Montreal remains perfect, FC Dallas surges to front

[MLS REWIND: Week 4] Montreal (4-0-0) remained perfect with a 1-0 win over winless New York (0-2-2) before a crowd of more than 26,000 at Olympic Stadium. FC Dallas took the lead in the Western Conference with a 2-0 victory over short-handed Real Salt Lake thanks to goals from Fabian Castillo and Jackson in the last 20 minutes. Joaquin Velasquez, whose suspension for the red card picked up in Chivas USA's match with the LA Galaxy was overturned on review, scored the winning goal as Chivas USA beat the hapless Chicago Fire, 4-1, on the road. For all the weekend action ...

Goals: 16/8 games (avg.: 2.00).
Video: Weekend goal timeline

Sunday, March 24
Chicago 1 Chivas USA 4.
CHV: Edgar Mejia  (Juan Agudelo) 57
CHI: Patrick Nyarko (Sherjill MacDonald, Maicon Santos) 64
CHV: Joaquin Velazquez (Edgar Mejia) 73
CHV: Juan Agudelo (Jorge Villafana) 75
CHV: own goal 89
Att.: 9,723.

SYMPATHY FROM CHELIS. Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola felt sorry for Chicago Fire. "They played with a lot of bad luck, a lot of bad luck," said "Chelis." "They had lots of attempts and failed to score in the first half. We had five opportunities, and scored on four." The Fire's collapse -- three goals conceded in the last 17 minutes -- left it with just one point in four games and a goal difference of 1-9, the worst in MLS.

Agudelo Goal:

Saturday, March 23
D.C. United 1 Columbus 2.
CLB: Josh Williams (Tyson Wahl) 15
DC: Rafael (Chris Pontius) 22
CLB: Ben Speas 59
Att.: 11,034.

DEDICATION TO URSO. Ben Speas dedicated his first MLS goal -- the winner in the 2-1 win at D.C. United -- to his late UNC and Crew teammate Kirk Urso, who died last summer of a genetic defect of the heart. The Crew was in Washington, D.C., when it found out Urso had died back in Columbus.  "I thought about that yesterday," Speas, who won an NCAA championship with Urso in 2011, told, "and I knew my first goal was going to be to him and I wanted to get it today. It's just special."

Speas Goal:

Saturday, March 23
New England 0 Sporting KC 0.
Att.: 12,215.

SURVIVING THE ELEMENTS. Since opening with a 3-1 win at Philadelphia, Sporting KC, last year's Eastern Conference regular-season championship, has lost 2-1 at Toronto FC and played a pair of 0-0 ties. Coach Peter Vermes wasn't displeased with the latest scoreless draw in a game played in heavy winds. “This was not a game of soccer today,” Sporting manager Peter Vermes told “This was surviving the elements. That's all it was. It was a great result for us on the road, in the elements we were just in.”
Saturday, March 23
Montreal 1 New York 0.
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Patrice Bernier) 14
Att.: 26,529.

DI VAIO KEEPS IMPROVING. Italian star Marco Di Vaio's goal in the 14th minute, his second goal in four games, stood up as the Impact remained perfect. "I felt good out there tonight," he said. "I feel like things are getting better for me every game, and I reacted well in finding space when moving forward. We are creating a lot of chances and we keep improving on the mental aspect of the game, but the season is long, and we have to keep working and improving."

Di Vaio Goal:

Saturday, March 23
FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 0.
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Jackson) 71
DAL: Jackson 80
Att.: 11,181.

SHORT-HANDED RSL. No team was without more players due to World Cup qualifying than RSL. Away on international duty were Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando (all USA), Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica) and Abdoulie Mansally (Gambia). On top of that, two regulars -- Javier Morales and Chris Wingert -- remain sidelined with injuries, and Morales fill-in Sebastian Velasquez was ill. Not surprisingly, RSL lost to remain winless at FC Dallas with a 0-11-2 record across all competitions.
Saturday, March 23
Houston 2 Vancouver 1.
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Erik Hurtado) 36
HOU: Giles Barnes (Ricardo Clark) 55
HOU: Warren Creavalle (Will Bruin, Adam Moffat) 62
Att.: 16,428.

