This weekend's games started Wednesday night under the lights, no not the CCL but an MLS game that was even less interesting. It ended with the Sounders winning in a baseball stadium.
New York Red Bulls 1 - Colorado Rapids 1: The non-CONCACAF Champions League game attracted a lot less attention and rightly so mainly because it involved Colorado. Nothing against the Rapids but they have round a way to miss the goal around 99% of the time. RBNY tied things up in the 30th with a PK after Sacha Kljestan was taken down. The Red Bulls have not played exciting soccer this year, but have managed to stay undefeated (spoiler alert, not for long).
Houston Dynamo 1 - FC Dallas 4: The Texas Derby was a fun one. FC Dallas started this season hot, then started to collapse, and have started to come back to life. Any chance that Houston would rebound from last year's poor season are starting to dim after being blown out at home by their rivals. Dallas games have started to become a spectacle, if for no other reason than to watch what Fabian Castillo does, which was two assists and one pretty goal.
Real Salt Lake 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: Ever wanted to see Real Salt Lake get a point out of a game they should not? Or a perfect goal by Victor Bernardez but into the wrong net? This game had it all and by that I mean, it was one physical and boring game that's only bright spot was each side gets a point and the Bernardez own goal.
Philadelphia Union 0 - Toronto FC 1: Let's first stop and give Toronto a round of applause for winning two games in a row. This was honestly something I did not expect to happen this year. Greg Vanney was pretty much told, win or being fired and he stepped up. The big thing from this match is that Sebastian Giovinco can hit a mean free kick but before we get to that, are you actually shocked the Union lost? Did not think so. The only reason they are not in last place is because Montreal has only played four games, versus Philly's ten.
DC United 2 - Columbus Crew 0: Fabian Espindola and Sean Franklin each notched their first goal of the season. DC is looking like a title contender, at least an Eastern Conference title contender, right now while Columbus can notch this up to a poor showing on the road. DC is truly becoming a force with only one loss in their eight games and have not lost in the last six.
New England Revolution 2 - New York Red Bulls 1: Remember when I said there was a spoiler alert with the Red Bulls, here it is. They went to New England and lost. There is a reason that even though RBNY was undefeated they sat 3rd and the Revs showed it Saturday night. Charlies Davies started the scoring early and Teal Bunbury added another in the 60th before the Revs closed up shop. While Sacha Kljestan added one in the 73rd, the Red Bulls failed to threaten the Revs in this match. The Revs currently lead the Supporters Shield standings but they lost to us, so you know they will fall at one point.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Colorado Rapids 1: The best thing about this match is that each side only gets a point. LA fell to 4th as they failed to crack the strong Rapid defense. Just as in the midweek match, Colorado played great defense on the road but just like every other match this season, they struggled to find the back of the net. This is truly a theme for both sides, they can't score. LA is because there is no Robbie Keane while Colorado is just inability to play offense.
Portland Timbers 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps 0: The other two thirds of the Cascadia Cup faced off and in fitting fashion, drew. Draw City hosted and watched Darlington Nagbe again fail to find the back of the net. This time on a penalty kick. Vancouver's fast paced offense that we have seen most this season failed to show up in what has become a disappointing trend for 'Caps fans as the team has only win in their last five matches now.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Chicago Fire 0: Another result that should not surprise anyone. KC has not played well this season, that is for sure but Chicago is just bad. I wish there was a nicer way to describe Chicago but even victory, like against NYCFC, they look bad. The only way the Fire win are major mistakes by opponents and SKC just did not commit one today. While on the other end Paulo Nagamura rescued SKC and was assisted by former Sounder Jalil Anibaba.
NYCFC 1 - Sounders FC 3: I wish I could say something about this match but...I'm still recovering from ObaFlips. Anyway, if you are reading this you likely already read the recap and if not you should.
Sounders sit in 3rd place, ahead of the Galaxy and just a point behind FC Dallas and Vancouver with one and two games in hand on them respectively.
Sounders 2 got back on the winning track notching two second half goals to beat the Orange County Blues. Sam Garza hit a beautiful volley and then Pablo Rossi converted on a late penalty. The win put S2 back into pole position in the Western Conference and solely in 1st, no alphabetical ordering issues this time. We still sit four points back of Rochester, two points back of Richmond, and one point behind Charleston (who has a game in hand) but all play in the Eastern Conference.
The Orange County Blues played a second match this weekend, traveling from Starfire to Portland to take on T2. The Blues played a great game against us and continued with their strong play by beating T2 2-0. This is a good result for 2 reasons: 1. Portland lost. And 2. Will Johnson, played the full 90 and Gatson Fernandez played 45 minutes and yet T2 could not get past the Blues. It is always a good day when part of Portland's Best XI are not able to score in the 2nd division.