This was an international week, even if MLS chooses to ignore it, with half of the teams not playing and that half that were all had players missing or arriving from Europe on the day of the match. Five matches were played this week with a couple of surprises thrown in. The Sounders took sole ownership of 1st in the West and in the Supporters' Shield race after D.C. United laid an egg in the Florida heat.
New York City FC 3 - Montreal Impact 1: Montreal was on a run, two straight impressive performances against top teams in Vancouver and Columbus, but they ran into a brick wall. A blue brick wall. Montreal looked like they were ready to take all the points in their games in hand but cellar dwellers
Manchester City NYCFC had something to say about that. In their second straight win, NYCFC looked like they finally have found their identity. They did it with Mix Diskerud and his hair starting on the bench but subbed him on in the 65th for him to score the winner in the 76th. Kwadwo Poku also scored his 1st MLS goal. Montreal hopefully has learned not casually dribble backwards after this one.
Columbus Crew 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1: LA had no Robbie Keane and started with Alan Gordon, Gyasi Zardes, and Edson Buddle on the bench. Jose Villarreal started as the lone striker yet it was midfielder Sebastian Lletget with the first score of the match. LA held its lead for a while as Columbus continued their disinterest of the game into a 6th straight match until Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain decided that enough was enough and teamed up to get the Crew back into this one. Though 1-1 is where it stood, giving the Crew three points from their last six matches, it still beats a third straight for that locker room. This one did have a delay for just a tiny bit of rain...
What we can see in the press box. pic.twitter.com/5huDdE2uji— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 14, 2015
New England Revolution 2 - Chicago Fire 0: I've come to, as should you, the realization not only should I not expect anything from this Chicago team but just to expect them to do everything in their power to get the top SuperDraft pick next year. Let's congratulate Adailton for no own goals this week, though he did receive a yellow. New England, much like Seattle, played poorly in the first half and in the second racked up the goals. Diego Fagundez found the net just three minutes into the second half and Charlie Davies followed him two minutes late to double the lead. That is really all that mattered in this one, marking the first win for the Revs since May 2 against the Red Bulls.
That @DiegoFagundez14 strike though. #NERevs pic.twitter.com/7Qhyil86BA— NE Revolution (@NERevolution) June 14, 2015
Sounders FC 3 - FC Dallas 0: What to say about this match...hmmm. Here's a small list of things to describe the match. #ObaMask #ObaGoal #LeoGoalzalez and probably most important #SwipeLeft because yes, Michel has a Tinder. Go hit him up, ask him about the game. Brad Evans was the lifeblood coming in for Gonzalo Pineda at the half and was the biggest ball of energy ever. And because it is not fair to have a post without and ObaMask picture, here you go.
I'm batman. @SoundersFC @LIVESounders #ObaMask #ObaFlip #Darkknight pic.twitter.com/Whbvrfdn5D— Cody Gunhus (@Codygunhus9) June 14, 2015
Orlando City SC 1 - DC United 0: First ever MLS water break was given out in this match. Kaka had a PK saved (so that means he is no better than the US U-20 World Cup team, right?) but immediately headed in the rebound past Bill Hamid. DC United was knocking on the door most of the night but looked lost when it was time to put it on goal. Fabian Espindola is looking like a real No. 10 but had no one else who could do anything clinical. I'm not going to complain though, DC United was only a point behind the Sounders going into the game and they stayed there.
A great summary of the battle between the DC offense and OCSC defense.
Collin and Espindola is that rare matchup between two players who have never, ever committed a foul. #ORLvDC #MLS— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) June 14, 2015
Sounders took the Supporter's Shield lead and gained sole possession of first in the Western Conference Saturday night and DC United did their best to break that, well Fabian Espindola did to no avail. Sounders exit the weekend with a point lead on DC United, and three on Vancouver with two games in hand on DC and one on Vancouver. The Sounders, should they get caught somehow, have built up a bank of goal differential with a massive +12 so far, the next closest squad is 4th place (3rd in the West) with a +7.
S2 had a fun and entertaining night. Aaron Kovar tallied his first professional goal. Troy Perkins started and held a shutout in the USL and Sergio two-footed a guy where you are not supposed to. But what really mattered, the team turned it around and made Starfire a fortress again. They picked up three points and took out the fast charging LA II side. LA II went on to beat Vancouver 2 on Sunday, drawing them even on games and a point behind S2. OKC Energy flew up the standings as of late beating Vancouver 2 on Tuesday and then Tulsa on Saturday giving them first place by a point and with a game in hand over S2. Sounders still have the most points of all MLS owned sides.