MLS Wednesday Wrap: Goals, Recaps and Interesting Stats
Week 11 of MLS started Wednesday with some beautiful goals and late drama throughout six matches.
Four of the six were decided by one goal. The only match with a larger margin of victory was Houston's 4-0 drubbing of DC United.
Thierry Henry added another gem of a finish to his portfolio with an athletic overhead game-winning goal as the Red Bulls nabbed their fourth-straight victory.
New York is now tied atop the Eastern Conference table with the Houston Dynamo.
Two Western Conference road teams earned three points over Eastern Conference opponents with heart-stopping late goals and, in one case, a massive penalty save from the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer, Nick Rimando.
The San Jose Earthquakes did what they seem to do just about every single match: Come from behind and win with just minutes to go.
Sporting Kansas City faithful got to see a goalscoring machine return from an adventure abroad.
DC United 0-4 Houston Dynamo
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Will Bruin secured a brace and added two assists as the Houston Dynamo were able to cruise to a 4-0 victory against a hapless DC United side.
The victory marked Houston’s second straight on the road. For United, it was the team's sixth loss in a row.
Scoring came early and often for the Dynamo, which put the match to bed in the first half. Bruin was able to chip goalkeeper Bill Hamid in the 16th minute to give Houston a 1-0 lead. Poor and careless defending gifted Giles Barnes the team's second goal.
Bruin and Andrew Driver added goals 10 minutes apart in the second half, affirming Houston's dominant performance.
DC United could not find the frame for the life of them with their shot attempts. The home side only managed to challenge Tally Hall with two shots on target, one from outside the box and one from inside the box. .
The Houston Dynamo host Sporting Kansas City this weekend in MLS as DC United hits the road for a match against FC Dallas.
New York Red Bulls 2-1 Montreal Impact
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Thierry Henry stole the show with another brilliant footballing display as the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact 2-1 for their fourth-straight victory of the season.
They are the only team in Major League Soccer to have that many wins in a row.
Henry got the scoring started just before the end of the first half with a left-footed finish from close range after midfielder Eric Alexander rattled the woodwork.
The match appeared all but over after Henry’s spectacular bicycle kick goal gave New York a 2-0 lead with just minutes to play.
However, Italian striker Marco Di Vaio cut New York’s lead in half following a giveaway from Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles in stoppage time.
Di Vaio almost equalized with just seconds left but the Montreal striker was ruled offside before clanging both posts with a fierce effort.
Apart from Henry's magical game-winning goal, the Frenchman was a class above in every phase of play. Two of his most impressive figures were perhaps his 50 percent crossing accuracy (10 attempts) or his five successful dribbles.
The Red Bulls are on the road against the New England Revolution as the Montreal Impact are home for Real Salt Lake.
New England Revolution 1-2 Real Salt Lake
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Real Salt Lake earned three critical road points in a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution thanks to a late game-winning goal from Olmes Garcia and an even later penalty save by goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The Revolution looked in control, opening the scoring and controlling the tempo of play throughout much of the better part of the 90 minutes.
New England opened the scoring thanks to Ryan Guy's early second-half finish.
The usually unyielding New England defense cracked in the second half, though, and conceded two goals within just about 12 minutes.
A late scrum in the Salt Lake box saw Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe crumble to the turf and earn a penalty. A late draw was not in the cards, though, as Saer Sene’s strike was acutely sniffed out by the heroic Rimando.
Revolution defender Andrew Farrell intercepted eight passes, all of which were in the defensive half of the pitch. His eight interceptions were tied for the most of any player on his team.
The Revolution remain in New England for a rivalry match against the Red Bulls as RSL travels to Canada for a tilt with the Montreal Impact.
Sporting Kansas City 0-1 Seattle Sounders
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Seattle: Djimi Traore 94'.
The Seattle Sounders nabbed a massive 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City due to a dramatic late finish from defender Djimi Traore in the dying embers of the game.
Seattle now holds nine points through eight games.
Traore’s first goal of his 2013 Major League Soccer campaign could not have come at a better time for a Seattle team struggling to pick up points.
Kei Kamara returned for Sporting Kansas City after a loan spell with Norwich City. He entered the match as a second-half substitute.
Sporting Kansas City won the ball recovery battle. Of the 101 ball recoveries in the match, SKC nabbed 60 to Seattle's 41.
The Seattle Sounders play host to the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend while Sporting Kansas City travels to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo.
FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers
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It was an even game overall as two Western Conference favorites, FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers, battled to a 1-1 draw in Texas.
It appeared as if the Timbers might steal three road points after a close volley from Darlington Nagbe gave the road side a 1-0 lead with just 20 minutes to play.
However, Blas Perez drew a penalty just a scant seven minutes later, which provided Kenny Cooper the opportunity to equalize. The American did not shy away from the moment and buried his opportunity, securing a point for Dallas.
Both teams released 15 shots. The Timbers held a slight edge in possession.
FC Dallas attempted six shots outside of the box. Two found the target and were saved, two were blocked and two missed the frame entirely.
Both teams have MLS matches this weekend. The Portland Timbers host Chivas USA while FC Dallas welcomes DC United.
San Jose 2-1 Toronto FC
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The San Jose Earthquakes topped Toronto FC 2-1 with help from another late-game winner by the reigning MVP and Golden Boot champion, Chris Wondolowski.
Toronto got off to an early lead after Justin Braun netted a close attempt on a set-piece situation.
San Jose was slow to react and looked poor until a second-half goal from rookie phenom Adam Jahn got them back into the match. In typical Earthquake fashion, Wondolowski earned the victory with just about nine minutes to go following a corner kick.
Dan Gargan had the the most touches of anyone on San Jose. He completed 54 pass attempts and misplaced 20.
Only San Jose is in action again this weekend in Major League Soccer. They travel to play the Seattle Sounders. Toronto FC hosts the Columbus Crew the following weekend in MLS action.