MLS Weekend Wrap
It was another wild and crazy weekend in Major League Soccer as we saw 26 goals scored and four red cards handed out in nine matches.
The biggest match of the weekend came in the Eastern Conference as the Montreal Impact took advantage of Sporting Kansas City's lack of depth due to international fixtures and came out victorious.
Also happening in the East this weekend was another goal for Philadelphia's Jack McInerney, who scored his league-leading 10th goal against Toronto.
Out in the Western Conference, Atiba Harris and Blas Perez dueled in the draw between Colorado and FC Dallas, while Chivas USA took their futility to another level against Seattle.
Read on for comprehensive recaps of each of the nine matches played in MLS this weekend.
Philadelphia Union 1, Toronto FC 1
Goals: Jonathan Osorio (TOR) 66'; Jack McInerney (PHI) 91'
If ever there was a match that typified the respective seasons of Toronto and Philadelphia, it was Saturday's clash at BMO Field.
Toronto continued its knack for conceding a late goal, while Jack McInerney continued his blazing-hot form in front of goal for the Union.
The host side should have come out on top. It played strong for 49 minutes with 10 men after Doneil Henry picked up his second yellow of the first half in the 41st minute.
Unfortunately for Ryan Nelsen's club, it will have to wait until next week to win its second match of the season thanks to McInerney's 10th goal of the season.
McInerney, who became the first player to reach double digits in goals this season, has scored seven goals on the road.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2, New York Red Bulls 1
Goals: Greg Klazura (VAN) OG 51'; Jordan Harvey (VAN) 58'; Kenny Miller (VAN) 83'
Miller Time struck in the 83rd minute as the Whitecaps earned a full three points out of their cross-continental trip to New Jersey to play the Red Bulls.
Vancouver went behind early in the second half on a Greg Klazura own goal but then quickly equalized seven minutes later on a Jordan Harvey volley.
Kenny Miller sealed the deal on the victory when his head perfectly connected with a Russell Teibert cross in the 83rd minute.
By the time Miller scored his match-winner, the Red Bulls were playing with 10 men after Jamison Olave, the hero from last week, picked up his second yellow in the 75th minute.
Columbus Crew 1, Houston Dynamo 1
Goals: Warren Creavalle (HOU) 31'; Federico Higuain (CLB) PK 69'
MLS' best representation of a highlight-reel match took place at Crew Stadium between Columbus and Houston.
The visiting Dynamo struck first as Warren Creavalle netted his third goal of the season on an acrobatic right-footed volley.
Houston conceded its lead in the 69th minute after Federico Higuain blasted a penalty kick past Tally Hall.
After the dust settled in Columbus, the Dynamo left with an extension to their road unbeaten streak, which now stands at five.
The Crew extended a streak of their own with the draw. They have now have a nine-match unbeaten streak against Houston.
Montreal Impact 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
Goals: Claudio Bieler (SKC) PEN 45'; Sanna Nyassi (MTL) 47'; Collen Warner (MTL) 53'
Montreal took a massive leap forward in the Eastern Conference standings after its impressive road victory over a Graham Zusi- and Kei Kamara-less Sporting Kansas City.
Claudio Bieler opened the scoring in the 45th minute with a penalty, and he was at the center of the action in the second half after falling victim to a head-butt from Alessandro Nesta, who was then sent off for his actions.
Before Nesta decided to break out his Zinedine Zidane tribute, Sanna Nyassi and Collen Warner scored six minutes apart to hand the Impact the lead.
The match also marked the first time in four matches that Marco Di Vaio did not score for the Impact.
Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 2
Goals: Atiba Harris (COL) 56', 64'; Blas Perez (FCD) 61', 66'
"Anything you can do, I can do better" was the message Blas Perez delivered to Atiba Harris during the 10-minute span that saw both players score twice.
Harris, who has only scored against his former clubs this season, scored the first goal of the match on a 56th-minute header.
Perez countered five minutes later with a spectacular strike in traffic.
Harris was then able to sneak past a bevy of FC Dallas defenders to score his second goal of the match before Perez equalized two minutes later.
The second goal by Perez was a mirror image of his first, except it came from outside the penalty area.
Real Salt Lake 3, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Goals: Javier Morales (RSL) 16'; Ned Grabavoy (RSL) 33'; Robbie Findley (RSL) 38'
Real Salt Lake had their win over San Jose locked up by the halftime whistle blew.
Javier Morales, Ned Grabavoy and Robbie Findley scored a goal apiece in the first half for the host side at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Findley's goal in the 38th minute was by far the best of the three, as he brilliantly curled in a screamer from the left side of the penalty area.
As for the Earthquakes, the only thing keeping them from sitting in the cellar of the Western Conference right now is the futility of Chivas USA.
Seattle Sounders 2, Chivas USA 0
Goals: Obafemi Martins (SEA) 22'; Mario de Luna (CHV) OG 33'
Speaking of the futile Western Conference bottom feeders, Chivas found a new way to lose in front of an announced 9,053 fans, a total that was much smaller in all reality.
The lowest moment of the club's loss to Seattle came in the 33rd minute, when Mario de Luna scored a cracker of an own goal.
After the own goal, De Luna attempted to blame the lights for his blunder, but no one believed him.
As for the good team on the pitch of the Home Depot Center, the Sounders received a goal from Obafemi Martins before he was sent off in the 71st minute.
New England Revolution 5, Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Goals: Saer Sene (NE) 33'; Lee Nguyen (NE) 71'; Diego Fagundez (NE) 87'; Chad Barrett (NE) 91'; Kelyn Rowe (NE) 94'
The New England Revolution were looking to make a statement. They did that and then some at home against the Galaxy on Sunday.
Five different players scored for the Revolution as they outclassed the visitors for most of the match.
The best player on the pitch was Diego Fagundez, who scored for the fourth consecutive match in the 87th minute and provided an assist on the first goal of the match.
Kelyn Rowe also had a strong match off of the bench for the Revolution as he scored once and provided two assists in the second half.
Chicago Fire 2, D.C. United 0
Goals: Nick DeLeon (DC) OG 9'; Mike Magee (CHI) 86'
Chicago won the battle of Eastern Conference cellar dwellers at Toyota Park.
Nick DeLeon put in an own goal in the ninth minute to give the Fire the early lead before new acquisition Mike Magee finished off the match in the 86th minute with his first goal for his new club.
The win propelled the Fire closer to the group of three clubs that are fighting for the valuable fifth-place position in the East.
The loss extended D.C.'s winless streak to 10 matches.
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