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Winners and Losers from Wednesday's MLS Action

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2014

Winners and Losers from Wednesday's MLS Action

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    There may have only been four games played Wednesday night in Major League Soccer, but that did not limit the amount of winners and losers from games in Philadelphia, Columbus, Toronto and Los Angeles.

    A few rookies were thrown into the fire in three games, while a friendly face finally came through for the Union.

    Continue reading on to see who the biggest winners and losers were during Wednesday's four-game slate.

Winner: Fred

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    The Brazilian player named Fred who isn't being ridiculed for his World Cup performance plays for the Philadelphia Union.

    This Fred made an unexpected early appearance after Cristian Maidana departed the game with a hamstring injury.

    The midfielder scored in the 51st minute of the Union's 3-1 win over New York, which was his first goal since October 16, 2010, a strike that also came against the Red Bulls.

Loser: Matt Miazga

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    Matt Miazga might be looking to acquire the memory eraser from Men in Black after his disappointing game against Philadelphia.

    Miazga, who was also at fault for Columbus' lone goal Saturday at Red Bull Arena, was easily danced around by Conor Casey on the first goal scored by the Union in the ninth minute.

    The young center back has shown some promise in his first five starts, but his mistakes over the last two games have put him under the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Winner: Theatrics

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    In the 68th minute of Philadelphia's Eastern Conference statement win over New York, Maurice Edu earned a penalty after Eric Alexander pulled him in the box.

    Edu was held by Alexander, but on his way down, the United States international delivered some theatrics that made a few people question the validity of the penalty.

    The 28-year-old did take advantage of the situation, but one has to think he would have had a legitimate penalty shout even if he didn't go to ground so easily.

Winner: Russell Teibert

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    The past seven days have been good to Vancouver's Russell Teibert, who delivered an assist on the lone Whitecaps goal against Toronto.

    Teibert, who inked a multiyear deal on July 11, hit a cross from the left flank that found Darren Mattocks, who finished for his third goal of the season.

Loser: Nigel Reo-Coker

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    Nigel Reo-Coker handed Toronto FC a chance to level the game at BMO Field by taking down Jackson in the box.

    In the 63rd minute, Reo-Coker made contact with Jackson's leg, but he did not touch the ball, and to his dismay, a penalty was awarded.

    The final score between Toronto and Vancouver ended up being 1-1, which makes Reo-Coker's mistake loom larger over the Whitecaps.

Winner: Self-Destruction

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    If you ever want an example of how to press the self-destruction button in the sport of soccer, look right at what the New England Revolution are up to at the moment.

    After stringing together a seven-game unbeaten run that saw many praise them as one of the top two teams in the league alongside Seattle, the Revs have lost six games in a row.

    The latest loss came at the StubHub Center to the Galaxy, a game that saw Jay Heaps' side go down to 10 men after a studs-up challenge by A.J. Soares in the 29th minute.

Winners: Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan

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    The goal-scoring pressure that Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan usually feel has been lifted a bit thanks to Gyasi Zardes.

    Zardes has scored a goal in four of the last five Galaxy games, which means the 22-year-old is finally coming into his own, and he is giving the two veterans a chance to drop deeper and provide more assists.

    Keane, who before Wednesday hadn't scored since May 25, delivered an assist on both of Zardes' goals.

    Donovan has failed to score since June 1, but not many people have criticized him for that because Zardes is providing up front for Bruce Arena's side.

Loser: Adam Bedell

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    After scoring his first career goal for Columbus Saturday, Adam Bedell was handed a welcome-to-the-league elbow by Aurelien Collin at home Wednesday.

    Collin went up in the air to challenge Bedell for a ball, and when the two got back down to the ground, the rookie was left bloodied and the Sporting defender was sent off.

Winner: Red Cards

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    Four red cards were dished out over the four games on Wednesday, with two coming in a pair of games.

    Aurelien Collin and Wil Trapp were ejected in the clash at Crew Stadium, while Dan Gargan and A.J. Soares departed the game at the StubHub Center early.

    The matching set of reds followed a weekend that saw the same amount of reds given out over nine games.

Winner: Mikey Lopez

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    Mikey Lopez made his MLS debut for Sporting Kansas City in the team's 2-1 win over Columbus.

    Lopez, 21, played 64 minutes in his debut for the club, and he turned in a strong performance with a pair of shots. He also won two aerial duels for the visiting team at Crew Stadium.

     

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