Sounders took the weekend off with the USMNT in action so, for once, we didn't get burned by the international window though three matches did occur in MLS, all on Saturday. This weekend had more reds and one of the games ended 1-0 due to a PK goal, which is starting to become a familiar result for a certain side.
NYCFC 1 - New England Revolution 1: After the match coach Patrick Vieira felt that his team didn't push to win the match which was pretty obvious for a few reasons, well at least after Tommy McNamara gave them the lead 1-0 in the 10th. After that NYCFC gave up a goal in the 38th via a Chris Tierney free kick. In the 51st, Gershon Koffie was given his marching orders and gave NYCFC 40 minutes of man-advantage soccer and they did....NOTHING with it. In fact they went from about 55% to 70% possession at that point and still could not convert. They play all offense with their WM/3-2-2-3/3-4-3/3-5-2/3-5-1-1 (all depending on who you ask) and yet could not break through a fairly leaky New England defense.
Gershon Koffie gets sent off for endangering the health of Twitter's favorite player https://t.co/PdBabecPgI— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) March 26, 2016
DC United 0 - FC Dallas 3: Three goals for FCD, two by Michael Barrios and one by Urruti. Both sides had pretty much all their top players but there is a major difference between a top team in the West and the bottom of the barrel in the East and it was on display in the Nation's Capital. Also Marcelo Sarvas, with DC now, saw a red card after all the goals were scored ... really he was trying to stop a counter and is still bad at it. Here's the red and some reactions to DC in general.
Things couldn't possibly get worse for DC could they? Oh wait... Yeah it looks like it can... Sarvas sent o... https://t.co/Mp7mghRX3e— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) March 26, 2016
I tell you what, things are a little dark in Sounders world, but man, DCU is a MESS.— Jose Rivera (@whoisjoserivera) March 26, 2016
Watching DC United these last two weeks has really got me rethinking my pro/rel stance.— ian (@the16thdoc) March 26, 2016
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: Again...a PK for Vancouver that Pedro Morales converted. Former Sounder Jalil Anibaba knocked Masato Kudo to the ground going up for a cross though it looked a bit soft (not Bolanos soft but pillow soft). Justifiable call if I wasn't already mad at Vancouver's earning of PKs (four now).
Seattle Sounders are the only team without points and their opponent for next Saturday's game, the Montreal Impact, did not play this weekend. The only upside is that Seattle didn't lose this weekend.
|1||Sporting Kansas City||9||3||3||3||0||0||4||1||3|
|6||San Jose Earthquakes||6||2||3||2||1||0||4||4||0|
|7||Real Salt Lake||5||1.67||3||1||0||2||6||5||1|
|8||Orlando City SC||5||1.67||3||1||0||2||4||3||1|
|9||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||6||1.5||4||2||2||0||6||6||0|
|13||New York City FC||5||1.25||4||1||1||2||7||7||0|
|15||New York Red Bulls||3||1||3||1||2||0||4||8||-4|
|16||New England Revolution||3||0.75||4||0||1||3||4||7||-3|
|19||Columbus Crew SC||1||0.33||3||0||2||1||2||4||-2|
|20||Seattle Sounders FC||0||0||3||0||3||0||2||5||-3|
In the USL, Seattle did not get off to a great start with a fair amount of MLS reservists losing to Sacramento Republic.Also former Sounder and S2 player Ashani Fairclough signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads, again, and scored today - so that's fun.
In Utah, Real Salt Lake/Real Monarchs had a pretty scary moment when MLS Superdraft pick, Omar Holness, collapsed with no one around him. It was determined he had a seizure and was taken off in an ambulance. He did communicate as he left and the club has said he is awake and alert at the hospital. Hopefully he recovers quickly and can be back on the field soon.