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Major League Standings: Shield race has Seattle in 5th

Recaps of all the games across the MLS for this week's matches. Home teams be warned.

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

First, if you are a mom, Happy Mother's Day. If you are reading this on Monday, Happy Belated Mother's Day. A few teams figured out winning at home and it was a week of two halves. The first half of the slate of games, home teams could not win and barely could salvage a point from their games. The second half of the weekend starting with Vancouver, home teams figured out they an advantage and started winning. So my message to teams, play all your games on the road if you can not win at home because then at least you have an excuse for dropping points.

Tuesday 5/5

Houston Dynamo 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: Neither side could hit the broad side of the barn in this one. A total of 26 shots between the two but only five on goal. Adam Jahn's 54th minute goal was the difference maker as Giles Barnes missed a PK for the home side in the 58th. Houston continues to fail in its new conference while San Jose continues to pick up points just when you think they had fell off the wagon.

Wednesday 5/6

Real Salt Lake 0 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0: Great result for us. Two teams that normally are in the thick of it late in the season play to an early draw. Both sides played a truly riveting boring match for about 88 minutes then Jamison Olave committed a dumb foul, picking up a late yellow. The resulting free kick almost scored for LA but thankfully nothing happened. LA then earned were given a penalty which Juninho promptly scored, well according to Time Warner Sports he had but nope Nick Rimando, Rimando'd him with a textbook PK save to earn RSL a point in this one.

Friday 5/8

Orlando City SC 2 - New England Revolution 2: What Aurelien Collin did in this match? Guess. Nope, he did not get carded. He scored a 90th minute game tying goal for the home side. Playing against a strong New England side, which took the lead off a 71st minute goal from Federal Way native and substitute Kelyn Rowe, OCSC found a way to grasp a point in the dying seconds. #1 MLS Superdraft pick, Cyle Larin, picked up his second goal of the season as he started OCSC's comeback and started a superstition that is really a poor choice going forward, wearing long-sleeves. After only scoring in long-sleeves, it is likely his plan going forward but with 80+ degree temperatures this summer in Orlando, how long will that last?

Colorado Rapids 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: Another late game tying goal for a home side. It took Colorado 93 minutes to score, though does that shock anyone? Former Sounder James Riley stole a point from the jaws of defeat scoring seconds from the death. On the other side, San Jose takes four points from two road games over four days. If they keep this up, they'll be a threat this year. The good news is SJ rarely keeps this pace.

Saturday 5/9

Chicago Fire 1 - Real Salt Lake 2: Friday night, the home sides boasted brilliant late come backs, Chicago did not get the memo. After Luke Mulholland put RSL up 2-0 in the 56th minute, Chicago looked extremely desperate. You could say it kind of paid off for them after they converted an 88th minute penalty but it could not start the Fire (if you are now singing Billy Joel, I win. If you were not until you read this note, I really win. If you still are not singing or humming that song....start). The important thing to look at is that while RSL took four points from two games over four days, one on the road, they did not look good doing it. This team is weak and could fall apart and look like the Fire any given day.

Montreal Impact 1 - Portland Timbers 2: Another home side falls. This time it is the French-Italian-Canadian side. Portland almost did themselves in at different points throughout this match but it was the return of Diego Valeri that will bring Timbers fans job (something that is typically foreign to that club). Nat "The Beard" Borchers started the scoring, knocking in an easy rebound in the 64th, Valeri struck in the 70th, followed by Dominic Oduro's response one minute later. If you only have ten minutes, watch from the 63rd to the 73rd. If you have 30 minutes, watch from the 60th on and catch Maximiliano Urruti attempt to draw a PK in stoppage time. If you were like me, you just watched Twitter explode over the call. "But there was contact!!!" versus the "Urruti flopped, again!" and I can tell you, both are right as is the no call. PDX is not improving as the season goes on and the addition of Valeri is not going to gain them many more points than they would be without him. They will score a few more goals but overall, the points are not going to be there.

Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - Philadelphia Union 0: I have a hard time determining exactly who to call the punching bag of the league right now but this week it was definitely the Union. With John McCarthy and Andre Blake both out due to injury, Philly turned not to World Cup keeper Rais M'Bolhi but to Brian Sylvestre. If you do not know him, you are not alone. He is a loanee from the Carolina RailHawks and a former Vancouver Residency player. The bench was warmed by Trey Mitchell, an emergency pool keeper. So what happened in the game, exactly what you would expect; a Mauro Rosales injury (Philly was playing rough and just because I wrote it bluntly does not mean that it does not hurt me to type that), two first half goals, a Philly red, and then one more goal for Vancouver. Pedro Morales is credited with the game-winner for his 32nd minute strike in a match that looked more like an MLS vs a PDL side than MLS v MLS. If Jim Curtin's days were not numbered before, they are now.

DC United 1 - Sporting Kansas City 1: In what used to be a match to determine the top seed in the Eastern Conference is now an inter-conference bout. SKC has not played poorly this year but is not playing anywhere near its standards. Meanwhile, DC has looked shaky, yet is somehow near the top of the East but the number one thing you can not do when playing for the top spot is drop points at home. Dom Dwyer's 45th minute goal tied the match at one and that's where it stayed. The second half of this one was not too exciting, though neither half was, and at the end of the day a draw in this one is the best result for the Sounders.

Columbus Crew 3 - Sounders FC 2: I really do not want to talk about it. I was unable to watch and only had Ross' call on via the app, which is great by the way. That being said, we sounded better on radio than how we sounded on Twitter and that does not shock me. So I'm going to let the recap do the talking, chalk this one up to our one bad game, and blame that when I can't watch the match and have to settle for radio/Twitter we play poorly and as such, I'll make sure I can watch every game.

FC Dallas 2 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1: Good and bad from this one. The good, LA takes only one point from two road games this week. The bad, FC Dallas is looking strong again. Dallas is truly a pendulum team, they play great for a few weeks and look unstoppable and then can't do anything for the next few. Let's just hope every time we play them it is during a downswing period. In this one, FCD looked like they were falling into that slump still down 1-0 in the 77th but Blas Perez changed fortunes with a nice finish. Tesho Akindele then finished off LA with an 86th minute goal to cap the comeback and take the three points.

Sunday 5/10

Toronto FC 1 - Houston Dynamo 2: Toronto kept saying, just wait till we get home. Well they did. They laid an egg. Not a poor performance, per say, but not what they were hyping or even as good as they have played the last few weeks. It is time to face the facts, Greg Vanney and this current squad is broken. They can spend a LOT of money but they won't be a contender. They need a new FO, new coach, and a new backline. Meanwhile, Houston needs a new penalty taker. While Boniek Garcia does score in this one, it is a rebound off a 2nd missed PK of the week for Houston. Owen Coyle escapes with three points and unlike his counterpart, job security with poor results. The next decision he has to make, who takes PKs with Barnes' and Garcia's visibly shaken with misses in this week. While Coyle should not go Louis Van Gaal and miss one and you are out, neither looked confident striking the ball.

New York Red Bulls 2 - New York City FC 1: The battle for New York. Well more like the island since you know, the New Jersey thing. In the highly anticipated battle between Old Money and New Money, the Old Money won. Two Bradley Wright-Phillips goals, one in the 4th and one in the 52nd, were the bookends for two Matt Miazga yellows leaving RBNY down a man for 54 minutes. NYCFC had David Villa and Mix Diskerud but still look like a true expansion squad, lost. They do not play well together. The players do not fit the style or formation that Jason Kreis wants to play and they look disinterested. The Red Bulls get bragging rights for the result and their stadium.

Sounders stay in 3rd place after all the dust settled. Bad news, we are four points back both Vancouver and FC Dallas. The good news games in hand on each, two and one respectively, and a better goal differential. Even with the loss, the Sounders sit in 5th in the Supporter's Shield race with Columbus still below us.

MLS Shield Standings 5-10

MLS Shield Standings 5-10


Let's face it, S2 is bad on the road. Another road loss as reigning champion Sacramento Republic gave us a 3-nil drubbing. The good news is that we have a game in hand on Sacramento and are only two points back and that while we are tied with the Austin Aztex for 2nd, we have the GD lead even with our constant road blowout losses. Mind you, according to USL we do sit third because we do not start with 'A'. Sounders 2 FC, I suggest we vote for a name change.

USL Standings 5-10

USL Standings 5-10

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