The Sounders may not be scoring but the rest of MLS was this weekend with one game even combining for double digit goals, now if only someone would share that prowess here again. Some results fell in our favor, some did not, but in the end we are not worse off than we were before the weekend started in the standings and that is a good sign.
New York City FC 2 - Montreal Impact 3: FRANK LAMPARD DEBUTED!!!! IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED! He played 21 minutes of something as his squad tried to come back. He subbed on just after David Villa converted a PK to bring his side to a respectable one goal down. Ignacio Piatti then converted his own PK in the 84th. A minute later, Thomas McNamara scored to bring it to 3-2 at the baseball stadium but Montreal brought in the closer Maxim Tissot, who pitched a scoreless ninth and got the win on the road. Andrea Pirlo also started in this one.
DC United 6 - Real Salt Lake 4: Here's the barn burner. It was 2-1 RSL at the halftime break. In a match that looks more like RSL '15 versus RSL '12 with Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Sabario starting up top for DC. There were open play, free kick, penalty, headers and footers all in this one. I can't describe everything or pick a goal to show you so...here's all 10.
Philadelphia Union 1 - New York Red Bulls 3:The NY side that is wins and seems to be good. They are energizers...and unlike the Portland Red Bull event, this one wasn't shut down. All the scoring was concentrated in the last 25 minutes or so with Sacha Kljestan's PK starting it all. Former Sounder Sebastian Le Toux brought the Union back but in true Union fashion, they gave up two more. That old saying about team confidence and what not that you are most likely to give up a goal in A. first/last five minutes of a half or B. five minutes after a goal. Well Philly did both...A minute after Le Toux scored, Bradley Wright-Phillips converted and then in late stoppage Abang got the insurance policy. BWP's goal was assisted by his brother Shaun Wright-Phillips which is the first brother to brother goal in MLS to my recollection.
New England Revolution 3 - Toronto FC 1: No Michael Bradley saw a 4-4-2 that was a very tight diamond and even had Robbie Findley start as a CM (not CAM or CDM). Well Toronto's defensive problems reared their ugly head again and the Canadian side found themselves down 2-0 at the half and 3-0 shortly after. Charlie Davies is having a great season this year getting his eighth and ninth goals of the season in this one. Jonathan Osorio tallied one for back for the road side but it was too little too late.
Orlando City SC 5 - Columbus Crew 2: The Purple Lions released one of their starting defenders this week and collapsed defensively, right? Nope. While they gave up two in this one, it is nothing in comparison to what Columbus did to Chicago. Cyle Larin picked up two more in what is an impressive rookie campaign for the Canadian. Aurelien Collin scored two as well in this one but unlike Larin, he sent one into his own net in second half stoppage. The Crew are hoping to bounce back but their consistent inconsistency is likely to be their downfall. The win puts them tied on points for 5th but with less wins and three more games played than Montreal.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Houston Dynamo 1: A result that went our way, kind of... While Houston is pretty low in the standings and a win for them instead of any points for SKC but at least a draw is the least amount points available in this one, which is pretty good. Cards galore in this one. Four yellows for Sporting Yellow Card City and two yellows and a red for the Dynamo. In the midst of all of this each sound found time to score. Dom Dwyer, who's name is Dominic (I seriously just learned this), headed home MVP Candidate Benny Feilhaber's free kick in the 6th. Ricardo Clark tied it up in the 78th, before Houston went a man down, heading home Brad Davis' free kick from the corner. Cubo Torres looked good for Houston but not as dangerous as they were hoping. Another former Sounder, Nathan Sturgis, was the one who saw red.
Colorado Rapids 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 3: The Rapids went up early in the 12th through former Galaxy man Marcelo Sarvas and that was the final bright spot for the home side. Three second half goals for LA from Sebastian Lletget, Alan Gordon, and professional leader of the smug society, Robbie Keane. Stevie G assisted on Keane's goal. They are definitely a good duo and I hate them.
Sounders FC 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps 3: I'm not talking about it. I am not happy, it is that simple. Maybe one day this week I'll talk about it but until then, no way.
San Jose Earthquakes 0 - Portland Timbers 0: Honestly, don't watch it. It is kind of boring. Shockingly, only two yellows in a match between the two sides more known for cards than civility. Lucas Melano is still not a starter for Portland but everyone else that started is their best XI at this point. The beard and Liam Ridgewell held the SJ strikers, including a very hot Quincy Amarikwa. I mean there were 27 total shots but only eight on target combined and they play fairly boring soccer in general.
Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 2, 2015
Chicago Fire 2 - FC Dallas 0: First five and last five minutes, just watch those. This was a better match than the one before it today but still it is Chicago and I know people do not care too much about the Fire. Why the first five and last five you ask, first five saw David Accam score. Last five, Shaun Maloney converted a PK. Dallas' loss, lost their 1st place spot to the 'Caps after blowing it against a supposedly weak Fire. Before Maloney got his goal, Chicago went to 10 men after Matt Watson did this:
The Sounders are still hanging in there, sitting in 6th. We have a three point lead on RSL for the final playoff spot, on equal games played. Sadly sitting seven points out first place in the West with SKC and FC Dallas sitting with at least a game in hand ahead of us. After this week, the Sounders sit with more losses than wins, a disappointing note and only hold a +1 GD. Playing in LA next week will be a major test and a chance to jump in the standings but if not we could potentially lose our playoff spot.
Sounders 2 also fell this weekend to the Sacramento Republic. Falling 2-0 after pulling Vic Manaray, Aaron Kovar, and Jimmy Ockford at the half. LA II lost to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, keeping the sides tied for first with 36 points. LA II holds a game in hand, which they'll play Tuesday against the OKC Energy.