Hated the result this week? No worries, so did I. But here is some cheery news, we still moved into 3rd in the Supporter's Shield standings as DC drew and Vancouver and FC Dallas both lost games they were expected to win. Overall, we may have dropped two points at home but the leaders dropped more. Also just a small detail, Chris Wondolowski scored his 100th career MLS goal. It is kind of a big deal, if you like forwards scoring goals. It was cheap, it was a PK, but he'll never say no to it.
Sporting Kansas City 4 - New England Revolution 2: Sporks started the week with a home match after having last week rained/thundered out, they were well rested. It showed. For the first time this year, KC actually looked strong as they blew out the Revs. The Revs dropped a couple from the starting XI, like Tierney and Davies, and got off with an early goal but they just couldn't hold on. Dom Dwyer equalied in the 29th, Krisztian Nemeth scored in the 39th, and then Benny Feilhaber converted one of the worst penalty calls of the season in the 43rd to bring it to 3-1 at the half. Nemeth scored just seconds into the second half to put the game away. Scott Caldwell and Charlies Davies got a comeback started in the 64th but that's where it ended. Andy Dorman also saw a yellow, suspending him for the weekend's match against DC.
Columbus Crew 2 - Chicago Fire 2: This provides ZERO consolation after losing to the Crew but they have fallen off since that match. They lost to San Jose the weekend after and looked quite poor against Chicago, who is only good for Lovel Palmer hair jokes. Good news from this match, you may have started Kei Kamara in fantasy play, who bagged two in this one with his second putting CLB up two in the 55th. But that's when the party ended as the home side gave up one to David Accam in the 58th and the tying one in the 94th minute to Jason Johnson. As I said no consolation, but it is fun when the Crew drop points because they are rival, you know?
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: This result killed me. Why? Because I hate when the Galaxy get points? Yep, oh and when Alan Gordon scores at the death. Galaxy are still behind us but still it is better when they lose or more importantly since Houston has been climbing the table, a draw. Robbie Keane did sub on in the 56th for his first minutes in weeks. The good news is that Oscar Sorto picked up a red in the 96th minute because...well it was apparently a yellow and should've been a PK not a red and a free kick from 25 yards out but semantics right?
Toronto FC 1 - Portland Timbers 0: Good news for Greg Vanney, he likely isn't getting canned. Good news for Sounders fans, Portland lost again. Bad news for me, my Twitter campaign to replace Greg Vanney, again because why not, will have to end with this recent string of results. While I may not be a fan of Diego Valeri it does suck to see a player injuried and in his case after being out for months he was finally getting into a rhythm but had to come off in the 25th minute for another injury. TFC life without Jozy Altidore in the lineup went well enough with his replacement Luke Moore getting the assist on Sebastian Giovinco's goal.
New England Revolution 1 - DC United 1: Want to know how to blow a 1-0 home lead, play with 9 men. I wish I was kidding but after taking a 1-nil lead into the half, on the back of a Charlies Davies stoppage time goal, New England managed two reds in a six minute span. Already without Andy Dorman, accumulated yellows, Chris Tierney saw a straight red in the 52nd and then Lee Nguyen saw a second yellow in the 58th. It took DC another 22 minutes to break the Revs but Jairo Arrieta finally did it with an assist from Taylor Kemp. DC should be ashamed that they didn't get more than one goal when they were up two men for 30+ minmutes but I won't complain, a draw for them prevents them from running away in the Shield standings.
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Montreal Impact 2 - FC Dallas 1: The Impact, due to the CCL, have not played too many MLS games and when they have they have looked pretty poor but not in this one. Ignacio Piatti, who's been hurt a lot this year, started off by converting a 25th minute spot kick. The Impact then skidded into halftime picking up two yellows and making an injury sub for Eric Miller. They picked it up in the second half with Jack McInerney scoring in the 50th to take a 2-nil lead. It was fairly long lived till Dallas centerback Matt Hedges finished off a chance in the 77th. FCD pressed but could not find the tying goal. Typically I'd say blame Michel, but he was subbed off in the 53rd for Tesho Akindele. Montreal may have to pay a price for the points though, as they picked up five yellow cards in this one.
