NYCFC hosted Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium in a match where both teams looked to get back on the winning track. Chicago opened the scoring after 14 minutes on a goal from Razvan Cocis header on a free kick from Shaun Maloney. In the 26th minute NYCFC's RJ Allen earned a straight red for taking down David Accam from behind and gave Chicago a penalty in which Jeff Larentowicz scored to stretch the advantage to 2-0. The game seemed out of reach until just before halftime when Mehdi Ballouchy would finished a David Villa rebound. In stoppage time in the second half Khiry Shelton saved the day for City, scoring his first career MLS goal. Each team finished with a point to end their losing streak.
This match was expected to be a high scoring game with lots of attacking soccer, but ended with no scoring at all. FC Dallas seemed to control the first half when it came to chances but the Red Bulls dominated possession, only allowing three shots on goal in the game. In the 76th minute, Michael Barrios had a chance to open the scoring for Dallas in the box, but his shot was saved by midfielder Felipe, who was there for a goal line clearance. The game would end 0-0 and both teams would go home with a point in the standings.
It was a match between two struggling teams in MLS and the side with no wins on the year, Montreal, earned their first. The scoring began in the 18th minute on a Montreal corner kick. Laurent Ciman volleyed home the set piece from Marco Donadel. Just two minutes later Andrés Romero scored his first of the game with a beautiful chip over goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Nine minutes after that, Romero finished his second goal of the game, putting away a Dominic Oduro shot off the post. The Impact took the three-goal lead to the locker room, but RSL came out and scored the first goal of the second half in the 47th minute on a curler from Devon Sandoval to get back in the game. Dilly Duka put the game away in the 78th minute putting home a rebound from Jack McInerney.
In the first Cascadia Cup clash between these two sides, Seattle earned another win, cutting Vancouver's lead in the standings to just one point. Chad Barrett finished the first chance of the game for the Sounders, putting home a great ball from Clint Dempsey. Seattle doubled the lead with another goal from Barrett, who started in place of Obafemi Martins, in the 38th minute finishing a long ball from Marco Pappa. Seattle made the first half two goal lead hold up, getting back to winning ways after a loss to Columbus Crew SC a week ago.
The Reds tried to right the ship in this game against a Revolution team who hadn't lost at home in 14 matches. Before the scoring began, TFC forward Jozy Altidore came up lame on a run and was substituted from the match. The Revs took advantage of the striker's absence, dominating the possession and scoring in the 32nd minute when Juan Agudelo headed home a cross from London Woodberry. Michael Bradley and Toronto came out in the second half and quickly leveled the scoring with a great individual effort from their midfielder. The score would stay that way for the rest of the game and both teams escaped with a point.
In another high scoring affair, the Houston Dyanmo hosted the Portland Timbers at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo opened the scoring early with a header from Will Bruin on a Brad Davis free kick. The score would stay 1-0 until after halftime when the Timbers pulled the game level with a goal from Fanendo Adi. In the 75h minute, the Dynamo took the lead for on a goal from Giles Barnes after a few great moves from Alex. Will Bruin got his second of the game in the 83rd minute, chipping the goalkeeper after a beautiful long ball from Jermaine Taylor. The Dynamo held on to the two goal lead to win the game and begin a two-game winning streak.
Orlando City hosted last years MLS Cup champions at the Citrus bowl Sunday afternoon, looking for their first home win since joining Major League Soccer. Eric Avila score first for Orlando and it would be all Lions after that. In the 34th minute, Cyle Larin easily finished a pass from Kaká on the fast break to make it 2-0 before half. in the beginning of the second half, Orlando was given a penalty kick for Jaime Penedo tripping Kaká inside the box. Kaká finished the attempt to take a 3-0 lead. Darwin Ceren put the dagger through the heart with a rocket long ball in the 73rd minute that should be MLS Goal of the Week.
In the final game of the weekend and perhaps one of the biggest, the Union hosted D.C. and Philadelphia avoided what would be a club record five straight losses. For the most part, the Union dominated in possession and forced Bill Hamid to make five saves. It took until the final seconds for either team to score and this time it was the struggling Philadelphia side. A cross from Fabinho into the box was allowed to run by Sebastien Le Toux to Zach Pfeffer who buried it in the back of the net in stoppage time to give the Union the win and D.C. their first loss in eight games.
FC Dallas continues to lead Supporters' Shield standings and the Western Conference, but is closely followed by D.C. United in the overall standings. D.C. also leads the Eastern Conference followed by New England. The top six teams from each conference make the playoffs, so let's see how it shapes up after this week.
|2||New England Revolution||19|
|3||New York Red Bulls||17|
|4||Columbus Crew SC||14|
|5||Orlando City SC||12|
|9||New York City FC||7|
|4||San Jose Earthquakes||17|
|6||Sporting Kansas City||14|
|8||Real Salt Lake||14|