Winners and Losers from Wednesday's MLS Action

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

Winners and Losers from Wednesday's MLS Action

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    The stakes were high in Major League Soccer Wednesday night, as the final four matches in the month of July were played. 

    D.C. and New England made the biggest statements by scoring three goals each, though the other two games weren't as explosive.

    Despite the lack of goal action, we were still able to decipher who had the best and worst nights.

    Read on for the list of the biggest winners and losers from Wednesday night in MLS.

Winners: Everyone in New England

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    It's finally over, New England fans. 

    The Revolution broke their eight-game skid with a 3-0 win over Colorado, which showed the skills in midfield we grew accustomed to seeing during the first few months of the season.

    Lee Nguyen was finally back to the playmaker that made him one of the best players in the league from March to May, while Kelyn Rowe finally got on the scoresheet.

    Another major plus for Jay Heaps' side was the solid shift turned in by Charlie Davies, who helped set up the first goal with strong hold-up play. 

Loser: Thomas Piermayr

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    A very questionable sending off occurred in the game at Gillette Stadium, when Colorado's Thomas Piermayr was shown a second yellow card in the 74th minute. 

    Piermayr barely nudged Steve Neumann outside the box, but the challenge warranted a caution in the eyes of referee Juan Guzman.

    The foul committed by the Colorado defender resulted in Nguyen's free-kick goal to put the hosts up by two goals. 

Loser: Pablo Mastroeni's Squad Rotation

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    One of the reasons why Colorado was outclassed by the Revolution was the absence of Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez. 

    Powers, who has been the best player on the Rapids roster all season, was left out of the starting XI along with Sanchez and Dillon Serna. 

    Manager Pablo Mastroeni was looking to give his players a rest against a reeling Revs side, but the plan backfired, and the Rapids left Gillette Stadium with their seventh defeat of the season. 

Winner: Draws

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    The draw kings were at it again Wednesday, as Chicago Fire tied for the 12th time this season—one more than Vancouver, the team they drew 0-0 with. 

    Joining the Fire and Whitecaps in the double-digit draw department was New York, whose 10th draw came at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake. 

    For what it's worth, New England and Seattle are tied for the fewest draws in the league with two apiece.

Loser: Love Taps

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    One of the most talked about moments from the draw between New York and Real Salt Lake came in the 79th minute, when Jamison Olave took a quick shot to the groin of Olmes Garcia. 

    Olave had a good game against his former club, but since this is MLS, expect him to be handed some type of sentence from the disciplinary committee. 

    Hopefully the Red Bulls will find out about a potential Olave ban, if it goes that far, more than a day before the match, unlike Colorado with Vicente Sanchez ahead of its game at Philadelphia. 

    Garcia might also get a call from the league office about his egregious flop after the incident was already over. 

Winner: Rest

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    Coming off a meaningless friendly against Fulham in Jacksonville over the weekend, D.C. United entered Wednesday night's match with Toronto FC on a few days rest. 

    That rest paid off in a major way, as Ben Olsen's side won by three goals in front of the home crowd at RFK Stadium. 

    The win moved D.C. 11 points ahead of Toronto in the race for second place behind Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference. 

Loser: Nick Rimando and His Record Chase

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    Nick Rimando is already one of the best 'keepers to ever play in the league, but he is getting closer to the tag of the best ever in MLS.

    With one more clean sheet, Rimando will tie Kevin Hartman's regular-season shutout record of 112.

    In five starts since returning from the World Cup, Rimando has conceded at least once, which is abnormal for a player of his standards. 

Winner: Matias Laba

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    Matias Laba has not received enough credit for the job he is doing in the Vancouver midfield this season.

    In his side's 0-0 draw at Toyota Park, Laba made seven tackles from his defensive-midfield position. 

    The seven tackles moved his season total over triple digits, and he leads the league with 101. 

    Although Laba is the top tackler, Diego Chara has a slightly higher tackles per game average because he has played two fewer games with Portland. 

    Laba also holds the top spot in the interceptions category with 51, per Vancouver's official Twitter account. 

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