Monday, July 6, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 18

Here's this week's recap:

First, the US Open Cup's 5th Round: The Union lost CJ Sapong less than 30 minutes into the match to a red card, but still managed to score twice while a man down and stun DC United to advance to the quarterfinals... Carlos Rivas scored for the fourth time in the tournament as Columbus was shutout 2-0, but more importantly, the Crew's Will Trapp returned after a 3-month absence following a concussion. Trapp had not played in a match since April 8th against Vancouver... Mike Magee scored his first two goals of 2015 as Chicago rallied from a 1-0 deficit and knocked the USL's last representative out of this year's tournament... Joe Willis picked up his second shutout in a row and 19 year-old Colombian Mauro Manotas supplied all of the offense as Houston knocked off the Rapids 1-0... The Red Bulls rocked another crosstown rival as they defeated the Cosmos 4-1, but lost right back Chris Duvall in the process to a broken leg. 18 year-old Anatole Abang (Cameroon) continued his hot streak as he added another goal in the win... Dom Dwyer scored FOUR times, Krisztián Németh scored twice, and Benny Feilhaber tallied three assists as Sporting KC destroyed FC Dallas 6-2. Dwyer needed less than a half to achieve his hat trick... The Portland Timbers couldn't solve Real Salt Lake and despite knocking out their nemesis, the Seattle Sounders, they will not advance to the quarterfinals... Jose Villarreal scored early and the Wondo-less (read punchless) Quakes had no answer as they came up short against their intrastate rivals.

Now, onto league play: Alex came off the bench to score against the team that traded him, but Houston couldn't hold a late lead against Chicago. Patrick Nyarko entered the match at halftime for Chicago making his 2015 debut and scored the equalizer... DC United's Fabián Espíndola was sent off in the opening 30 minutes and the Sounders eventually took advantage behind Tyrone Mears' first MLS goal... Normally on the distributing end, Ethan Finlay scored twice in Columbus's 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Red Bulls. Kei Kamara assisted on both goals while youngster Anatole Abang continued his hot streak by adding another goal for New York. Will Trapp appeared in his first MLS match since April when he came off the bench in the 88th minute... David Villa scored twice as New York City FC knocked off Montreal 2-1. The Spaniard has 5 goals in his last four matches including a pair of braces... New England's struggles continue as they got buried 3-0 by FC Dallas. New England has lost four straight and won just once since May 2nd... Irish international Kevin Doyle opened his MLS account with a game winner against Vancouver. It was just Colorado's third win of the season and their first since May 23rd, ironically also against the Whitecaps... Kaká scored and then earned his first red card EVER as Orlando City was forced to settle for a draw with Real Salt Lake... Robbie Keane scored three times and the Galaxy routed Toronto 4-0 in Stefan Ishizaki's last game as a member of the Galaxy before he heads back to Sweden. Toronto played without Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore who are both with the U.S. for the Gold Cup... Jack Jewsbury scored in stoppage time as the Timbers snuck by the Earthquakes 1-0. Portland has won six of seven and is 5-0-0 in games started by Will Johnson.

Here's a rundown of all the action:



Philadelphia Union 2 DC United 1 - US Open Cup 5th Round
Orlando City SC 2 Columbus Crew 0 - US Open Cup 5th Round
Chicago Fire 3 Charlotte Independence (USL) 1 - US Open Cup 5th Round
Houston Dynamo 1 Colorado Rapids 0 - US Open Cup 5th Round


New York Red Bulls 4 New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 - US Open Cup 5th Round
Sporting Kansas City 6 FC Dallas 2 - US Open Cup 5th Round
Real Salt Lake 2 Portland Timbers 0 - US Open Cup 5th Round
LA Galaxy 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0 - US Open Cup 5th Round


Houston Dynamo 1 Chicago Fire 1
Seattle Sounders 1 DC United 0
USA 4 Guatemala 0 (Friendly)


Columbus Crew 2 New York Red Bulls 1
New York City FC 2 Montreal Impact 1
FC Dallas 3 New England Revolution 0
Colorado Rapids 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Orlando City SC 1 Real Salt Lake 1
LA Galaxy 4 Toronto FC 0


Portland Timbers 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0


Kaká (Orlando City) - It was a busy week for Kaká as he scored against Columbus in the Open Cup, against Real Salt Lake in league play, AND picked up the first red card of his professional career.

