Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another Record for Donovan As Galaxy Win Again - MLS Weekly Recap

THURSDAY

Chicago 1 Philadelphia 1

The Fire set an MLS record with their 17th draw of the season with a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer against the Philadelphia Union. Amobi Okugo's 88th minute goal seemed a sure bet to send the Philadelphia faithful home happy, but Robert Earnshaw had other plans. The Fire's super-sub capitalized on a turnover by Philadelphia keeper Rais Mbolhi to set a new MLS record for parity. Earnshaw now has 3 goals in just 174 minutes of playing time.

FRIDAY

DC United 0 Sporting Kansas City 0

United clinched a playoff berth, becoming the first Eastern Conference club to do so this season, thanks to another shutout from Bill Hamid. Hamid has now posted back-to-back clean sheets, and five in his last eight matches. Unfortunately for DC, he was matched by Sporting's Andy Gruenebaum who made a season-high seven saves in posting his second consecutive shutout as well.


SATURDAY

New York 1 Houston 0

Thierry Henry reached double-digit goals for the fourth straight season as his strike was the difference in New York's 1-0 win over Houston. Backed by four saves from Luis Robles, New York was able to overcome a late red card to Australian international Tim Cahill and keep New York in contention in the East, jumping ahead of Columbus and into fourth place.

Vancouver 2 Dallas 0

Vancouver continued to hold off the Portland Timbers for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a big 2-0 win over FC Dallas. Sebasti├ín Fern├índez, who hadn't scored since July, found the net twice on assists from Mauro Rosales and David Ousted made a pair of saves to give him 10 shutouts on the season. Rosales, who is now 33 years old, hasn't scored yet this season in 29 games, but has 11 assists.

New England 2 Columbus 1

Lee Nguyen scored his 14th goal of the season to put New England ahead early, and Jermaine Jones broke the tie late as the Revs improved to 6-1 since Jones' signing with a big win over the Crew. Teal Bunbury added an assist for the second straight game giving him six on the year, and Bobby Shuttleworth made 6 saves to earn his 14th win of the season. Ethan Finlay scored for the third time in his last four games in a losing effort.

Los Angeles 3 Toronto FC 0

Robbie Keane continued to strengthen his case for the league MVP award with two more goals, and Landon Donovan set the MLS assist record with number 136 as the Galaxy defeated Toronto FC 3-0. Super sub Alan Gordon scored off the bench again for the Galaxy to put the match out of reach while Jaime Penedo made it 8 shutouts on the season. Marcelo Sarvas added a pair of assists to give him 11 on the season. In his previous two seasons with the Galaxy, Sarvas combined for just 8 assists.

Portland 2 San Jose 1

Chris Wondolowski scored again for San Jose, but Rodney Wallace countered with a pair as Portland kept pace with Vancouver and remained just a point away from a playoff berth. Donovan Ricketts came up big with 5 saves as the Timbers earned three huge points. For Wondo, it was goal number 14 on the season, and number 93 in his career.

SUNDAY

Seattle 4 Colorado 1

Clint Dempsey, Marco Pappa and Obafemi Martins dominated the Rapids to the tune of four goals and two assists as Seattle kept pace with LA atop the Western Conference with 60 points with just 3 games remaining. Martins scored twice for the second straight game and now has 17 goals on the year to lead the club. Dempsey, meanwhile, is now just one assist away from joining the double-double club as he sits on 14 goals and 9 assists. The 9 assists tie a career high set with New England back in 2005. Deshorn Brown scored his 10th goal of the year for the Rapids in a losing effort.

Chicago 0 Montreal 0

Surprise, surprise, another Fire game ended up in a draw. This makes 18 for the one-point wonders as the Fire extend their single-season record. Evan Bush made 8 saves for Montreal and earned just his third shutout of the season. Sean Johnson countered with only his 6th shutout despite starting all 31 games for the Fire the season.

Chivas USA 1 Real Salt Lake 0

The streak is over! Chivas USA won for the first time since July thanks to on-loan striker Felix Borja's first MLS goal and solid play from their defense. Dan Kennedy needed to make just one save to earn his sixth shutout of the season. Nick Rimando made five saves in a losing effort as Real failed to clinch a playoff berth.

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