Sounders slipped into last in the West so...let’s jump straight into the matches and not dwell there.
Orlando City 0 - Houston Dynamo 0: No cards, no goals, no excitement in the first OCSC match without Adrian Heath. Not much else to say, in Houston’s 18 matches they now have 18 points, one more in matches and points. Orlando didn’t appear to gain anything after firing Heath, playing one of the worst squads, in their home, and they couldn’t do anything.
San Jose Earthquakes 0 - FC Dallas 1: Dallas needs to play well in order to help Seattle, they didn’t. But they did just enough to throw us a bone with Maximiliano Urruti getting a goal and three points for the Texans.
Sounders 0 - LA Galaxy 1: It sucked to watch and hurts to read the result. The boys played well and couldn’t score. The ref was questionable. LA found a way to win though and we didn’t and that just seems like how this year has been.
Philadelphia Union 3 - D United 0: Three goals, two via the PK though each taken by a different shooter for PHI before Ilsinho found the goal a second time. Kofi Opare ensured his club couldn’t come back by picking up a second yellow in the 65th while down 3-0. If you haven’t, pick up Roland Alberg in fantasy play after a PK and an assist tonight.
DC gives PHI 2 PKs in first 35 min (and could have been 3). Interesting approach. #PHIvDC— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 9, 2016
New England Revolution 3 - Columbus Crew 1: Kamara show. Which Kamara? Both. Kei was back to play his former squad and Ola, who has become the free scoring Kamara in Ohio, met and scored. Down 1-0, Wil Trapp hit in an own goal. Down 2-0, Ola Kamara brought his side back. But it was Kei, who hit the insurance goal in the 71st to but his new side through at home with three points. Oh and Lee Nguyen hit a pretty nice goal.
Toronto FC 1 - Chicago Fire 0: Weirdly enough, no goals. A 9th minute goal by Justin Morrow was all that there was. What matters in this one, Giovinco ripping his shirt because...Inner Hulk?
RSL 1 - Montreal Impact 1: Harry Shipp picked up the early goal for Montreal but they couldn’t hold on the remaining 82 plus stoppage. Any time the East can take all three points against the West is going to be important and while Montreal failed at that, at least they took something from RSL holding each side to a single point in this one. It was a late PK that Yura Movsisyan converted that did it.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - Colorado Rapids 2: Colorado, like Dallas, needs to just take all the points they can. In this one that gave up a goal to Kendall Waston, then got one back through Kevin Doyle. Eric Miller saw marching orders 12 minutes after that putting Colorado at a disadvantage the rest of the match. Vancouver took advantage with a late Cristian Techera PK. It seemed that Vancouver would save themselves, take three points, and jump up the table but then Axel Sjoberg had other plans. 5th minute of stoppage, the tall CB converts with a header back across goal from a Kevin Doyle cross. Colorado saves a point and dashes the ‘Caps hopes, lovely.
New York Red Bulls 0 - Portland Timbers 0: Draw City goes on the road and...draws. Darren Mattocks picked up an injury in the first few minutes leading to a Ned Grabavoy substitute appearance in the 4th. Gideon Baah needed a sub a mere 18 minutes later with Damien Perrinelle subbing on. Other than that, nothing major or important and it is great news Portland dropped some points even if they still got one.
Sporting Kansas City 3 - NYCFC 1: Bad news in this one, NYC played poorly and fell in an ugly fashion in Kansas against SKC. An SKC lose or at least a draw would have been great but alas is was the backline’s scoring for them that did it. Benny Feilhaber and Frank Lampard traded goals in the first 15 but it was Jimmy Medranda’s 16th minute goal that’s the winner and Ike Opara’s 51st minute insurance goal that finished the night.
It doesn’t look pretty sitting in the basement but games in hand, right? They’ll mean something. Let’s just hope the boys beat Dallas on Wednesday and start moving back up.