Raise your hand if you are still anger about yesterday's game. Well have no fear, DC and Vancouver had two games this week each and both managed to blow at least one of them to keep us in control of the West and our destiny in the shield race. And now, what happened this week:
DC United 3 - Chicago Fire 1:This is not the game that DC screwed up in. Though they did wait a long time to do something productive, waiting till the 61st minute to get a goal. Jairo Arrieta scores twice in eight minutes to tie and then give DC the lead. Conor Doyle poured water on the fire scoring an insurance goal in the 75th. This was one of the better games for the Fire, who looked in control for most of the first hour but on the road they could not finish it off.
Philadelphia Union 3 - Columbus Crew 0: Congrats Sounders fans, we broke the Crew. We played hard and got beat ugly by them but since then the Crew have two points in five matches. Gregg Berhalter is doing something wrong and I'm not going to stop him. Meanwhile Jim Curtin did something right, with his job all but gone he's earned three wins in the last four matches (five with a weekend loss), a great job by a manager who I thought was being shown the door. Brian Sylvestre was only forced into two saves, 12 total shots for the Crew, but continues to be the bright spot for the Philly D. If they don't make his loan permanent, someone should be fired. The Union are always questionable but I wouldn't want to be the one playing them any time soon.
Chips for days. pic.twitter.com/kHQXoThhZy— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) June 4, 2015
Montreal Impact 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps 1: We wanted a Whitecaps loss, we got a Whitecaps loss. Montreal is starting play their make up games and much to my dismay, they won one. They have now won three of their last four and are starting to look a side that reaches the CCL finals, kind of. The sides traded late blows with Pedro Morales converting a 79th minute PK to tie the match. Ignacio Piatti would not be satisfied with just a draw, meeting an Andres Romero ball at the top of the box, cutting by a defender, and calmly beating David Ousted, taking the three points. No reffing issues in this one, which is probably good apparently Armando Villarreal is not a fan of questions.
Armando Villarreal is refereeing #MTLvVAN. Hopefully there's no controversy, because he rules at dodging pool reporter questions.— Olivier Tremblay (@olitremblay) June 3, 2015
Houston Dynamo 4 - New York Red Bulls 2: We are breaking Eastern conference sides left and right, this time it was the New York Red Bulls who fell in Houston after losing late to us. If you like goals, watch this one. Houston looked uninterested for most of the first half but came out firing in the second. Going down 1-nil in the 42nd to a Mike Grella goal, Houston came out and fired four past Luis Robles, largely thanks to a very active Boniek Garcia substitution. Garcia tallied in the 59th, assisted the go-ahead goal in the 72nd, and the eventual game-winner in the 80th. Two stoppage time goals, one for each side saw the match end in a thrilling manner as NYRB thought they could come back. Will Bruin also deserves a congrats with two goals and an assist in this one.
Philadelphia Union 1 - NYCFC 2: Philly tried to go for 12 points out of 15 for the last five games and looked like they would do it going up 1-0 on Man City Lite in the 46th. Well former Goat Thomas McNamara opened his goal account for the Big Apple side with a thunderous 25 yard strike. Second half sub, Patrick Mullins then found the back of the net in the 87th minute to get this side their first win since Week 2 against New England. I'm not surprised they beat Philly, that team can be the best side in the East or the worst side in the USL on any given week, but to win without Frank Lampard or Andrea Pirlo is shocking.
Toronto FC 2 - DC United 1: DC wanted to make sure they did not take a big lead on the Sounders, so they decided to let this one slip through their hands. Toronto has good players but was not playing like a good side but they have figured something out or at least Sebastian Giovinco has. Without Michael Bradley or Jozy Altidore, everything was on Giovinco's shoulders and he impressed. Two goals, one to tie it in the 34th and another in the 83rd gave TFC three more points and their third win in the row. DC on the other hand did not really need the points, with a seven point lead out East.
Columbus Crew 1 - Montreal Impact 2: The Impact make it four of their last five with a win, though they still only sit at 14 points (through 10 games). I am still in a bit of shock that they are winning like this. Columbus meanwhile went from threatening to teddy bear level. Andres Romero is having a great week, the assist on Piatti's winner midweek and then the game winner (at the time it was the insurance goal) in the 79th, which Piatti assisted on. Montreal is outside of the playoffs but if they won their games in hand, they'd be ahead of everyone. The smallest amount, Toronto, is two games, winning both of those moves them into third.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Sounders FC 0: Blind man reffing. Bad calls ruin the match. Bright side, our depth players looked pretty good all night. Marco Pappa took charge well and Tommy Jaguar made his debut. And now let's move on before I spout more anger at Elfath.
