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MLS Week 4 Round-Up

Seattle sits at 4th in the West and 7th in the Supporters' Shield after four weeks worth of action. That's about 11% of the season. Here's a recap of what happened on the pitch in week four. There is snark.

Armando's a jerk face.
Armando's a jerk face.
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Week four action saw 28 goals in nine games with only one shutout. There were five reds!

Here are the Western Conference playoff teams from which includes the new tie-breakers.

Western Conference

1 FC Dallas 10 4 2.5 3 0 1 9 5 4 8 4 1 0
2 Real Salt Lake 8 4 2 2 0 2 8 4 4 4 3 4 1
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 4 2 2 0 2 7 3 4 6 4 1 0
4 Seattle Sounders FC 6 4 1.5 2 2 0 5 4 1 3 -1 2 2
5 Chivas USA 5 4 1.25 1 1 2 6 7 -1 4 1 2 -2
6 Colorado Rapids 4 3 1.33 1 1 1 5 4 1 4 1 1 0
7 Portland Timbers 2 4 0.5 0 2 2 3 6 -3 2 0 1 -3
8 LA Galaxy 1 2 0.5 0 1 1 1 2 -1 0 -1 1 0
9 San Jose Earthquakes 1 3 0.33 0 2 1 4 6 -2 4 -1 0 -1

DC UnitedChicago Fire How does a team go 15 games without a win? Ask Ben Olsen's United. EJ still hasn't scored. They gave up a goal to Hurtado responded with Espindola just minutes later. It looked like another rain-soaked draw until Kitchen scored a garbage goal. Amarikwa tied it at 2-2 late to put the Fire in the lead for most draws on the year.

Philadelphia UnionMontreal Impact MacMath was once a highly rated keeper, by someone. He's struggling. A dude named Nogueira put Philly up early. No I don't know who he is. Some dude for the Union. It's the Union. Quebec's team managed to draw behind Mr Offside, Di Vaio (not a computer, but Sony should have sponsored him). That 1-1 draw is Montreal's first point of the year! They did it with 10 men. Draws and reds are the theme this week.

Colorado RapidsSporting KC KC is odd. They play a 4-3-3 but their forwards include two midfielders. One of them, Zusi, started off the scoring. He'd also get an assist on the day. The other, Zizzo, earned two assists. Their starting forward didn't score though. Feilhaber and Dwyer (bench forward) did. Sporting traveled like 800 people (tomorrow it will be 900) and they saw an amazing 3-2 comeback win. Why don't the Rapids players get mentioned? Because they scored two PKs (Sanchez). That's four straight goals via PK for them. That's gross.

Vancouver WhitecapsHouston Dynamo Only three of nine games didn't have a draw nor red in the match. This was one of them. It did have a PK. Miller slotted it home to put Vancouver up 2-nil (Harvey scored earlier). Clark (Rico variety) scored a set-play goal to pull one back for the Orange - fitting. 'Caps win 2-1.

FC Dallas - Portland Timbers You were hoping for a draw. You didn't get it. You did get another Timbers red card. Harrington won't be playing this weekend. A minute later Watson was sent off so there were 50 minutes of 10 v 10. EXCITING! Especially for Dallas with all their young speed. Pareja did well with drafted and home grown youngsters, now he has 3 Young DPs and a former Young DP. Dallas may be awesome. Scoring for the Toros was Perez and Diaz and Hedges. Hedges had one problem, he put that by Seitz. Seitz is his keeper. 2-1 win for Dallas. Draw City didn't Draw.

Real Salt LakeToronto FC Remember when Defoe said he wasn't worried about the elevation? Yeah, about that. He played 62 minutes, earned a yellow and watched Sabario score twice and Gil score once. Reds were considered elite for about a day. 3-nil to RSL.

San Jose EarthquakesNew England Revolution I'm 90% certain that the 'Quakes lost because they sent Fucito down to Sacramento. The Revs didn't score their first goal of the season until the 93rd minute. That shot by Nguyen was the winner in a 2-1 game. Yes, that means San Jose gifted New England a goal. Bernardez did that in the 35th. Wondo scored later to pull San Jose even. Gooneis died.

New York Red BullsChivas USA Red Bull looked positively lolrific. Putting two international stars up against Eriq Zavaleta they managed to do nothing of consequence until a 95th minute Luyindula off a corner. The Goats were pretty mediocre. Yes, they were on the road, but when the only non-blocked SHOT is a Torres PK there's a problem. Still a 1-1 draw puts them 5th in points, 6th by ppm.

Top Three Former Sounders of Week Four It wasn't a good week for former Sounders.

  1. Mauro Rosales - seriously. He didn't score nor assist, but 90 minutes of pretty good
  2. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - scored a goal, but on a D that gave up two.
  3. Eriq Zavaleta - played 90 at CB again.
To the seven teams that haven't won a match during the first month of the season, we salute you.

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