Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap - Week 15

Here's this week's recap:

Not a lot of action in MLS this week with only five games on the slate, but more big news on the National Team front as the U.S. stunned Germany in Germany 2-1. New York City FC midfielder Mix Diskerud notched the equalizer while Bobby Wood scored the game winner for a second straight match. It marked the first time the U.S. had ever beaten the Germans in Germany... Canada won their World Cup Qualifying opener against Dominica behind goals from MLSers Cyle Larin (Orlando City) and Russell Teibert (Vancouver). The second leg will be played today (6/16)... The U.S. U-20s lost a heartbreaker in the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals falling on penalties 6-5 after playing to a 0-0 draw with Serbia... New York City FC won their second straight behind goals by David Villa and Diskerud... Seattle scored three times in the second half as they routed FC Dallas and became the first MLS team to nine wins this year... Bill Hamid saved a Kaká penalty, but couldn't recover for the rebound as DC United fell 1-0 to the suddenly surging Florida-based football club. Kaká has seven goals on the season and his club is unbeaten in their last five matches... The Galaxy continue to tread water and salvaged a point against the Columbus Crew despite no Steven Gerrard (still), no Robbie Keane, and Gyasi Zardes being limited to 30 minutes off the bench.

Here's a rundown of all the action:



United States 2 Germany 1


Canada 2 Dominica 0 (World Cup Qualifying)


New York City FC 3 Montreal Impact 1
Columbus Crew 1 LA Galaxy 1
New England Revolution 2 Chicago Fire 0
Seattle Sounders 3 FC Dallas 0


Orlando City SC 1 DC United 0


Mix Diskerud (USA/NYCFC) - Diskerud scored a nifty goal to level the score against Germany in the U.S.'s historic win across the pond. Diskerud now has six goals for the U.S. since his debut in 2010. He then came off the bench for NYCFC on Saturday to score the game winning goal against Montreal. Not a bad week.

Cyle Larin (Canada) - The 20 year old isn't just scoring for Orlando as he bagged the opener in Canada's World Cup Qualifier against Dominica and also drew a penalty in the second half. Larin already has two goals for Canada this year to go along with five goals for his club.

Russell Teibert (Canada) - The Whitecaps midfielder scored his first goal for Canada's Senior National Team when he converted a penalty kick in Canada's 2-0 win over Dominica. Teibert has scored two goals in 81 career MLS appearanecs with Vancouver.

David Villa (NYCFC) - Villa scored just his fourth goal of the season, but his second in his last three matches as City finds themselves unbeaten in their last three.

Kwadwo Poku (NYCFC) - Poku came off the bench and picked up his first MLS goal and an assist in just 15 minutes. The 23 year-old Ghanaian spent the 2014 season with the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL).

Federico Higuaín (Columbus) - Higuaín scored for the second straight match giving him four goals on the year, but the Crew are still winless since May 9th.

Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) - After parts of five seasons with West Ham (England), Lletget joined the Galaxy in early May. Making his first start on Saturday against Columbus he notched his first MLS goal.

Charlie Davies (New England) - Davies tallied his sixth goal of the season, double his output in 2014 despite playing 150 fewer minutes. Davies' career high for goals in MLS is 11 set with DC United back in 2011.

Obafemi Martins (Seattle) - Martins only played 29 minutes, but he still managed to notch a goal and an assist for surging Seattle as the Sounders crushed FC Dallas 3-0. Martins now has 7 goals and 4 assists on the season.

Kaká (Orlando City) - Kaká followed up his own missed penalty kick to score the only goal in Orlando's 1-0 upset win of DC United. Kaká has now scored in four of Orlando's last five matches and has seven goals on the year.

Bobby Shuttleworth (New England) - Shuttleworth made four saves against the Fire to earn his 5th shutout of the season in 15 starts. Shuttleworth started 32 games for the Revs last year and recorded just 8 shutouts.

Stefan Frei (Seattle) - Frei earned his eighth shutout of the year against Dallas on Saturday leaving him just one shy of his total in all of 2014. Frei leads the league with nine wins this season.

Tally Hall (Orlando City) - Hall stayed undefeated for Orlando through five starts as he notched a pair of saves in their 1-0 win over DC United. Hall is now 3-0-2 on the year with a pair of shutouts.

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