For those of you who didn't watch MLS because: the Sounders didn't play, focused on Sounders 2, watched the NCAA Tournament, or any other number of reasons, here's your weekly recap. Also two games outside of Sounders 2 were played in the USL this weekend.
Friday was lonely. Well it was supposed to have a Philly-Dallas game but the weather had other plans because even though it was officially Spring, the Union had a snow day.
New England Revolution 0 - Montreal Impact 0: The biggest thing from this match is that Cameron Porter, Montreal's rookie forward, went down with a knee injury and is likely out six months. It is getting to the point where the question isn't who is injured on the Impact but who isn't. This is a pretty bad sign going forward but something they should be able to recover from by midseason. On the other side, New England will be happy that they finally got a point.
Colorado Rapids 0 - New York City FC 0: NYCFC will want to blame the altitude for this one. One paper Villa and Diskerud should have been able to run rampant but instead Clint Irwin, Dillon Powers, and Gabriel Torres took over. A home draw isn't great for Colorado but the control of play they had is a good sign. Another good sign, their tifo game. Not ECS good but they're trying.
Philadelphia Union 0 - FC Dallas 2: The Union delayed the game a day for fan safety after a snowstorm, but fans weren't enough to keep them in the game after a Zach Pfeffer red card. Pfeffer, a HGP, was getting his fourth start for the team overall but it ended badly when he received a red card in the 41st minute. From there on Dallas took control and cruised to a 3rd win in as many games.
Orlando City FC 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps 1: Vancouver waited until the 7th minute of stoppage to find the back of the net but Rivero did it and brought three points back from Florida. Vancouver almost received a red card when Kekuta Manneh, already on a yellow card, went studs up into Aurelien Collin. Take a look for yourself.
Sporting Kansas City 0 - Portland "Draw City" Timbers 0: Simply put this is good for the Sounders. Sporting and Portland getting a draw is good standings wise and both teams just look like they are missing something from last year. We know Portland has a lot of injuries but still this is a fairly strong lineup on paper. I wouldn't expect both teams to stay below the red-line all season but don't expect a run anytime soon.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Houston Dynamo 1: Houston is having a better season being in the Western Conference than Sporting is having and the draw against LA moved them above the Sounders and into 5th in the conference. The Galaxy don't look like a title team in my opinion but they didn't at the start of last season either so take that with a grain of salt A big grain of salt. It looked like LA was going to run away with this one after a 3rd minute Robbie Keane goal but former Sounder Nathan Sturgis tallied one in the 11th minute, clinching the point.
Charleston Battery 3 - Toronto II FC 2 (USL): First USL match of the season was an exiting one. The day provided 11 goals between the two matches with five of them coming in this one. A stoppage time set piece goal by Battery defender Taylor Mueller locked up 3 points and spoiled TFC II's inaugural match.
Sounders2 FC 4 - Sacramento Republic 2 (USL): If you weren't there you missed a pretty awesome party and six second-half goals. ECS had smoke and tifos. Rossi had a beauty of a free kick and a nice assist. If you haven't read the full recap and watched the highlights, go do that. I can't do it justice in this article.
New York Red Bulls 2 - DC United 0: DC just looked lost. DC had a chance to get some revenge on a new look Red Bulls team that knocked them out of the playoffs. Instead they came out flat and looked disinterested in playing. Chris Pontius had a chance to salvage something with a feel good goal late in the match but skied his PK. Perry Kitchen participated in a little bit of extracurriculars during Pontius' PK, he should be getting a fine later this week.
San Jose 2 - Chicago Fire 1: San Jose opened up their outdoor bar/stadium tonight with a win over the Fire. Harry Shipp scored a nice goal for Chicago but overall they were outmatched. While I can't get over last week and I have a hard time giving San Jose credit, beating Chicago at least shows they plan on getting three points every match and not just against Seattle. Chicago is the only team without a single point this season and there are many reasons why.
We have a Mid at CB, a RB at LB, a guy on the left who is better on the right. That is why #cf97 is going to be 0-3.— Jonathan Henkels (@HenkelsJonathan) March 23, 2015
LA Galaxy II 0 - Real Monarchs SLC 0 (USL): Los Dos failed to find the back of the net. The third game on the USL season failed to live up to the goal scoring hype that was created by the first two matches of the USL season. I wish I could say more about this game but I chose to watch the Gonzaga basketball game and get dinner instead of fighting with their constantly buffering YouTube stream.
As of this moment, Sounders 2 lead the USL with three points. As of right now a only six teams have played and the Sounders lead Charleston on goal differential.