Sounders finished week 1 where they ended the 2014 regular season - on top, with the Galaxy right behind. Tonight's win puts the Sounders ahead on goal differential. Yes, we should end the season tonight just for the trophy.
Here is a rundown of all the games this weekend, in case you want to know what happened outside of Seattle. MLS recaps are linked for each game.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 - Chicago Fire 0: The Galaxy, trying to get up after their Landon Donovan hangover, got lucky with an error by Jeff Larentowicz, creating Villarreal's goal and waking LA up. In other news, Univision does a pretty good job covering MLS.
DC United 1 - Montreal Impact 0: There was some snow remaining, and Justin Mapp had a pretty bad injury. A bigger concern is that Montreal may be without Mapp for the Champions League.
Philadelphia Union 0 - Colorado Rapids 0: Five yellow cards and one Bobby Burling red card. If this game is an indication of the season, Colorado will be playing a lot of rookies.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - Toronto FC 3: Toronto is doing everything it can to not be a cellar dweller this year, and Jozy Altidore may have found the scoring touch he didn't have at Sunderland. Vancouver didn't look bad, but they just couldn't handle their Canadian counterparts.
Houston Dynamo 1 - Columbus Crew 0: The new Western Conference foe got off on the right foot with a Giles Barnes goal and three points. Columbus put up 16 shots but just couldn't finish anything. As Matthew Doyle at MLS put it:
Every member of the Dynamo should sprint 120 yards & hug Deric after that goal. 'Cause it wouldn't have mattered a damn without him. — Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) March 8, 2015
FC Dallas 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 0: Dallas will likely be good again this year. They didn't really look it though in this match. Both sides missed point blank shots but Blas Perez was able to find the net in the 92nd minute.
Portland Timbers 0 - Real Salt Lake 0: Both sides take home a single point. Draw City USA is going to stick this year but they should probably be celebrating the draw; without Diego Valeri or Will Johnson, they look a little lost. Biggest takeaway here is that Nat Borchers' beard fits right into Portland.
Orlando City 1 - New York FC 1: Orlando was rescued by star midfielder Kaka in stoppage time to get a point. Big loss for Orlando though, they filled the bowl with 60,000 purple people but couldn't get the win. They will be able to celebrate having the highest average attendance of the season for a few days. They'll likely lose it when they host Vancouver in two weeks. What may be harder for fans to swallow is that OCSC received 3 yellows for diving, and as expected Aurelien Collin received a red card.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - New York Red Bulls 1: The NY team that doesn't play on a baseball field opened on the road with a draw. Respectable, but when you play the final 20+ minutes without Matt Besler on the field, you need to get the three points. Not surprisingly, Bradley Wright-Phillips found fewer opportunities to score without Thierry Henry on the field.
Sounders FC 3 - New England Revolution 0: By the time you read this, you'll have likely read every recap article about the win. But in case you started here all you need to know is this: The Sounders are back. Clint Dempsey with two goals and Obafemi Martins with one goal and one assist. Hail Hydra. The team escaped with no injuries and Christian Roldan made a cameo appearance in stoppage time.