Jose Mari, Cascadia and the Rest of the Winners and Losers from MLS Week 5
Any week that witnesses an eight-goal thriller, a MLS Cup rematch and a few rivalry matches is bound to have some winners and losers.
That is exactly what Week 5 in Major League Soccer produced as the weekend began with a 4-4 draw in the Cascadia Cup and ended with a blowout in the SuperClasico.
Mixed in between were plenty of things that stood out in a good and bad way.
Continue reading for the Week 5 winners and losers in MLS.
Winners: Residents of Cascadia
Week 5 was billed as rivalry week in MLS, and the league's best rivalry shined bright in front of a national audience as Seattle and Portland played in an eight-goal instant classic.
The match had everything you could ask for with the stars on each side of the pitch delivering in key moments.
The two sides combined for 41 shots in the match that saw Clint Dempsey net a hat-trick for the Sounders and Diego Chara turn in a brace for Portland.
The next time these two bitter rivals will take on each other will be July 13 at CenturyLink Field.
Losers: Home Teams
Absolutely no one would've believed you if you told them that D.C. United, a team that hadn't won at home since last August, would be the only home team to win in Week 5.
That is exactly what happened, as D.C. defeated New England and the eight other home sides this weekend either drew or lost.
Four hosts (Portland, Chicago, Sporting Kansas City and Montreal) earned a point at home, while Chivas USA, Vancouver, Houston and Columbus lost by a combined score of 11-2.
Winner: Jose Mari
Dempsey may have scored the most goals of any player on Saturday, but Colorado's Jose Mari scored the best-looking goals against Vancouver.
Mari unleashed a pair of beauties in a two-minute span to hand the Rapids a 2-1 win over a 10-man Vancouver side.
The first goal scored by Mari was an absolute firecracker that flew into the right side of the net. The second one struck the same section of the goal but was hit from the top of the box.
Losers: Referees in Houston and Vancouver
Singling out referees is not something that needs to be done on a weekly basis, but because of the decision-making in Houston and Vancouver on Saturday night, both results were changed instantly.
In Vancouver, Matias Laba was sent off after he earned his second yellow in the 77th minute for picking up the ball after he thought he was fouled.
Once Laba went off the pitch, Mari struck for two goals just minutes later.
At BBVA Compass Stadium, David Horst was sent off for a sliding tackle on Fabian Castillo. Horst's straight red came in the 60th minute when the game with FC Dallas was tied at 1-1.
In the 10 minutes following the sending off, FC Dallas lit up the Houston defense for three points and won the Texas derby in a landslide.
Loser: Jack McInerney
What a difference 12 months can make.
This time last year, Jack McInerney was beginning to heat up on his way to scoring 10 goals in his first 14 games.
Fast forward to 2014 and McInerney is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Union after he was traded to Montreal in exchange for Andrew Wenger this week.
The trade will move McInerney from the starting forward role with the Union to a spot behind Marco Di Vaio on the depth chart in Montreal.
The move may have benefited the Union as a team, but it certainly did not help the 21-year-old's development.
Winner: United States Men's National Team
The United States may have played to a disappointing 2-2 result with Mexico on Wednesday, but three stars of the team delivered in big ways this weekend.
The big three of Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Dempsey combined for four goals and two assists in Week 5.
Dempsey netted a hat-trick in the Cascadia Cup match against Portland, Bradley scored the opening goal in Toronto's victory over Columbus and Donovan assisted on two of the Galaxy's three goals on Sunday.
Regardless of how Wednesday went for the Yanks, the fans of the national team have to be thrilled with the performances of the team's three best players in league play.
Columbus became the final team to drop points in 2014 as it fell, 2-0, to Toronto at home.
The Crew entered the match with three consecutive victories, but they fell flat against a depleted Toronto side.
After the loss by Columbus, only one team remains without a loss on its resume, and that team is FC Dallas, whose only blemish is a draw at Sporting Park.
Winner: Zac MacMath
In the waning seconds of Saturday's match against Chicago, Philadelphia keeper Zac MacMath made two crucial saves to secure a point for the Union at Toyota Park.
MacMath denied Mike Magee from the spot, and then on the follow-up attempt, to keep the score knotted at 2-2 when the final whistle blew.
The saves helped keep Aaron Wheeler out of the dog house as he was the defender who conceded the penalty in the 96th minute.
Winner: Mauro Diaz
There has yet to be a week where we haven't given praise to FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz.
The monstrous amount of superlatives regarding Diaz's play will stop being handed out when he actually turns in a bad showing, but so far in 2014, he hasn't.
Diaz assisted on the two goals scored by Je-Vaughn Watson in the second half, and he was taken off in the 79th minute when FC Dallas had the match in the bag.
The Argentinian midfielder now has two goals and three assists in his first five games, but those stats don't do his play justice.
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