Results around the league were hit and miss for the Sounders, who still have a game in hand on a lot of the West. Portland and Chicago took the week off because they are WEAK.
Montreal Impact 0 - Toronto FC 2: The week to make Giovinco your MLS Fantasy captain (and I took it away from him...). Two goals for the Italian with the first coming via the PK spot. Didier Drogba started and went 90 minutes taking six shots and only getting one on target. Everyone expected the moon from Drogba in his first star and he didn't deliver, nor did Harry Shipp or Ignacio Piatti and almost made you want Dominic Oduro back up top. Almost. TFC meanwhile didn't play great but they found how to score.
Philadelphia Union 2 - NYCFC 0: Congrats Philly, you are now 1st place in the East. What do you want? A freakin' medal? You beat NYCFC and they suck. Mix played 12 minutes at the end, Pirlo and Lampard weren't even in the 18. These team may be bad but they played only their worst plus David Villa. You won a game you should win. Woo hoo... Chris Pontius and CJ Sapong scored the goals.
DC United 3 - New England Revolution 0: Ben Olsen was suspended for running onto the field (like four steps) to get a ball out of the field play. DC didn't like the DC's decision and played inspired without their boss. They blew out another bad east team. Lamar Neagle was asked to take a PK and converted it, safe to say he won the battle of Federal Way over Kelyn Rowe. New England kept it close but giving up two goals after the 85th crushed them.
Perfectly measured. Luciano Acosta catches Shuttleworth off his line with a beautiful chip. https://t.co/XuHgBQMZyn— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 23, 2016
Columbus Crew 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: And just like that Columbus is above their red line in the East getting a win before traveling to Seattle next weekend. Houston's loss is the best result for the Sounders of the clubs around us with them taking 0 points and staying below the Rave Green. Columbus did not look good even with a man advantage for over an hour. Tyler Deric saw red for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Kei Kamara converted the PK against Joe Willis and that's all she wrote.
Colorado Rapids 3 - Sounders FC 1: I don't want to talk about it. Really I don't. Oh and congrats Jordan Morris on goal #2 of the season.
Los Angeles Galaxy 5 - Real Salt Lake 2: Another game that had a PK, that's four straight on Saturday. This one was really a consolation as it was Javier Morales converting it after going down 4-1. Burrito put them up 1-0 in the 16th but then four Galaxy goals roasted RSL. Stevie G scored in the 91st to calmly end the match 5-2. This Galaxy team was dangerous and I don't like that. RSL looks lost and tired on the field but two goals might be the best that offense can hope for, so good job? Also congrats to Nick Rimando on stoning Stevie G in the 6th minute on a PK.
LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 24, 2016
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - FC Dallas 0: A result that doesn't go the Sounders way but it doesn't really go against them. While it means Vancouver sits above them in the standings, FC Dallas does lead the West and being pulled back down to earth is good. FCD started the scoring in this one but in the wrong net, Maynor Figueroa chested it home. Though the OG should really go to Chris Seitz who punched a cross he should've caught write into his defender which rebounded straight into the net. Vancouver kept the scoring up with Jordan Harvey and Kekuta Manneh getting on the board later with Blas Perez helping him get a goal against his former club. Seattle is still in striking distance of the 'Caps, so there's a good thing.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Sporting Kansas City 0:The two clubs that I will probably insult the most for playing physical violent soccer had, as you'd expect, a physical brutish match. It took less than a minute for a yellow card. There was a potential PK call (should've been) for KC which when uncalled led to a San Jose attack that did get a PK call with the game winner from Chris Wondolowski. Not sure what else you'd want to know expect sucks to be Peter Vermes now. Both clubs sit just above the red line and when Seattle makes a run, will fall out of it.
Missed SKC Call
Moments before Wondolowski's PK goal Dwyer goes down on the opposite end. PK or na? pic.twitter.com/r8SSXYq5nv— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) April 24, 2016
Correct SJ Call
New York Red Bulls 3 - Orlando City 2: Cyle Larin got this thing started early with a goal in the 3rd minute. New York looked resolute in losing again for the next hour. Then the fog cleared, the clouds lifted, the wall fell, whatever cliche metaphor you want to use because the goals started flowing. In the 65th Mike Grella tied it up. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored not once but twice to open his account for 2016 as the Red Bulls put up three in 10 minutes. If you want to watch this match, just watch the 65th minute on and that's all you need to do. While OCSC fell apart, just before the scoring barrage started for RBNY they committed what appeared to be a red card foul just outside the box but instead it was waived off and Red Bulls went flying. Ouimette, the defender who should've been sent off before the scoring joined the party as well but scoring with his knee for OCSC with about seven minutes left instead of helping his team bury the Purple Lions.
Sounders sit below the red line and it wasn't a great week. We are below Portland and Vancouver in the standings. We are not the worst MLS. We will be the best. We play a team that has lacked its ability to be dangerous next week. There is time. We just need to be above the red line to win it all and we'll be there even if we aren't this week.