Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 21

Here's this week's recap. No summaries this week, so if you missed any of the games, check out mlssoccer.com.



Philadelphia Union 1 New York Red Bulls 1, Philly Wins 4-3 in Shootout - U.S Open Cup QFs
Sporting Kansas City 3 Houston Dynamo 1 - U.S. Open Cup QFs


Jamaica 2 USA 1 - Gold Cup Semifinals
Mexico 2 Panama 1 (a.e.t) - Gold Cup Semifinals
Chicago Fire 3 Orlando City SC 1 - U.S. Open Cup QFs


Real Salt Lake 2 Sporting Kansas City 1


Panama 1 USA 1 (a.e.t) - Gold Cup 3rd Place Game
Columbus Crew 3 Toronto FC 3
Montreal Impact 1 Seattle Sounders 0
Chicago Fire 2 New England Revolution 2
Houston Dynamo 3 LA Galaxy 0
FC Dallas 4 Portland Timbers 1


Mexico 3 Jamaica 1 - Gold Cup Finals
New York City FC 5 Orlando City SC 3
DC United 3 Philadelphia Union 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 San Jose Earthquakes 1


Erik Ayuk Mbu (Philadelphia) - Ayuk scored the opening goal in Philadelphia's quarterfinal showdown with the Red Bulls despite Philadelphia playing a man down. It was Ayuk's second goal of the tournament and paved the way for a return to the semifinals for the Union.

Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City) - Feilhaber's ridiculous 2015 campaign continued last week with a goal against the Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup, and then another goal off the bench in Sporting's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake this weekend. Feilhaber has 7 goals and 10 assists through 19 matches this season.

Darren Mattocks (Jamaica) - Darren Mattocks, who has just three goals for Vancouver this season, scored against the United States AND Mexico this week for Jamaica as the Reggae Boyz took second in the Gold Cup. The 24 year-old striker already has 10 goals for Jamaica.

Giles Barnes (Jamaica) - Brad Guzan? Boom, roasted.

Michael Bradley (USA) - Bradley scored his 15th goal for the U.S. in the loss to Jamaica. It was his second goal of the tournament and third of 2015 for the U.S.

Clint Dempsey (USA) - Dempsey scored the equalizer in the third place game against Panama securing the Gold Cup Golden Boot as he ended the tournament with 7 goals, one ahead of Mexico's Andrés Guardado.

Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago) - Igboananike played only 24 minutes in Chicago's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal showdown with Orlando City, but scored a pair of goals in the game's final five minutes to send the Fire through to the semifinals.

Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake) - Joao Plata is heating up. The diminutive Ecuadorian striker has scored in two straight and has a goal or assist in each of his last three league matches.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) - With a goal and an assist in Toronto's come-from-behind draw with Columbus, the Atomic Ant now has a goal and an assist in three straight and becomes the first player to pull off the double-double (13 goals, 10 assists) in 2015.

Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) - Jozy had to watch the U.S. crash out of the Gold Cup from home, but he did convert an 89th minute penalty kick to force a draw with Columbus on Saturday. Altidore has seven goals for Toronto this season. 

Kei Kamara (Columbus) - Kamara scored for the third straight match and continues to lead all MLS players with 15 goals. His previous career high was 11 goals set back in 2012 with Sporting Kansas City.

Ethan Finlay (Columbus) - Finlay scored his seventh goal and tallied his league leading 12th assist in Columbus's 3-3 draw with Toronto. And thankfully, the league addressed one of its most glaring All-Star Game omissions today as Finlay was added to the roster.

Shaun Maloney (Chicago) - Maloney scored his first goal since April in his return to the Fire lineup, but Chicago still blew a lead and were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with New England.

Lee Nguyen (New England) - Don't look now, but Nguyen has now scored in two straight and has a goal or assist in his last three matches as New England looks to get back in the race. 

Will Bruin (Houston) - Will Bruin scored his ninth goal of the season in Houston's 3-0 win over the Galaxy this weekend. The Dynamo are 5-0-2 when Bruin scores this season. They are 2-8-4 when he doesn't.

Brad Davis (Houston) - The 14-year veteran scored the 52nd goal of his MLS career and first of 2015 in Houston's 3-0 win over the Galaxy. Davis also added an assist giving him 117 in his career, just 19 behind Landon Donovan for first all-time.

Fanendo Adi (Portland) - Adi scored his ninth goal of the season in Portland's loss to Dallas matching his goal total from his debut season. 

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) - Acosta celebrated his 20th birthday with his second MLS goal and Dallas's fifth straight win. Acosta has made 11 starts for FC Dallas this year and Dallas's record is 7-0-4 in those games. When he doesn't start, Dallas is just 4-5-1.

Michael Barrios (FC Dallas) - Barrios picked up his first career MLS brace in Dallas's 4-1 win over Portland this weekend. Barrios also had a brace during the U.S. Open Cup against the Oklahoma City Energy.

David Villa (NYCFC) - Villa picked up his fourth brace in City's last six matches and now has 12 goals on the year. With Andrea Pirlo now in the mix, Mix Diskerud back from the Gold Cup, and Frank Lampard's debut on the horizon, watch out for these guys.

Mix Diskerud (NYCFC) - Speaking of Diskerud, Mix returned from National Team duty and came off the bench to score his third goal of the season to seal a win for City over fellow expansion club Orlando.

Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC) - Cyle Larin likely locked up the Rookie of the Year award with a hat trick in Orlando's 5-3 loss to New York City FC. Larin now has nine goals on the year and the only players who have outscored him are Kei Kamara, Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa. 

C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia) - With his seventh goal of 2015, Sapong now has more goals this season than in his previous two seasons with Sporting Kansas City combined. He needs just two more goals to tie his career high set in 2012.

Álvaro Saborío (DC United) - Saborío made his DC United debut in style as he scored and helped them overcome an early 2-0 deficit to beat Philadelphia 3-2. Saborío has 64 goals in his career. 

Octavio Rivero (Vancouver) - Rivero picked up his eighth goal of the season in Vancouver's 3-1 win over San Jose. Rivero's 73 shot attempts are good for fourth in the league behind only Sebastian Giovinco (114), Kei Kamara (96) and David Villa (78). 

Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose) - The Quakes are struggling, but at least they appear to have found Chris Wondolowski some scoring help. Amarikwa has three goals in his last two matches for San Jose.


Evan Bush (Montreal) - Bush earned his career-high fourth shutout in Montreal's 1-0 win over Seattle on Saturday. Seattle failed to put a shot on net during the contest as their offense continues to struggle without Clint Dempsey or Obafemi Martins.

Tyler Deric (Houston) - Deric made three saves and shut out Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and the Galaxy on Saturday night. Deric has five shutouts on the year.

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