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MLS Rewind: Taking a look at the action around MLS week three

A very low scoring Saturday and the opening night at Avaya Stadium draws 18,000 is what highlights week three in Major League Soccer

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CONCACAF Champions League

Montreal Impact 2 Alajuelense 0

After making history in the quarterfinals, Montreal came into this week looking to keep the momentum going in the semi-finals against Alajuelense. In the first leg of the semis, Ignacio Piatti scored the opening goal in the 10th minute after a pass across the box from Dominic Oduro. Four minutes later, Victor Cabrera puts another goal on the board for Montreal off of a corner kick. Alajulense attacked hard the rest of the game but Montreal managed to hold them off and keep the 2-0 aggregate lead.  The two teams will face off again on April 7th in Costa Rica for the second leg of the CONCACAF Semi-final.

MLS Regular Season

Montreal Impact 0 New England Revolution 0

Coming off of a huge game against Alajulense in the CONCACAF Champions League, Montreal comes into New England looking to get another win against the Revs. The biggest story of this game was Montreal’s Cameron Porter leaving the game due to a knee injury. Montreal picked up several yellow cards throughout the game until Hassoun Camara picked up his second yellow card of the game in the 60th minute earning him an early trip to the locker room. After the red card to Camara, New England controlled the game until the final whistle.  Both teams will play at home next week, Montreal against Orlando and New England to play San Jose Earthquakes.

New York City FC 0 Colorado Rapids 0

NYCFC goes to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to face the Colorado Rapids in the club’s first road trip of the season. Fatigue seemed to be a factor for NYCFC as the Rapids tied City at home in a very uneventful matchup. David Villa had the team’s only two shots of the game to the Rapids’ seven shots. New York’s Shay Facey picked up a yellow card in the 51st minute then picked up another in the 82nd minute to send him off. NYCFC spend the rest of the game down a man but managed to keep the Rapids from scoring. New York will go back home to Yankee Stadium to host Sporting Kansas City next weekend.

Philadelphia Union 0 FC Dallas 2

Postponed due to a snowstorm Friday night, FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union faced off at PPL Park Saturday afternoon.  FC Dallas looked to remain the only undefeated team in the MLS and they would do just that against the Union on Saturday. In a card heavy first half, Union’s Zach Pfeffer earned a red card on an ugly elbow on FC Dallas’ Diaz. Tesho Akindele put the games first goal on the board putting an easy shot into the bottom left corner of Philadelphia’s net. Ryan Hollingshead netted the second goal of the game for Dallas after an excellent couple of passes.

Orlando City SC 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Orlando’s first game at home after hosting NYCFC in front of 65 thousand fans took on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Both teams played in front of 31,072 fans at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in what was a very uneventful game. Most chances came towards the end of the game. Perhaps the best chance of the game came from Raul Octavio Rivero in the 34th minute when he rang a shot off the Orlando crossbar. Rivero redeemed himself in the final seconds scoring a header off of a Pedro Morales free kick. That loss puts the Lions at 1-1-1 to start their inaugural season.

Sporting Kansas City 0 Portland Timbers 0

Coming into this match the road team has won three of the last five meetings all-time in the series. This was not the case in this matchup at Sporting Park. Neither Sporting Kansas City nor Portland was able to pick up their first win of 2015. The Timbers however stay unbeaten with this game being their third draw, so they may be unbeaten, but they haven’t won either. The beginning of the game didn't look as if it would be a draw but throughout the game the play slowed down and became back and forth. Both teams had points where they looked like they were going to score but both goalies kept their teams together. Next week, both teams will go on the road, Sporting to visit Yankee Stadium to play NYCFC and Timbers will play their first Cascadia Cup game at Vancouver.

LA Galaxy 1 Houston Dynamo 1

The Houston Dynamo comes into the game after losing to expansion side Orlando City at home and the Galaxy looked to keep their home-unbeaten streak together. Robbie Keane opened the scoring early for LA by beating Houston’s Nathan Sturgis and putting the ball past Tyler Deric for the first goal of the game. An Óscar García corner kick gave the Dynamo a chance to tie the game, shortly after the Galaxy score. A ball across the top of the box to David Horst who headed it to Nathan Sturgis who would bury the ball in the back of the net. The Galaxy were able to extend their unbeaten streak at home with a disappointing tie and Houston got a point on the road. Dynamo will go back home next Saturday to host Colorado.

NY Red Bulls 2 DC United 0

In one of Major League Soccer’s oldest rivalries, DC United goes into New York to play Bradley Wright Phillips and the New York Red Bulls. In the 25th minute, a long ball from Dax McCarty sent a long ball to Bradley Wright Phillips who would lift it over DC United defender Steve Birnbaum then blast it into the back of the net. DC United nearly tied the game in the 33rd minute on a shot from Chris Rolfe but would be denied by Luis Robles. In the second half, Wright Phillips gave a pass to Lloyd Sam who would bury a near post shot on Hamid. DC would get a penalty kick in 90th minute stoppage time but Chris Pontius sailed his kick and that would be the end for DC United at Red Bull Arena.

San Jose Earthquakes 2 Chicago Fire 1

The first game at sold out Avaya Stadium for San Jose Earthquakes saw a very hard fought win. The game looked as if the Earthquakes would blow out the Chicago Fire. Five minutes into the game, rookie Fatai Alashe scored the first goal at Avaya Stadium and his first MLS goal off of a San Jose corner kick. Set pieces were key for San Jose as the second goal of the game was scored from a Matías Pérez García free kick. Ty Harden scored his first goal in 100 MLS appearances. Harry Shipp scored the Fire’s only goal of the game in the 29th minute off of a through pass from Joevin Jones. The Fire will go back home next weekend looking for their first win against the Philadelphia Union.

Standings

Although it's only the third week of the season, both New York teams lead the eastern conference while FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes lead in the west.

Eastern

  1. New York City FC
  2. New York Red Bulls
  3. Orlando City SC
  4. Columbus Crew SC
  5. Toronto FC
  6. D.C. United

Western

  1. FC Dallas
  2. San Jose Earthquakes
  3. Vancouver Whitecaps
  4. LA Galaxy
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Seattle Sounders FC