The second week of action was a goal fest for Major League Soccer. Twenty-six goals in just eight matches starts off the 2014 season.
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New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids - If you just look at component stats you'd think that the Rapids were the home team. You'd also think that they forgot that they have one of the better left backs in the league on their roster. In fact they pulled Klute for Burch. Sturgis sat on the bench. Henry did Henry things to take the lead in the 2nd half. Sanchez nailed a PK for the West visitors to earn a point in the 1-1 draw.
Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution - Le Toux scored in the 31st minute. The Revs midfield was supposed to be their strength in 2014. It didn't look like it Saturday as they couldn't keep possession and too much action was in the New England defensive third. 1-0 to the U.
Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas - Dallas done did KC the Seattle way. Matt Hedges scored in the 90th minute to level it at 1-1. The Sporks now have 1 point on the season dropping three points in the dying moments of a game. Their attack continues to be a weakness. Collin netted their goal.
Houston Dynamo v Montreal Impact - Did Will Bruin earn the player of the month in his first two games? He scored against. Dynamo with six points now. The Montreal Oldtimers are stuck playing a long ball game in a league that is clearly shifting towards possession play. Houston wins 1-0. Gig Harbor's Tally Hall needs a USMNT look.
San Jose Earthquakes v Real Salt Lake - This is the kind of goal fest you purchase MLS Live to watch. The 3-3 result was packed with action. At half it looked all RSL with their 3-1 lead. That changed with mass substitutions and centerback Bernardez earning two goals and his Quakes one point.
Portland Timbers v Chicago Fire - Thanks to Root Sports this one was live in the Pacific Northwest. Hurtado played strong defense. Will Johnson blew one of the easiest shots ever. Ianni and Zakuani came on as subs. Ianni at right back though, so that's kind of a Yallop. Big Red Larencowitz scored the PK to give the Fire the 1-0 lead. Fernandez tapped in the Draw City draw-earner as Portland couldn't take advantage of being up a man for more than 10 minutes.
Chivas USA v Vancouver Whitecaps - Generally at home you have about a half goal advantage. When a team loses a player they take nearly a half-goal disadvantage. Rebrand FC tried to combine these efforts and managed a 1-1 draw so that's a win for science! Mauro continues to look awesome for them. He assisted the Cubo goal. Manneh scored for the 'Caps.
Top Three Former Sounders of Week One
- Rosales - an assist, again
- Le Toux - game winner
- Hurtado - couldn't keep a shutout on road, but came close
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