In a weekend full of national TV coverage and goals and I mean a LOT of goals, Sounders wrapped it all up in (what I will call) the Evergreen Derby/Battle for Boise. For all the other matches, here's your rundown:
Chicago Fire 1 - NYCFC 0: NYCFC blows it again. This time through very poor handling of the ball by Ryan Meara, who got the start with Josh Saunders suspended. This game got ugly fast, after Meara's error, Andrew Jacobson drew a 24th minute red card after clearly stopping David Accam on a goal scoring opportunity. Jeb Brovsky then sees yellow, followed 34th and 38th minutes subs due to Injuries to Adam Nemec and Javier Calle. Combine this consistent lackluster play and no David Villa for NYCFC and Chicago cruised to victory.
Colorado Rapids 1 - FC Dallas 1: The Rapids side that put up four on Dallas and then threatened the Sounders last week was missing. Multiple poor displays right in front of goal by both sides were only part of the story. Dallas, looking for revenge in this one, took an early lead with a 31st minute goal by Mauro Diaz. Colorado was unable to do anything for most of the match until Blas Perez decided to arm bar or elbow, we can't really tell, Drew Moor in the 59th minute and received a straight red for his MMA move. The Rapids were able to take advantage of the man advantage with Nick LaBrocca getting COL a goal in the 79th minute for a share of the points.
Columbus Crew 4 - Philadelphia Union 1: The Crew got going in this one. Philly has been looking shaky but somehow able to get points in a couple of the past few games but not this one. The Crew tallied three before half time and never looked back. The final first half goal, a Justin Meram one, was definitely the nail in the coffin and one McCarthy almost had. Columbus looks dangerous and like the team we expected to see.
New England Revolution 4 - Real Salt Lake 0: What RSL team is this? We knew that they lost some big players, like Borchers, but still. I would not call this a changing of the guard, yet, but last year's MLS Cup Finalists just ran all over RSL. In a blowout like this, you expect injuries or red cards but neither was the case, just an RSL side not ready to play in Foxboro. The Revolution will be happy — not only were all four goals scored by different players, but HGP Scott Caldwell scored his first career goal to cap off the four goal outburst.
Houston Dynamo 4 - Sporting Kansas City 4: Another match, another four goals scored. You can't say soccer is not exciting after this one. The two MLS sides that switched conferences met for the first time and here were fireworks. A 2nd minute goal for Krisztian Németh started the action for SKC and was finished by a Benny Feilhaber goal in the 95th. In the middle were two more for SKC, including a PK goal that cost Houston Jermaine Taylor in the 79th minute, which appears to be an incorrect call by Kevin Stott. After the red though, Houston did take the lead with an 83rd minute goal, but couldn't hang on in the end. If you love goals, watch the replay of this one.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - DC United 2: Vancouver was unable to find a late goal against DC, one of the East's top teams. DC did not do anything spectacular in this one but they did do just enough. What did the Whitecaps in in this one was yellow cards in the 34th and 42nd to Matias Laba. Vancouver had a hard time keeping their shape without the CM on the field and were exposed in the 64th with a Chris Rolfe goal that took the three points back to the US capitol. You will want to read the Whitecaps recap here as it is more of a anti-Pa Modou Kah article than a recap.
New York Red Bulls 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1: In a battle of perennial title contenders, rich clubs, and clubs that are not actually located in the city they claim to be we saw the result that Sounders fans ultimately wanted: a draw. The Galaxy played without Robbie Keane again and are still adjusting to life after Marcelo Sarvas in the midfield, while RBNY are adjusting to life post Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. What jumps off the page with this match is that the Red Bulls dominated possession, with 60% of it, but could not do anything with it, only getting three shots on target. Felipe's 58th minute goal tied the match up, continuing RBNY's six match unbeaten streak.
Orlando City SC 0 - Toronto FC 2: Greg Vanney's job is safe, for now, and he can thank Jozy Altidore for that. Both goals were courtesy of great skill to cut through the Orlando City defense by Altidore. Overall a match that was not too exciting, except for the amount of ranting that TFC's Jackson was NOT wearing a sponsor on his jersey, became exciting when Jozy took a free kick quickly, hitting Sebastian Giovinco, who tapped it back to Altidore, who then beats a handful of Orlando defenders to then strike it past Donovan Ricketts. Besides the goals, we learned one interesting fact about Aurélien Collin.
Wait, wait, wait..... Collin has a tramp stamp? pic.twitter.com/i3k6pLszbF— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) April 27, 2015
Sounders FC 1 - Portland Timbers 0: No draw for Portland tonight. Sounders take all the points because we are greedy. A beautiful and ugly goal from Clint Dempsey sealed the deal tonight. All I can say is, we did it. We won what I am calling both the Evergreen Derby and Battle for Boise (the mini-series of the Cascadia Cup).
Sounders sit in 3rd place in the conference now and lead on points per match. We sit 5th overall in the league, with games in hand on every team ahead of us but DC United, who we have a +3 Goal Differential over.
Sounders 2 finished their road trip off against Whitecaps 2 and did it with a 1-1 draw at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. This gave them one point out of the three game road trip. This gives S2 10 points through their first six games. Next week they play Orange County Blues at home, where they have won every match and pretty handily too. S2 sits in 2nd on tiebreakers, Sacramento Republic leads the West and Timbers 2 is in 3rd (second on the standings by alphabet). Overall, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos sit atop the league with 14 points, then the Charleston Battery with 13, all in the East.