Orlando hosted the surging New England Revolution at the Citrus Bowl on Friday. Orlando was desperate to get back on the winning track after two consecutive losses, but it was to no avail. Charlie Davies opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a quick low shot. The score would stay that way until late in the second half when Kelyn Rowe picked up a misplayed ball and basically walked it into the Orlando net. Kyle Larin put the first goal on the board for Orlando with a header from a Rafael Ramos cross. The game seemed all but over until Orlando was given a 90th minute corner and Aurélien Collin netted the game-tying goal, as the two sides split the points.
In the second Friday night MLS game, the Colorado Rapids hosted the San Jose Earthquakes. Chris Wondolowski got things going in the 19th minute, after receiving a header from Sanna Nyassi and putting it in with a great move in front of the Colorado goalkeeper. The score stayed 1-0 until the final seconds when the Rapids earned a late corner in stoppage time and James Riley scored a header to tie the game and take a point at home.
The Chicago Fire looked to keep their home unbeaten streak alive against Real Salt Lake, who was looking for their first win in five games. Âlvaro Saborio scored the opening goal of the match on a pass from Jordan Allen and a blast from the top of the 18-yard box. After some tic-tac-toe passing and a pass from Devon Sandoval, Jordan Allen netted RSL's second goal of the game at the beginning of the second half. In the 87th minute Elias Vasquez was called for taking down Shawn Maloney in side the box giving Chicago a late penalty kick. Jeff Larentowicz capitalized, but that was all Chicago could do, falling 2-1, their second straight loss after three consecutive wins.
The Impact returned to league play after losing the CONCACAF Final to Club America and hosted Portland Saturday afternoon. The first half finshed scoreless, but in the middle of the second half, Nat Borchers broke through, putting home a rebound to break the tie. Diego Valeri put the Timbers up 2-0 with a curler inside the box in the 70th minute. Just a minute later Dominic Oduro put the Impact on the board, but it would not be enough for for Montreal to climb back and earn a point.
Both teams came into this contest on the back of a win last week and in good form. D.C. scored the first goal of the game late in the first half when Perry Kitchen found Chris Pontius on a run. The midfielder fed Jairo Arrieta, who finished it with ease to put United up 1-0. Dom Dwyer got back into the scoring form a few minutes later when he buried a pass from Roger Espinoza. Dwyer would almost give Sporting a lead in the 62nd minute, but he was called offside. The score stayed 1-1 and both teams took home a point.
After several problems this week inside the team locker room, the Union hoped to come into Vancouver and get some points and get back on the winning track. Vancouver, who started the year better than any other team, looked to get back to winning ways after no victories in their last two matches. In the 32nd minute Christian Techera found a running Pedro Morales, who finished the first goal of the game. Just before halftime, Octavio Rivero would out muscle the Union defense and put home the second of the game. Union player Richie Marquez was sent off in the 78th minute for a studs-up foul on Techera and just a few minutes later Darren Mattocks took advantage of the extra man, putting the game away with a few great moves and a blast to the back of the net.
Both teams came into Dallas looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive. It was a scoreless first half, but in the 59th minute Gyasi Zardes opened the floodgates for both teams with a header off of an Ishizaki corner. In the 77th minute Blas Pérez opened the scoring for Dallas, putting home a beautiful chip pass from Mauro Díaz. In the 86th minute Díaz got another assist, giving Tesho Akindele a cross pass that Akindele would put home to make the score 2-1.
In the grand re-opening of BMO Field, the Houston Dynamo came into Toronto looking to spoil then fun. It took until the end of the first half for the scoring to begin when Óscar García was given a penalty kick. Chris Konopka saved the first chance, but García was able to put home the rebound. Early in the second half, Houston doubled the lead with a goal from Will Bruin. Jozy Altidore scored the first goal at home for Toronto this season but it would be too little too late for TFC and the Dynamo left the new BMO Field with all three points.
In the first edition of the Hudson River Derby, NYCFC looked to snap their seven game winless streak as they came into Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips began the scoring early, volleying home a cross from Lloyd Sam and giving the home side the early advantage. Matt Miazga earned his second yellow card of the game on a late tackle in the 36th minute to put the Red Bulls down to 10 men. The scoring would not continue until the second half when Wright-Phillips got his second of the game an excellent counter attack. Patrick Mullins scored for City in the 76th minute to try to mount a comeback. The Red Bulls were too much for NYC to handle and they would fall 2-1 in the first Red vs Blue game.
After 10 weeks of play, the Vancouver Whitecaps continue to lead the Supporters' Shield race and the Western Conference followed by FC Dallas. New England Revolution leads the East followed by DC United. The top six teams in each conference make the playoffs, so let's take a look at how things have played out so far.
|1||New England Revolution||18|
|3||New York Red Bulls||16|
|4||Columbus Crew SC||14|
|7||Orlando City SC||9|
|8||New York City FC||6|
|4||San Jose Earthquakes||14|
|5||Sporting Kansas City||14|
|7||Real Salt Lake||14|