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Winners and Losers from MLS Week 9: Robles, Magee, Miller, Keane and More

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Winners and Losers from MLS Week 9: Robles, Magee, Miller, Keane and More

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    Week 9 in Major League Soccer was thrilling for some and terribly heartbreaking for others. 

    All but three of the 18 teams that stepped on the pitch this weekend scored a goal, and of course, there were more penalties awardedeight of them to be exactduring the drama-filled weekend. 

    Thanks to the drama on the pitch, and a few moments off the pitch, we were able to select the biggest winners and losers from Week 9.

    Continue reading on to see who was named a winner, a loser or both after Week 9. 

Winners: Managerial Quote Machines

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    Late goals forced two managers to give us some spectacular quotes from their post-match press conferences. 

    Chicago manager Frank Yallop, who has won three out of his last 23 games as a manager in MLS, used the words naive, passive and piss-poor to describe his team's defending. 

    D.C.'s Ben Olsen was not one to mince words either after his team let Portland score in the waning moments at Providence Park. 

    Steven Goff of The Washington Post tweeted out the best quote of the night from Olsen, in which he called the late-game management amateur, and he used a few other choice words as well. 

    In all honesty, both managers were correct in describing their team's play, as both sides should have done much better in an attempt to close out their respective games. 

Loser: Tim Melia

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    For the second consecutive week, a Chivas USA goalkeeper was sent off in the second half. 

    In Week 9, it was Tim Melia who made the walk of shame toward the locker room, a similar trip that Dan Kennedy experienced in Week 8.

    Melia took down Houston's Will Bruin in the 67th minute of the Goats' 4-1 home loss to hand a league debut to Trevor Spangenberg, who conceded his first MLS goal, when Giles Barnes converted the penalty in the 69th minute. 

Winner/Loser: Jon Busch

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    There weren't many positives for San Jose's Jon Busch to take out of the 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Saturday, but he did leave BC Place with a milestone achievement.

    In the 54th minute, Busch made his 1,000th career save on Erik Hurtado. The save was one of five that the 37-year-old recorded on Saturday night. 

    Busch earned his first MLS start in 2002 for Columbus, and he has had stints with the Crew, Fire and Earthquakes during his 13 years as a starting goalkeeper. 

Loser: Kenny Miller

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    Despite winning against San Jose, there was one big loser in the Vancouver camp this weekend, as Kenny Miller parted ways with the club on Sunday, via the team's Twitter account.

    Miller's spot in the squad was up in the air this season because the Whitecaps are looking to further develop their crop of young forwards that is headlined by Darren Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh. 

    By dropping Miller, Vancouver has an open designated player spot on the roster that could be filled at some point during the season. 

    In three seasons with the Whitecaps, Miller scored 13 goals in 43 appearances. 

Loser: Robbie Keane and His Penalty Taking

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    In the 62nd minute of the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to Colorado, Robbie Keane was handed a golden opportunity to tie up the game from the spot. 

    Instead of putting home his fifth goal of the season past Clint Irwin, Keane missed the goal completely, and the Galaxy would end up losing the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

    With his penalty miss, Keane became just the second player to miss two shots from the spot in 1-0 losses during his MLS career, per Peter Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau

    The other player to achieve the dubious feat was Keane's teammate, Landon Donovan, who did the same last season. 

Winners: Zac MacMath and Luis Robles

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    Zac MacMath and Luis Robles were the only two goalkeepers lucky enough to save one of the eight penalties taken in Week 9. 

    MacMath made his third penalty save of the season against Osvaldo Alonso in the 40th minute of Philadelphia's defeat in Seattle.

    Robles made his first penalty save of the season when he denied Blas Perez in the 59th minute to preserve his clean sheet in New York's 1-0 road win. 

Loser: FC Dallas

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    It's been a brutal last two weeks for FC Dallas, as they have been outscored 5-1 by Eastern Conference foes and have had three players sent off. 

    To add salt to the open wound, the status of Mauro Diaz is unknown at the moment, but it is feared by some that he could be out for quite some time. An official announcement will not be made until Monday. 

    To continue pouring salt on the gash that Oscar Pareja's club have suffered, they get to make a trip to Seattle on Wednesday to face the blazing-hot Sounders at CenturyLink Field. 

Winner: The No. 5

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    Five was the magic number across the league this weekend, as four of the nine games saw five goals fly into the net. 

    Three of the four five-goal shootouts ended up in 3-2 victories for Vancouver, Real Salt Lake and Portland. Houston scored four in the 4-1 win over Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. 

    Two games saw three goals scored, while two strikes were scored by Sporting Kansas City at home, and New York and Colorado scored the only goals in wins over FC Dallas and LA. 

Winner: Patrick Mullins

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    Patrick Mullins' second start of his career was one to remember, as he played a major role in New England's 2-1 win in Toronto.

    Mullins scored his first-career goal in the 24th minute, and he drew a penalty late in the second half, when Doneil Henry handled the shot from the rookie. 

    The penalty was taken by Lee Nguyen, and it beat Toronto FC keeper Julio Cesar, to hand the Revolution their fourth victory and first place in the Eastern Conference standings for 24 hours, until Sporting overtook them on goal difference on Sunday. 

Loser: Mike Magee

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    Mike Magee had one of his best outings of the season for Chicago on Saturday, but it was all ruined by the Fire's poor defending in the final minutes of the game.

    The 2013 MLS Most Valuable Player was very active in attack during the first half, and he recorded his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute.

    Magee was not on the pitch when the Fire conceded two late goals to Real Salt Lake, which meant he was powerless at the end of the match in helping his team earn their first win of the season. 

     

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