten took a penalty in the 75th minute to extend the lead to 2-0, and the rest of the game was a bit of a farce.  Franklin (80′) and Adam Cristman (90′) added to the final score.

Sporting Kansas City 1, New England Revolution 1: A Rajko Lekic goal in the 38th minute looked to be the winner for most of this game; Lekic beat MLS All Star Matt Besler and slid a shot past Jimmy Nielsen to make the score 1-0.  But it was second half sub Teal Bunbury on his bobblehead night to grab a point for KC in the 89th minute and run their unbeaten streak to thirteen games.  Neither team played particularly well but the entertainment value cannot be denied.

Columbus Crew 2, Real Salt Lake 0: The depth of RSL was one of the reasons they were the trendy pick to win the MLS Cup but Saturday’s result showed that sometimes an injury to a key player can be hard to overcome regardless of depth.  No Jamison Olave meant a much more mortal backline, which the Crew exploited very early in this game to move atop the Eastern Conference.  Robbie Rogers assisted the two goals by Eddie Gaven (5′) and Tommy Heinemann (10′).

Houston Dynamo 3, Seattle Sounders 1: Houston reaffirmed that it is a playoff contender with a convincing win against a suddenly struggling Seattle team.  Colin Clarke got an early goal but it was Brian Ching’s turn to play the hero in this one by scoring a brace for the margin of victory.  Seattle’s lone goal came from Alvaro Fernandez, who converted a penalty after Freddy Montero beat Corey Ashe to a loose ball and was taken down.  Seattle has a tricky next two games, trying to make-up their deficit Wednesday in their Champions League second leg while the prospect of facing KC at LIVESTRONG Park on Saturday looms.

DC United 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0: Really good game from Dwayne De Rosario and the DC backline.  The visitors took advantage of DC-killer Steven Lenhart’s absence and didn’t give the Quakes many chances to score.  DeRo improved to 2-0 against his former teams with two clinical second-half strikes to provide the difference.  DC caught a break with Andy Najar receiving a red card late in this game for a last-man tackle, but will miss only the game at home against Toronto Saturday, when DC should get Charlie Davies back.

Portland Timbers 2, Toronto FC 2: Portland, after a great beginning of the season at home, is now struggling to win at JELD-WIN Field.  This Saturday they gave up a two goal lead in the last twenty minutes of the game to one of the worst teams in MLS.  Both teams had new players on the pitch (although for the Timbers it was only two) and two new Reds’ strikers Peri Marosevic and Danny Koevermans equalized the score.  The goal scorers for the Timbers were Eddie Johnson in the 23rd minute and Jack Jewsbury, who converted a penalty on new Red Andy Iro in the 57th minute.

FC Dallas 1, Chivas USA 0: As I mentioned above, FC Dallas is as hot as their game-time temperatures and grabbed three points to keep up with the Galaxy yesterday.  Marvin Chavez is stepping up at the right time and his third goal in two games (this one a deflection off Heath Pierce in the 26th minute) was all the home team needed for the win.  The shutout was also Kevin Hartman’s twelfth of the season.

10 thoughts on “22 Goals, 2 Draws, and Plenty of Guts”

  1. Columbus has rebuilt itself in a short time and it could be the fastest rebuilding job in sports history. I know RSL was without 2 key players but the Crew were missing their top 3 forwards (Renteria, Mendoza, and Cunningham), they also were missing other key players (Francis, Duka, Balchan, Hesmer, and Tchani. The Crew look like the team in the East right now. Hard to believe when alot of people including crew fans thought this was going to be a losing season.

    1. Seriously! After they traded nearly eveyone, then lost the CCL second leg 4-1 (or 4-0 I don’t remember), I know that I completely wrote them off. They may not be an especially fun team to watch, but they just keep on gaining points.

  2. DC and KC are small fractions of a point behind NY on a PPG basis, with Houston right them for the 10th spot.
    Good thing NY won the, ummm, whatever that trophy was in Europe.

    The four best teams in the league are still in the West….but…..
    Sigi has to go in Seattle ( he never will )
    Un-said in this article:
    * He was outcoached by Kinnear….again (and again and again)
    * His teams cannot win against good teams. His Seattle playoffs, CCL records are abysmal, pathetic, any bad word you can think of.
    Before you start with how it was better when he wasn’t in Seattle, I don’t care, that was a long time ago in a different league named MLS and less serious CCL. And if the Sounders win CCL and MLS Cup, I still won’t like him because…..
    * Nyassi is better than people that Seattle protected instead of him, the same players that were protected instead of LeToux. When Zakuani comes back, he will bench someone better than those players too.

  3. I respect that you admit your bias but the guy wins. Year in and year out wins and has cups and shields as well. So to be clear…he has been in Seattle for 2 years and won 2 open cups for CCL births, been in the playoffs every fall and is challenging for the supporters shield this season but you want him fired? Who is your next coach because Kreiss or Kinnear aren’t leaving their team/situation and Kreiss lost out in the first round of the playoffs if you remember from last season and Kinnear didn’t even make the playoffs.

    Kreiss and Kinnear are going to out coach most coaches in this league or even from abroad who come into this league. I wish that Seattle could take these CCL births and use their hometown and financial support and translate that into wins in CCL to but you have a mighty short leash for someone as successful as Sigi has been. Sure this isn’t a quick reaction to two bad results from the past week? Criticize away but firing the man seems a bit abrupt IMO.

    1. You are correct, he does win.

      Nah, I have disliked him for a long time. IF we actually score a counterattacking goal, just one, this year then maybe I will change.
      OK, AND he quits his love affair for Noonan and Jaqua.

      In the meantime he is not going anywhere, EVER, so my rants are more like guys on this site ranting for a non-single entity, pro/rel, single standings league MLS

  4. “Sporting KC, who should change their name to EKG because they extended their winning streak with another late goal.”

    FYI-KC extended its UNBEATEN (not winning) streak.

  5. We all new to refill out our fantasy teams for the 3rd and final segment of the MLS season. For some reason, the ESPN game dumps your roster between segments, so you have no players until you refill it out. ESPN does a poor job with this, the program sucks and it is hard to find players.

    A friend sent me the EPL’s game from their official site, and it done much better. The best part is it has a “just fill out the rest of my team” function which is nice because I fine after about 7 players I loose interest.

  6. Why do I think this is one of the MLS Hater Trolls who got lost and posted on an soccer game article ?

    It has to be.

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