Colorado Rapids 1 - Vancouver Whitecaps 0: What happens after you play the Sounders, you collapse. Columbus fell in SJ after playing us and then Vancouver fell to Colorado this week. Maybe it is a coincidence but there seems to be, I have no data at this moment to support this, that a lot of teams dropped 2 or all 3 points the week after playing us both this and last season. It is kind of awesome, isn't it? Now actually something about this game, Lucas Pittinari was the one responsible for the Rapids celebration, getting his team a goal (possibly the only goal Colorado has scored this season) and the winning one at that. A bunch of yellows and poor play from both sides led to an ugly but sweet Whitecaps loss.
Sounders FC 0 - Sporting Kansas City 0: Still not ready to talk about this one. We played well. We held possession. Chad Barrett looked more than serviceable as a starter this week. But no goals and barely any shots. I hate the result but not how they played which is a bitter pill to swallow because it means I can't get mad and complain about 1 or 2 players/events in the match.
Real Salt Lake 2 - New York City FC 0: As a coach I have to think you don't mind your old team being successful. Especially if it is still with your players, unless you were fired and stormed out while throwing things. But never do you want their success to come at your expense and that's what happened this week. Real Salt Lake has been playing pretty poorly but there is one sure fire way to fix that, play NYCFC. It is a cure-all tonic for whatever ails your team. NYCFC looks bad but overall can live with the clubs that beat them but in this case Jason Kreis had to walk into the stadium he left and watch his side implode. Again. A first half goal from John Stertzer and a 49th minute goal from Alvaro Saborio put this one out of reach. The sad thing is, there just is nothing positive to say anymore about NYCFC. I guess I could try but, meh. When they win a match again, I will, maybe.
New York Red Bulls 0 - Philadelphia Union 2: If you predicted this raise your hand. Liar. If you did, I need a lot of proof to believe that. NYRB may be without a few players and not playing as well as they were when they were undefeated but they still are better than the Union. But this is why soccer isn't played on paper, or some other cliche. The Union are playing their hearts out and trying to either save Jim Curtin his job or just prolong his firing till after the majority of European seasons are over. Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong both tallied second half goals at Red Bull Arena. And with another shutout it seems like loanee Brian Sylvestre has secured himself a contract and will continue to start in Philly. But you never know, next match he may give up five goals and then never suit up again.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Orlando City 1:Two penalties. One red card, not for a penalty. and two total points given out in a match played in a pair of blue jeans. Held at Denim Levi's Stadium instead of the open bar they usually play at, the home side put up some effort but it is what we've become to expect from SJ no matter who coaches them, mediocrity. After a 51st minute red card to Brek Shea you would think SJ would take over, but nope. Instead they give up a PK in the 64th, which Kaka calmly converts. Not to be outdone though, OCSC gives one up the 68th which Chris "Can't score when I want him to" Wondolowski converted for his 100th MLS goal.
S2 had a fun week this week. They were taken to overtime by Kitsap as the Pumas scored at the death to tie the match at 2. Then Pablo Rossi and Andy Craven said, no more, and each picked up a goal in extra time to send the side on to the 3rd round of the US Open Cup. S2 already knew it would be playing Timbers 2 the next Wednesday if they won, so those goals meant that this weekend's tie against them in the USL would be a scrimmage for the match that truly mattered, the USOC 3rd round.
This weekend's match was a fun one, why? Because we have not won a single match on the road and T2 had not lost a match at home and a few of the boys decided that this streak must end. They did it in stunning fashion a 2-nil win at Merlo (not spelled like the wine but had plenty of whining and sour grapes) Field. Damion Lowe scored the winner and Andy Craven scored just for fun, or because he wants doughnuts and to be tied in both goals and assists for the team lead. The ref called a good handful of fouls in the first and gave a couple of yellows but in the second half not so much. In fact, more gets called in an MMA fight. A headbutt was allowed as well as other dangerous plays but T2. Justice was served, though a little late, as Harrison Delridge was given a post-match red for what appeared to be shouting and touching an AR. While this does nothing to his availability Wednesday, you can be sure that it will still show up on the field.
The Sounders moved back into first place in the West with Sacramento falling to OKC, who still sits outside of the playoffs as do Portland, Vancouver, and Real Monarchs. S2 sits three points back of Rochester for top of the league.