Carlos Rivas (Orlando City) - With a goal against Columbus in the Open Cup, Rivas made it four goals in the tournament, tied for the most with Dom Dwyer.

Mike Magee (Chicago) - Magee scored twice in Chicago's 3-1 win over Charlotte as they advanced to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. Magee scored 21 goals in 2013, and had 7 in 17 appearances last year before hip surgery ended his season.

Mauro Manotas (Houston) - Manotas, who doesn't turn 20 until next week, scored the game winner in Houston's Open Cup match against Colorado.

Anatole Abang (NYRB) - Abang scored in both the Red Bulls US Open Cup win over the Cosmos, and in their 2-1 loss to Columbus. Abang celebrated his 19th birthday today.

Sacha Kljestan (NYRB) - Kljestan had a goal and an assist in the Red Bulls 4-1 win over the New York Cosmos.

Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC) - Dwyer scored four goals, three of them in the first half in Sporting's 6-2 win over FC Dallas. Dwyer is now tied for the tournament scoring lead.

Krisztián Németh (Sporting KC) - Németh scored a pair of goals in Sporting's 6-2 Open Cup rout of FC Dallas.

Tyrone Mears (Seattle) - The English-born defender scored his first goal in a Sounders uniform and helped lead them to a 1-0 win over DC United.

Ethan Finlay (Columbus) - Finlay and Kei Kamara hooked up twice in Columbus's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. Despite just five goals on the year, Finlay already has a pair of braces.

David Villa (NYCFC) - Villa picked up his second brace of the season and willed City to their fourth win in their last five matches. Villa has six goals in his last six starts.

Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) - Castillo scored his 7th goal of the season leaving him just three shy of his career high set in 2014.

Kevin Doyle (Colorado) - The Irish International finally opened his MLS account with a game winner against Vancouver. Doyle has scored 14 times for Ireland since debuting with their Senior National Team in 2006.

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) - Keane erupted for a hat trick against Toronto doubling his goal total for 2015. Keane now has 59 goals in his 5 year MLS career.

Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) - Lletget continued his torrid start to his MLS career with his fourth goal in his last five matches.

Clint Dempsey (USA) - #41
Chris Wondolowski (USA) - #10


Tally Hall (Orlando City) - Tally Hall made three saves as Orlando City advanced to the US Open Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Columbus. Hall has lost just once since taking over as the starter for Donovan Ricketts in mid-May.

Joe Willis (Houston) - Willis earned his second consecutive US Open Cup shutout thanks to 8 saves in a 1-0 win over Colorado. Willis made his regular season debut against Chicago on Friday as the regular starter, Tyler Deric, was out with an illness.

Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake) - Nick Rimando's understudy shut out the red hot Portland Timbers as Real Salt Lake advanced to the Open Cup quarterfinals.

Brian Rowe (LA Galaxy) - Rowe shut out the Earthquakes 1-0 in Open Cup action on Wednesday, and then defeated Toronto FC 4-0 on Saturday. Not a bad week for Jaime Penedo's back-up.

Stefan Frei/Troy Perkins (Seattle) - Frei and Perkins combined to shutout DC United 1-0. Frei was injured in the first half giving way to Perkins. This was the first MLS match in a Sounders uniform for the 10-year MLS veteran Perkins.

Dan Kennedy (FC Dallas) - Kennedy made it back-to-back shutout wins as Dallas steamrolled the Revolution 3-0. Kennedy has four shutouts on the season and 32 in his career.

Adam Kwarasey (Portland) - Kwarasey needed to make just one save in Portland's 1-0 win over San Jose. With eight shutouts on the year, Kwarasey is tied with Seattle's Frei for the league lead.

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