Golazos overshadow conference upheavals

[MLS REWIND: Week 5] MLS concluded its first month of action with the Montreal Impact on top in the Eastern Conference and FC Dallas and Chivas USA 1-2 in the Western Conference. Four teams remained winless: Portland, Seattle, Colorado and Chicago. Who'd a thunk it? But the weekend results were overshadowed by a pair of golazos, scored by two young Americans: LA Galaxy teenager Jose Villarreal's tying goal in stoppage time on a scissors kick and Colorado rookie Dillon Powers' blast from distance against Portland.

Villarreal Goal:

Powers Goal:

Goals: 22/8 GP (avg.: 2.75)
Weekend Timeline

Saturday, March 30
Toronto FC 2 LA Galaxy 2.
LA: Mike Magee (Marcelo Sarvas) 16
TOR: Robert Earnshaw 29
TOR: Jonathan Osorio (Luis Silva) 78
LA: Jose Villarreal 92+
Att.: 18,355.

LANDON GETS MINUTES. With only a few days of practice under his belt, Landon Donovan returned to action with the Galaxy after a four-month layoff. "Fitness-wise, I felt great." he said. "Obviously I have a ways to go soccer wise. But you got to get minutes to get better and so it was good to get some time today and obviously in the end it work out.  It was a good result."
New York 2 Philadelphia 1.
NY: Dax McCarty (Jonny Steele, Juninho) 55
PHI: Conor Casey (Sheanon Williams) 63
NY: Thierry Henry (Peguy Luyindula, Heath Pearce) 81
Att.: 15,824.

FRENCH CONNECTION. Thierry Henry's first goal of the season for the Red Bulls -- which happened to produce their first win in five games -- overshadowed the work fellow Frenchman Peguy Luyindula did to feed him with a delicate pass. His first game at Montreal was punctuated by several missed opportunities.

Henry Goal:

New England 0 FC Dallas 1.
FCD: Blas Perez (David Ferreira) 87
Att.: 10,284.

MIDFIELD DUO. Andrew Jacobson and first-year Brazilian Michel might not be the most dynamic central midfield duo in MLS, but they have certainly been effective since Michel was moved from left back two weeks ago. Jacobson and Michel completed 78 percent of their passes to help give FC Dallas its third straight win to take over the lead in the Western Conference.
Colorado 2 Portland 2.
COL: Dillon Powers (Chris Klute) 18
COL: Hendry Thomas 48
POR: Will Johnson (Ryan Johnson) 55
POR: Will Johnson 71 
Att.: 11,774.

COMEBACK KIDS. The Portland Timbers still don't have a win in four games, but first-year coach Caleb Porter likes what he's seeing. Three of the four games ended in ties, all after Portland had trailed, twice after it was down two goals. "We’ve kind of been the comeback kids," said Porter. "We don’t want to be coming back as much as we have been. People will focus on the negatives, and obviously there are some negatives: we haven’t won a game in four and we’ve given up the first goal in four games. I’m focused on the positives. We’ve only lost one game."
Houston 2 San Jose 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Boniek Garcia) 17
HOU: Giles Barnes (Brad Davis) 42
Att.: 17,415.

INVINCIBLE AT HOME. Houston's win extended its consecutive unbeaten streak at home to 34 games, matching Real Salt Lake’s record unbeaten streak at home over 2009-2011. The Dynamo has never lost a competitive game at BBVA Compass Stadium since its opening in 2012.
Sporting KC 2 Montreal 0.
KC: Claudio Bieler (Benny Feilhaber) 5
KC: Graham Zusi (Benny Feilhaber) 80
Att.: 18,609.

IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR. Benny Feilhaber assisted on both goals as Sporting KC stopped Montreal's winning streak at four games. “I've put last season in the rearview mirror,” Feilhaber, who joined SKC from New England in the offseason, told MLSSoccer.com. “I try not to think about it too much. I'm just looking forward to this season, and it's been great so far."
Real Salt Lake 2 Seattle 1.
RSL: Robbie Findley 8
RSL: Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy, Sebastian Velasquez) 35
SEA: Brad Evans (Mauro Rosales, DeAndre Yedlin) 57
Att.: 20,359.

PICKING AND CHOOSING. Seattle's 2-1 loss left the Sounders without a win for March. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid had enough of the host team's inconsistent form. "We're picking and choosing times when to play," Schmid said. "We've got moments in a game where three or four guys are involved and some other guys are not involved. Then some other guys get involved and some other guys are not involved. We have yet to get where 11 guys are involved for 90 minutes all the time."
Chivas USA 2 Vancouver 1
CHV: own goal 12 
CHV: Eric Avila (Jorge Villafana) 55
VAN: Kenny Miller 64
Att.: 8,354.

CONFIDENT CHELIS. Chivas USA extended its unbeaten streak to four games. The confidence of the players is growing along with that of their coach, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. "El Chelis" says it will take a lot of beat Chivas USA. "Any team that wants to beat us, either here or on the road, has to run more than us," he said. "If they don’t out-run us, it’s a guaranteed point for us. By what I’ve seen of these Chivas USA players, who fight and battle, the point is already assured.”
Eastern Conference:

12 Montreal 4-1-0 6/4
9 Houston 3-1-0 8/4
8 Sporting KC 2-1-2 6/3
7 Columbus 2-1-1 7/4
6 Philadelphia 2-1-1 5/6
5 New York 1-2-2 6/7
4 Toronto FC 1-2-1 5/6
4 D.C. United 1-2-1 2/4
4 New England 1-2-1 1/2
1 Chicago 0-3-1 1/9

Western Conference:

12 FC Dallas 4-1-0 8/5
10 Chivas USA 3-1-1 10/7
8 LA Galaxy 2-0-2 8/3
7 Real Salt Lake 2-2-1 5/5
7 San Jose 2-2-1 4/6
6 Vancouver 2-2-0 5/5
3 Portland 0-1-3 7/8
2 Colorado 0-3-2 4/7
1 Seattle 0-3-1 2/5
5+1 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
4+1 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
3+1 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
3 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)

Friday, April 5
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United
Saturday, April 6
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas
5 pm ET
Columbus vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
7:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Houston
San Jose vs. Vancouver
Sunday, April 7
5 pm ET
Chicago vs. New York, ESPN2

Saturday, April 13
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
Philadelphia vs. Toronto FC
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. New England, Univision Dep.
Vancouver vs. Real Salt Lake
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New York
7:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Colorado
Sunday, April 14
5 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, UniMas
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. San Jose, NBCSN

Wednesday, April 17
7:30 pm ET
New York vs. Sporting KC
Saturday, April 20
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Houston
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Seattle
7 pm ET
New York vs. New England
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver
Chicago vs. Columbus
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN
Sunday, April 21
5 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia, ESPN2
11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland, UniMas

Saturday, April 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York
4 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago, NBCSN
6 pm ET
Vancouver vs. FC Dallas, Univision Dep.
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. D.C. United
New England vs. Philadelphia
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Portland
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. San Jose
Sunday, April 28, 2013
5 pm ET
Houston vs. Colorado, UniMas

4 comments about "Golazos overshadow conference upheavals".
  1. Luis Arreola, April 1, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.

    Wow, didnt many people write off Chivas USA?? Ridge, I guess Chelis is very capable of winning in MLS. They did this with a completely new roster in less than a month.

  2. Luke Garrott, April 1, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.

    The RSL-Seattle game was a sell out. 10,359 needs to be corrected.

  3. soccer talk, April 1, 2013 at 1 p.m.

    Forever ORANGE!!!

  4. I w Nowozeniuk, April 3, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

    Villareal has talent and he makes things happen; he's a fresh breath of air for MLS.

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