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MLS Rewind: the Week 9 update

MLS week 9 saw FC Dallas dominating Houston, New England making a statement, and Seattle coming into Yankee Stadium and stomping NYCFC.

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Houston Dynamo 1 FC Dallas 4

The Houston Dynamo were not able to defend FC Dallas at all in the first meeting of the Texas Derby. In a very high scoring game, FC Dallas saw four goals from four different players throughout the game. Ryan Hollingshead opened up the scoring with a blast from outside the box in the 9th minute. Dallas' David Texeira netted the second goal of the game with a pass from Fabian Castillo, his second assist of the night. Houston responded with a beautiful free kick from Giles Barnes. Mauro Díaz opened the half with a rocket into the upper 90. Fabian Castillo scored a goal of his own just three minutes later to make the score 4-1.

Real Salt Lake 1 San Jose Earthquakes 1

In the second game on Friday night San Jose Earthquakes headed to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake. The action started early with Kyle Beckerman getting a yellow card just a minute into the game. Chris Wondolowski started the goal scoring in the 19th minute with a blast into the back of the RSL net on what could have been called offside. San Jose managed to hold on to the lead until the 71st minute when Víctor Bernárdez tried to play the ball away from his own net and ended up putting the ball in his own net to make the score 1-1. RSL will host the LA Galaxy this Wednesday while the Earthquakes will play again on another Friday against the Rapids

Philadelphia Union 0 Toronto FC 1

In the last game of their seven game road trip to start the season, Toronto FC came into PPL Park looking to get a second win in a row. Both teams had prime scoring chances to start the game although only one person could capitalize the entire game. In the 34th minute Sebastain Giovinco was given a free kick from over 30 yards out. Givovinco blasted the ball into the lower corner of the Union net to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal of the game and Toronto will go back home to host the Houston Dynamo at BMO Field on a two game winning streak.

New England Revolution 2 New York Red Bulls 1

In a rematch of last year's eastern conference final, the New York Red Bulls head into Gillette Stadium to take on the Revolution in front of just over 18,000 fans. The Revs opened the scoring early with a diving header from Charlie Davies, his third goal in three games. The score would stay that way until the 60th minute when the Revolution doubled their lead with a goal from Teal Bunbury. Sacha Kljestan would score in the 73rd minute but it would be too little too late for the Red Bulls.

LA Galaxy 1 Colorado Rapids 1

The Colorado Rapids came into the StubHub Center looking to get their second win of the season over the surging LA Galaxy. The Galaxy seemed to control the first half until one wrong turnover gave the Rapids' Gabriel Torres a break and the first goal of the game. The score would stay that way until the 75th minute when Alan Gordon would score another goal after being subbed on in the 72nd minute. The Rapids looked to have scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute but they were called offside.

Portland Timbers 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 0

The league leaders, Vancouver Whitecaps came into Providence Park to take on the Portland Timbers in a Cascadia Cup rivalry. Although the game was scoreless, there was no shortage of drama. Portland was given a penalty kick in the 29th minute but Darlington Nagbe would hit the post and nobody would be able to capitalize. On a lighter note for Portland, they saw Diego Valeri return after an ACL injury last year. Vancouver will head to Edmonton to take on FC Edmonton in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday while Portland will head to Montreal.

Sporting Kansas City 1 Chicago Fire 0

In the first game of Soccer Sunday, the Chicago Fire headed into Sporting Park to take on Sporting Kansas City. Chicago was looking to add to their winning streak while Sporting KC was looking for their first win in 3 games. Both teams had great chances of their own but were unable to score on any of them thanks to goalkeepers and posts. There would be no goals until the 75th minute when Paulo Nagamura would score a header from a Jalil Anibaba. Chicago's David Accam would earn a straight red for a hand to the face of Jalil Anibaba.

New York City FC 1 Seattle Sounders 3

Seattle Sounders come into Yankee Stadium for the first time this season and continued to show why they are the reigning Supporter's Shield winners. Obafemi Martins would also show why he is the leading scorer in the league. He would open the scoring in the 23rd minute after a long ball from Marco Pappa. At the beginning of the second half Mehdi Ballouchy would score from outside the box. Clint Dempsey would respond just four minutes later to take the lead again. In the 66th minute Dempsey and Martins would score what could be the Goal of the Week to give the Sounders a 3-1 lead and win.

Standings - Columbus stays in the playoff spots, but is off the pace for the top of the conference with nearly a quarter of the season gone.

Eastern

  1. New England Revolution
  2. DC United
  3. New York Red Bulls
  4. Columbus Crew SC
  5. Toronto FC
  6. Chicago Fire

Western

  1. FC Dallas
  2. Vancouver Whitecaps
  3. Seattle Sounders FC
  4. LA Galaxy
  5. Sporting Kansas City
  6. San Jose Earthquakes