Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from August 22-24
In an electric and surprising set of games this weekend, Major League Soccer did not disappoint the fans of the league—unless you're a fan of Chicago and wanted Jermaine Jones.
Other than that one major off-the-field story, which opened the league up to a load of criticism, MLS enjoyed a great week with almost every big star showing up in their respective games.
Since only three games were decided by one goal or less, there were plenty of winners and losers from Week 24.
Continue reading on for the complete list of winners and losers from Week 24, unless you're a Fire supporter—the first slide might cause you to go berserk for the 1,000th time since the Jones decision was announced.
Winner: New England
We could use this space to talk about New England's 1-0 win over Chivas USA Saturday night, but who really cares about that after the Jermaine Jones news was announced?
The Revs caught a huge break and obtained Jones in a blind draw carried out by commissioner Don Garber.
When he actually begins playing for the Revolution, Jones will provide a steady hand in the midfield for a team that has an explosive attack.
As for the game at Gillette Stadium, Lee Nguyen scored the winner for the Revolution in the 56th minute.
Loser: Blas Perez
Before the Jermaine Jones situation caused a firestorm, the most debated topic on social media this weekend was the ejection of Blas Perez from Friday's match between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake at Toyota Stadium.
Perez, who has quite the reputation as a diver, fell to the ground after being pushed by Chris Schuler at the end of the first half.
The Panamanian forward, who was booked in the 31st minute, received his second yellow during the altercation, which forced FC Dallas to play with 10 men for a half.
FC Dallas did defeat Real Salt Lake 2-1, but Perez will now be absent from the team's trip to Chicago Saturday.
Winner: Seattle's Scoring Streak in Portland
After putting four past the Timbers in April and only coming away with a draw, the Sounders came to Providence Park Sunday with a point to prove.
Three Sounders forwards scored in the 4-2 win over their Cascadia rival, who looked outmatched on each goal that found its way past Donovan Ricketts.
In the three regular-season meetings between the two sides, Seattle has put 10 goals past Ricketts.
Loser: David Horst
David Horst had a rough day at the back for the Dynamo, as he was responsible for the first two goals scored by Columbus.
The Houston center-back gave away the ball to Justin Meram in the 35th minute, but his day got worse on the second strike by the Crew.
Horst was comfortably handled by Adam Bedell in the box on the way to the tall striker's 59th-minute goal that put Columbus ahead by two.
Winners: Homegrown 'keepers
A big step forward for player development was made Saturday at Sporting Park, as two homegrown players lined up in net for the first time, per the league match report.
Bill Hamid, who has been the starter since 2011 for D.C., lined up opposite Jon Kempin, who has burst on the scene lately thanks to his showcase in the first-ever MLS Homegrown Player Game.
Regardless of what the final score was, this matchup of keepers proved once again that MLS is able to develop its own talent at every position.
The Vancouver Whitecaps might not ever go back to StubHub Center after the last two games they played there.
In 180 minutes of play against Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy, the Whitecaps have only mustered a single point and no goals.
Despite faltering in southern California over the past two weeks, the Whitecaps are still in fifth place in the West, but that spot could be gone if they don't turn things around against Portland next week.
Winner: Robert Earnshaw
Five minutes after entering Chicago's match with Toronto, Robert Earnshaw scored his first goal for the Fire.
In the 70th minute, Earnshaw finished off a Grant Ward cross to level the match at one goal apiece against his former team.
If Earnshaw can continue to provide a spark off the bench for Frank Yallop's side, they could have an outside chance of causing some trouble in the crowded race for fifth in the East.
Winner: Philadelphia's Response
Philadelphia fans saw an all-too-familiar sight Sunday night, when San Jose scored two goals in the second half to tie the game at PPL Park.
Instead of failing to respond, like they did earlier in the season, the Union responded right away with a goal from Sheanon Williams.
Philadelphia went on to add another goal against a weak San Jose defense to put the final score at 4-2.
For the first 52 minutes at Red Bull Arena, Montreal held a lead, but that all changed when Thierry Henry woke up.
The Impact came into the match on a high after wins in league and continental play, but that was wiped away after Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips torched them for four second-half goals.
Things don't get any easier for Frank Klopas' side in Week 25 with red-hot Columbus coming to Stade Saputo.
Winner: Drama in the Supporters' Shield Race
Parity has always been one of the key themes in MLS, but it is rearing its head again as August winds down.
After the set of matches in Week 24, six teams sit within five points of each other atop the Supporters' Shield standings.
Seattle leads the way with 45 points, but in one week's time, D.C., Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas could claim the top spot in the table.
Further down the standings, the Galaxy sit in sixth with 40 points, and we all know they are capable of putting a few wins together to grab the top spot as well.
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