WE'RE NUMBER 1, WE'RE NUMBER 1, WE'RE NUMBER 1!!!!! Supporters' Shield leaders once again. The view from the top is nice. Let's stay there, kay? Cool. Now that we agree on that, a recap of the rest of the matches that in the end will not matter because we're still going to win the Shield, again.
Sounders FC 1 - Colorado Rapids 0: Obafemi comes back and plays well while getting beat up, a lot. But it was Pappa's stunner that captured this one. If you love Cristian Roldan, watch this game again because ROLDAN COLUMBIA ROLDAN!
LA Galaxy 1 - Real Salt Lake 0: In a battle of the teams that used to be great and now are sub-par/average, it was a Juninho PK in the 7th minute that was the deciding factor. This one did not have that much action really in it, with only four combined shots on goal. Jamison Olave ended up getting a card at the death for doing something I think a lot of people dream of, elbowing Robbie Keane.
Portland Timbers 1 - DC United 0: An even earlier goal than in the LA game but this one was from the run of play, or whatever Portland does (I really don't know if it is play or an unfortunate mix of physical movements on turf). Maximiliano Urruti was assisted by Beauty and the Beast character Gaston Fernandez. Someone will need to tell me if I am trying to find a reason to give Diego Chara a red here, or is it maybe deserved? I mean he trips and shoves a player from behind. Maybe I just want the red so much I am seeing something, you tell me.
Sporting Kansas City 4 - FC Dallas 0: So maybe drawing KC was not that bad...This marks the second time this year Dallas has lost a match by the score of 4-0. Last time it was to Colorado, and neither of which had Dallas looked good before playing that match. Now before we say anything we will regret, aka swearing at FC Dallas (you probably won't regret that), they were playing without Kellyn Acosta and more importantly Fabian Castillo. It also does not help a team when down 1-0 to pick up two yellows on one defender within 10 minutes, but Zach Loyd was gone the day they taught that lesson. His second yellow is a nice diving tackle, like NFL diving not soccer diving.
Toronto FC 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: I will never understand the Earthquakes. Never. They go five games without losing including a win over Columbus. Then go to Toronto and not just lay an egg but look like an amateur side out there — and this is TFC, not exactly the gold standard of teams. Oh and no Jozy Alitdore, remember. San Jose's lone goal came on another PK from Chris "Can't Score when the US needs me to" Wondolowski. Luke Moore again shows his replacement skills with a goal and the Atomic Ant picked up two more assists. Justin Morrow scored the opening goal against his former club in style.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - Real Salt Lake 1: Salt Lake took a whopping zero of six points this week. Officially time to say they are not a conference leader anymore. Oh and that Whitecaps team we beat turns out to be pretty good again. I want to say more about this game but I'm just going to let the first two goals of this match say everything for me. Gershon Koffie and Javier Morales both showed some world class touch.
New York City FC 1 - Houston Dynamo 1: Nothing all that exciting happened in this one, but former MLS writer Ben Jata thought this was a fun move and it was. Jeb Brovsky gets owned by DaMarcus Beasley. What you should know is that NYCFC is now at an 11 game winless streak, which makes me smile. Houston is still miles away from being a contender in the playoffs under Owen Coyle, but when they get Cubo, we'll see if that changes.
DC United 2 - Philadelphia Union 1: Philly blew it. I was all ready to gloat for Union fans here that they've figured something out. It would have been three straight wins for the club from the city of Brotherly Love, but alas they Union'd it. After former Sounder Sebastian Le Toux scored in the 5th minute, they gave one up in 1st half stoppage and then a late PK after a Zach Pfeffer handball, which Chris Rolfe calmly converted.
Orlando City SC 2 - Columbus Crew 2: Orlando made a spectacular announcement earlier this week, they are going to privately fund and expand the new stadium that they are building. They also had discounted beer. But even all that good karma could not get them three points against a downtrodden Crew side. This one went back and forth with a Tony Tchani goal, then Kaka tied it with a PK, yet another Kei Kamara goal, and then an 89th minute Pedro Ribeiro goal to tie it up for OCSC. The sad thing with this is that Michael Parkhurst saw red in the 16th minute and Orlando could not find a way to win. I mean come on guys...Up a man for over 70 minutes, you should be able to win.
Chicago Fire 3 - Montreal Impact 0: The team with the fewest amount of games played the team that, well, just fails. Montreal looked great in the CCL and Amway Canadian Championship. But in MLS they've looked less than stellar, and Saturday night they were less than stellar. Chicago is starting to catch Fire (yes I went there) and they have not lost in their last three. Check out Harry Shipp, who is a player that should probably leave Chicago so he can be part of an offense and not THE offense.
Colorado Rapids 1 - Portland Timbers 2: Six points in four days. This is the first time that Portland has won two in a row this season (possibly ever, I'm not sure). They looked good against Colorado but that is not saying much at all because the Rapids are just bad. It took a 94th minute goal from Jack Jewsbury, a Wizard on the pitch, to win in the altitude. I will say it was a nice goal from Jewsbury and that Portland will be back to their losing ways next week against New England.
Sounders FC 2 - New York Red Bulls 1: I got to meet Alan Hinton. Chad Barrett won it in stoppage time and Marco Pappa scored again. Oh and we lead the shield. Need I say more? I'll let you go read all the other articles here about this one.
New England Revolution 2 - Los Angeles Galaxy 2: If all you want to do is watch goals, you are in luck: just watch the first 40 minutes of this one and you are set. Gyasi Zardes found the back of the net, for only the second time this year. Robbie Keane was out of the 18 again today and they are without Bradford Jamieson IV, who has been their main attacker without Keane, but still found a way to score. This team may be good with Steven Gerrard, but I doubt it. They are starting to score but at the cost of what was a solid defense. Still, four points in five days and a playoff spot is not a bad take home. Ignacio Maganto did score a stunner to tie it at one and is worth a watch.
I won't harp on the fact that we are #1 again. I'll just let the standings picture do that for me.
Sounders 2 spent midweek winning their USOC match against Timbers 2, marking two wins over them in six days. They traveled to Orange County to play the Blues at Anteater Stadium (great name) without starters Andy Craven or Victor Mansaray. S2 took the earlier lead but ended up only getting a draw after going up a man when Josh Suggs stamped on Duncan McCormick with 15 minutes left. S2 still sits 1st in the Western Conference, up a point on Sacramento with a game in hand. S2 is four points up on the OC Blues but with two more games played than them.