The Sounders came back and scored just as the final whistle was about to blow thanks to Chad Marshall. Still last in the West, but comfortably not in last across the league, Seattle sits with the rest of Cascadia below the magical red line.
Philadelphia Union 2 - Orlando City 1: So apparently last week's thrashing of Portland was not a sign of things to come; instead they played the surprisingly-tied-for-best-in-the-East Union well until the 90th minute, when Tranquillo Barnetta smashed a perfect free kick. They played pretty equally for all 90 minutes and that it was a pretty kick that won it all was a fitting end. Philly is tied with Montreal for the top spot and that is just...you've got to be kidding.
ICYMI last night, Tranquillo Barnetta won the game for Philadelphia with this goal https://t.co/BPVXBTmeyB— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 9, 2016
Montreal Impact 2 - Columbus Crew 0: Montreal is top in the East. Columbus is bottom of the league. The match ended up how the standings predicted it would. No Drogba, no problem. Coming off losing to us, Montreal came back with a vengeance, with Hassoun Camara scoring in the 48th and Kyle Bekker getting the late insurance goal. The real question is not will Montreal slow down rolling over Eastern sides but will Columbus come back to the MLS Finals side they were last year. Two points, five matches, I'd blame the horrid jerseys but it might be something more than that.
New England Revolution 1 - Toronto FC 1: New England got screwed, then screwed themselves and then got screwed again. They earned a PK but it was not called. No one kept playing the ball just expecting the call to be made, when it wasn't Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco countered and tied it up. Lee Nguyen hit a perfect cross from the baseline that gets headed home but the refs flag went up for out of bounds and ruined the Revs three points.
DC United 4 - Vancouver Whitecaps 0: Real Salt Lake scored all four goals in this one. Oh wait, Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Sabario are the strikers for DC United now. They scored like in their vintage RSL days though, each grabbing two goals at home against a dangerous Vancouver side. As for the 'Caps, they'd been dangerous but in this one they just laid an egg. Was DC good? No. Was Vancouver that bad? Yes. United fans, don't read into this. 'Caps fans, maybe worry a little, they didn't look good against LA either and they seem to only score on PKs.
New York Red Bulls 0 - Sporting KC 2: And the Red Bulls get shutout again. They just can't score, they have four on the year, like Seattle, but all four came in one match. Only Columbus and Colorado have less (yes somehow Colorado has three goals but seven points, screw them). A team that is a perennial playoff threat seems to have switched spots for Philly for the year as a punchline. They look lost and pathetic. Meanwhile KC still doesn't look like a great team, but they find ways to win. It's hard to fault Peter Vermes right now but go ahead and hate him.
FC Dallas 2 - San Jose Earthquakes 2: San Jose outplayed Dallas in Frisco, but just couldn't keep the ball out of the net, being 100 percent at fault for both goals. The first was a PK that Tesho Akindele converted and the second was an own goal by Victor Bernandez (not to be confused with the former Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Berndandez). Quincy Amarikwa is starting to look the the playmaker that they needed on the front line to work with Chris Wondolowski, as he picked up two assists in this one. FCD is going to be a playoff team again. San Jose will not make the playoffs, but they'll definitely put up a fight (unfortunately).
Bernandez with a powerful finish. But it's unfortunately going to count for Dallas. The own goal makes it 2-2. https://t.co/cD0txKZ2bS— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 10, 2016
Real Salt Lake 1 - Colorado Rapids 0: Timmy Howard will come in the summer to replace Zac MacMath. MacMath was playing well until they announced the signing and now he plays like crap. Just watch Joao Plata's goal and laugh, go for it. For as bad as each side looked in this one and in each match, they are above the red line...Colorado had a short bench and started Marco Pappa, neither was helpful in this one.
Houston Dynamo 1 - Sounders FC 1: You know what happened. A bad first half. A better second half, especially after Oalex and Herculez subbed on. Final 10 seconds, perfect bliss. The end.
NYCFC 0 - Chicago Fire 0: Match one of the season between the two ended 4-3, this one should've been a barn burner, but turns out a scoreless boring draw was what we got. NYCFC went back to a 4-3-3 from their three man backlines and unlike in match one it got them nothing. And again (the theme in this one) both teams are above the East red line.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - Portland Timbers 1: Portland came back after how bad last week's match was for them by drawing the evil ones from SoCal. It took a Nat Borchers own goal in the 84th for the Galaxy to get a point out of this one but they'll take it, especially after Nigel de Jong's yellow card tackle on Darlington Nagbe looked like a red card waiting to happen, but somehow nope.
Somehow this week had no red cards, which for this year's MLS is a bit shocking. Sounders as well as the rest of Cascadia are outside of the playoffs looking in. Columbus and the Red Bulls are too. Everything seems a bit surreal still with the Sounders sitting in last in the West, but the fight the club showed is encouraging. The collapse by Vancouver and inability for both PDX and LA is refreshing. We know a few of the teams ahead will collapse, they are not designed for long-term success, so just wait for it.