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New York and Portland off to slow starts (again)
by Paul Kennedy, March 23rd, 2014 8:20PM

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[MLS: Week 3] The New York Red Bulls' 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire left both of last year's conference regular-season champions -- New York and Portland -- without a win after three games in the 2014 season. Before their fans start panicking, it should be noted that both teams went winless in their first four games last year.

WEEK 3 GOALS: 17 in 9 games (average: 1.89).

New York fell behind early at Chicago on Jeff Larentowicz's goal in the sixth minute, but Dax McCarty equalized 15 minutes later. On Saturday, Portland fell at Colorado, 2-0, on a pair of second-half penalty kicks, the first after goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was red-carded for a foul on Deshorn Brown. Both New York and Portland coaches, though, chose to accentuate the positive.

The Red Bulls' Mike Petke liked the work rate he saw for 90 minutes.

"That is something we haven’t seen the last two game," he said afterwards, "and perhaps part of the preseason as well. I thought that was wonderful. We had many opportunities. We out-possessed them [60-40 percent edge], had better chances at goal tonight. There is still room for improvement, of course, but I am pleased by the effort, very pleased.”

Portland's Caleb Porter said the Timbers' match at Colorado was going their way until the first penalty kick converted by Vicente Sanchez. Brown missed the second penalty but put away the rebound of the shot saved by Ricketts' replacement, Andrew Weber.

“The game was playing out exactly like we wanted it to and we felt that the goal would come,” Porter said. “But a football game can turn in a moment.”

Welcome to MLS (U.S. Debuts)
Victor Pineda (sub: 20 minutes), CHI (HG, Chicago Fire academy)
Kristopher Tyrpak (sub: 20 minutes,  assist), CHV (40th draft pick, Houston Baptist)

-- Montreal dropped to 0-3-0 under new coach Frank Klopas after the Impact dropped its home opener to Seattle, 2-0. In a game postponed from Saturday because of snow, the Sounders got an early break when Lamar Neagle's header bounced off the crossbar and off Montreal goalie Troy Perkins into the goal. Obafemi Martins' second-half goal sealed the Sounders' first road win to open the season.

MLS RESULTS, Week 3:
Sunday, March 23
Montreal 0 Seattle 2.
SEA: own goal 8
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Kenny Copper) 58
Att.: 27,207.
Chicago 1 New York 1.
CHI: Jeff Larentowicz (Harrison Shipp) 6
NY: Dax McCarty 21.
Att.: 16,228.

Saturday, March 22
FC Dallas 3 Chivas USA 1.
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Hendry Thomas, Mauro Diaz) 71
DAL: Je-Vaughn Watson 78
CHV: Erick Torres (Kristopher Tyrpak, Adolfo Bautista) 81
DAL: Michel 86
Red card: DAL -- Hendry Thomas 90+4.
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Sporting KC 1 San Jose 0.
SKC: Dom Dwyer pen. 57
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Columbus 2 Philadelphia 1.
CLB: Bernardo Anor (Federico Higuain) 24
CLB: Bernardo Anor (Wil Trapp) 45+2
PHI: Leonardo Fernandes (Sebastien Le Toux) 62
Att.: 17,517.
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Colorado 2 Portland 0.
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 73
COL: Deshorn Brown 75
Red cards: COL -- Jose Mari 90; POR -- Ricketts 71.
Att.: 15,135.
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Toronto FC 1 D.C. United 0.
TOR: Jermaine Defoe 60
Att.: 22,591.
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Real Salt Lake 1 LA Galaxy 1
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Javier Morales) 19
LA: Robbie Keane (Juninho) 34
Att.: 20,466.
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New England 0 Vancouver 0.
Att.: 13,103.
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Houston 2-0-0 5/0
6 Columbus 2-0-0 5/1
6 Toronto FC 2-0-0 3/1
4 Philadelphia 1-1-1 3/3
4 Sporting KC 1-1-1 2/2
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2 Chicago 0-1-2 4/5
2 New York 0-1-2 3/6
1 New England 0-2-1 0/5
0 Montreal 0-3-0 2/6
0 D.C. United 0-2-0 0/4

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
7 FC Dallas 2-0-1 7/4
6 Seattle 2-1-0 4/2
5 Vancouver 1-0-2 5/2
5 Real Salt Lake 1-0-2 5/4
4 Colorado 1-0-1 3/1
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4 Chivas USA 1-1-1 5/6
2 Portland 0-1-2 2/4
1 San Jose 0-1-1 3/4
1 LA Galaxy 0-1-1 1/2
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
3+1 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
3+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
3 Will Bruin, Houston
2+2 Bernardo Anor
, Columbus
2+1 Vicente Sanchez
, Colorado
2+1 Jeff Larentowicz
, Chicago
2 Victor Bermudez, San Jose
2 Gaston Fernandez
, Portland
2 Sebastian Fernandez, Vancouver
2 Federico Higuain
, Columbus
2 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
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MLS SCHEDULE, Week 4:
Saturday, March 29
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Montreal MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Chicago NBCSN
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Sporting KC MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Houston MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Portland MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Columbus MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. New England MLS LIVE
Sunday, March 30
3 pm ET
New York vs. Chivas USA UniMas


1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 24, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
    Henry looks very sluggish, Miller and Steele are a liability on the same side, and McCarthy's distribution is off the mark. NYRB work rate may be high according to coach Petke, but if efficacy is missing, it has no bearing on any positives.

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