8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 5

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

8 Things We Learned from MLS Week 5

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    The fifth week of play in Major League Soccer saw a few shocking results and plenty of visually pleasing play. 

    In a week where only one home team came out victorious, we saw a few rivalry games decided by the play of a few individuals and a team come together with their backs against the wall. 

    The six rivalry games did produce some juicy storylines, but so did the other three matches played during Week 5.

    Continue reading for the eight biggest takeaways from Week 5 in MLS. 

Toronto Won Against All Odds

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    Ted S. Warren

    Heading into Saturday's clash with Columbus, Toronto knew it would put out a depleted squad with Doneil Henry, Jonathan Osorio and Jermain Defoe all out due to injury. 

    The Reds fielded an undermanned squad that should have gotten knocked around at Crew Stadium by the lone perfect team left in the league before Week 5. 

    The complete opposite happened on the pitch as Michael Bradley helped power Ryan Nelsen's side past their Trillium Cup rival for a surprising 2-0 victory. 

There Is Hope for D.C. After All....?

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    D.C. United showed on Saturday that they are capable of putting together a full 90 minutes of play and winning a match. 

    The win was a positive sign for Ben Olsen's side, but it still doesn't have us fully believing that things have been turned around in the nation's capital. 

    That can change if D.C. can somehow take down New York next weekend on a national stage. 

No Rimando, No Problem

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    Orlin Wagner

    Jeff Attinella stepped into the Real Salt Lake goal in place of the injured Nick Rimando and delivered an eight-save showing against Sporting Kansas City in an MLS Cup rematch at Sporting Park. 

    Attinella's showing was Rimando-esque, as he was everywhere throughout the match to deny the hosts of earning the full three points. 

    The RSL backup keeper's best saves came in the first half on shots by Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer. 

Jose Mari Has the Early Favorite for Goal of the Year

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    Colorado midfielder Jose Mari stole the show in the club's 2-1 win over Vancouver with two stunning goals.

    His first effort saw him lash a strike from left to right, and it left everyone in awe. 

    The shot that perfectly found the right side of the net has to be the early favorite for Goal of the Year because of the ridiculous amount of skill the Spaniard put into the shot. 

New York Still Can't Kick Its Slow Start

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    Julio Cortez

    Everyone has been waiting for the New York Red Bulls to break out of their early-season slump and make a statement. 

    Week 5 was not the week for that to happen, as Mike Petke's team drew 2-2 on the road at Montreal. 

    The result dropped the Red Bulls down to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with four points. 

    During their first five games, the Red Bulls have dropped points at home against Colorado and Chivas USA, while drawing on the road at Chicago and Montreal. 

    It doesn't get any easier for New York, as it faces two rivals in the next week. A road trip to D.C. awaits them on Saturday before a midweek home game against Philadelphia on April 16. 

L.A. Owns the SuperClasico

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    Ted S. Warren

    L.A. continued its dominance over Chivas USA on Sunday with a 3-0 win in which the Galaxy dominated throughout the entire 90 minutes. 

    The clean sheet extended the terrific form that the Galaxy have against their biggest rival. 

    To understand just how dominant the Galaxy have been in the SuperClasico, they have only conceded four goals in the last 14 matches against the Goats, per Opta

RSL Has a Very Formidable Center-Back Pairing

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    Orlin Wagner

    Not only did Attinella put in a Herculean effort on Saturday night for Real Salt Lake, the team's center-back duo played strongly as well.

    With the clean sheet at Sporting Park, Nat Borchers and Chris Schuler continued their terrific run of form together in the back line in 2014.

    When lined up alongside each other this season, the duo have conceded just one goal in 270 minutes of play, per the team's Twitter account. 

Cascadia Cup Lived Up to All Expectations

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    Don Ryan

    The best game of the weekend came from the best rivalry in the league, as Seattle and Portland played in a stunning 4-4 draw at Providence Park. 

    The scoring started early with a goal for each side coming in the first 10 minutes, and it didn't end until the final few minutes, as Clint Dempsey scored two goals in the final five minutes to bring the Sounders back into the game. 

    Another great thing about the Cascadia Cup match was that the stars all came out to play, with Dempsey, Diego Chara, DeAndre Yedlin and others playing a key part in the final result. 

     

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