It was an exciting week in Major League Soccer with goals galore and no scoreless draws.
Let's take a look around the league to see how things went down.
Week seven in MLS started early, with the second match of the home-and-home series between NYCFC and the Union on Thursday night. It was a scoreless first half, but a physical one, as each teams were issued two yellow cards. The scoring started early in the second half, with Mehdi Ballouchy getting his first goal of the season, putting City up 1-0. New York held the lead for most of the second half until CJ Sapong scored off of a Cristián Maidana cross and a Maurice Edu header. The game would end 1-1. NYCFC wasn't done for the week, as they faced the Portland Timbers on Sunday night.
For the first time in just under a month, the Red Bulls faced the Earthquakes in New York. The game started very slowly, as neither team had any chances until the 29th minute when Sacha Kljestan put home a pass from Felipe that was tipped by Bradley Wright-Phillips. Just over five minutes later, New York scored their second goal of the game. A cross from Lloyd Sam landed perfectly in front of Mike Grella's feet, leaving him with a tap in into the back of the San Jose's net. After winning this game, the Red Bulls remain unbeaten this season.
Houston came into RFK Stadium looking for their first winning streak of the season after winning last week and D.C. looked to stretch their undefeated streak to four games. United's Chris Rolfe opened the scoring early with a beautifully placed free kick into the upper 90 of Houston's net. D.C. took the lead into the half, but in the middle of the second half, Houston's Ricardo Clark scored the tying goal. Brad Davis sent a ball that Will Bruin headed on frame but was saved by United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. Clark however, would put away the rebound and tie the game 1-1 in the 65th minute. Both teams would have a few chances, but were unable to capitalize.
Orlando came into MAPFRE Stadium for their first time in the club's existence looking to get three points against a Crew SC team that had one win in their last four games. Just over a half hour into the game Federico Higuain scored Columbus' first goal and their only goal of the first half with a cheeky flick by goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Two minutes later, Orlando's Rafael Ramos earned a red card for an ugly studs-up foul. Columbus took advantage of the 10 man Orlando City squad and scored two goals five minutes apart in the second half. The first came from Justin Meram on a turnover inside the box and the second from Kei Kamara, who chipped Ricketts for his fourth goal in six games. Columbus will host Philadelphia next weekend and Orlando will host Toronto FC in front of a national audience on Fox Sports 1.
Fabian Castillo scored the fastest goal in FC Dallas history just 29 seconds into the game. 10 minutes later, Castillo netted his second goal of the game on an excellent curling shot. In the 27th minute, Dallas' Blas Pérez scored the third goal of the game. Just before the half ended, the game was delayed due to a storm. After a three and a half hour delay, Toronto came out looking to get back on track. In the 83rd minute Sebastian Giovinco scored his first of two goals with a chip from a very tough angle. In the 89th minute, Giovinco scored what will be a Goal of the Week nominee with a curling free kick. It would be too little too late for Toronto though and they would lose 3-2.
After winning their first game of the season last weekend, the Rapids hosted the Sounders. Colorado had the first chance of the game but was unable to capitalize and the Sounders took the ball down the field to open the scoring in the fifth minute with a curling shot from Lamar Neagle. Gabriel Torres scored the equalizer in the 22nd minute on a great through pass from Dillon Powers. Neagle scored his second goal of the game with an overhead pass from Marco Pappa to take the score to 2-1. It would remain that way until the 73rd minute when Obafemi Martins scored what could be a Goal of the Year nominee for a 3-1 and three points.
After coming off of their first loss of the year, Vancouver looked to get back on the winning track and hold on first place in the standings. The Whitecaps came out physical and looking to take control of the game. Most of the action took place in the second half and in the 76th minute, RSL's Sebastian Saucedo was given a straight red for a studs-up tackle on Mauro Rosales. Vancouver took advantage of the 10-men Salt Lake side, scoring in the 80th minute with a Russel Teibert cross to Darren Mattocks, who finished with his head. Vancouver looks to continue their winning against D.C. United next week.
Kansas City came into StubHub Center looking to extend their undefeated streak to five games. LA opened the scoring early with a shot from Ishizaki that caused a rebound that Baggio Husidic buried for the first goal of the game. In the 22nd minute, Sporting respond with some tic-tac-toe passing to Krisztian Németh, who chipped Penedo to tie the game at one a piece. The game seemed all but over until LA was given a corner and Omar González finished on a deflection to win the game for the Galaxy.
Philadelphia Union 1 New England Revolution 2
With each team coming off of a draw last week, both were looking to get back in the win column at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The first half was quiet for the most part until Philadelphia's Cristián Maidana scored on a beautiful free kick in the 42nd minute. The Union took the lead into the half, but the Revolution would not go down easy. Charlie Davies scored the Rev's first goal on a cross from Teal Bunbury. Bunbury found the winner on a cross from Diego Fagundez. The 2-1 scoreline means that New England are undefeated in their last five outings.
New York City FC 0 Portland Timbers 1
Both teams came into this one in search of a win with only one win from their last six games for either side. NYCFC held the possession for most of the first half and continued that trend in the second half. The Timbers began to take over towards the end of the second half when Dairon Asprilla scored the only goal of the game in the 79th minute. After giving up the goal New York pushed hard, rarely allowing the ball to cross back over the half line. The Timbers however, would not let City score and held on to win the game 1-0.
After week seven of MLS play, the New York Red Bulls lead the Eastern Conference and the Vancouver Whitecaps lead in the West. Although it is early, Vancouver also leads in Supporters' Shield standings.
Let's take a look at the playoff race in each conference.
|1.||New York Red Bulls||11|
|3.||New England Revolution||11|
|4.||Columbus Crew SC||8|
|5.||Orlando City SC||8|
|5.||San Jose Earthquakes||9|