Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekly Recap, Week 3

After a big week of goal scoring, shutouts were once again commonplace with 9 of 16 clubs failing to find the back of the net this week and three 0-0 draws. But the real story was Montreal winning the first leg of their Champions League match against Alajuelense 2-0 behind goals by Ignacio Piatti and Víctor Cabrera. In other news, FC Dallas continued their perfect start with a 2-0 win over the Union making them the first to three wins this season while Colorado, Portland, LA and NYCFC all remain unbeaten. Here's a rundown of all the matches:



Montreal Impact 2 Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 0 - CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE


New England Revolution 0 Montreal Impact 0
Colorado Rapids 0 New York City FC 0
FC Dallas 2 Philadelphia Union 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Orlando City SC 0
Portland Timbers 0 Sporting Kansas City 0
LA Galaxy 1 Houston Dynamo 1


New York Red Bulls 2 DC United 0
San Jose Earthquakes 2 Chicago Fire 1


Ignacio Piatti (Montreal) - The 30 year old Piatti was brought to Montreal last summer to help stabilize their midfield and add some punch to an attack that was on the verge of losing Marco Di Vaio to retirement. He did just that this week scoring a huge goal against Alajuelense that helped propel Montreal to a 2-0 Champions League win moving them a big step closer to the Champions League Finals.

Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas) - Last year's MLS Rookie of the Year scored his first goal of 2015 helped undefeated FC Dallas to a 2-0 win over the Union.

Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas) - Hollingshead scored his first MLS goal on Saturday as he's quickly turning into a valuable asset for FC Dallas. The 23 year old appeared in just 11 games a year ago failing to get a goal or an assist, and already has one of each in just 141 minutes this season.

Octavio Rivero (Vancouver) - The Uruguayan Designated Player continued his solid start in MLS as he's scored in each of Vancouver's first three matches this season. His latest was perhaps his most dramatic as he netted a game winning header deep into stoppage time against Orlando.

Robbie Keane (LA) - The reigning MVP scored his second goal of 2015 and the 55th goal of his MLS career.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYRB) - BWP tied the league's all-time single-season scoring record last year with 27 goals in 32 regular season games. After getting shut out against Sporting Kansas City in Week 1, he beat DC United's Bill Hamid for his first goal of 2015.

Abdul-Fatai Alashe (San Jose) - Alashe became the first player drafted in 2015 to score in a regular season game this year. The 4th overall pick out of Michigan State has appeared in all three of San Jose's games this season, starting in both of their wins.

Ty Harden (San Jose) - The 31 year old Harden celebrated his 100th career appearance in MLS with  his first goal. Currently in his 8th season, Harden had 0 goals and 0 assists through 99 matches before tallying one of each against Chicago on Sunday night.


Bobby Shuttleworth (New England) - Shuttleworth helped New England earn their first point of 2015 with a pair of saves in the Revs' 0-0 draw with Montreal. Shuttleworth, now in his 7th season with New England, has 22 career shutouts.

Evan Bush (Montreal) - Bush not only shutout Alajuelense in Champions League action, but picked up his fourth career shutout thanks to four saves against the Revs on Saturday.

Clint Irwin (Colorado) - Irwin and the Rapids defense turned in their second straight shutout to start the season. Irwin made a pair of saves against NYCFC and now has 19 shutouts in his career.

Josh Saunders (NYCFC) - Saunders has NYCFC undefeated through its first three matches with a pair of shutouts, his latest a 7-save effort against Colorado. Saunders set a career high in shutouts in 2012 with 9 for the LA Galaxy.

Chris Seitz (Dallas) - Chris Seitz and FC Dallas improved to 3-0-0 on the year with their latest win, a 2-0 shutout of Philadelphia. Seitz made 5 saves and tied his career high with his second shutout of the season. An MLS veteran of 9 years, Seitz entered 2015 with just 5 shutouts in 56 starts.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - Ousted picked up his second straight shutout in Vancouver's 1-0 win over Orlando City SC. Ousted led MLS with 13 shutouts in 2014.

Adam Kwarasey (Portland) - The Timbers earned their second 0-0 tie in three matches as Kwarasey made a pair of saves.

Luis Marín  (Sporting KC) - Chilean International Luis Marín earned his first career MLS shutout after making three saves against the Portland Timbers. Marín has 8 CAPs for Chile.

Luis Robles (NYRB) - Robles outplayed the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year, Bill Hamid, making 5 saves to earn a shutout win over DC United.

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