Columbus Crew SC opened week six of Major League Soccer action on Wednesday as they took on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Columbus Crew SC 2
The Whitecaps kept their unbeaten streak going as they tied Crew SC at home. Kei Kamara opened the scoring early for Columbus, as he picked up a pass from Ethan Finlay and beat the goalkeeper. Vancouver's Octavio Riveiro scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the game before the half when the Black and Gold's defense switched off at the wrong moment. Kamara came out right after half and picked up his second goal of the game with a simple tap in after Justin Meram intercepted a short goal kick and played it across to the striker. Crew SC held on to the lead for about 15 more minutes until Darren Mattocks tied the game with a pass from Kekuta Manneh. The game would stay that way and both teams picked up a point before the weekend.
Colorado came into this game with zero goals scored on the season, which quickly changed against Dallas Friday night. The Rapids scored just two minutes into the game with a goal from Dominique Badji, his first MLS goal. Just before the half, Dillon Powers netted the Rapids' second goal of the game. Dallas made two substitutions at half to try and change the tempo but Colorado wasn't done scoring. Gabriel Torres scored in the 70th minute from a great pass by Juan Ramírez and Dillon Serna finished the scoring off in the 85th minute to make it 4-0 Rapids.
New England Revolution 0 Columbus Crew SC 0
After tying the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday Crew SC traveled across the continent to face the Revolution in New England. Columbus dominated the stat sheet although they were unable to score. Both teams had good chances on set pieces and both goalkeepers kept their teams in the game. Crew SC will host expansion franchise Orlando City SC next week while New England will head to Philadelphia to take on the Union.
In the first leg of their home and home series over the next five days, the Union hosted NYCFC in front of a sold out crowd at PPL Park. Philadelphia opened the scoring in the middle of the first half with a goal from Zach Pfeffer. NYCFC looked to have responded a minute later but the ball was out of bounds and given a corner kick. The Union took the lead into the half, but early in the second half David Villa capitalized on a rebound to tie the game 1-1. In stoppage time Vincent Nogueira gave the Union the lead on a cross from Andrew Wenger. NYCFC did not have enough time to pull level again and were handed their second loss in a row. This series heads to Yankee Stadium this Thursday for the second leg.
Both teams came into the match with two game winning streaks as they headed into RFK Stadium for another matchup. Perry Kitchen scored his first of two goals in the 26th minute on a D.C. corner kick. Kitchen scored his second goal in the middle of the second half to give United a 2-0 lead. One minute later, Damien Perrinelle gave the Red Bulls their first goal off of a Felipe corner. Lloyd Sam would score in the 90th minute thanks to a Bill Hamid rebound. The game would end 2-2. The Red Bulls host the San Jose Earthquakes Friday while D.C. welcome the Houston Dynamo.
Houston Dynamo 3 Montreal Impact 0
After coming off of a tie against Alajuelense to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final, the Montreal Impact came into Houston to face a slumping Dynamo team. The Houston offense opened the scoring early with a goal from Giles Barnes off of an excellent cross from a Brad Davis free kick. Ricardo Clark scored in the 72nd minute and Rob Lovejoy put the game away in the 80th minute. Montreal head back home to host the Chicago Fire next weekend while the Dynamo travel to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United.
After a crazy stoppage time win over Philadelphia in front of a national audience, where they scored two goals after the 90th minute, Sporting KC hosted Real Salt Lake. Both teams have won their last two games and were looking to stay undefeated. Sporting dominated the chances and should have dominated on the scoreboard, but couldn't capitalize on any of their scoring chances. Although nobody won, both teams remained undefeated in their last three games and have earned seven points in their last three games.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
The Vancouver Whitecaps were unbeaten in their last five games and looked to continue this streak against San Jose, who were losers of their last two games. After tying Columbus on Wednesday, the Whitecaps looked to keep the scoring going, but San Jose's defense had other plans. Sanna Nyassi had the only goal of the game after San Jose had two strong shots on goal and Nyassi scored on the third chance to make it 1-0. Vancouver's Pedro Morales and Adam Jahn were both given red cards in the 88th minute after an altercation forcing both teams to play with 10 men for the rest of the game.
Portland Timbers 0 Orlando City SC 2
Orlando came to the Rose City for the first time in the club's existence and having only one point in their last three matches. The number one overall SuperDraft pick Kyle Larin started the scoring in the 30th minute for his first MLS goal. Portland would get a few chances before Orlando was awarded a late penalty kick. Kaká was stopped on his first attempt but the referee called encroachment and gave Orlando another attempt. Kaká capitalized and made the score 2-0. Portland next travels to Yankee Stadium next weekend to take on the other expansion side, NYCFC, and Orlando come to Columbus.
Both teams came into the StubHub Center looking to improve from their last three games. The Galaxy played the match without Robbie Keane and Seattle was without their star striker, Clint Dempsey. The Sounders dominated the game forcing Jaime Penedo to make 10 saves and keeping a clean sheet against last year's Supporter's Shield winners. Alan Gordon put LA ahead in the 23rd minute with a header from a Juninho pass and Omar González free kick. That was the only goal of the game and broke the Galaxy's two game losing streak. Seattle is on to visit Colorado next weekend, as LA hosts Sporting Kansas City.
Six weeks into the season, things are starting to play out. D.C. United leads the East and Vancouver leads the West, while expansion franchise Orlando City shows that they are a force to be reckoned with in the East.
- DC United
- New York Red Bulls
- Orlando City SC
- New England Revolution
- Chicago Fire
- Columbus Crew SC
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- FC Dallas
- San Jose Earthquakes
- Real Salt Lake
- Sporting Kansas City
- Houston Dynamo