HOME INVINCIBILITY. Houston was without three starters away on Hexagonal duty, but that was no problem for the Dynamo, which rallied from a goal down at the half to hand Vancouver its first loss of the season. With the win, the Dynamo extended its home unbeaten streak to 33 games in all competitions (including Concacaf Champions League and playoffs). It is the second-longest streak in league history, one shy of Real Salt Lake’s record 34-game streak from 2009-11. The Dynamo can equal RSL’s record next Saturday when its host San Jose.
Saturday, March 23
LA Galaxy 1 Colorado 0.
LA: Mike Magee (pen.) 50
Att.: 19,936.

GALAXY WINS WITH TEEN DUO. The Galaxy started Jose Villarreal, 19, and Jack McBean, 18, and they may have to used that duo up front, at least for the short run. Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was injured his calf in Ireland's 0-0 tie with Sweden and withdrew from Tuesday's qualifier against Austria. Landon Donovan will rejoin the Galaxy this week, but there is no targeted date for his return to action.
Saturday, March 23
San Jose 1 Seattle 0.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 45+1
Attendance: 10,525.

SOUNDERS' SLUMP CONTINUES. The Sounders' loss to San Jose left them with one point -- and only one goal -- in three games. Have they paid a price for their comeback victory over Mexican leader Tigres in the Concacaf Champions League? "Without that Champions League game in the week leading up to that game," Coach Sigi Schmid told the Seattle Times, "I think we probably get the result [against Portland] and pull away with the win there, which would’ve helped the team’s confidence a little bit. But it is what it is, and that’s important to us, as well."
Eastern Conference:

12 Montreal 4-0-0 6/2
7 Columbus 2-1-1 7/4
6 Houston 2-1-0 6/6
6 Philadelphia 2-1-0 4/4
5 Sporting KC 1-1-2 4/3
4 New England 1-1-1 1/1
4 D.C. United 1-2-1 2/4
3 Toronto FC 1-2-0 3/4
2 New York 0-2-2 4/6
1 Chicago 0-3-1 1/9

Western Conference:

9 FC Dallas 3-1-0 7/5
7 LA Galaxy 2-0-1 6/1
7 Chivas USA 2-1-1 8/6
7 San Jose 2-1-1 4/4
6 Vancouver 2-1-0 4/3
4 Real Salt Lake 1-2-1 3/4
2 Portland 0-1-2 5/6
1 Seattle 0-2-1 1/3
1 Colorado 0-3-1 2/5
4+1 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
3 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
3 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
2+1 Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA)
2+1 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
2+1 Jackson (FC Dallas)
2+1 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
2+1 Josh Williams (Columbus)
2 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
2 Fabian Espindola (New York)
2 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
2 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
Saturday, March 30
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. LA Galaxy
3:30 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, TV: NBCSN
4 pm ET
New England vs. FC Dallas
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Portland, TV: Univision Dep.
8:30 pm ET
Houston vs. San Jose
Sporting KC vs. Montreal
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver

3 comments about "Montreal remains perfect, FC Dallas surges to front".
  1. Luis Arreola, March 24, 2013 at 9:26 p.m.

    Hey Chivas is looking pretty good. Wonder what Ridge rankings will be now.

  2. R2 Dad, March 24, 2013 at 11:56 p.m.

    So, finally attended an Earthquakes 2.0 match last night (I guess we don't count the original earthquakes that left for houston?). Pitch was in perfect condition, intimate crowd at santa clara university. ticket prices were reasonable, great weather, tons of families with kids under 10. Those Ultra crazies in section 109 added a good amount of atmosphere. Unfortunately, the soccer was crap. However, most of the fans didn't seem to care, as it was relatively entertaining, the home team won and there was some excitement towards the end with the quakes squeaking out a win. However, I really feel for the referees, because there were 50 headed balls, lots of wrestling and not just on set pieces. On one corner there were 15 people in the 6 yard box. I can't be positive but I don't recall either keeper playing out of the back once. I can't wait until a Swansea emerges in MLS to provide some contrast.

  3. Gordon Hayes, March 25, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

    Chivas is separating one ethnicity from others.

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