Sunday, April 19, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 7

Another solid week for MLS, this one punctuated by the U.S.'s 2-0 win over Mexico that included a goal from New England's Juan Agudelo. Aside from that we saw the Red Bulls extend their unbeaten streak, Real Salt Lake fall for the first time this season, Vancouver become the first team to five wins, and Dallas score in less than a minute as they extended Toronto's losing streak to four. Around the rest of the league, New York City FC's Khiry Shelton finally broke into the starting lineup and earned his first assist, Omar Gonzalez came off the bench to give LA a stoppage time game winner, and Seattle finally got a goal from someone other than Clint Dempsey or Obafemi Martins. Here's the full rundown:



USA 2 Mexico 0


New York City FC 1 Philadelphia Union 1


New York Red Bulls 2 San Jose Earthquakes 0


D United 1 Houston Dynamo 1
Columbus Crew 3 Orlando City SC 0
FC Dallas 3 Toronto FC 2
Seattle Sounders 3 Colorado Rapids 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Real Salt Lake 0
LA Galaxy 2 Sporting Kansas City 1


New England Revolution 2 Philadelphia Union 1
Portland Timbers 1 New York City FC 0


Juan Agudelo (New England) - Agudelo hammered home an insurance goal for the US against Mexico on Wednesday night. The goal was Agudelo's third for the U.S. and his first since scoring against Argentina 4 years ago.

C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia) - Sapong scored his first goal since joining the Union as he grabbed a late equalizer against NYCFC. Sapong scored nine goals for Sporting KC back in 2012, hist best MLS season.

Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) - Kljestan and the Red Bulls remained unbeaten this week with a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls and Kljestan grabbed his first MLS goal since 2010 when he was with Chivas USA.

Federico Higuaín (Columbus) - After a quiet start to the season that included a red-card suspension, Higuaín scored his first goal of 2015 and added an assist as Columbus routed Orlando City SC 3-0. Higuaín scored 11 goals in each of the last two seasons.

Kei Kamara (Columbus) - Kamara scored his fourth goal of the season in Columbus's rout of Orlando City. The goal was Kamara's 56th in his 9th MLS season.

Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) - Castillo needed just 29 seconds to get on the board in the first half against Toronto and added a second less than ten minutes later. FC Dallas would need both goals as they held on to defeat TFC 3-2.

Blas Pérez (FC Dallas) - Pérez picked up goal number four on the year against Toronto on Saturday night. The goal was the 35th of his MLS career.

Lamar Neagle (Seattle) - After struggling to find scoring from someone not named Clint Dempsey or Obafemi Martins, Seattle got a pair of goals from Lamar Neagle in a 3-1 win over Colorado.

Obafemi Martins (Seattle) - Oba made it four goals in five games to start the 2015 season as he chimed in a brilliant insurance goal against Colorado. The only time Martins has been held scoreless this season was Jaime Penedo's 10-save effort against the Sounders last weekend.

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) - Gonzalez capped a big week that saw him help shutdown Mexico's offense on Wednesday, and then after entering the game as a substitute, he knocked home the game winner in stoppage time against Kansas City.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto) - Giovinco netted his first MLS brace, but it was too little too late as Toronto dropped a fourth straight, 3-2 to Dallas. Giovinco has 3 goals on the season.

Charlie Davies (New England) - Davies scored his first goal of 2015 when he knocked in the equalizer against the Philadelphia Union. The goal was just the 15th of Davies' MLS career.

Teal Bunbury (New England) - Bunbury came off the bench and immediately assisted on Davies' equalizer before scoring the game winner a little over ten minutes later.


Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls) - Robles made four saves to earn his second shutout as the Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the Quakes. Robles had just six shutouts in 34 starts last season.

Steve Clark (Columbus) - Clark earned his second consecutive shutout and third of the season as the Crew cruised to a 3-0 win over OCSC. Clark had eight shutouts in 34 starts in 2014.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - Last year's league leader in shutouts picked up number four of 2015 as he outdueled Nick Rimando in a 1-0 win. Ousted and the Whitecaps now have a league-best five wins this season.

Adam Kwarasey (Portland) - Kwarasey made five saves to fend off a David Villa-less NYCFC and helped Portland to just their second win of the season. Kwarasey now has three shutouts on the year.

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