Nick Rimando, Red Cards and the Rest of the Winners and Losers from MLS Week 4
Week 4 of play in Major League Soccer was the most thrilling one to date in 2014 as four matches saw a game-changing goal in stoppage time.
This weekend's action also produced a few unexpected results thanks to the late drama that began in Colorado and ended in New York.
Since the drama altered the results of so many games, there were plenty of winners and losers to choose from after play concluded at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
Continue reading for the biggest winners and losers from Week 4 in MLS.
Dom Dwyer, Justin Meram, Lee Nguyen and Peguy Luyindula all scored goals in second-half stoppage time this weekend, a total that marked the most in league history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Dwyer was the first player to score late this weekend as he did so in the 92nd minute to propel Sporting Kansas City past Colorado, 3-2.
Nguyen and Meram handed New England and Columbus shock wins on the road against two Western Conference teams that are usually good at home, San Jose and Seattle.
Luyindula's goal was the last of the weekend, and it was also the latest as it occurred in the 95th minute. The strike by the Frenchman handed New York a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
It was a busy weekend for the referees in the full slate of nine games as 29 yellow cards and five red cards were dished out.
The biggest disciplinary nightmare came from Toyota Stadium as FC Dallas and Portland combined for six yellows and a pair of reds, which were handed out to JeVaughn Watson and Michael Harrington in the 40th minute.
Andrew Wenger, Marvell Wynne and Djimi Traore were the three other players that were sent off this weekend.
Of the three teams who played with a one-man disadvantage, only Montreal was able to recover from Wenger's sending off and earn a point at PPL Park against Philadelphia.
Winners: Fans of Sporting Kansas City
Well done, Sporting Kansas City fans.
A group of nearly 1,000 supporters, per the MLSSoccer.com match report, made the over 500-mile journey from Kansas City to Commerce City to watch their team take on Colorado.
The showing by the Sporting fans went unnoticed by no one involved with the league, and they were rewarded for their westerly trip by Dwyer's 92nd-minute game-winner.
Loser: Amobi Okugo
Philadelphia center-back Amobi Okugo made a mistake no one should make on Saturday as he gave Marco Di Vaio acres of space on his way to an 80th-minute equalizer.
Di Vaio took advantage of the defender's miscue by striking his first goal of the season into the top-right corner of the net.
The goal finished off a disappointing second half in which the Union failed to score a second goal despite putting plenty of pressure on the Montreal goal.
Winner: The Letter Z
In case you didn't know this by now: Sporting's 3-2 win was brought to you by the letter Z.
Sal Zizzo and Graham Zusi combined for the team's first goal in the 50th minute, a strike which marked the first time that a goal was scored and assisted by two players whose last name begin with Z, per Paul Carr from ESPN.
Zusi also made another alphabetical milestone with the goal as he passed Steve Zakuani for most goals scored by a player with a last name starting with Z, per Carr. Zusi's goal was his 18th in league history.
Losers: Chivas USA
Chivas USA were on the verge of accomplishing what many assumed to be an impossible task on Sunday, but they came up a minute short of earning a win at Red Bull Arena.
The result has to be a blow to the Chivas camp since the first 94 minutes of strong defense were thrown out the window after the goal by Luyindula.
Despite the draw against New York, the Goats still have five points out of their first four games.
Winners: Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran
Saturday was the perfect night for Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran to have strong games for Real Salt Lake as United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann was in attendance at Rio Tinto Stadium prior to the Yanks' training camp in the Phoenix area.
Rimando erased any doubts about his starting spot against Mexico on Wednesday, if there were any to begin with, as he continued to build on his terrific start to the 2014 season.
Beltran also delivered plenty of quality for the Claret and Cobalt against Toronto, and it earned him a surprise call-up to the national team roster, per U.S. Soccer.
With Brad Evans withdrawing from the squad because of injury, Beltran was added to the squad. He now has a chance to impress Klinsmann in the days leading up to the game and on the pitch against El Tri if he gets a run-out.
Losers: Players in Houston's Attack
Houston lost its first game of the season at the hands of Vancouver on Saturday night up in British Columbia.
The Dynamo were unlucky to score just one goal as they earned nine corners and sent in 13 shots during the 2-1 defeat.
The loss also marked the first time in three games in which the Dynamo scored fewer than two goals.
Winner: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Some defenders in the league score less than the likes of Aurelien Collin.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is one of those center-backs who, until Saturday, carried quite a long scoring drought with him.
Hurtado changed that by scoring his first goal since May 16, 2009 in the 27th minute against D.C.
The Chicago defender is unlikely to become a goalscoring ace on set pieces, like Collin or Victor Bernardez, but it would be nice to see him score goals that aren't close to five years apart from each other.
Winners: First-Year Head Coaches in the Western Conference
If you were to take a deep dive into the Western Conference standings heading into April, you would notice that four of the five teams in playoff positions are led by coaches in their first year with the club.
The only one of the top five clubs without a new man in charge is Seattle, who could've kicked Sigi Schmid out of town during the offseason, but opted to keep him around for another year.
FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja is having the best success out of the quartet with Jeff Cassar (Real Salt Lake), Carl Robinson (Vancouver) and Wilmer Cabrera (Chivas USA) behind him.
The two other new managers out West, Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado) and Mark Watson (San Jose), have earned one win and five points between their two sides.
Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report, you can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.
All statistics obtained from MLSSoccer.com.
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