Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 25

Here's this week's recap:

The LA Galaxy cruised to a second straight CCL win thanks to a pair of goals by Alan Gordon, and two goals and an assist from second half substitute Robbie Keane. Kenney Walker and Gio dos Santos each added a pair of assists in the rout... Miguel Aguilar scored his first goal for DC United in the 85th minute of their Champions League showdown with Árabe Unido as United moved atop Group H. Andrew Dykstra made four saves to preserve the shutout... The Sounders pulled off an improbable come-from-behind victory against Olimpia getting two goals in the 90th minute or later to stun the Honduran side 2-1. Erik Friberg netted the equalizer off a header and then captain Brad Evans buried a 97th minute penalty to win it keeping the Sounders CCL hopes alive... Kwadwo Poku again made a case that he should be starting for New York City FC scoring a pair of goals in place of the injured Frank Lampard, but Cedrick scored his first MLS goal to equalize and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Kei Kamara had a goal and an assist for the Crew... San Jose erupted for three goals in the first 27 minutes in Kansas City and ended up cruising to a 5-0 rout of Sporting KC. Chris Wondolowski and Cordell Cato each scored a pair of goals and new acquisition Anibal Godoy scored his first since signing. Benny Feilhaber was sent off in the 71st minute for Sporting... Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Melano scored second half goals as Portland rallied from a 2-0 deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo. Will Bruin scored his 10th goal of the season for the Dynamo and Brad Davis notched his 119th career assist... For the second time this season, Rafael Ramos was sent off less than 40 minutes into a match, and Orlando City again paid dearly for it getting routed 5-0 by Toronto FC with all 5 goals coming after half-time. Michael Bradley picked up three assists, and Jozy Altidore came off the bench to score twice in less than three minutes. Adrian Winter was also sent off late in the second half for Orlando who have now been outscored 13-1 in their last four games... The Quakes capped a 6-point week on Saturday with a third consecutive shutout victory, all of them coming following the insertion of Anibal Godoy into the Quakes midfield. Chris Wondolowski scored the 105th goal of his career in the win moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time MLS scoring list... Columbus took advantage of Benny Feilhaber's suspension and rallied for a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. Newcomer Jack McInerney scored his first goal since being traded from Montreal on August 4th to win it. Sporting conceded eight goals in two games this week... Andre Blake became the fourth different player to start in net for the Union this year and he may be the last after a 4-save effort shut out the Montreal Impact spoiling Didier Drogba's MLS debut. Sébastien Le Toux scored the only goal, his fourth in his last five games... Dillon Serna scored in the opening minute for the Rapids and Clint Irwin and the Colorado defense made it stand up in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire... Real Salt Lake scored twice in the first 20 minutes and stifled the Sounders offense holding them to five shots in a 2-0 win. Clint Dempsey missed his third straight match for the Sounders... The Whitecaps became MLS's first 14-win team this season as they rode a Cristian Techera goal to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas. 20 year old Jesse Gonzalez made his MLS debut in net for Dallas in the loss. He made one save... Robbie Keane did it all on Sunday scoring twice and assisting twice in LA's 5-1 win over New York City FC. The Galaxy have now won four in a row and six of seven.



UANL Tigres (Mexico) 2 Isidro Metapán (El Salvador) 1 - CCL, Group B
Querétaro (Mexico) 0 Verdes (Belize) 0 - CCL, Group C
LA Galaxy 5 Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 0 - CCL, Group D


Seattle Sounders 2 Olimpia (Honduras) 1 - CCL, Group F
Club América (Mexico) 1 Walter Ferretti (Nicaragua) 0 - CCL, Group E
DC United 1 Árabe Unido (Panama) 0 - CCL, Group H
Columbus Crew 2 New York City FC 2
San Jose Earthquakes 5 Sporting Kansas City 0


Saprissa (Costa Rica) 4 W Connection FC (Trinidad and Tobago) 0 - CCL, Group A
Santa Tecla (El Salvador) 1 Municipal (Guatemala) 1 - CCL, Group G


Houston Dynamo 2 Portland Timbers 2


Toronto FC 5 Orlando City SC 0
San Jose Earthquakes 2 DC United 0
Columbus Crew 3 Sporting Kansas City 2
Philadelphia Union 1 Montreal Impact 0
Colorado Rapids 1 Chicago Fire 0
Real Salt Lake 2 Seattle Sounders 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 FC Dallas 0


LA Galaxy 5 New York City FC 1


Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy) - With  a pair of goals in LA's 5-0 win over Comunicaciones, Alan Gordon took over the CONCACAF Champions League scoring lead with three goals through the first two rounds. LA's next CCL match isn't until September 23rd when they travel to Trinidad and Tobago for a rematch with Central FC.

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) - Keane scored four times this week tallying twice off the bench against Comunicaciones and then two more times in LA's 5-1 rout of New York City FC. The Irish International has 12 goals and 3 assists in his last seven MLS appearances.

Kei Kamara (Columbus) - MLS's scoring leader notched goal number 18 against New York City FC in midweek action. Kamara now has 70 goals in his MLS career. He's also one assist away from tying his career high of eight set back in 2012 with Sporting Kansas City.

