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Major League Standings: Sounders no longer basement dwellers

Houston moved in with Vancouver not too far behind for the West's basement. It's nice to have moved out.

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Sounders won again!!!! That's what matters. Also, we're out of the basement and that's pretty cool. We may not be above the red line yet but it is encouraging.

Wednesday 4/13-

Sporting Kansas City 1 - Colorado Rapids 2: Pappa starts and the Rapids win. It was the last game of the pre Jermaine Jones era. SKC was a mix of starters and reserves, leaning towards starters, while Rapids played their best available side in Kansas and it showed on the score line though not on field. SKC had the majority of the possession and controlled the match all 90 minutes but in a fashion I want to continue seeing, they blew it.

Portland Timbers 1 - FC Dallas 3: Road teams winning is the current theme of the day. Dallas put up three in thirty minutes and Portland could never come back. Tesho Akindele and Fabian Castillo each for a goal and an assist. Even in the first 30 minutes, where Dallas got all their goals, Portland held possession which ended at 60-40. But in Timbers fashion, were outshot and outplayed in the final third. Darren Mattocks got the consolation goal in the 67th.

San Jose Earthquakes 2 - New York Red Bulls 0: Wondolowski scores again. Being allowed to be a free striker again this season is paying dividends for the guy who couldn't hit a sitter last year. Quincy Amarikwa and the host of midfielders behind the duo have freed up a traditionally thuggish offense to play aggressive entertaining attacking soccer. It disgusts me... On the other side of the coin the struggling Red Bulls started a mix of starters and reserves and hoped for a result. They may be running out of hope. Nothing they could do made them look formidable in SJ and it is becoming an alarming trend.

Friday 4/15-

Houston Dynamo 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 4: 30 seconds is all Houston needed. David Horst headed a cross with Alex and Maidana picking up assists. That was the beginning of the end for Houston. Three minutes later and Gio dos Santos scored. 21st and 31st minute goals for LAG including another by dos Santos gave LA a 3-1 lead at the half. After the half the Galaxy got one more to finish their rout of the orange in Texas. LA was out possessed 57-43 and were not in control of the tempo but it didn't seem to matter. While Houston controlled the ball they only got off nine shots with three on goal and looked incredibly ineffective in the final third. LA's ability to score without controlling the ball should be a bit concerning but Houston leaks goals to everyone but us so...

Saturday 4/16-

Chicago Fire 1 - Montreal Impact 2: All three goals were pretty impressive. Kennedy and Piatti's goals were very very similar and each gave their team a lead with a Didier Drogba substitute goal in the middle. Oh and Dominic Oduro picked up two assists. Montreal is looking good after losing to us and Chicago isn't as bad as previous years, so congrats?

DC United 0 - Toronto FC 1: DC's success was short lived. Incredibly short. A first minute Giovinco goal was all that was in this one. DC took 18 shots...only three on target. There's really not much to say for this one because DC didn't provide any excitement.

Columbus Crew 3 - NYCFC 2: The Crew finally found success with all four major offensive players getting involved. Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain all got a goal or an assist. Meanwhile while getting ran over much of the match, Patrick Viera who's been in love with tactical changes decided to do the unthinkable...nothing. Getting outclassed he did nothing at the half. Only a late PK that David Villa converted salvaged any part of this one. Also Michael Parkhurst saw a red when conceding the PK for an ugly foul. Columbus staved off the buzzards for at least a week.

Colorado Rapids 2 - New York Red Bulls 1: The trip out west was not kind to the energy drinks. Jermaine Jones in his first match of the season scored COL's first goal. RBNY hung in for most the match unlike against SJ and Ronald Zubar tied the match up in the 60th to make it competitive. Dominique Badji scored late off a, you guessed it, Jermaine Jones assist. Also Pappa started on the wing with Jones as the CAM. He didn't do too much but he's fun to mention.

Sounders FC 2 - Philadelphia Union 1: MORRIS!!! Chad Marshall also is auditioning for a striker role and he's doing a pretty good job at it. Valdez got a yellow for bull. Alberg good a deserved double yellow. And we got three points! There's hope after all!

Real Salt Lake 1 - Vancouver Whitecaps 0: And our rivals keep slipping. Karma for those fake PKs you could say. Juan "El Burrito" Manuel Martinez gets the lone goal in this one. The physical match didn't disappoint though statistically speaking it was lacking with minimal cards and fouls between the two.

Portland Timbers 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: Jack Mac and Adi both got goals as well as Wondolowski as one of two (Adi) in stoppage time which ended at about 10 minutes. Diego Valeri ended up getting a red card in stoppage drawing two yellow for arguing at 90+ which takes real dedication. Portland was also forced into a 50th minute goalkeeper switch with Gleeson coming on Kwarasey. The win got them back in it after being beat up by Dallas but they still look susceptible to getting blown out.

Sunday 4/17-

Orlando City 2 - New England Revolution 2: This match had PKs as the bookends with a 2nd minute and 96th minute PK getting converted for each side. New England got theirs in the 96th which Lee Nguyen calmly finished to get the Revs a point in this one. Orlando hasn't been hot since blowing out Portland and the Revs haven't been hot all season making an interesting match up. Cyle Larin didn't start so just blame it all on that for OCSC.

FC Dallas 2 - Sporting Kansas City 1: Peter Vermes lost again! Great week. Oh and Mauro Rosales had the winning goal in this one. Nothing else matters in this. NOTHING!

We're out of the basement. We won pretty but yet pretty ugly. Jordan Morris scored. His daddy is proud. All that matters in the end is the three points. Three wonderful points. Vancouver and Houston sit behind us in the West. Not being worst never felt so good...until next week when we get above the red line.

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