MLS Weekend Wrap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

MLS Weekend Wrap

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    While most of the domestic leagues in Europe were closing up shop this weekend, Major League Soccer kick started the third month of their regular season with some thrilling action across North America.

    The most exciting, action-packed match of the weekend came from the Pacific Northwest as Seattle defeated FC Dallas in a six-goal shootout that had everything you could ask for in a soccer match.

    In the Eastern Conference, two clubs at the bottom of the standings pulled off shocking results with New England defeating Houston on the road and D.C. drawing with Sporting at home.

    Read on for comprehensive recaps of each and every match that was played in MLS this weekend. 

Columbus Crew 1, Toronto FC 0

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    Goal: Dominic Oduro (CLB) 42' 

    Dominic Oduro's 42nd-minute strike powered the Crew past struggling Toronto at BMO Field in the first 2013 match of the Trillium Cup. 

    The win gave the Crew their fourth consecutive victory over their rivals from the north of the border. 

    Another positive to take out of the match for Columbus was the form of Oduro, who now has five goals this season, and Federico Higuain, who provided a superb pass to Oduro on the lone goal of the match. 

Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 0

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    Goal: Jack McInerney (PHI) 3' 

    For the second time this season, the Union were able extinguish the Fire. 

    This time the Union took care of business at home on a slick, rain-drenched pitch in Chester.

    The player who shut the door on a potential point for the visiting club was the league's leading scorer Jack McInerney, who netted his eighth goal of the season early in the match. 

Portland Timbers 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 2

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    Goals: Camilo (VAN) 24'; Will Johnson (POR) 52'; Gershon Koffie (VAN) 54'; Jose Valencia (POR) 84' 

    The latest installment of the Cascadia Cup provided plenty of excitement to the fans at BC Place in Vancouver. 

    Jose Valencia's first MLS goal gave the Timbers a valuable point and extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches in the process. 

    For the Whitecaps, who received stellar goals from Camilo and Gershon Koffie, their search for their first win in the MLS era of the Cascadia Cup will continue until June 8 when they take on Seattle. 

New England Revolution 2, Houston Dynamo 0

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    Goals: Diego Fagundez (NE) 51'; Ricardo Clark (HOU) OG 84' 

    No one, not even the fans and players of the New England Revolution, expected this result in Houston. 

    The Revolution shocked the league as they went into the stadium formerly known as the Dynamo's home fortress and left with a victory. 

    Diego Fagundez opened up the scoring with a spectacular individual effort on his 51st-minute goal before Ricardo Clark's own goal sealed the fate of the Dynamo in the 84th minute.

    All of a sudden now the Dynamo have a two-match home losing streak, which is something that was deemed impossible just two weeks ago. 

Seattle Sounders 4, FC Dallas 2

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    Goals: Eddie Johnson (SEA) 15', 62'; Lamar Neagle (SEA) 31'; Kenny Cooper (FCD) 54'; Michel (FCD) 61'; Obafemi Martins (SEA) 82' 

    The match of the season was played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle between the Sounders and FC Dallas. 

    In a match where the Sounders took advantage of the high line being utilized by the FC Dallas back four, there were a plethora of chances that did not turn into goals. 

    As for the goals, Eddie Johnson delivered a double for the home side but Michel's 61st-minute equalizer was the best goal of the match.

    The match also had a dash of controversy mixed into it as Blas Perez was sent off for an elbow on Leo Gonzalez in the 73rd minute. 

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 1

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    Goals: Nathan Sturgis (COL) 26'; Martin Chavez (SJ) 78' 

    As has become customary for every Earthquakes home match, the home side scored late in the second half to earn a positive result.

    This time around it was only a draw that San Jose could record against a streaky Colorado side. 

    Martin Chavez's 78th-minute free kick beat the outstretched arm of the leaping Clint Irwin in the Rapids net to give San Jose its fourth draw in sixth matches. 

    Before Chavez equalized, Nathan Sturgis scored the opening goal in the 26th minute off of a Martin Rivero corner kick. 

New York Red Bulls 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

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    Goal: Tim Cahill (NY) 91'

    In a battle of the two most recognizable brands in Major League Soccer, it was only fitting that a designated player scored the winning goal.

    Former Millwall and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill scored on a header in the 91st minute to send the Red Bulls past the Galaxy and to the top of the Supporters' Shield standings. 

    The Galaxy, who looked strong in their win over Philadelphia on Wednesday, could not muster a goal in the match and they were sent back to Los Angeles with their third loss in four matches. 

D.C. United 1, Sporting Kansas City 1

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    Goals: Alex White (DC) OG 60'; Kyle Porter (DC) 65'

    While D.C. United will be more than happy with earning their first point in 65 days, Sporting Kansas City were disappointed to leave the nation's capital with a draw. 

    Before an own goal by United's Alex White and the equalizer by Kyle Porter five minutes later, Sporting's Ike Opara had a goal wrongly disallowed in the 30th minute. 

    Opara was incorrectly ruled offside by referee Jair Marrufo and at the end of the match, that was the decision that decided the result. 

    Porter's equalizer in the 65th minute was his first career goal for a D.C. side that desperately needed a positive result. 

Real Salt Lake 4, Chivas USA 1

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    Goals: Ned Grabavoy (RSL) 3', 91'; Joao Plata (RSL) 48'; Jorge Villafana (CHV) 55'; Robbie Findley (RSL) 78'

    As expected, Real Salt Lake went into the Home Depot Center and delivered a whooping to Chivas USA. 

    Ned Grabavoy scored his first goal since 2011 in the third minute before he added on a second goal in the 91st minute. 

    Joao Plata and Robbie Findley also added goals for the visitors as they took advantage of the high line played by the Chivas back four. 

    If there was any good news on Sunday for the home side, it was the fact that they were not shut out. Jorge Villafana gave the club a glimmer of hope in the 55th minute before they conceded two more times. 

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