We lost and that sucks but so did Kansas City, Portland, and Los Angeles. While late losses, 1-0 losses, and not getting points in matches we should have let's just be thankful we aren't getting blown out and having our butts kicked weekly. We may look shaky, we may be down, but I no one can honestly tell me it is easier to get back to winning form if we lost every game 4-1. So let's go through this week's slate of games with the lens and that Deuce and Captain/Sheriff Evans are back.
Also Cyle Larin is a beast, I want him. That is all.
Real Salt Lake 2 - Sporting Kansas City 1: With games in hand and most of their stars, KC had started to find consistency and wins. They went to Utah. Figured they could close up shop and counter and find three points against a visibly lost RSL side this year. That's not a bad plan and for a team like KC, I recommend it. It will usually work but not this time. Javier Morales found the back of the net in the 1st half. Leading to Benny Feilhaber coming on at half to rescue his side. It would've worked since he scored five minutes later but a 73rd PK, coming off a Tim Melia yellow, was converted by Joao Plata. Plata secured the lead and RSL defended for their lives and went more defensive bringing on John Stertzer for Luis Gil. It got chippy when Plata and Feilhaber got into and got yellows, Elias Vasquez a minute later. But time wasting and stoppage subs got it down for the Claret and Cobalt, who took down a standings hoping Sporks side.
Columbus Crew 3 - Toronto FC 3: Well that was a thriller. If you are Columbus this was more than only getting a draw at home, this was just an insult to the fans at MAPFRE. So try this one on if you want a truly gut wrenching experience. Columbus has turned things around since looking like a cellar dweller, charging up the table with six points over Chicago last week. The whole cast of characters was there, Kei Kamara scoring from Federico Higuain and then Tony Tchani scoring on an Ethan Finlay assist, all in the first half. A 2-nil lead at the half, so let's grow it!. Finlay scored with some help from Justin Meram and with that is was 3-0 in the 47th for the home side. Everyone was partying and mocking TFC was ripe. Most of you probably turned the TV off thinking this blood letting was over. Sebastian Giovinco brought one back for his side in the 50th, trying to rescue his side. It worked, jumpstarting them with Collen Warner scoring off a Daniel Lovitz assist in the 55th. Things were quiet for the next half an hour and made Crew fans feel pretty happy but that all changed with a TFC PK. 89th minute and who is to take...not MVP candidate Giovinco but Gold Cup reject Jozy Altidore. Who imagined Jurgen was the ball and smashed it home, tying it up with only stoppage time to go. Columbus was stunned and it showed with an inability to do anything during stoppage, lucky not to lose 4-3. CLB gets a point and is crying, TFC gets one and is jumping for joy.
Montreal Impact 1 - Sounders FC 0: I don't want to talk about it. That's all. Oh Deuce and Evans are back next week after the Gold Cup rusted. Deuce has been on a tear in the Red, White, and Blue and he wants to get a couple against Vancouver (he didn't say it, I assume as much though).
Chicago Fire 2 - New England Revolution 2: Three non-Sounders game at this point and three PKs. This one started with Chicago giving up a goal to Lee Nguyen. No one was shocked, everyone just assume Chicago was being Chicago. Shaun Maloney had different ideas for the home side as he calmly stood at the PK spot, staring down Bobby Shuttleworth, in an intense staring contest. Shuttleworth blinked first as Maloney converted to tie it up as the match went into 1st half stoppage. Best/youngest attacker Harry Shipp was pulled off for the speedster, Patrick Nyarko, not a bad move with Maloney pulling strings in the middle. Razvan Cocis, the physical CM, found himself celebrating a rare goal and thought he had just won his side their first (not really) match. Kelyn Rowe, Federal's Way other lovechild, came on and went out to find the tying goal, seven minutes later in the 77th, he did it. With the match all tied up, Chicago made (in my opinion) a woeful substitution, puling their only offensive weapon, Shaun Maloney for Michael Stephens and the offense shutdown. The Revs tried but couldn't find the net again and settled for a draw in the Windy City.
FC Dallas 4 - Portland Timbers 1: Just laugh at them. They keep saying, WE ARE BETTER THAN SEATTLE. Mind you, they have all their starters and star players and a new DP signee, who made an appearance as a sub in this one. Mock openly, we may have lost 1-0 but they lost 4-1 with the only goal being a very late PK for Fernando Adi. Michael Barrios had two first half goals for the Texan club. Kellyn Acosta put his side up 3-0 in the 69th. The Timbers had already brought on the new DP, Lucas Melano, and at this point brought on Adi for Urruti, it did not help. Two PKs in the last three minutes plus stoppage (one per side) ended this one at 4-1 as Dallas takes 1st place back in the West and Portland tries to find a tree to hide behind, though Timber Joey is making that pretty hard to find.
