The first 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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D.C. United v Columbus Crew - The Crew pulled off their first win (3-0) of the Greg Berhalter coaching era and kept United to zero goals. United struggled getting their new forwards (EJ, Espindola) the ball in dangerous areas while the Crew got two goals from "The Other Higuain" and one from Arrieta.
Vancouver Whitecaps v New York Red Bulls - Turf fear costs RBNY another match. Two regular and uninjured starters did not play due to fear. The 4-1 result in B.C. Place's favor was powered by new midfielders like Laba, Morales, Fernandez and vet Reo-Coker. Kenny Miller also netted two goals.
FC Dallas v Montreal Impact - Montreal wasted chances on the road. That's a good way to lose in MLS. They did score twice (Nyassi, Wenger), but the Toros notched three from Perez, Castillo and Diaz in the 3-2 win. Yes, that's two youth DPs (Castillo is not a current Youth DP though) with goals. Pareja's path is going to be molding youngsters, but different kinds than he got in Colorado. Seitz had a great game in net.
Houston Dynamo v New England Revolution - Welcome to the new Dynamo. They're like the old Dynamo. Will Bruin powered the 4-nil win with two goals and an assist. Houston pummeled the Revs from outside in and converted four of 20 shots. New England did hit woodwork twice.
Portland Timbers v Philadelphia Union - Draw City USA pulled off a last second goal (Fernandez) to tie the match. The 1-1 result came as Philly was able to take advantage of space between the lines. Jack Mc started his season with a goal. Interestingly enough Portland used the long ball more than 15% of the time. That's about 2% and 10 punts more than Seattle.
LA Galaxy v Real Salt Lake - Nick Rimando is the best keeper in MLS. He proved it again Saturday night. RSL got one goal from Plata and Keane couldn't convert a PK. LA couldn't convert much really. This was a ball don't lie game. The replacement refs got more calls wrong in this 1-0 win by Salt Lake than in any other match. Those calls went against RSL; they won.
Chivas USA v Chicago Fire - This was a tale of two halves. In the first Goats FC and Blue Flames played a chunky boring match. The second half improved though. It started with a Cubo Torres PK, but when both sides brought on their potent subs magic happened. Joya scored with only a minute on the pitch to give Chicago life. In the end it was Rosales that assisted on the winner and earned Rebrand FC their first win (3-2).
Top Three Former Sounders of Week One
- Mauro Rosales - game winning assist, 2 total
- Sanna Nyassi - Goal
- Chris Seitz - gave up two goals, but played well
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