Chicago Fire 2 - Orlando City SC 3:Orlando hasn't lost in four now and Cyle Larin is looking good. Larin only played 24 minutes but was threatening immediately, scoring his 5th goal of the season in the 82nd. Chicago scored four goals in this one but only two counted...for them. It is a bad game to have one own goal. But how about two, what do you call that? Now what if both own goals were by the same player, besides benching worthy humiliating performance because Adailton is wondering how to talk about his performance. Orlando thought they would try out some Seattle offense in this one, controlling 63% of the possession and attempting 597 passes, completing 507 of them. Also just to confirm your expectations, Aurelien Collin did get a yellow card in this one. Never have I given you a full highlight video but Cyle Larin's strike was absolutely beautiful and well I couldn't let you miss two own goals.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps 1: You don't see this often but LA lost at home and they were held scoreless. LA had Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle, Ignacio Maganto, and Omar Gonzalez all playing yet could not do anything real threatening, getting off eight shots of which ZERO were on target. Vancouver was not much better with seven shots of which only the one, Kekuta Manneh's goal, was on target. The Galaxy did hold possession though even without many chances, holding the ball for a whopping 65.6% of the time. But for all their possession they only had 585 passes and only completed 486 of them, making OCSC's stats look even better. The win brought the 'Caps even with the Sounders on points but with two more games played and a GD six lower than the Sounders.
Playing a high line with Leonardo is suicide, and always has been. Bruce has some weird blind spots as a coach. #LAvVAN— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) June 7, 2015
Portland Timbers 2 - New England Revolution 0: The Revs came to Portland and were distracted by the beards I think, falling by two in this one. The Revs had all their starters, as did the Splinters. It took a long time but Fanendo Adi, the player the TA loves to hate, finished twice in the last five minutes of regulation, to grab three points. Portland is still having trouble getting shots on goal, while they finally scored two goals, they did take 19 shots of which only five were on target. A savory fact for Sounders fans, and salty for Timbers fans. Be sure to congratulate Timbers fans on something we achieved year one in the league.
Timbers win 2-0 after Adi scored twice late. Three consecutive wins for the Timbers for the first time in MLS club history #RCTID— Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) June 7, 2015
Real Salt Lake 0 - Colorado Rapids 0: Battle for the worst team in the West, Also known as the last East playoff spot... Okay well only Colorado had won would they be in the playoffs out East but you get the point. Not too exciting in any way shape or form but it might be because I can't get past THE MUSTACHE. It seriously looks like an old western bankrobber. But back to the match, RSL looked the more threatening of the two but not enough for the three points. Meanwhile, the Rapids drew a very very late PK and Dillion Powers looked to improve to 4-for-4 from the spot but nope. He missed widely. Call it "The Nick Rimando Intimidation Factor" or just a massive failure but Powers blew the chance to steal three points from Rio Tinto.
San Jose Earthquakes 0 - FC Dallas 0: The first half, a large handful of misses for SJ and poor play from Dallas, oh and four yellow cards, three for Dallas. The second half saw no yellows. But three red cards were shown. First, Mark Sherrod for accidentally hitting Dan Kennedy in the head with his cleats, this is NOT sarcasm for once. Je-Vaughn Watson, a questionable but justifiable red card for taking down Cordell Cato in the 75th. Then J.J. Koval saw red to put SJ at nine men, that was by far the easiest red card of the night. The game ended in a nil-nil draw which should disappoint Dallas who played a total of 25 minutes up a man.
The Sounders stayed in first in the West even with the robbery that was Saturday night. DC took advantage of our bad luck and jumped back to 1st in the Supporter's Shield race with their midweek win but their loss over the weekend means that they only lead by two points but the Sounders have two in hand and a GD that four higher than DC's. The Sounders are the only side that can say they truly control their destiny, everyone else has to beat us to win it and we just won't allow that.
Sammy Ochoa scored against us. I like him but that hurt to see. Though it is not like his goal really mattered in the end as it capped off the Tulsa Roughnecks 5-1 drubbing of S2 Friday night. The loss was the Sounders first loss in a competitive pro match at Starfire since September of 2008. S2 was the weaker side all night and a sick Andy Craven tried to inspire the at half. He looked good but alone and sick, he could not do enough. The good news is that Sacramento Republic played the Austin Aztex and lost 1-nil. LA Galaxy II beat the same OC Blues side that drew the Sounders the week before, 2-1 to move into 2nd place. The good news from the week, S2 is still the top MLS owned side and more importantly top of the West. LA II is behind by a point with a game in hand but for now, we lead the Western Conference of the USL.
A fitting place, top of the West for each the MLS and USL. The question is now, will either side fall? What's that? Nope. Yep, I agree with that. The Sounders will beat the Timbers this week to restart the streak at the fortress known as Starfire. And S2 will beat an RSL side to continue the quest of a Sounders vs Sounders 2 US Open Cup Final (a little dreamy I know). The rest of the league looks shaky, teams that should win have not been for the most part, it will not be easy but rest assured we are going to have a lot of fun riding this one out.