Monday, May 4, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 9

For the seventh year in a row, the CONCACAF Champions League title goes to a Mexican club despite Montreal's best efforts to bring a title to MLS. Still, Impact fans can hold their heads high knowing that their club left it all out on the field. Now back to the regular season: The Red Bulls were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten by Charlie Davies and the red hot Revolution. The Fire saw their three game winning streak snapped by Sporting KC. Houston gave up four goals for the second consecutive match while Seattle, Dallas and DC United all came up with big wins. Here's a rundown of all the action:



Club América 4 Montreal Impact 2 (CCL), América wins 5-3 on aggregate goals
New York Red Bulls 1 Colorado Rapids 1


FC Dallas 4 Houston Dynamo 1
Real Salt Lake 1 San Jose Earthquakes 1


DC United 2 Columbus Crew 0
New England Revolution 2 New York Red Bulls 1
LA Galaxy 1 Colorado Rapids 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 Portland Timbers 0


Sporting Kansas City 1 Chicago Fire 0
Seattle Sounders 3 New York City FC 1


Andrés Romero (Montreal) - Romero's third goal of the Champions League gave Montreal an early 1-0 lead against Club América, but the clock struck midnight for these cinderellas as América scored three times in a little over 15 minutes early in the second half put the match away and deliver Mexico another CCL Championship.

Jack McInerney (Montreal) - Jack Mack scored his third goal of the Champions League late in the match, but it was too little too late for the Impact. Still, with McInerney fighting for playing time, every solid performance has to help his confidence.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYRB) - Phillips netted a penalty kick against Colorado to help the Red Bulls stay unbeaten as they salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Rapids. BWP now has three goals on the season.

Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) - Díaz made it goals in back-to-back games as FC Dallas improved to 4-0-1 in games that he starts. Díaz also added a pair of assists in their 4-1 rout of the Dynamo.

Giles Barnes (Houston) - Barnes picked up goal number five on the year in a losing effort against FC Dallas on Friday. The club's reigning MVP is already almost halfway to his career high of eleven goals which he accomplished in 34 starts in 2014.

Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) - With a goal and a pair of assists agains Houston on Friday night, Castillo now has 4 goals and 5 assists on the year. His career high for assists is six set in 2013 in 33 appearances.

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) - With a goal against his National Team teammate Nick Rimando, Wondo now needs just three goals to become the 9th player in MLS history to score 100 goals in his career. Wondo has four goals on the season.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto) - Giovinco scored the only goal in Toronto's 1-0 win over Philadelphia giving the diminuitive Italian four goals in his last four matches.

Fabián Espíndola (DC United) - In his second game back after his suspension, Espíndola scored his first goal of 2015 helping DC United to their best start in franchise history.

Charlie Davies (New England) - Davies made it goals in three straight games as the Revs have won all five games he's started compared to going 0-2-2 when he doesn't.

Sacha Kljestan (NYRB) - Kljestan's Red Bulls went winless this week, but Sacha delivered his second goal of the season in their loss to New England.

Gabriel Torres (Colorado) - Torres scored in both of Colorado's draws this week giving him four goals in his last five matches, setting a new career high. Torres has scored nine goals for Panama including one against the US during 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy) - Super sub Alan Gordon was at it again scoring his sixth goal off the bench for the Galaxy since joining the club last August. He has three goals this season and now has 47 in his 12 year career.

Obafemi Martins (Seattle) - With two more goals in Seattle's rout of NYCFC, Martins took over the league's scoring lead. Martins now has 31 goals in his 3 year career spanning just 58 matches and six goals in 2015.

Clint Dempsey (Seattle) - The Deuce got loose for the fifth time this season as Seattle handily beat the expansion club from New York. Dempsey and Martins now have combined for 11 goals on the year, more than half of the league's clubs.


Chris Konopka (Toronto) - Making just his third start in six MLS seasons, Konopka earned his first career win and his first shutout needing to make just one save against the floundering Union.

Bill Hamid (DC United) - Hamid made it four shutouts in six starts with a 3-save effort against the Columbus Crew. The United have lost just once this season.

Adam Kwarasey (Portland) - Kwarasey and the Timbers wrapped up their fourth shutout of the season, unfortunately the offense couldn't deliver and they settled for a third 0-0 tie.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - The MLS leader in shutouts in 2014 took over the league lead this season with shutout number number five.

Tim Melia (Sporting KC) - Melia, a backup with Chivas USA the last three seasons, also earned his first career win and recorded his first shutout in six career starts while turning back three attempts by the Chicago Fire in Sunday's game of the week. Melia had allowed 14 goals in his five previous starts in which he went 0-4-1.

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