Monday, June 8, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap - Week 14

Lots to talk about this week, so here we go! The Montreal Impact picked up two wins this week knocking off Canadian rivals Vancouver AND the Columbus Crew. Just like that, they're back to .500... The Portland Timbers have won three straight matches for the first time in franchise history. Fanendo Adi came off the bench to score twice in the last ten minutes against New England... Will Bruin scored two more goals for the Dynamo who scored 4 times in the second half to defeat the Red Bulls... New York City FC won for just the second time this season snapping a winless streak that dates back to March 15th... In a battle of two of the West's best, Seattle was downed by Sporting KC 1-0 thanks to a Benny Feilhaber penalty kick. Seattle played the match without Clint Dempsey OR Obafemi Martins... Adaílton became the first player in MLS history to score two own goals in the same game as the Fire lost twice this week and gave up six goals in the process... Playing without Michael Bradley and with Jozy Altidore on limited minutes due to a hamstring injury, Sebastian Giovinco scored twice and led the Reds to a 2-1 win over DC United.

Here's a rundown of all the action:



DC United 3 Chicago Fire 1
Philadelphia Union 3 Columbus Crew 0
Montreal Impact 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1


Houston Dynamo 4 New York Red Bulls 2
United States 4 Netherlands 3


New York City FC 2 Philadelphia Union 1
Toronto FC 2 DC United 1
Montreal Impact 2 Columbus Crew 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 Seattle Sounders 0
Orlando City SC 3 Chicago Fire 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 LA Galaxy 0
Portland Timbers 2 New England Revolution 0


Colorado Rapids 0 Real Salt Lake 0
FC Dallas 0 San Jose Earthquakes 0


Jairo Arrieta (DC United) - The 31 year old Costa Rican had his best game as a member of DC United scoring twice in the second half as United came back from a goal down to rout the Chicago Fire 3-1. Arrieta now has five goals on the year.

C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia) - Sapong came off the bench on Wednesday after Fernando Aristeguieta left with an injury in the first half and immediately scored the game winner, and his third goal of the season. He followed that up with the opening goal against NYCFC in a losing effort on Saturday Sapong now already has twice as many goals this season as he did in 20 appearances with Sporting in 2014.

Sébastien Le Toux (Philadelphia) - With a goal on Wednesday, the MLS veteran made it goals in back-to-back matches after going 17 matches without finding the back to the net. Le Toux now needs just two more goals to hit 50 in his MLS career.

Ignacio Piatti (Montreal) - Piatti played the hero for Montreal yet again delivering the game winner late against Canadian rivals Vancouver. Piatti now has three goals on the season and seven in just 15 career MLS matches for the Impact.

Jack McInerney (Montreal) - 22 year-old Jack Mack scored the 35th goal of his MLS career and his third of the season as the Impact have won four of five.

Boniek García (Houston) - Garcia didn't start on Friday night against the Red Bulls but wound up scoring the equalizer and assisting on a pair of goals in his 45 minutes of action.

Will Bruin (Houston) - With a second half brace against the Red Bulls, Bruin made it six goals in his last five matches and seven on the season.

Ricardo Clark (Houston) - After getting a goal called back, Clark bounced right back to score one that counted. Clark now has three goals on the season, just one short of his career high of four set in 2013 and 2014.

Gyasi Zardes (USMNT) - Gyasi Zardes scored the U.S.'s first goal in their 4-3 upset of the Netherlands. It was his first goal as a member of the National Team.

Anatole Abang (New York Red Bulls) - The 18 year old from Cameroon scored his first career MLS goal when he came in off the bench against Houston on Friday night. All eight of Abang's appearances this season have come off the bench.

Steve Birnbaum (DC United) - Birnbaum scored the first goal in his MLS career, but it was spoiled by the Atomic Ant's heroics in a 2-1 loss to Toronto FC.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) - With Michael Bradley with the National Team and Jozy Altidore limited to a bench role as he recovers from a hamstring injury, Giovinco put the team on his back and led them to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over DC United. Giovinco now has 7 goals and 6 assists in his first 12 MLS games.

Federico Higuaín (Columbus) - Higuaín scored just his third goal of the year, but it wasn't enough as the Crew fell for the second time this week. The Crew haven't won since defeating Seattle 3-2 on May 9th.

Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) - Feilhaber set a career high with his 5th goal just 14 games into the 2015 season. Feilhaber scored 4 goals in 2011 for New England and last year with Sporting.

Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago) - With a goal against Orlando City, Igbo has now scored in his last two starts. Is he the solution to Chicago's well documented offensive struggles?

Cyle Larin (Orlando City) - With a goal off the bench against Chicago, Larin made it five goals on the year, easily leading the entire 2015 SuperDraft class.

Fanendo Adi (Portland) - After losing his starting spot to Maximiliano Urruti, Adi responded in a big way by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes after coming off the bench to give the Timbers a third straight win. It marked Adi's second two-goal game of 2015.


Brian Sylvestre (Philadelphia) - Sylvestre made it three shutouts in four starts shutting down the offenses of DC United, the New York Red Bulls and Columbus in an impressive stretch since taking over as the Union's #1 keeper.

Tim Melia (Sporting KC) - Melia recorded has 3rd consecutive shutout for Sporting as they defeated Seattle 1-0 on Saturday. Melia is 4-0-2 with 4 shutouts since taking over as Sporting's starting keeper on May 3rd. Prior to 2015, Melia had made only five career starts and had a record of 0-4-1.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - The Galaxy failed to put a shot on target as Ousted cruised to his 7th shutout of 2015. The Danish keeper had 13 shutouts for Vancouver last season.

Adam Kwarasey (Portland) - Kwarasey made three saves en route his sixth shutout of the season. The Ghanaian Keeper has won three straight overall allowing just one goal in that stretch.

Clint Irwin (Colorado) - Irwin only had to make one save as Colorado picked up their fourth 0-0 tie of the season. Irwin has six shutouts on the year, his career high is ten set back in 2013.

Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) - Rimando flew back from Amsterdam to start this match and made a save and survived a Dillon Powers penalty to earn his sixth shutout of 2015 and the 121st of his legendary career. Rimando needs just one more shutout to equal his 2014 total.

Dan Kennedy (FC Dallas) - Dan Kennedy bouned back from surrendering four goals at Kansas City last week to shut out Chris Wondolowski and the Quakes. It was just Kennedy's second shutout of 2015 and the 30th of his career.

David Bingham (San Jose) - Bingham made a pair of saves as the Quakes survived two red cards to tie FC Dallas 0-0. Bingham has four shutouts this season.

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