MLS Saturday Wrap
With a shortened list of games this weekend due to the lack of international fixtures, fans of Major League Soccer knew that they would have to rely on four Saturday matches for their weekend entertainment.
In three of the four matches, fans of the American league got exactly what they asked for.
The theme of those three specific matches was late-match heroics as Daniel Palladini, Olmes Garcia and Lamar Neagle all scored late in the second half to hand the home side in each match a point or greater.
As for the fourth match of the weekend, which was played in Foxborough, there is not much good to say about how the 90 minutes went down.
Read on for recaps of each of the four matches played in MLS on Saturday.
New England Revolution 0, D.C. United 0
In the first match of the weekend in MLS, two old Eastern Conference foes played to a lifeless, scoreless draw in Foxborough.
The previously on-fire Revolution failed to muster a goal against the league's worst club, D.C. United.
If any good news came out of the match, it was the extension of New England keeper Bobby Shuttleworth's scoreless streak to 396 minutes.
Chicago Fire 2, Portland Timbers 2
Goals: Diego Valeri (POR) 33'; Ben Zemanski (POR) 58'; Mike Magee (CHI) 68; Daniel Palladini (CHI) 82
After going down by two goals at home, the Chicago Fire decided to rebound with two goals of their own to earn a draw with Portland at Toyota Park.
New acquisition Mike Magee scored for the second consecutive week to start the comeback that was finished off by Daniel Palladini in the 82nd minute.
The move to acquire Magee has suddenly made the Fire a much better club, and their results have shown just that as they now have a three-match unbeaten run.
However, that unbeaten run is quite small compared to the one that the Timbers boast that sits at 12 matches after Saturday's draw.
Real Salt Lake 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Goals: Khari Stephenson (RSL) 44'; Landon Donovan (LA) 45'; Olmes Garcia (RSL) 85', 90'
Olmes Garcia found himself cast into the role of hero for Real Salt Lake on Saturday as he scored two late second-half goals to propel the home side to victory.
Garcia's first goal came in the 85th minute on a lovely header, while his second goal of the match came against the run of play as he slotted the ball through the legs of Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe.
The win was the fifth in Real Salt Lake's last seven matches, as they have continued to fly under the radar in the Western Conference.
Speaking of clubs on the Western Conference radar, the Galaxy are clearly suffering without the contributions of center-back Omar Gonzalez and forward Robbie Keane, both of whom are currently away on international duty.
Seattle Sounders 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 2
Goals: Andy Rose (SEA) 9'; Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) 10', 26';Servando Carrasco (SEA) 70'; Lamar Neagle (SEA) 81'
The fans at CenturyLink Field also experienced some late-match heroics from their home side on Saturday night.
Goals from Servando Carrasco and Lamar Neagle powered the Sounders to an emotional Cascadia Cup victory over Vancouver.
The Sounders had been down a goal for 44 minutes when Carrasco beat Brad Knighton on a penalty kick in the 70th minute.
With plenty of time left in the second half, Neagle struck in the 81st minute with the eventual match-winning goal.
The match also saw a stunning 53,879 fans attend the match in the soccer hotbed that is the Pacific Northwest.