It was another interesting week in U.S. Soccer.
After the US Women's National Team's ticker tape parade on Friday, MLS got started with its weekend of soccer and the Men's National Team got started on defending the team's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Along with MLS and the national teams, NASL began the second week of the fall season and USL continued with the same teams leading the standings.
The United States kicked off its Gold Cup title defense on Tuesday, defeating Honduras 2-1. Clint Dempsey scored both goals to give the U.S. its first win of the tournament. The country's second game was Friday against Haiti, which featured a very interesting lineup from head coach Jürgen Klinsmann. The lineup did not click well in the first half, so Klinsmann made a halftime substitution, bringing in Gyasi Zardes at the half. Zardes made an immediate impact providing Dempsey the assist for his third goal of the tournament and a 1-0 victory. The United States finishes the group stage play with Panama Monday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
Major League Soccer
This was an interesting week in MLS. The transfer window is officially open and rumors are flying around. Along with that, games had to be played. D.C. United still leads the Supporters' Shield standings, despite not playing over the weekend, and is followed by the New York Red Bulls in the East, who smashed the New England Revolution 4-1. Behind the Red Bulls is a four way tie at 24 points between Toronto FC, Orlando City SC, Columbus Crew SC and the Revolution.
In the West, after losing four of its last five, the Seattle Sounders are now tied with the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas at the top with 32 points. Vancouver and Dallas are also now tied with Seattle in the Supporters' Shield standings.
After inking a television deal with One World Sports to broadcast Wednesday night games, the NASL got back to action in week two of the Fall Season. Several teams will be fighting for playoff spots this fall season and the race will be close. The Tampa Bay Rowdies were stomped by San Antonio, while the New York Cosmos had the week off. This gave other teams a chance to pad the standings or move up. The biggest game of the weekend was the third place Carolina Railhawks and fourth place Indy Eleven. Indy won 2-1, putting them just one point behind for third place.