Houston Dynamo 3 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0: Remember how I was talking about having your stars. Well Houston does have Brad Davis, who scored one and assisted on the other of the two first half goals. New signee, Cubo Torres, came on for scorer Will Bruin in the 69th to get his feet wet with his new club. Did not matter that LA had Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard in the starting lineup as they only got off seven shots and could only put three on target. For a side that was winning 4-0 and 5-1 at home, they went to Houston and just crashed, which is how I like it. Leonel Miranda had the final goal in this one, giving the Dynamo extra insurance in the 88th.
New York Yankees FC 5 - Orlando City 3: Cyle Larin is the new Hat Trick Rick. The young Canadian did not look particularly sharp while he was at the Gold Cup but you never would have known that with today's performance. The Canadian Wunderkid picked up his hat trick in just the second half too. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the team forgot you have to play defense...It was only 1-0 at the half after David Villa scored in the 45th. NYC had already used a sub after Chris Wingert left with an injury. Larin tied it up in the 50th then Javier Calle stole one back for the pinstripes. Andrea Pirlo subbed on, or at least his amazing hair did and watched Larin upstage him with a second, tying it in the 61st. Villa and Thomas McNamara, who assisted on the Calle goal, struck over a four minute period to make it 4-2 in the 71st. The hats were thrown for Larin after Kaka found him for the final goal of his three. It was 4-3 and OCSC pressed but came up short. Pirlo was introduced with a yellow as well OCSC new MF, Servando Carrasco. To cap it off, late sub and other hair god, Mix Diskerud scored in stoppage to end all hopes for the Purple Lions. Turns out, MLS on Sundays is full of barn burners and should never be missed.
DC United 3 - Philadelphia Union 2: If the Union could have asked for the game to end after five minutes they would've. CJ Sapong and Sebastian LeToux both found the net in the first four minutes. When you are up 2-0 after not even minutes of play, you should win. You have confidence, goals, and you think an advantage but that is where hubris, or just anything Philly does, can hurt you. Giving up a PK that Fabian Espindola took as a field goal, but Chris Korb found Alvaro Saborio to make up for that a few minutes later. They took the match 2-1 PHI to the half but the cheesesteaks got left out too long. Nick DeLeon, the young speedy winger, converted in the 66th to tie it up. A couple of subs later and it is the 79th minute. You are Chris Korb, you have two options screw it up because you are a spot starter anyway and people don't expect much from you as a FB, I mean you aren't Taylor Kemp. Or do something right and find Espindola to give himself a chance to redeem himself for the missed penalty. Korb picked option #2 and Espindola didn;'t mess this one up, giving the capitol side a 3-2 lead. More subs but Philly was gassed, disjointed, and depressed and they could not fight back to get the point(s) they had after only five minutes. Oh and DC United is now pretty much RSL from a few years ago. They play a 4-4-2 with a bruising midfield, a bit of creativity, and Espindola/Saborio as a pair up top. Welcome back Salt Lake East.
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: MAURO SCORED!!! Mauro Rosales scored and that makes me happy and nothing else matters. So since you probably care a little more about it than that, Clarence Goodson subbed off in the 13th with an injury. Then Mauro assisted on Kendall Watson's goal in the 32nd to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. The second started just ow the 1st did, a 'Caps goal. Octavio Rivero converted a PK in the 56th to give them a 3-0 lead at BC Place. They coasted home from there. Quincy Amarikwa continued his gooner scoring streak getting one in the 90th but it was nothing more than a statistical bonus for the Quakes.
Sounders still sit in 5th...I really don't want to say more...Deuce and Evans will be back and we are in a pretty good position to run back up the table with them.
Sounders 2 played Timbers 2 this week, so you know what that means. They won. Sounders 2 is now a well deserved 5-0-0 against T2. Second place LA2 played T2 Sunday night, with the win they moved to tied with S2 for first but with a game in hand. S2 is still pretty much in control of their own destiny and T2 is not in playoff position, like it should be. S2 is tied for first in the standings and show in 2nd. They hold tiebreakers right now.