[MLS WEEK: 18] The Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and LA Galaxy all won last weekend to keep the top three intact but there was considerable movement in the lower tier as teams prepare for the re-opening of the transfer window this week.
MLS WEEK 18, Results:
July 11 (Report)
San Jose 1 D.C. United 2
July 12 (Report)
Philadelphia 3 Colorado 3
New York 4 Columbus 1
Toronto FC 4 Houston 2
New England 0 Chicago 1
Montreal 1 Sporting KC 2
Vancouver 1 Chivas USA 3
Los Angeles 1 Real Salt Lake 0
July 13 (Report)
Seattle 2, Portland 0
1. SEATTLE (12-4-2),1.A huge crowd of 64,207 celebrated a 2-0 Cascadia Cup defeat of Portland that maintained a seven-point lead atop the Supporters’ Shield standings. Clint Dempsey capped a wild goalmouth scramble by scoring in the 71st minute and Marco Pappa tacked on a late clincher. Dempsey’s return to the lineup highlighted Seattle’s 10th victory in the last 13 games and keeper Stefan Frei’s sixth shutout (tied for second-best in MLS.)
2. D.C. UNITED (9-5-4), 2.United prevailed at San Jose, 2-1, by riding out numerous attacks after it scored twice in the first 25 minutes. Eddie Johnson converted a penalty kick whistled for a handball and Chris Rolfe played a short ball that Luis Silvarifled inside the far post. A few big saves, including a superb double-stop during a goalmouth melee, by Bill Hamid enabled United to win a third straight road game.
3. LOS ANGELES (6-3-6), 3. Robbie Rogers is finding a new life at left back. He played the full 90 minutes again as a Galaxy defense missing Omar Gonzalez (sore ankle) blanked Real Salt Lake, 1-0, to post its second shutout in the last three games. A big save by keeperJaime Penedoon a Joao Plata drive retained a lead provided by a nice goal by Gyasi Zardes, who collected a pass from Marcelo Sarvas that had been dummied by Landon Donovan and fought off a challenge to beat Nick Rimandowith a shot off the inside of the post.
4. COLORADO (7-5-6), 5. Not only did the Rapids rally for a 3-3 tie at Philadelphia they did so with some style. Deshorn Brown swiveled to meet a Gabriel Torres pass and drive it into the net for an 86th–minute equalizer; seven minutes earlier, Dillon Powers had converted a penalty kick to start the comeback. Twelve points in the last seven games is a good enough pace to reach the playoffs.
5. TORONTO FC (7-5-3), 6. Dumped into a 2-0 hole at home, TFC fought back to tie the game before halftime and took command in the second half to down Houston, 4-2. Jonathan Osorio punished a defensive error to start the comeback and then “The Jermain Defoe Show” took over at BMO. He set up Dominic Oduro to score on the rebound of his own shot, then netted a pair himself as TFC ran its record in the last eight games to 4-1-3.
6. VANCOUVER (6-4-7), 4.The ‘Caps crashed to a 3-1 defeat against Chivas USA at home despite jumping front early on Carlyle Mitchell’s header. They conceded an equalizer two minutes later and couldn’t hold on after Jordan Harvey received a red card in the 69th minute. At the halfway mark, playmaker Pedro Morales is among the league’s best dual-threat players (six goals, seven assists) and 10 different players have scored.
7. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (8-5-5), 7. Dom Dwyer makes life miserable for most of the teams he faces but he’s especially tough on Montreal. He nailed his fifth and six goals against the Impact this season in a 2-1 victory at Stade Saputo. SKC scored for the third time this season against the Impact on a throw-in when Dwyer ran onto Matt Besler’s toss to score, but SKC couldn’t hold the lead. So in the 89th minute Dwyer capitalized on some miscommunication in the Montreal back line to score his 14th goal of the season, the same total he hit last year with Orlando City.
8. REAL SALT LAKE (7-4-7), 8.A 1-0 loss to the Galaxy at StubHub Center isn’t of major consequence in itself, yet RSL is mired in a funk with just one win in the last seven games. It hasn’t scored in open play sinceLuke Mulholland’s goal June 7, a span of 337 minutes. Kyle Beckerman fired a low shot just wide of the post after pushing up into the penalty area, and a fierce drive from Joao Plata required an excellent save. Speaking of saves, Nick Rimandoturned away a penalty kick for the 22nd time in his career, which is an MLS record.
