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MLS Rewind: Week Four

A very cold weekend in the MLS leaves four teams still looking for their first win of the season

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

New England Revolution 2 San Jose Earthquakes 1

The yellow ball was used for the first time this season as the San Jose Earthquakes go from a beautiful home opener at Avaya Stadium to a cold and snowy New England to face the Revolution, who were looking for their first win of the season. The Revolution's Kelyn Rowe would make that possible with two goals in the first half. Rowe's first goal was a shot from the top of the box that deflected off San Jose's Shaun Francis. Rowe would get his second goal of the game in the 37th minute off of a Chris Tierney free kick. Chris Wondolowski would net the Earthquakes only goal of the game on a 62nd minute penalty kick.

Montreal Impact 2 Orlando City SC 2

Orlando came into Montreal looking to redeem themselves after a heartbreaking stoppage time loss to Vancouver last week. Montreal seemed to control the beginning of the game and 15 minutes into the game forced a penalty kick in which Ignacio Piatti capitalized on. Montreal's Jack McInerney made it 2-0 with a beautiful chip over Orlando's Donovan Ricketts. The Impact made one mistake the entire game. That was giving Kaká and Pedro Ribeiro space to work. 2 minutes after McInerney's goal, Kaká fed Pedro Ribeiro for Orlando's first goal of the game. Just over a minute later Ribeiro returned the favor and Kaká made it 2-2. The score would stay that way for the rest of the game.

NYCFC 0 Sporting Kansas City 1

Temperatures were just above freezing for kickoff at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night, but 27 thousand fans showed up to support their team. NYCFC was missing several key players including Khiry Shelton, Adam Nemec and David Villa. Sporting Kansas City capitalized early in the 12th minute on a Matt Besler throw in to Ike Opara who would head the ball into the back of the net. Josh Saunders kept City in the game stopping several strong chances from Sporting KC. NYCFC will have a bye next week and Sporting KC will host the Philadelphia Union.

DC United 1 LA Galaxy 0

The LA Galaxy came into RFK Stadium looking to stay undefeated and looking for their first road win of the year. LA was also missing two of their top strikers Robbie Keane to Euro 2016 qualifying and Gyasi Zardes is with the US national team. Both teams had chances to take the lead throughout the game but it would remain scoreless until the final seconds of the game when Chris Pontius would head in a Nick DeLeon chip in stoppage time. The goal would be too late for LA to respond. DC will head south next week to face Orlando in the Citrus bowl in their first contest against the expansion franchise.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Portland Timbers 1

The first Cascadia Cup match this season starts as the Vancouver Whitecaps host the Timbers. The Whitecaps looked to defeat the Timbers for the first time at home in their club's existence and the Timbers were looking for their first win this season. Nicolás Mezquida would net the first goal of the game with a gorgeous curling free kick. The game would stay 1-0 until the final ten minutes when the floodgates opened and Fanendo Adi scored to tie the game in the 81st minute. The Whitecaps weren't going to lose at home, Robert Earnshaw received an excellent through ball from Pedro Morales and then would chip it over the Portland keeper in the 90th minute. Portland remains winless and will host west leading F.C. Dallas next week.

Houston Dynamo 0 Colorado Rapids 0

After playing the most boring game of the weekend against NYCFC last weekend, Colorado comes into Houston looking to get their first win and first goal against Tyler Deric and the Dynamo. Both teams had great chances to put a ball in the net but this was a goalkeeper's game. Certainly an exciting game to watch because of all of the chances but both team's goalkeepers kept it a scoreless game. Houston will go on next weekend to face Seattle at Century Link Field and Colorado will go back home looking for their first win of the season against New England Revolution.

FC Dallas 0 Seattle Sounders 0

Seattle comes into Dallas playing without several key players, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and Ozzie Alonso. Both Dempsey and Alonso are out with injuries. Early in the game Dallas' Kellyn Acosta was given a straight red for an ugly foul on Andy Rose. Seattle was still not able to score while playing up a man for 70 minutes. Throughout the entire game, neither team was able to get a shot on target. The first time this has happened ever in the MLS.

Chicago Fire 1 Philadelphia Union 0

Philadelphia comes into a cold and very windy Chicago to face the winless Chicago Fire. Towards the end of the first half Adailton headed in a Harry Shipp cross to make the score 1-0. Chicago would have several other chances throughout the game but was unable to score. Philadelphia's Rais Mbohli would keep his team in the game but their attack was unable to score. In the 72nd minute Philadelphia's Fred was given a straight red for hitting Shipp in the face. The Union would play the rest of the game down a man. Shipp seemingly took out any frustration from the punch out on the Union back line as attacked with abandon.

Real Salt Lake 2 Toronto FC 1

Toronto FC comes into this game missing two of their star players. Both Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley to international duty for the USMNT. Sebastian Giovinco had three shots and all three were solid scoring chances including a curling free kick stopped by Attinella. RSL scored the first goal of the game in the 38th minute on an excellent back post cross. The game seemed to be ending 1-0 but Toronto's Jackson scored on a speedy counter attack. A minute later, RSL's Jordan Allen scored his first professional goal in dramatic fashion in the 89th minute to win the game for RSL.

Week 4 Standings

After week four in the MLS four teams are still looking for their first win, Montreal Impact, Philadelphia Union, Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers.

Eastern

  1. New York Red Bulls
  2. DC United
  3. New York City FC
  4. Orlando City SC
  5. New England Revolution
  6. Columbus Crew SC

Western

  1. FC Dallas
  2. Vancouver Whitecaps
  3. San Jose Earthquakes
  4. LA Galaxy
  5. Real Salt Lake
  6. Houston Dynamo