Orlando City 1 Houston Dynamo 0
Both teams coming off of huge home openers last week met Friday night in a hard fought a game that went both ways and had solid chances from both sides. Pedro Ribiero scored what was a very odd goal and only goal of the game in the 75th minute to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. Orlando City could have easily had another goal but Houston's goalkeeper, Tyler Deric made a terrific save on Kaka's 40th minute free kick. The Lions were without their top centerback Aurélien Collin, who was suspended for his red card against NYCFC. Houston will fly to Los Angeles next week to play the Galaxy and Orlando will go back home to host the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Chicago Fire 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
After coming off of week one with a loss, both teams come into this game looking for their first win. Chicago, hosting the Whitecaps in their home opener, was looking to come off of a very disappointing game against LA. The Fire started the game off with a few great chances, and dominated in possession the entire game. Vancouver had 18 shots; six on target and Octavio Rivero converts on a poor clearance from the Fire. Both teams will go on the road next week, Vancouver to play Orlando at the Citrus Bowl and Chicago to play San Jose in their home opener at Avaya Stadium.
FC Dallas 3 Sporting Kansas City 1
After netting the only goal of the game last week against San Jose, Blas Pérez returned with another excellent game against Sporting KC. Scoring the first goal in the 17th minute, Pérez scored what was the first of two goals on the night. Roger Espinoza scored Sporting Kansas City's only goal of the game in the 44th minute to send both teams tied 1-1 at half. Pérez decided he wasn't done and came out in the 76th minute and scored his second of the game on an excellent cross from Michel and Fabian Castillo put the game away in the 88th minute with an easy tap in. Dallas is the only team playing this weekend to stay perfect, moving to a 2-0-0 record.
Both teams coming off 0-0 ties last week looked to score their first goals of the season. Both teams ended up scoring their first 3 goals each. In a high scoring game, that had everything, an amazing free kick, an own goal and a game tying penalty kick. Philadelphia's new striker Fernando Aristegueta had two goals and RSL gave the third goal to the Union. RSL saw goals from everyone including a beautifully taken free kick by Javier Morales.
The Sounders, coming off of a game where they stomped the Revolution, scored the fastest goal in Sounders FC history. 24 seconds into the game, Clint Dempsey scored the first goal of the game. The Earthquakes would not let themselves get shut down. Chris Wondolowski scored in the 13th minute, and then added a second in the beginning of the second half. Víctor Bernárdez was given a red card in the 52nd minute to put the Earthquakes down to ten men. San Jose would not let themselves be beat though, Innocent Emeghara scored the Earthquakes third goal of the game with a beautiful cut and shot to the opposite post. Obafemi Martins scored in the 84th minute but that would be too little too late for the Sounders.
In front of 43,507 fans, NYCFC did not disappoint for their home opener in the Bronx. World Cup champion David Villa scored the first goal of the game for NYCFC in the 19th minute after an excellent give and go pass with Ned Grabavoy. New England took control of the game after the first goal and had several solid chances on goal, but Josh Saunders kept the ball out of the NYCFC goal. After coming on in the 66th minute, Khiry Shelton was taken down from behind by José Gonçalves who was shown a straight red. Seconds after coming on as a sub, Patrick Mullins was given a pass across the front of the net from David Villa to put the game away 2-0.
What a game as both teams played aggressive and exciting soccer. After beating the Chicago Fire last week, the Galaxy comes into Portland to face the Timbers in a high scoring match. In the 31st minute, Portland opened up the scoring with a beautiful curl from Fanendo Adi. That was the only goal of the first half. Gyasi Zardes opened up the second half scoring after a cross from Jose Villarreal. Portland responded in the final minutes with a great ball from Liam Ridgewell to Darlington Nagbe, who couldn't put the ball in and passed it Fanendo Adi who netted his second of the game. LA wasn't done either, in the final seconds of the game; Alan Gordon converted on a corner kick from Stefan Ishizaki. Both teams escaped this game with a point. And Portland goes on to next week still looking for their first win.
It's early, but just a quick peek at the playoff standings. Eastern Conference's top six is New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, Toronto FC, and Philadelphia Union.
FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are the six teams in out West.