MLS Week 9 Round-up: Red Bulls stumble to win, Fire snuffed, Draw City wins

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Seattle is now 1st in the West and 1st overall after nine games played. Here's a recap of what happened on the pitch in week nine with recommendations as to what you should watch on MLS Live. There is snark.

Week nine action saw 30 goals in nine games with three shutouts. There were three reds handed out. Check out the scores only if that's all you want.

SCORES

TFC 1: Revs 2
'Caps 3: 'Quakes 2
Fire 2: RSL 3
Rapids 1: LA 0
Rebrand FC 1: Dynamo 4
Timbers 3: DC 2 (you had one job DC)
Dallas 0: RBNY 1
Sporting 2: Crew 0

STANDINGS

Here is the Supporters' Shield board from MLSSoccer.com/Standings which includes the new tie-breakers. Only teams within six points are listed. Week 10 sees Seattle (and several other teams) with two matches.

# Club PTS GP PPG W L T GF GA GD HG HGD RG RGD
1 Seattle Sounders FC 19 9 2.11 6 2 1 20 13 7 9 3 11 4
2 Real Salt Lake 17 9 1.89 4 0 5 16 10 6 7 4 9 2
3 FC Dallas 16 9 1.78 5 3 1 18 15 3 12 3 6 0
4 Sporting Kansas City 14 8 1.75 4 2 2 11 6 5 8 7 3 -2
5 Colorado Rapids 14 8 1.75 4 2 2 10 9 1 5 2 5 -1
6 New England Revolution 14 9 1.56 4 3 2 9 10 -1 4 4 5 -5
7 New York Red Bulls 14 10 1.4 3 2 5 14 12 2 8 5 6 -3
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 13 9 1.44 3 2 4 15 12 3 12 4 3 -1

Recaps / Water Cooler Talk

Toronto FC v New England Revolution - TFC was finally healthy again. They still blew it. Jackson scored in the 6th minute. They are at home. They have Bradley, Defoe, Gilberto and Cesar. These things didn't really matter. Mullins scored his first pro goal. Nguyen converted a legit PK call. New England is kind of mediocre, but at least their former defender now coach shows some coaching ability. Rewatch level (scale 1-5): 2

Vancouver Whitecaps v San Jose Earthquakes - This match is a lesson in San Jose really. They started a slightly injured Djalo and then needed to sub him out in the 14th minute. At the 20th minute they were down to Manneh, Morales, and Morales. The scoreline makes this one look close. Wondolowski netted two, but that's really just good news for him. San Jose only has a -2 GD but sits with six points in seven played. Good news Sounders fans. Cato isn't playing at right back anymore. Rewatch level: First 20 at a 4, 1 overall.

Chicago Fire v Real Salt Lake - A tale of two halves indeed. Chicago looked very likely to get their first win. Magee and Anangono each scored in the first half. Beckerman was sitting on a yellow. They are at home. And then comes the Plata show. He scored twice, Sabario once and RSL continues their undefeated start, and the Fire just smolder. Rewatch level: 5

Colorado Rapids v LA Galaxy - It was only a matter of time before Sanchez would score in a non-penalty situation. He finally did. Then he left injured at half time. LA tried really hard to not lose, but Keane missed a PK and they now sit as the perfectly level squad at six games at 2-2-2. Perfectly level in the West is good for 6th. USMNT fans will worry a bit as Omar left at half with an injury. Rewatch Level: 3

Chivas USA v Houston Dynamo - Holy goodness! Torres netted his PK. Yippee! That was about as good as the Goats would get. No Kennedy, no Rosales, no Zavaleta. No bueno.  Davis, Barnes and Bruin all scored before the half. Rebrand FC tried a double sub at half for tactical reasons. Things got worse. Keeper Melia took a red and Barnes buried the PK. That was it for score damage, pride though? That game's gonna hurt for a while. Rewatch Level: 2

Portland Timbers v D.C. United - If you were fortunate enough to watch this one on ROOT after the Sounders win you got a real treat, as long as you turned it off at 90 minutes. Action exploded out with Fernandez putting Draw City in a position to win. United answered through Arnaud. Danso responded and Portland looked strong for sometime. Futty understands what it means to be Draw City though, so he gifted DC a goal. It should have ended there. It did not. Portland ravaged the goal mouth of United in the last 5 minutes of regulation and stoppage time. Urruti knocked in a rebound and Draw City didn't draw. Rewatch Level: 4, nearly a five, but that win.

FC Dallas v New York Red Bulls - Going on the road in MLS is hard, particularly in the heat of Texas (it's only May!). New York looked conservative to start. Somehow when they went up a man after Watson studded Cahill's nuts they looked even more lifeless. Cahill even managed to give Dallas a chance from the spot. Perez didn't get by the mighty Robles. Wright-Phillips continued his quest to be the scoringest guy not named Clint for the lone goal in this one. You'll probably watch this because FCD is coming here Wednesday. Don't do that. Sidereal's scouting report will be a better use of your time. Rewatch level: 3

Sporting Kansas City v Columbus Crew - This was a contest between two interesting styles of play. Sporting went up early through Peterson. The Crew played their game though. Lot's of strong passing. Pressure from KC was good. Trapp took away a lot of intrigue with his second yellow in the 80th minute. Seven minutes later Sporting's DP entered the game. Bieler scored in extra time to finish off a decent contest. The Sporks look to be a squad on par with Seattle and Salt Lake. Rewatch Level: 4

Former Sounder of the Week

  1. Marc Burch - an assist
  2. Servando Carrasco - full 90
  3. Steve Zakuani - 69 minutes, left when up 2-1
There are six teams (3 each Conference) with less than a point a game. Teams that want to get the Shield will need  to beat them. Seattle, Salt Lake, Vancouver and Houston did that. DC did not. You failed yourselves and us DC.
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