Sounders have had more than a few hiccups this season. While the East is magnitudes worse than the West, at least Seattle is still within a stones throw (a long throw of a heavy stone) of the playoffs thanks to everyone else in the West leaving points behind.
Sporting Kansas City 0 - DC United 1: Good and bad news for Seattle. Good news, Sporting lost, keeping them only four points ahead of Seattle and out of the playoff picture. Bad news, the DC side we play Wednesday got a win to re-energize them. A goal for yet another guy with the last name of Kamara who subbed on for Lamar Neagle about 30 seconds before finishing a Taylor Kemp cross. DC looked alright without Sabario and Birnbaum.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - Houston Dynamo 1: More good and bad. The good, Houston drawing means Seattle is not in last place in the West. The bad, Vancouver losing helps us more with the draw giving them 21 points through 15 matches and 3rd place. A red for each side for violent conduct in the 42nd, when Alex and Pedro Morales got into it a bit and each caught the other in the head region, it appeared, earning their marching orders. About ten minutes into the second half Octavio Rivero finished the loose ball on a corner kick to tie it up and seal a point.
New York Red Bulls 3 - Toronto FC 0: NYRB kept it up and scored three more. All from B.W.P. so much for having a slow season. After going up three - zero in 27 minutes, the fastest MLS hat trick, Toronto looked lost and defeated. Red Bulls extended an olive branch by picking up a late first half red card for Veron but it did nothing. An injury forced Sebastian Giovinco off in the 22nd and TFC failed to recover without Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
Columbus Crew 4 - Real Salt Lake 3: Columbus has finally found their offense and it is without Kei Kamara who was sent off to New England. Their offense though was not missing a hint of Kamara with a hit trick by Ola Kamara and then an own goal by Justin "Not So After This" Glad. RSL had one of their best offensive showings with Jordan Allen, Joao Plata, and Luke Mulholland all finding the back of the net. It was RSL down 4-1 after 74 minutes but a comeback started with two quick RSL goals but it wasn't enough at MAPFRE in Ohio.
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New England Revolution 2 - Sounders 1: Aaron Kovar!!! First MLS goal. Stop watching there because well a horrible PK call, Brad Evans injury, and poor close outs led to a lose in the cavernous NFL stadium in Foxboro.
Montreal Impact 3 - Los Angeles Galaxy 2: Gio Dos Santos denied a call-up to Copa America from the Mexican National Side to run the offense without Zardes and Keane and it was a good call, scoring in the 8th minute. After that Ignacio Piatti took over with a goal and an assist on each side of the half to give the home side a 2-1 lead. Mike Magee, Gio's strike partner, teamed up with Gerrard and Lletget to tie it up. Didier Drogba played hero of Montreal or villain of LA with a stoppage time free kick goal smashing one for a mile out right off Brian Rowe and into the net with no time remaining. Oh Drogba, thank you.
Chicago Fire 1 - Portland Timbers 1: Another Western team dropping points for us with Portland doing their best "Draw City Mobile" interpretation failing to take three points against the worst team in the MLS. Darlington Nagbe's great international goal on Wednesday didn't count for PDX in this one but Diego Valeri's impossible angle shot did. He took it after Chicago failed miserably to clear an easy long ball without Valeri putting pressure on the backline but after it was sent straight up in the air, he won it, and scored. Portland forgot that after scoring the game does not end, like an overtime period in hockey, and gave up a goal less than two minutes later to David Accam. The Timbers could not clear the loose ball after about five clearances and Chicago had enough chances and finally converted. Nothing major happened after that goal in the 20th, just some yellows.
Colorado Rapids 1 - Philadelphia Union 1: First in the East versus First in the West, does that sound weird? It should. In any case the best two in each conference met and drew as you may expect. Both play fairly similar styles and could not get an advantage over the other especially with Colorado missing attack leader Jermaine Jones. Make it more fun, the goals came in the 87th and 92nd minutes because... Philly wouldn't lose (Colorado scored first).
San Jose Earthquakes 0 - FC Dallas 0: More West, more draws. San Jose missing Chris Wondolowski couldn't find the back of the net but FC Dallas failed to show their attacking prowess on the road and both sides just kind of sleep walked into a nil-nil draw.
NYCFC 2 - Orlando City 2: Well NYCFC didn't get absolutely demoralized this time out but they still blew their chances and only got a point at home against a club below them in the standings. Frank Lampard even subbed on this time. What's more sad in this one is that couldn't finish this match, they went up 2-0 with the second goal coming in the 66th. They need to hold on for roughly a half an hour but six minutes after they gave up one and in stoppage time they gave up a second. Almost a massive bicycle kick goal, it was Kevin Molino heading one past Josh Saunders to get a point and disappoint the home fans.
Overall not a single team in the West won a game this week with most teams earning a draw, the rest losing like us. Seattle still has some games in hand on most of the teams ahead of them in the standings but games in hand mean nothing unless you get points from them. Sounders could get into the playoffs winning their games in hand on Vancouver and eek in there with 22 points from 15 matches, one ahead of Vancouver.