Almost every MLS side was hurt by national team call-ups this weekend but that didn't stop the MLS from scheduling games. Instead of continuing to be angry at MLS for its schedule I'm just going to jump to a recap of the weekend's games, most of which I watched from the satellite home for Sounders fans, Boise.
New England Revolution 2 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: The Revs finally get their first win of the season. Federal Way's Kelyn Rowe scored both goals for New England. The real take away from this match is that New England is starting to like a playoff team, well at least an Eastern Conference playoff threat.
Montreal Impact 2 - Orlando City SC 2: Orlando had one of the worst call up situations, a lot of youth internationals in their case, so they should be fairly happy with a draw on the road. Montreal should be fairly happy that they didn't lose again, I guess. All four goals were scored within 16 minutes of each other with the final three all in a four minute span. The final one, Kaka's equalizer, was pretty nice.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - New York City FC 0: Game of firsts for both sides. Sporting got their first win of the season while NYCFC lost their first match of the season. Injuries were the name of the game for this one, David Villa didn't play for New York after suffering a groin strain. Graham Zusi subbed off in the 39th minute with an undisclosed injury.
DC United 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0: Galaxy lost.....so now that you are done cheering it came on a late header by Chris Pontius. DC was forced to bring on Kofi Opare for Steve Birnbaum in the 2nd minute after landing awkwardly trying to head a corner. Opare was able to handle a weaker Galaxy side that was missing Keane, Zardes, and Penedo due to Nat'l team duties. DC hasn't looked good this year but they are 2nd in the East, so that's something.
Columbus Crew 1 - New York Red Bulls 2: First road win of the weekend and it goes to the New York team that doesn't play in New York. Wright-Phillips converted a PK and Mike Grella scored the club's 1,000th goal just after he subbed on to give them a 2-1 lead. Hopes of a comeback were crushed when Federico Higuain received a second yellow for dissent in the 83rd minute.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - Portland Timbers 1: "Draw City" drew their first three matches but then ran into a strong Vancouver side. The first game of the Cascadia Cup matches ended with a 90th minute goal from Robert Earnshaw. Portland thought they had spoiled the party with an 84th minute Adi goal but as we've seen before, their defense couldn't hold on. Nicolas Mezquida's free kick goal to start off the scoring in the 15th minute was one of the prettiest you'll see this weekend.
Houston Dynamo 0 - Colorado Rapids 0: Strongly considering giving Colorado the "Draw City" moniker now as they've drawn all three matches of their matches this season. Good news for Colorado, in three games they've given up no goals. Bad news for Colorado, in three games they haven't scored a single goal. Look for this to change, most likely on the defensive side than the offensive side.
FC Dallas 0 - Sounders FC 0: I really don't know what else to say. Dave already covered it pretty well. Though Mansaray was a bright spot and should be going forward.
Chicago Fire 1 - Philadelphia Union 0: Chicago slapped the Union in this one, oh wait wrong team. The Fire took all three points for the first time this season, their first points at all this season and with the win ensured that no team can finish with 0 points this season. Adailton's goal was all that Chicago needed on a night where Fred received a red card for slapping a player. It isn't as painful as Acosta's foul but just as dumb of a foul.
Real Salt Lake 2 - Toronto FC 1: Salt Lake gets their first win of the season and Toronto showed that without national team players they will look like last year. Even with them, they may look like last year anyway. Give credit to Salt Lake for doing it without Nick Rimando. TFC almost took home a point with a score in the 88th minute but Jordan Allen wouldn't let RSL leave with only one point with a beautiful header to take home the three points.
Overall every team now has points. Every team should be at full strength, or closer to it, next week. Of the multiple unfortunate things that happened this weekend, the Sounders falling out of playoff position is possible the worst part.
The USL was in full force this weekend but instead of a wrap up of every game, here's a Darwin Jones goal and the standings.
Darwin's second goal, it is worth watching on a loop for about 10 minutes. Then scroll down and see that the Sounders 2 are still in first place after another four goal performance.