This week in American soccer was a record breaker. In the three leagues, the action was sure to keep fans watching and bring them back for more. Several different moves and eight games on Saturday in MLS made for a great weekend and the first loss for a team in USL.
Major League Soccer had eight games on Saturday and broke a record for most goals scored in one day with 39. In the East D.C. United continues to lead after defeating Real Salt Lake in a crazy 10-goal game, 6-4. Behind them are the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC. Tied with Columbus is the New England Revolution with 31 points. Orlando City SC and the Montreal Impact both won on Saturday. With that win, Montreal stayed in the playoff picture and Orlando tied them on points. Just five points separates second place from seventh in the East.
In the West there were a few moves. After defeating the Seattle Sounders Saturday night, the Vancouver Whitecaps took over first place. FC Dallas was unable to get any points in their match with the Chicago Fire and he LA Galaxy earned three points against Colorado Rapids. Behind them is Sporting Kansas City, the Portland Timbers and Sounders. Seattle, after losing to Vancouver, has now lost seven of their last eight games. Just six points separates fourth from eighth place in the West.
In the NASL, there were a few moves in the combined standings. The Tampa Bay Rowdies took on the Carolina RailHawks and tied 1-1, giving each team one point and neither team moved much in the standings. The New York Cosmos defeated Fort Lauderdale, giving them second place. Ottawa Fury defeated FC Edmonton giving them first place. Minnesota United took on the Jacksonville Armada who held United to a 3-3 draw, keeping them from moving up in the standings. Here are the NASL combined standings.
After going 20 games, the Rochester Rhinos were finally handed their first defeat on the year, but the side continues to lead the Eastern Conference. Following them closely is Louisville City and Charleston Battery, both teams are MLS affiliates. All but one team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture are affiliated with MLS. In the West, all but two MLS affiliated teams are in the playoff picture. Seattle Sounders 2 lead the conference but tied in points is LA Galaxy II.