Kwadwo Poku (NYCFC) - Starting in place of the injured Frank Lampard, Kwadwo Poku tallied a pair of goals in midweek action against the Columbus Crew. The Ghanaian-born midfielder has four goals and seven assists this season despite making just six starts.

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) - Wondo's three goals helped the Quakes to a six-point week as they went on the road and shocked both Sporting Kansas City AND DC United. Wondo now has 12 goals, although no assists, on the year and 105 in his distinguished MLS career.

Cordell Cato (San Jose) - With a pair of goals against Sporting Kansas City, Cato matched his career high of three goals set last season with San Jose.

Anibal Godoy (San Jose) - The Anibal Godoy era is off to a better start than anyone could've hoped as the Quakes are now 3-0 with the Panamanian midfielder in the starting lineup and have yet to concede a goal with him on the field. He also added his first MLS goal in San Jose's midweek win over Sporting KC.

Miguel Aguilar (DC United) - The 17th overall pick in the 2015 SuperDraft provided all the offense in DC United's Champions League win over Árabe Unido. Aguilar is still looking for his first MLS goal.

Brad Evans (Seattle) - The Sounders Captain and U.S. International drilled home a stoppage time penalty to bail out the Sounders at home against Olimpia completing a late comeback in Champions League action.

Will Bruin (Houston) - With his 10th goal of the season, Bruin has now reached double-digit goals three times in his five year career with the Dynamo.

Darlington Nagbe (Portland) - Nagbe scored just his second goal of the season, but it helped jumpstart a Timbers comeback against the Houston Dynamo. Nagbe has 20 goals in his MLS career.

Lucas Melano (Portland) - Melano, who signed with Portland in mid-July, scored his first MLS goal in Portland's 2-2 comeback draw against Houston. The 22 year old from Argentina also added his first MLS assist.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) - Giovinco picked up his 17th goal of the season on a brilliant free kick against Orlando City and also added his 12th assist of the season in Toronto's 5-0 win.

Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) - Altidore didn't start and logged just 18 minutes, but scored twice in a three minute span in Toronto's 5-0 rout of Orlando City SC. With nine goals on the season, Altidore matched his previous MLS career high set back in 2007 as a 17 year old striker for the New York Red Bulls.

Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) - Zusi scored for the first time since May, but it still wasn't enough to keep Sporting from falling 3-2 to Columbus on Saturday.

Ethan Finlay (Columbus) - Finlay, who has started every game for the Crew this year, notched his 8th goal in Columbus's 3-2 win over Sporting KC on Saturday. Finlay also added an assist this week against New York City FC and now has 13 on the season.

Jack McInerney (Columbus) - The 23 year-old striker, playing for his third team in two seasons, notched the game winning goal - his first in a Crew uniform - as Columbus came from behind to defeat Sporting Kansas City 3-2. McInerney has five goals on the season and 37 in his MLS career.

Sébastien Le Toux (Philadelphia) - Le Toux's goal was all the offense the Union would need as they spoiled Didier Drogba's MLS debut with a 1-0 win. Le Toux has six goals on the year, four in his last five games.

Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy) - Dos Santos has only appeared in three MLS games, but already has two goals and three assists for the Galaxy. The Galaxy have outscored their opponents 10-3 in games dos Santos plays in.

Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) - Lletget made it seven goals for the Galaxy when he scored against New York City FC this weekend.

Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) - Zardes, who has been getting a lot of interest from European clubs didn't do anything to hurt his stock as he picked up a goal and an assist in LA's 5-1 win over New York City FC this weekend. He has six goals and three assists on the year.

David Villa (New York City FC) - Villa provided all of New York City FC's offense in their 5-1 loss to the Galaxy on Sunday night. He has 15 goals and 7 assists this season.


Brian Rowe (LA Galaxy) - Rowe made three saves as the Galaxy won a second consecutive Champions League match this week. Rowe has five career regular season shutouts for the Galaxy including two this season.

David Bingham (San Jose) - Bingham had a monster week for the Quakes shutting out both Sporting Kansas City and DC United on the road as the Quakes took home six big points. Bingham now has three consecutive shutouts and has the Quakes back in the postseason conversation.

Andrew Dykstra (DC United) - Dykstra made four saves as DC United won their Champions League opener 1-0 over Árabe Unido. Bill Hamid's understudy has not posted a shutout during this year's regular season despite making nine starts.

Chris Konopka (Toronto FC) - Making his first MLS start since early July, Konopka benefitted from two Orlando City red cards and cruised to his fourth shutout of the year.

Andre Blake (Philadelphia) - Blake finally made his 2015 debut for the Union and didn't disappoint stopping four shots on his way to his first MLS shutout, a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact.

Clint Irwin (Colorado) - Irwin stopped four shots as the Rapids held on for a 1-0 win over the Fire. The shutout was Irwin's eighth of the season leaving him just two shy of his career high of ten set as a rookie in 2013.

Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) - MLS's all-time shutout leader was at it again this week shutting out the Sounders for his 7th shutout of the season and the 122nd of his career.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - Ousted reached double-digit shutouts for the second consecutive season after Vancouver ousted FC Dallas 1-0. Ousted leads MLS with 14 wins this year.

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