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Weekend Recap: Busy week in US Soccer as NASL, USL, and MLS in action

Week five of Major League Soccer, the start of the NASL season and week three of USL made for a great weekend in American Soccer

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Expanding the Recap beyond MLS, Saturday's soccer action started early with NASL action, as the Carolina Railhawks hosted the Ottawa Fury and cruised to a 3-1 win and their first win of the season. Indy Eleven's Don Smart scored a 90th minute stoppage time penalty kick to tie. Fort Lauderdale Strikers set a club record for attendance in a 1-0 loss to Raul and the New York Cosmos. Expansion franchise Jacksonville Armada set an NASL record for attendance with 16,000 fans at EverBank Field and recorded their first franchise win, a 3-1 win over FC Edmonton. The Tampa Bay Rowdies also won 3-1 over the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field. The NASL recorded record attendance numbers fan with just under 45,000 fans at the games Saturday.

Nine Major League Soccer teams had their USL affiliates play on Saturday starting with Sporting KC's OKC Energy winning 2-1 over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Two MLS second teams faced off Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena as New York Red Bulls 2 took on Toronto FC 2. The Red Bulls went on win 4-1 over Toronto. DC United's Richmond Kickers tied Orlando's Louisville City. Columbus Crew's Austin Aztex hosted the Tulsa Roughnecks and won 2-0.

Chicago Fire 3 Toronto FC 2

MLS action started Saturday afternoon in Chicago as the Chicago Fire hosted Toronto FC. The Fire won for the first time this season last week and Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are back from international duty. Joevin Jones scored the first goal of the game, then six minutes later, Sebastian Giovinco responded for Toronto. Chicago came out to score 2 goals in the second half to win their second game in a row as Shaun Maloney appears to be settling in to MLS.

Colorado Rapids 0 New England Revolution 2

The Rapids came into this game looking for their first win of the season while the Revolution looked to continue their win streak. Juan Agudelo opened the scoring early with a pass from Kelyn Rowe. Lee Nguyen scored in the 54th minute after the Revs were awarded a penalty for Jared Watts taking down Charles Davies in the box. Colorado will look to get their first win (and goal) Friday against FC Dallas on Friday.

Seattle Sounders 1 Houston Dynamo 0

With Clint Dempsey back in the lineup, Obafemi Martins and the Sounders looked to get a win coming off of a game against FC Dallas. Obafemi Martins scored what could be the "Goal of the Week" in the 39th minute to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead. Gonzalo Pineda was sent off in the 56th minute for a high cleat on Houston's Ricardo Clark. Seattle would play the rest of the game a man down but would hold off Houston and win 1-0.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 LA Galaxy 0

The Whitecaps came into this game looking to win their fourth game in a row and LA was looking to extend their road unbeaten streak. The second half ended scoreless, then in the second half Kekuta Manneh scored the first goal of the half and Octavio Riveiro scored his fourth goal in five games for Vancouver. The Whitecaps will head back to Vancouver on Wednesday to face Columbus Crew SC and look to keep their win streak alive.

Portland Timbers 3 FC Dallas 1

The Portland Timbers were still looking for their first win of the season and FC Dallas were looking to keep their undefeated streak alive. Nat Borchers opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a header off of a corner kick. Tescho Akindele scored Dallas' only goal of the game, also off of a corner kick. Maxi Urruti and Diego Chara both scored in the second half to give the Timbers their first win of the season. The Timbers will go on the road next weekend to Orlando to play in front of a national audience on ESPN2 at the Citrus Bowl.

San Jose Earthquakes 0 Real Salt Lake 1

The San Jose Earthquakes returned home to host Real Salt Lake in front of a sellout crowd at Avaya Stadium. After a stunning win over Toronto FC last week RSL looked to keep their undefeated streak alive against San Jose. Javier Morales scored the only goal of the game firing a free kick rebound into the upper 90 just before halftime. San Jose would have several chances to tie the game but were unable. San Jose will stay at home to host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sporting Kansas City 3 Philadelphia Union 2

The Union came into Sporting Park looking for their first win this season. The Union took a very early lead from a Sporting own goal. Dom Dwyer scored a header in the 16th minute to tie the game. Fernando Aristeguieta returned the favor just three minutes later to give the Union a 2-1 lead. The game seemed all but over until Sporting came through in stoppage time to score two goals and take all three points away from the Union.

MLS Playoff Teams

Eastern

DC United

New York Red Bulls

New York Revolution

Chicago Fire

New York City FC

Orlando City

Western

Vancouver Whitecaps

FC Dallas

Real Salt Lake

Sporting Kansas City

Seattle Sounders FC

Portland Timbers