9. FC DALLAS (7-7-5),9.FCD gets back to MLS action Saturday against New England. It beat Carolina, 5-2, in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday and has taken eight points from its last four games to edge back into the playoff tier.
10. NEW YORK (5-5-8), 12. Thierry Henry took over the team’s all-time assist lead by notching three of them in a 4-1 rout of Columbus. Henry upped his totals to 37 in his MLS career and nine this season by setting up goals for Bradley Wright-Phillips, Lloyd Sam and Eric Alexander. He scored the winner himself in the last minute of the first half by smacking a rebound into the top corner. The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last five games heading into a nationally televised game at Philly on Wednesday.
11. NEW ENGLAND (7-8-2), 10.Four league losses in a row have dropped the Revs below the .500 mark. Jerry Bengston drew a late penalty kick that Chris Tierney failed to convert in a 1-0 loss to Chicago in which the Revs fell behind in the third minute. It was the third time they’ve been shut out in the last four games. Andy Dorman limped off the field after injuring his right knee in the 25th minute. The Revs had west this week for games at Los Angeles and FC Dallas.
12. COLUMBUS (4-6-8), 11.The Crew is winless in seven after a 4-1 thrashing at Red Bull Arena. Adam Bedell’s first MLS goal tied the game in the 39th minute but before halftime New York had regained the lead and Jairo Arrieta had departed with an injury. An act of petulance in the second half produced a second caution for Bernardo Anor when he kicked the ball into an opponent on the ground. The loss dropped the Crew three points behind New York in the standings.
13. CHIVAS USA (6-7-5), 17. There’s still much work to do but a 3-1 win at Vancouver that extended its winning streak to four games is sufficient proof that this team has a strong pulse. Erick "Cubo" Torres and Leandro Barrera scored after the ‘Caps went down to 10 men, and Barrera connected from the center circle with the net empty deep into stoppage time. Torres scored in his fifth consecutive game and is third in MLS with 13 goals.
14. CHICAGO (3-4-10), 16. Sean Johnson saved a penalty kick for the second time this season as the Fire snapped a six-game winless streak by beating New England, 1-0. Chicago scored in the third minute when Jeff Larentowicz intercepted a ball and fed it to Mike Magee, whose pass set up Quincy Amarikwa to collect his sixth goal. Romanian international midfielder Razvan Cocis has been signed with the intent to pair him with Larentowicz in midfield.
15. SAN JOSE (4-8-4), 13. The Quakes aren’t doing much on the field to drive up enthusiasm as their new stadium nears completion. They lost their fourth straight game, 2-1, to D.C. United on Friday night in the return game for U.S. international Chris Wondolowski. He scored with a deflected shot to cut a two-goal deficit in half and though San Jose buzzed the United goal a few times it couldn’t break through again. Wondo’s goal ended a 354-minute goalless streak for his team, which is at least five points behind the rest of the Western Conference.
16. PORTLAND (4-6-9), 14.Keeper Donovan Ricketts set a team MLS record by recording eight saves, and while several of them were of the superb variety the Timbers could do no better than a 2-0 loss in Seattle. A sensational double-save thwarted DPs Dempsey and Obafemi Martins but his heroics weren’t enough to avert a third loss in the last six games. Thousands of fans made the trek north to swell the crowd count to 64,207; the Timbers are back home Friday to host Colorado.
17. PHILADELPHIA (4-8-7), 15.The Union blew a two-goal lead and wound up tied with Colorado, 3-3. Conor Casey opened the scoring and after conceding an equalizer Philly regained the lead with goals by Sheanon Williams and Andrew Wenger before the defense crumbled. The Union has scored three goals apiece in five of the last eight games but overall this season the goal difference is minus 4.
18. MONTREAL (3-9-5), 18. Marco Di Vaio finally got a goal against Sporting Kansas City, but still the Impact fell, 2-1. Justin Mapp reached a cross from Patrice Bernier to center a ball that Di Vaio headed home to tie the game. But a mixup between keeper Troy Perkins and defender Heath Pearce provided SKC with the opportunity to score the winner, which it did.
19. HOUSTON (5-11-3),19.Adversity has hit the Dynamo and it can’t seem to handle prosperity, either. Brad Davis scored twice in the first half hour for a 2-0 lead at Toronto, but a bobble by goalie Tally Hall gave TFC its first goal and all too quickly Houston was on its way to a 4-2 defeat, its sixth loss in the last seven games.