Monday, August 31, 2015

MLS Weekly Recap, Week 26

Here's this week's recap:

Miguel Aguilar scored in his second consecutive Champions League match while Michael Farfan added a pair of assists as DC United remained atop Group H with a 3-0 win over Jamaica's Montego Bay United... Kennedy Igboananike scored a pair of goals and both Michael Stephens and Gilberto notched a pair of assists as the Fire shocked the Red Bulls in what had been dubbed a 'trap game' for New York. Sacha Kljestan tied his MLS career high with his fifth goal of the season... Colorado picked up their second straight win defeating the Dynamo 2-1 behind goals by Vicente Sánchez and Kevin Doyle... Olimpia's 19 year-old striker Alberth Elis scored the only goal of the match as the Honduran club knocked off the Sounders 1-0 in Champions League action. Troy Perkins made two saves in a losing effort... The Vancouver Whitecaps clinched a berth in the 2016-17 Champions League with a 2-0 win in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final over the Montreal Impact. Octavio Rivero netted the game winner while rookie Tim Parker scored the insurance goal in the second half. The Impact were done in by a first half red card for Víctor Cabrera as both Whitecap goals came after he was sent off... Shea Salinas headed in a rebound and the San Jose Earthquakes shocked the LA Galaxy 1-0 for a fourth consecutive shutout win. The Galaxy, meanwhile, saw defender Leonardo sent off in the 47th minute and lost for the first time with Gio dos Santos on the field. It also brought and end to LA's four game winning streak... Frank Lampard started for New York City FC, but City remains winless in games in which he plays following a 2-1 defeat to the Crew on Saturday. Columbus is now 3-0-1 in their last four... For the second match in a row, Toronto started with Jozy Altidore on the bench, and for the second time in a row, he came in and scored helping Toronto to a win. Unfortunately Toronto saw both Sebastian Giovinco and Benoît Cheyrou leave the match early. Meanwhile Montreal lost a third straight league match, didn't dress Didier Drogba and saw Laurent Ciman sent off in the second half with a second yellow... Diego Fagúndez became the youngest player in MLS history to score his 25th goal as the Revs defeated the Union 1-0. New England has now won three in a row and is 4-0-1 in their last five matches. The Union meanwhile watched star midfielder Cristian Maidana get sent off in stoppage time for spitting... David Accam spotted Chicago an early lead against Orlando, but an own goal equalized and the two clubs settled for a 1-1 draw... The Dynamo got a boost from Cubo Torres's first start of the season and picked up a huge win on Saturday knocking off Vancouver 2-0. Ricardo Clark scored the game winner and then Houston got some help as both Kendall Waston and Matías Laba were sent off in the second half for Vancouver setting up the Dynamo's insurance tally... 20 year old Jesse Gonzalez made four saves and out-dueled Nick Rimando as FC Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0. Tesho Akindele netted the game winner when he converted a penalty kick for his first goal since May 9th... Sporting Kansas City's struggles continue as they blew a 1-0 second half lead and fell to Colorado 2-1. Sporting also watched Chance Myers leave 24 minutes in with an injury. Myers has been limited to just eight games this season after suffering a torn achilles last season... Needing three points, Seattle took care of business at home upending their rivals, the Portland Timbers, 2-1 behind goals by Obafemi Martins and Brad Evans. The Sounders also welcomed back Marco Pappa and Osvaldo Alonso, but are still without the injured Clint Dempsey. For Portland, the loss snapped a four-game unbeaten streak... New York's English contingent tallied all three goals as the Red Bulls routed DC United 3-0. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a pair of goals and added an assist while Luis Robles made a pair of saves to complete the shutout.



DC United 3 Montego Bay United (Jamaica) 0 - CCL, Group H
Saprissa (Costa Rica) 2 Santos Laguna (Mexico) 1 - CCL, Group A
Municipal (Guatemala) 2 Santa Tecla (El Salvador) 1 - CCL, Group G


Chicago Fire 3 New York Red Bulls 2
Colorado Rapids 2 Houston Dynamo 1
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Montreal Impact 0 - Canadian Championship Final, Vancouver wins 4-2
Olimpia (Honduras) 1 Seattle Sounders 0 - CCL, Group F
UANL Tigres (Mexico) 1 Herediano (Costa Rica) 1 - CCL, Group B
San Francisco (Panama) 2 Querétaro (Mexico) 1 - CCL, Group C


Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 1 Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago) 0 - CCL, Group D
Motagua (Honduras) 2 Walter Ferretti (Nicaragua) 0 - CCL, Group E


San Jose Earthquakes 1 LA Galaxy 0


Columbus Crew 2 New York City FC 1
Toronto FC 2 Montreal Impact 1
New England Revolution 1 Philadelphia Union 0
Chicago Fire 1 Orlando City SC 1
Houston Dynamo 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 0
Colorado Rapids 2 Sporting Kansas City 1


Seattle Sounders 2 Portland Timbers 1
New York Red Bulls 3 DC United 0


Miguel Aguilar (DC United) - DC's rookie scored his second consecutive Champions League game winner when, for the second week in a row, he got on the end of a pass from Michael Farfan. DC United defeated Montego Bay United 3-0.

Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago) - The Nigerian striker scored two goals in a game for the second time in three matches as the Fire stunned the Red Bulls 3-2. Igboananike has six goals in his first MLS season.

Sacha Kljestan (NYRB) - Kljestan converted a first half penalty against Chicago giving him five goals on the season, tying his career high set in 2008 and 2009 with Chivas USA. He also added a pair of assists giving him helpers in four straight matches and in five of the last six. His nine assists are the most he's had in a season since tallying 13 in 2007.

Kevin Doyle (Colorado) - Doyle scored his first goal in over a month and helped the Rapids knock off the Dynamo 2-1. Doyle then added a game winner against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday as the Rapids improved to 4-0 in games in which he scores.

Brad Davis (Houston) - The veteran midfielder converted a penalty against Colorado giving him two goals on the year and 53 in his MLS career.

Octavio Rivero (Vancouver) - Rivero netted the game winning goal in the second leg of the Canadian Championship clinching a berth in next season's CONCACAF Champions League for the Whitecaps.

Tim Parker (Vancouver) - Parker, who has already scored in this year's Champions League, added a Canadian Championship goal to his resume and helped Vancouver knock off Montreal in the Canadian Championship Finals.

Shea Salinas (San Jose) - Salinas set a new career high with his third goal of the season, a game winner against Los Angeles, when he headed in a rebound given up by Donovan Ricketts. Salinas, who is currently in his 8th MLS season, had scored two goals in a season on two other occasions (as a rookie with San Jose in 2008 and again in 2013). He has just 11 goals in his career.

Federico Higuaín (Columbus) - Higuaín scored his 7th goal and assisted on Justin Meram's game winner as Columbus defeated New York City FC 2-1 to remain unbeaten in their last four matches.

Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) - Bradley followed his 3-assist effort against Orlando with his fourth goal of the season against Montreal helping pace Toronto to a 2-1 over their Canadian rivals. Bradley has now scored twice as many goals for Toronto as he did during the 2014 season despite playing in eight fewer games.

Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) - Altidore came off the bench and scored for the second match in a row while reaching double digit goals for the year.

Diego Fagúndez (New England) - Fagúndez became the youngest player to score 25 goals in MLS as he netted the game winner against Philadelphia. The Uruguayan has three goals on the year.

Ricardo Clark (Houston) - Clark's career year continued as the veteran midfielder netted his sixth goal of the season in Houston's 2-0 win over Vancouver. Clark had never previously scored more than four goals in a season.

Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) - Castillo snapped a four-game drought where he went without a goal or assist and broke through for his ninth goal of the season in Dallas's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake. Castillo's next goal will be the 30th of his MLS career.

Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC) - Dwyer's ninth goal of the season gave Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 lead against Colorado, but they were unable to hold on and dropped a third straight match.

Obafemi Martins (Seattle) - Martins scored his third goal since returning from his injury giving him 10 goals on the year and helping Seattle knock off the Portland Timbers 2-1.

Brad Evans (Seattle) - Evans scored his first MLS goal since September of 2013 as Seattle knocked off Portland 2-1 in Cascadia Cup action.

Lloyd Sam (NYRB) - Sam scored his 7th goal of the season extending his career high and helping the Red Bulls to a 3-0 win over DC United.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYRB) - BWP notched two goals and an assist as the Red Bulls throttled DC United 3-0. BWP now has thirteen goals on the year to go along with seven assists. He had just two assists last season while scoring his record-tying 27 goals.


Andrew Dykstra (DC United) - Dykstra earned his second consecutive Champions League shutout with a three save effort against Montego Bay United.

David Ousted (Vancouver) - Making his first appearance in this year's Canadian Championship, Ousted didn't see a shot on target against him in Vancouver's 2-0 win over the Impact.

David Bingham (San Jose) - Bingham and the Quakes turned in a fourth consecutive shutout win, this time denying the LA Galaxy 1-0. Bingham made four saves and hasn't been scored upon since San Jose's 2-1 loss to Houston on August 8th.

Bobby Shuttleworth (New England) - Shuttleworth made a pair of saves against the Union as he earned a third straight win and second consecutive shutout. Shuttleworth has seven shutouts on the year.

Tyler Deric (Houston) - Deric made a pair of saves against Vancouver to earn his sixth shutout of the season and the tenth of his MLS career.

Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) - Dallas's homegrown goalkeeping prodigy earned his first MLS shutout with a four-save effort against Real Salt Lake. Gonzalez doesn't turn 21 until May 25th of next year.

Luis Robles (NYRB) - Robles shut out DC United giving him 8 shutouts on the year and 27 in his MLS career. His career high of 11 came in 2013.

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